Home   |  Message Board   |  Information   |  Classifieds   |  Features   |  Video  |  Boat Reviews  |  Boat DIY
Lifting a trailer - Walleye Message Central
Walleye Message Central

Go Back   Walleye Message Central > Boats, Motors, Electronics and Trailers > Trailers and Tow Vehicles

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 04-19-2021, 08:34 PM
SteelheadSlayer's Avatar
SteelheadSlayer SteelheadSlayer is offline
Minnow
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Jiggin
Posts: 62
Default Lifting a trailer

I just bought a 20' walleye boat (yay!!) but I need 2" of clearance (3-4" would be nice but probably not reasonable). I have done this before by adding a length of 2" square stock above axle and getting new longer u-bolts but that will not work on this new tandem axle trailer.
I also looked at some "Torflex" trailer lift kits...which will not work with my leaf springs.
Ok without further delay...
Here is what I'm working with, how would a guy go about lifting the frame a few inches??
--Two inch spacer BELOW leaf springs, buy longer U-Bolts...seem legit??
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_0356.jpg
Views:	109
Size:	326.3 KB
ID:	325814  
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2  
Old 04-19-2021, 09:10 PM
SteelheadSlayer's Avatar
SteelheadSlayer SteelheadSlayer is offline
Minnow
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Jiggin
Posts: 62
Default

Buddy just floated an idea of putting the leaf springs on top of the axle...could work?

Again asking the experts
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 04-19-2021, 09:18 PM
kliph's Avatar
kliph kliph is online now
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Western NY State
Posts: 2,302
Default

Did that.

After a so called "expert" rigged the boat and trailer, the boat
was hitting the fender.
Used 2 inch aluminum blocks, drilled holes for the longer U bolts.

That was a single axle trailer.
Good luck.
__________________
US Army, 67-69, Vietnam..
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #4  
Old 04-19-2021, 10:37 PM
Hot Runr Guy Hot Runr Guy is online now
Wallhanger
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: West Chicago, IL, USA.
Posts: 15,394
Default

use thicker bunks, and leave the frame alone? or use spacers between the existing bunks and the brackets?

HRG
__________________
"I've got a car with a trailer hitch, and a pocket full of money. Do you want to sell that boat today, or not?"
My Mentor, Bill Michalek, circa 1975
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 04-19-2021, 11:03 PM
SteelheadSlayer's Avatar
SteelheadSlayer SteelheadSlayer is offline
Minnow
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Jiggin
Posts: 62
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Hot Runr Guy View Post
use thicker bunks, and leave the frame alone? or use spacers between the existing bunks and the brackets?

HRG
Need to lift the frame, frame is what hits.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 04-19-2021, 11:35 PM
Eyecatcher23's Avatar
Eyecatcher23 Eyecatcher23 is online now
Keeper
 
Join Date: Dec 2019
Location: PA/NY
Posts: 383
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by SteelheadSlayer View Post
Buddy just floated an idea of putting the leaf springs on top of the axle...could work?

Again asking the experts[IMG class=inlineimg]https://www.walleyecentral.com/forums/images/smilies/smile.gif[/IMG]
Have done it on jeeps with no ill effects, don’t see why it wouldn’t work well on a boat trailer.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 04-20-2021, 08:44 PM
Cover Dog Cover Dog is offline
Keeper
 
Join Date: Mar 2018
Location: Chardon, Ohio
Posts: 186
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by SteelheadSlayer View Post
Buddy just floated an idea of putting the leaf springs on top of the axle...could work
Done often to travel trailers.
__________________
2018 Alumacraft Competitor 185cs Black/Red
2018 Yamaha F150XB - w/2019 Yamaha T9.9 high thrust
Terrova 80/60 w/I-Pilot / GARMIN 93sv EchoMap Plus
Heritage Custom Bunk-Torsion Axle w/Valt hubs
Towed by: 2018 Chevy Colorado Crew Cab 4x4 Longbed 8spd. or 2016 Winnebago 38Q
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 04-21-2021, 07:30 AM
Dacotah Eye Dacotah Eye is online now
Wallhanger
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: South Dakota.
Posts: 2,468
Default

When I bought a taller truck I had the axles on my fifth wheel "flipped" so the leaf springs are on top of them. I was told this is done a lot.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 04-22-2021, 07:12 AM
REW REW is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Nov 1999
Location: .
Posts: 38,256
Default

https://www.google.com/search?sxsrf=...w=1680&bih=907

===============================
https://www.google.com/search?q=trai...w=1663&bih=907

==================================
You can flip the axle - but note the issues in the following video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqTD8LUfIpM

----------------------
So, the basic solution is to put the axles below the springs, but when doing it, keep the axles in the same orientation to avoid issues with the axle crown and the brake work.

Best wishes
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 04-22-2021, 07:34 AM
Huntindave Huntindave is online now
Charter Member
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: IOWA.
Posts: 1,635
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by REW View Post
https://www.google.com/search?sxsrf=...w=1680&bih=907

===============================
https://www.google.com/search?q=trai...w=1663&bih=907

==================================
You can flip the axle - but note the issues in the following video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqTD8LUfIpM

----------------------
So, the basic solution is to put the axles below the springs, but when doing it, keep the axles in the same orientation to avoid issues with the axle crown and the brake work.

Best wishes
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dacotah Eye View Post
When I bought a taller truck I had the axles on my fifth wheel "flipped" so the leaf springs are on top of them. I was told this is done a lot.
Rew,
The term in this context, refers to flipping the position of the axel and the spring mount. One flips the spring mount to the opposite side of the axel and mount the axel to the opposite side of the springs.

In this context, the term does not mean to rotate the axel. Don't think anyone here was advising to rotate the axel into an upside down orientation.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:46 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2021 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.