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Old 02-28-2017, 02:02 AM   #155
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I am installing dexters 2 7/8" kit for the No. 11 axles on our 13 31' classic, front axle on the rear
2 bolts on each side ,I welded a tab to keep them from turning ,there is no way to get a wrench in there to hold them, my scribed marks are aligned up, both sides are back 1/16". I do wonder about changing the integrity of the mounting. My 17 ram ball is at 21 7/8" , trailer was 20" , now it will be at 22 7/8, hitch will be going down 1" , instead of going up hill 1 7/8". I do have the lowest 2 1/2" drop hitch I could find...
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Old 02-28-2017, 06:18 AM   #156
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Hi TJ. Sounds like you are well on your way on the lift project, but you mention that you have the "lowest 2 1/2" drop hitch" you could find. I had a ball height problem similar to yours, and found online a whole range of Reese Drop Shanks that provided a drop of up to 8", like this one:

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Just wanted to make sure you were aware of this option. Best of luck with however you proceed.
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Old 02-28-2017, 07:05 PM   #157
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Hi TJ. Sounds like you are well on your way on the lift project, but you mention that you have the "lowest 2 1/2" drop hitch" you could find. I had a ball height problem similar to yours, and found online a whole range of Reese Drop Shanks that provided a drop of up to 8", like this one:

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Just wanted to make sure you were aware of this option. Best of luck with however you proceed.
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. I do have of them also, is very sloppy fit, the ram is 2.5 ", with the adapter it is pretty loose. Front axle finished, rear axle will be easy
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Old 04-02-2017, 09:46 AM   #158
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Hi Thiss! How did you raise your trailer and then lower it back a little? What kit or just square stock? I could really use your first ride height!
Sorry for the super late reply.

I didn't use any kit. I had the axles replaced, and the the new ones were not a direct boat in. The truck shop that did the work had to build mounting plates and they still had a bit of room to lower. I do wish I had them notch the frame rails and get the whole rig a touch lower, or that I didn't use the 32deg down angles on the torsion axles and went for the 26 degree.

The extra height is most noticeable at the hitch and at the bumper. No more banging the hitch on a parking lot speed bump, or dragging tail on driveways.
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Old 04-02-2017, 09:48 AM   #159
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Husky makes a 2.5 inch x 2 inch shank. They have three different lengths. I will be buying one soon.
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Old 08-15-2017, 01:21 PM   #160
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Just got my '07 27FB Ocean Breeze lifted last week. #11 axles, so used the Dexter K71-724-02 kit which gives 2.875" lift. Along with my upsized 235/75/15 tires (from stock 225/75/15), I have a total of 3" lift.

Motivation was that my tow vehicle's hitch is higher up. I have a Lexus LX570 with a mild 1" lift provided by upsized 33" AT tires. The Lexus has a sophisticated 4-wheel hydraulic lift and leveling capability so it doesn't sag with load, which also keeps the hitch that much higher than normal.

Rather than use a large drop shank, figured I match the trailer to the tow vehicle, which opens up lots of boon-docking options. Plus I hate dragging the hitch and rear end of the AS.

Lift was done without too much trouble. I have a welder, but was pleasantly surprised I could access the blind nuts at all positions with the open end of a wrench. Lots of creeper work, and took a bit to get at all the bolts, but no problems to speak of in the end. One tip would be to lift the trailer higher than you would expect for just the 3" lift. Helps also in working under the trailer.

Top of the tire is now about 3 fingers below the fender line of the AS when set back on the ground. The dexter axles are now about the same height as the bottom of the tanks, whereas they were plenty inset before. With the additional clearance below the trailer, I'm thinking to add some width wise storage units (5x5" vinyl fence posts) to store things like area rugs that don't fit well elsewhere.

While I was in there, did a full brake and bearing pack job.

Very happy the lift. In addition to the obvious benefit, it's also easier on my back to access all the various hatches and dumping.

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Old 08-16-2017, 07:43 AM   #161
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looks great!

I installed the lift kit on our 19' Bambi but did not really want to tackle the dual axle 23FB, though it really needs the extra clearance. I just cannot find anyone around here that I am comfortable with knowing how to properly lift an Airstream. The 23FB has the complexity of having to remove the gas line.

Did you use an impact wrench when removing the bolts? Any clearance issues with the bolts and the tanks?

I may just wait to have it done on our west coast trip next month. The kit is gathering dust in the garage and I want to get this done.
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Old 08-16-2017, 12:02 PM   #162
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I had an impact to expedite the bolts that it could reach, but that was less than a 1/3 of the bolts. Seized bolts were not an issue for me (I'm in CA), and all came off without problems. One technique I love to use is a boxed wrench with a dead blow or regular hammer for stubborn bolts.

I didn't have any clearance issue with the tanks. They were all about 1" off the inside of the frame, hence allowing me to slip a wrench into the gap to hold the bolts.

The only mod I did to the kit, were the horizontal bolts coming off the lift block towards the tires. They were longer than necessary and close to the shocks, so I used a cutoff wheel to removes some length of the bolt after torquing everything down.
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Old 08-16-2017, 12:28 PM   #163
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Dexter Torsion Axle Lift Kit

I used an impact and what a difference! I was able to get to every one, some from underneath, nut side, some from bolt side. No mods needed on mine.
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Old 08-18-2017, 10:17 AM   #164
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I'm about to do this again, but to my 23 footer this time. It's got a propane line going right by the axle, so I'll be modifying the bracket a bit to allow the line to clear. Video coming soon(ish).
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Old 08-18-2017, 10:42 AM   #165
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Does anyone know the difference between the different kits? I realize there's a different kit for the #10, #11, and #12 axles, but what's different? It looks like they go from 2 5/8" to 3 1/8". I'd love to get the most lift possible and run the 3 1/8" bracket on my #10 axle, but I'm curious if it won't fit, or if there's really a difference between them?
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Old 08-18-2017, 10:48 AM   #166
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I think it's the spacing between the holes.
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Old 08-18-2017, 11:19 AM   #167
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Gotcha. I think I'm going to try making my own bracket today. We'll see how it goes. I don't have time for a #10 kit to ship in, and I want more than 2.5" of lift, so I'll see if I can make my own. I probably won't save any money, but it'll be a good experiment.
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Pretty easy to make your own, it's just square tubing and you can get any size needed. Match the width of your axle for that measurement and then what height you want for the other measurement which would possibly end up being a rectangle, not square tubing as I mentioned above. You can get various rectangular tubing as well.
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