Originally Posted by zen_stream
Thanks. The clearance between the arm and the part that swings down to the brake drum just seem a little tight, which is why I was worried. I know that people have had to relocate the studs on the trailer frame. We didn't have to do that I guess?
I took the shock off the stud to confirm that its not pulling on the axel and it's not. I then put it back.
My other concern is that we screwed up the self alignment when he enlarged the flaired hole which the axle sits in. My understanding now is that you notch out only one side so you preserve the alignment. He was thinking the alignment came from the bolt holes... now I know that's not the case and we've possibly ruined the chances of ever getting the thing aligned. Possibly just ruined a perfectly good trailer.
Oof... Itís been a bad day.
Shock: Yes, looks tight, but as the torsion arm takes on a load, it will move up and send the shock up with it. So, under load there should be plenty of clearance for the shock to function properly.
Alignment: Needs to be checked, always and definitely. Its super easy - create a reference point as close to the coupler's hitch ball position at the front as possible. Sharpie mark on the coupler will do, even where the tongue jack goes through the steel. This is on the bottom, of course. You can now reference one side of the axle from the front of the bracket to the mark you made. Use a string. Then do the same on the other side and see if its even. We align to 1/16 of an inch in our shop. 1/8in is acceptable, maybe even 3/16 on a long trailer like yours. You can do the string method also to make sure the rear axle is in line with the front axle. reference from the front of the rear bracket to the rear of the front bracket. Both sides of course. After checking the alignment, and once the axle is in its ultimate position, Id suggest to spot weld a small section to keep it in place. If thats not practical, then drill a small hole through the axle mount and axle bracket and secure it will a 1/4 locknut and bolt if indeed the mounting holes are severely ovalized.
No, you have not ruined your trailer. Deep breath...deep breath..