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Trailer suspension

Post in 'The Gear' started by bogydave, Feb 20, 2013.

  1. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    Decided to check the suspension.
    Jack stands on one side of the axles & trailer.
    Impact wrench amazingly took the bolts out.

    Glad I did.
    Bolts worn, bushings all but gone.
    Bolt holes for the double axle suspension hangers are eggs shaped.

    back to sixrobbles again tomorrow.

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    new kit about $130. Dont' know if that for both sides . Will see tomorrow :)

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  2. MasterMech

    MasterMech Guest

    Another reason torsion axles rock. I sure am glad you caught that before loading up Dave. Bet you are too. ;)
  3. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    Yea. Mechanic buddy stopped by. Recommended I pull it apart & replace the bushing.
    Looks like more than bushings need replaced.

    When looking I did find a 2 year old one with no brakes for $2500.
    Got room to spend a little $$ to do some maintenance & be safe.

    Makes me understand the price of a new one. Especially here.
    I couldn't buy the axles, tires & steel here for $1200. So I think I did OK.
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  4. MasterMech

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    What would a pair of 3500lb torsion axles run you Dave? Down here we can get big parts pretty cheap compared to you guys. It's a shame the suspension needs so much from you. :(
  5. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    Cost $$ wasn't so bad , $87 did both sides.
    Didn't get the fancy ones with grease zerks in the bolts.
    I figure these lasted 16 years & didn't fall apart.

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    I consider it usable now. Bearings, brakes , spare tire, lights, suspension & registration done.
    Just over $300 so far.
    Plus I owe the wife diner for getting the registration problems ironed out. :)
    Eventually I'll get the wood replaced, attach a ramp, some paint maybe & mount the spare on the front somewhere.

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  6. wardk

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    Nice looking trailer Dave, is the frame box or open? The reason I ask is my bros in law bought one last year looked good ,fresh paint , box frame, first big load frame broke just in front of the deck, box frame rusted from the inside out. Lucky he never made it out of the driveway.
  7. nate379

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    I hate torsion axles. Had them on one trailer and it sucked to use on anything but nearly flat.
  8. ScotO

    ScotO Guest

    I love the torsion axles on my log trailer......makes getting in and out of uneven ground easier IMO......
  9. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    Nothing boxed in.
    2" angle bed railing.
    3" X 2" angle iron bed frame
    4" channel tongue
    3" channel beams under the bed
    Everything I've banged on with a hammer seems
    solid & the rust appears to be superficial surface rust.
    To me it could use a sand blasting & a paint job to stop the rust & make it last many years.
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  10. nate379

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    The problem we had was it would have the load on 1 axle quite often and I'm pretty sure that's what led to an early failure of those axles. 2 6k axles and often had 10-12k on the trailer.


    Dave what is the weight rating supposed to be on that trailer...5k?

    My trailer is a 12k, I fit 2-2.5 cords of wood on it and that puts it at the max capacity. Hauled too much with it once and it was an expensive mistake. Blew out a tire, trashed that wheel, bent both axles and tore the hitch off the truck.

    You could blast and paint it, but it will look just like that in a few years again anyway. My trailer was powdercoated. It's 6 years old and looks just like yours.
  11. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    5500 max load

    Yea, but it's hard to get to like the color of rust. ( Corrosion specialist & coatings inspector back ground)
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    gzecc Minister of Fire

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    Dave, Make sure to secure that spare tire from the spare tire thieves. It looks very tempting to certain types.
  13. wardk

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    Nice heavy channel , no hidden surprises.
  14. bogydave

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    Good idea.
    May have my wife build a cover for it too. To keep the UV off of it.
    The new bias ply tires from China don't last but a few years in direct sun
    before they start weather checking ;)
  15. nate379

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    Spare tire thieves?!

    Where I live I leave the keys in my ignitions, house doors never locked, etc.

  16. salecker

    salecker Feeling the Heat

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    Same here,
    i built my shop in 86,and it's never been locked
    One of the many perks of living up north.
    Thomas

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