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Old 09-07-2013, 02:36 PM   #1
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Lift Kit on 22' Sport

Just bought a 2013 22' Sport, but it rides too low to get in and out of everywhere I go without dragging the skids and the gray/black water outlet drain. I'm considering buying a #12 Torflex Lift Kit. Anyone every tried this? There's another post about it, but no one saying they've actually done it.
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Old 09-11-2013, 09:28 PM   #2
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Just bought a 2013 22' Sport, but it rides too low to get in and out of everywhere I go without dragging the skids and the gray/black water outlet drain. I'm considering buying a #12 Torflex Lift Kit. Anyone every tried this? There's another post about it, but no one saying they've actually done it.
Would also like to know if this would work for our 19 international (2013).
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Old 09-11-2013, 09:54 PM   #3
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We called Dexter. They told us which kit to buy and said it will work. Since the kit is sold in a set made for a tandem axle trailer, we'll have an extra set to sell when its all said and done. We'll post an update with photos when all is said and done.
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Old 09-14-2013, 07:32 PM   #4
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Installed the Dexter lift kit today and it worked beautifully. A breeze to install and now we are almost 3" higher than before. Here's the lift info: Dexter Axle - Trailer Axles and Running Gear Components - #11 Torflex Lift Kit (K71-724-02)

I've included before and after photos plus a photo of the lift kit. You can only purchase the lift kit a package deal for a tandem axle trailer. Since my airstream only has 1 axle, I have the other 1/2 of this kit (enough for 1 axle) for sale now for $90 plus actual shipping. If anyone is interested, PM me.
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Old 09-15-2013, 04:32 PM   #5
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Do you have any photos of your AS from the side with the lift installed? I've been considering a small lift like this nearly as long as I've had mine, but been afraid to make it look goofy.

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Old 09-15-2013, 08:18 PM   #6
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You will have to raise the hitch hight on your tow truck so it rides level.
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Old 09-15-2013, 08:27 PM   #7
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Can you explain how you did this? Are there any axle alignment issues to consider? I guess you had to lift the trailer completely so as not to missalign the trailer?frame?
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Old 09-15-2013, 09:15 PM   #8
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Here's the process I used to install the lift:

1. Put blocks under the stabilizers and extend them so that most of the weight is off the trailer.
2. Use 2 bottle jacks under the rear jack locations and lift the rest of the weight off the trailer.
3. Lower the rear stabilizer jacks until they touch the ground again.
4. Remove tires.
5. Loosen axle attachment hardware.
6. With a bottle jack underneath the axle, remove all the hardware off one side. On ours, there was a gas line on the driver side. Use caution with the gas line. The lift bracket can be installed without having to replace this gas line.
7. Install lift bracket, leaving hardware slightly loose.
8. Repeat for other side.

Alignment was not an issue due to the close tolerance holes on the bracket. I did pay attention to this when torqueing hardware and made sure the axle was where it should be just from a visual aspect. I plan on re-torqueing everything after a couple more trips. The entire process took about 3.5 hours.

We literally just got back from putting it in storage, so I can't readily get a side photo. What I can tell you is that you can't tell its been lifted at all. It actually looks normal now. We thought it look low before. In fact, we won't even need to change hitch heights. It still looks level, but doesn't drag when going in and out of our driveway anymore. The only other thing we've noticed is that the step to get in is a little taller than it used to be.
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Old 09-16-2013, 08:22 PM   #9
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Here's the process I used to install the lift:

1. Put blocks under the stabilizers and extend them so that most of the weight is off the trailer.
Are you saying you used the stabilizers to partially lift the trailer off the ground?
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I've been considering a small lift like this nearly as long as I've had mine, but been afraid to make it look goofy.
Maybe we can fit some 20" rims now with spinners and low profile tires!
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Old 09-21-2013, 11:43 AM   #11
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[QUOTE=tallen5;1354892]Here's the process I used to install the lift:

1. Put blocks under the stabilizers and extend them so that most of the weight is off the trailer.
6. With a bottle jack underneath the axle, remove all the hardware off one side. On ours, there was a gas line on the driver side. Use caution with the gas line. The lift bracket can be installed without having to replace this gas line.


REF # 1 Never, ever, lift with the stabilizer jacks. If you do, you need new ones as you will break the ones you used.

REF # 6 NEVER, EVER, place any kind or type jack on the axle tube, as you can cause it to alter it's alignment.

To lift an axle into place with a jack is ok, but never lift the trailer by using the jack tube.

By the way, the axle torsion arm is parallel with the frame, wich means the rubber rods are history or that the trailer is overloaded.

The torsion arms as they go rearward, should angle downward, especially on a new trailer, about 15 degrees or so.

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Old 09-21-2013, 08:44 PM   #13
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We had an 08 Safari Sport 22' and it dragging in the mildly sloped driveway was always a problem. After the first time, I started placing boards on the tiny dip at the end so the trailer wouldn't drag. A 3" lift would certainly have solved my problem and it's good to learn there is a product available for the lower trailers. (We traded it and now have a 30' and it doesn't drag). Congratulations Tallen5 on the completion of your project.
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Old 09-30-2013, 08:57 PM   #14
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I know everyone wants to see a complete side photo, I'm kicking my self for not getting one right after I did this mod. Your going to have to wait till I get it back out. Sorry. All these jack question are killing me. Put anything under it you have, it's better than being smashed dead.

UPDATE: 9-30-13
SALE PENDING ON THE REMAINING KIT PARTS.
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