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Old 07-15-2015, 02:33 AM   #15
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A drop axle is probably going to be the only appropriate action given the space you have to work with. Reason I know is that I made the conversion to straight axle this month on my 1954 Flying Cloud. Check to see how much travel your suspension has before bottoming out, that will determine if spacers will even be possible. As for my setup, I just pulled the original drop axle in favor of a straight axle and the added height. In addition, had the springs re-arched to get another inch and 1/4. That part was necessary given the three inch clearance to bottoming out was reduced by an axle a full inch taller. Rule of thumb: You want to have a minimum of three inches space for spring travel. Although less may suffice, having an axle slam into the frame can't be a good thing. A good suspension shop will take your leaf packs apart, inspect and clean them up. If they're not heavily rusted they'll give you many more years of service, and the 36 inch length is favorable to anything shorter as they provide a smoother ride and spread the impact as the trailer was designed.

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Old 07-16-2015, 07:01 AM   #16
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I have plenty of space for spring travel, but it turns out my shock mount is welded to the bottom of the spring so I cannot easily add a spacer...
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Old 07-16-2015, 08:17 AM   #17
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Be sure that after adding a lowering block the axle will not hit the bottom of the trailer when going down the road. That being OK, install lowering blocks using longer U bolts. The distance between the lower and upper shock mounts will remain the same. What will change is the distance between the top of the axle and the bottom of the trailer, which is what you are after.


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Old 07-16-2015, 10:34 AM   #18
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Looks like the po cheaped out and did not put a drop axle on to replace the original.

You may have to spring for a new axle. How about posting a photo.

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Old 07-20-2015, 07:59 AM   #19
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Turns out bottoming out would be an issue. Axle is currently three inches below frame so a 2 inch spacer would leave too little clearance. Also, shock absorber is mounted below leaf spring - see attached pic.
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You have a Bambi with what appears to be 7+ leaves in that leaf pack. It appears this vehicle is set to handle a full load of masonary. The easy fix would be to remove 2 to half of the leaves go get the proper ride qualities. This vehicle is over sprung!

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You have a Bambi with what appears to be 7+ leaves in that leaf pack. It appears this vehicle is set to handle a full load of masonary. The easy fix would be to remove 2 to half of the leaves go get the proper ride qualities. This vehicle is over sprung!

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That is actually my Flying Cloud. I agree the leaf springs seem oversize. Not sure I am remove leaves though without bottoming out. More info earlier in this thread...
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