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Old 03-19-2009, 10:18 AM   #1
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leaf springs on top or bottom?

my '58 18 footer is gettting a new dexter axle just for the brakes. it had hydrolic and since i couldnt match up hubs to the original axle it gets a new everything. only problem is that the original axle is a 2" (or possibly a 1.5") drop and no one makes them. only 4" or straight. can i put the leaf springs on the top of a 4" drop axle? the math works out to be around the same but does the mechanics change?
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Old 03-19-2009, 10:22 AM   #2
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my '58 18 footer is gettting a new dexter axle just for the brakes. it had hydrolic and since i couldnt match up hubs to the original axle it gets a new everything. only problem is that the original axle is a 2" (or possibly a 1.5") drop and no one makes them. only 4" or straight. can i put the leaf springs on the top of a 4" drop axle? the math works out to be around the same but does the mechanics change?
Top or bottom, is fine.

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Old 03-19-2009, 03:06 PM   #3
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I put a straight on my 59 overlander to get more ground clearance as we will likly be using some less improved roadways and camping sites in our travels.
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Old 03-19-2009, 03:40 PM   #4
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we used a 4" drop and put the springs on the top but it is going to end up giving the trailer a 1.5" lift which i am not happy with. these 18 footers run a bit high in my opinion and adding another 1.5" is out of the question. so CAN I, put the springs back on the bottom which would lower the trailer 5 and something inches then give it a lift (back up to original or close) using spacers and longer U bolts?
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For reference, the top of the frame on my 24' Tradewind is about 16.5". I like the the low ride, and I haven't had any serious problems with tail dragging. I think your 18 Footer would have even better departure angle than my Tradewind.

I would try it with the 4" drop, then raise it later if you don't like it. Its nice being able to step into the coach without needing to lower the step.

Of course this wouldn't be a good idea if you do a lot of cross country off-road excursions.
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Old 03-19-2009, 06:05 PM   #6
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i think i would like the lower trailer too. if 4" was actually 4 and 2 was 2. after looking again, my new 4" drop actually turns into almost 5" with the thicker axle diameter 2 3/8 round vs. 1.5 square plus the saddle mounts add .5 or so. the original axle drop looks more like 1.5 than 2 as well. multiple small oversights added up to being way off. and with all this lowering, i would have to have lower profile tires to fit into the wheel wells. 24" diameter tires would leave me with less than 2" clearance in the wells. since we will be using bias ply whitewalls, they usually run around 28" diameter at least the ones with the proper load range for this trailer. what is a good clearance in between the tire and wheel well?
hope that was coherent
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I wouldn't feel comportable with less than 3.5 inches when loaded. Leaf springs have more travel than torsion axles.
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