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Old 12-18-2003, 12:56 PM   #15
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Having read all the posts here on Torsion Arms, I immediately had to go out and check mine.(They're horizontal!) However, I also noticed that the bracket that attaches the Torsion Arm axle to the trailer frame has TWO adjustments slots for bolting. Mine is in the Bottom slot, therefore, it looks as though I could jack up the trailer and move the axle to the Upper slot and gain some height and the Torsion arm would then again be slightly below horizontal. Should gain back some action from the system.

Anyone know if this is "right" thinking? Sure, I can see someday replacing the axles, drums, tires, etc. , but for now this looks like an option. Perhaps the factory knew the system would settle after some years and allowed for it?

Looks like it wouldn't be "that" hard to make an adjustment.
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Old 12-18-2003, 01:52 PM   #16
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Excuuuuuse me. Wishful thinking apparently. Upon further inspection I see that there really isn't room for adjustment. Perhpaps the other holes were for another trailer or some attachment. I'll learn someday.
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Old 12-19-2003, 03:32 AM   #17
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fritzs,
Rotating the axle tube to a new hole, or moving it up in the slots would not help any, even if it was possible.
The problem with most axles is that the rubber inside the axle tubes is fatiqued to a point where it does not supply much suspension any more. Not only does the rubber material compress, but it also gets stiff with age, further limiting it's suspension capabilities. Now the once softly sprung trailer is riding very rough, causing undue stress on the shell, frame and interior components. It is believed that this phenomenon is a major contributor in rear end separation and sag.
Basically, bad axles slowly beat a trailer to death. Rotating the axle mount plate to gain more visible tire sidewall is definitely not the answer.
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