Axle and springs
I have a flagstaff 228. I took my tires off to check my bearings. After inspecting the wheel well, I'm rubbing on the back half. It wore a hole in the plastic wheel well. My GVWR is close to 3100 lb. My axle is rated for 2750 lb and I have 3 bar leaf springs. Springs under axle. The tires are wore and ST 185/80R13. The sticker on the frame says ST 175/80R13. I'm not sure if I'm rubbing because my tires are bigger than recommended or because the axle and springs are at max. At the weigh scales I'm 2500 - 2800 on the axles.
I am going back to stock size tires and wondering if I should put 3,500 lb springs on my axle? Will this cause the axle to flex more because the springs are stiff? What about leaving the stock springs and just changing the shackles so they are 1" longer? Will that give me more clearance?
Also, I do need new bearings. The races have no lip to punch them out. Can I reuse the races, or do they have to "match" the new bearing? Or do I have to buy a new hub also?