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Old 03-30-2016, 08:31 AM   #99
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Locking Header Bolts are nice, but I doubt you'll find the appropriate size. You could just switch to grade 10 with tabs and make up the difference.
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Old 03-30-2016, 09:12 AM   #100
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I like how post #1 has the tabs on the 4 bolts already. That would have been really handy.

The markings on the bolt heads indicate that they're something other than grade 8. I'll need to do some more digging to find out what they are.
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Old 03-31-2016, 12:04 AM   #101
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When I installed my lifts I was able to get an opened end wrench on the bolts to allow me to torque them down. It wasn't easy and it took some maneuvering, but it was possible in my case.
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Old 04-04-2016, 01:16 PM   #102
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Before I go the route of a lift kitůVictoria's Secret, NOT!

My wife and I just returned from a wonderful SW USA tour in our "94 Sovereign 21'.
I do most the driving and I have been good at missing the steep spots that have their eyes on our septic. Clearance is about 3.5".
Wife wants a lift kit. I like the low point of entry and all the other benefits of a low AS.
How do I tell if the rubber in the torsion axles is in need of replacement? I assume that with 22 years of life on our little "Olivia" she may be like a lot of things that get older. We sag.

I also spy a way to bring the septic up off the pavement.

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Old 04-05-2016, 05:30 AM   #103
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We upgraded from the stock 14" tires and wheels on the 2015 23D International Serenity to 15" Michelin LTX (P) 235/75R15 XL tires mounted on SenDel T03-56545T wheels. This gained us 1.1" more elevation off the ground.

The 23D frame is now at the same height as our 2013 25FB International Serenity after converting the stock 15" tires to the Michelin LTX (P) 235/75R15 XL tires.

New axles could also raise the frame and one can select a different angle to start with to raise the trailer even higher.
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Old 04-05-2016, 07:12 AM   #104
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How do I tell if the rubber in the torsion axles is in need of replacement? I assume that with 22 years of life on our little "Olivia" she may be like a lot of things that get older. We sag.
I'm no expert, but I imagine you could jack the airstream up off the ground and measure how much rotation/droop ypur axle has. I imagine the keys on the axle are only supposed to rotate a certain amount.
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You can tell by looking at the position of the shocks. If they are horizontal with the ground, you need new axles.
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Old 04-05-2016, 11:18 AM   #106
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You can tell by looking at the position of the shocks. If they are horizontal with the ground, you need new axles.
It's much easier to look at the trailing arm, or torsion arm at it's position.

When it's parallel to the ground or even nearly so when the trailer is empty, that's it. THey have served their useful life.

It would be much harder for the shocks to be parallel, and even if possible.

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Old 04-05-2016, 02:55 PM   #107
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Thinking about installing this lift kit. I have disc brakes, is there any issue with the brake line needing to be replaced?
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My brakes are electric and there was sufficient slack in the wires that no modifications were required. However, as I noted in one of my previous posts, it was necessary to remove a propane line since it was run through the axle mounting bracket.
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Same experience with the wiring - plenty of slack. In my case, I ended up leaving the propane line run through the original bracket. I had to disconnect it install the lift kit, but I could not remove the line without cutting it. I left it running through the original bracket and reworking the attachment to the bellypan to make it work.
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Old 04-07-2016, 12:09 AM   #110
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That works. In my case, I disconnected it at both ends and pulled it out. Once the lift was installed, I threaded it back through and was able to reattach without modification.
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Old 04-07-2016, 10:43 AM   #111
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Guys,

John, Silvereagle6 has hydraulic brakes, steel brake line runs to a fixed point on the frame and then transitions to high pressure brake hoses to each caliper.

Electric brakes have electric wires, no comparisons about length possible IMHO.

My rig has disc brakes.
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It'd probably be best to get brake lines that are 3" longer then. That's what I end up doing whenever I lift a vehicle with discs.
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