John E Davies Posted January 19, 2017 Share Posted January 19, 2017 This has been discussed before, but I am not sure if there is a thread dedicated to the topic. I am in the process of working with Jason to convince him to do this before delivery. He states that Dexter does not recommend the mod, which is odd, to say the least. Axle lift: Dexter makes simple no-weld spring-over kits for $60 MSRP per axle. I have never read anything about them not recommending this mod. ... Welding is not necessary, though it is recommended. I do not see why it would be needed since the kit ties into the existing bracket using spacers. If I have this done locally or do it myself (easy) I understand that it will might affect my axle warranty. Will it affect other parts of the Oliver warranty? Negative consequences: It will increase the CG by raising the cabin about 4 inches. I can live with that - it is already supremely stable. 4 inch spacer blocks under the three jacks will be needed, or I can cut off the pads and fabricate bolt-on extension tubes. I prefer blocks, to keep the jacks higher off the ground for clearance, the front one mainly. Mudflaps will be required (though they should be installed by the factory on the standard trailer). Aerodynamic drag will increase. The steps will be higher off the ground when deployed, making entry a little harder. Brake wires might need to be cut and extended using waterproof (heat shrink) splices. Bump stops need to be installed to prevent over-travel. I am still researching this, I am not sure they are really needed. On my utility trailer I have not seen any problems. Neutral ones: The lift is very easily reversed if a new owner wanted to lower the ride height. The lower shock mounting plates can be relocated to the top of the axles, so the original shocks can be retained. The coupler and ball height will be increased (OK for my tall heavy duty truck, probably an issue with smaller tow vehicles). Positive ones: The steps will be higher off the ground (more ground clearance when stowed). The departure angle and clearance under front jack will be greatly improved, reducing risk of dragging, expensive damage and a possible tow bill. Clearance under the springs is improved (less hardware is hanging down, the ubolt nuts are now located up high. Cost is minimal ($120 plus labor) and can be done by any shop or skilled owner. It would by far be best to do this when upgrading the shackle bolts. It will look cool. This is important, LOL. I can understand Oliver not wanting to do this for liability reasons, but it is definitely a mod that some customers would greatly appreciate. Please discuss. Would you order a trailer with this as a factory option, for say $500? John Davies Spokane WA 2 "Mouse": 2017 Legacy Elite II NARV (Not An RV) Two Beds, Hull Number 218, See my HOW TO threads: https://olivertraveltrailers.com/topic/john-e-davies-how-to-threads-and-tech-articles-links/ Tow Vehicle: 2013 Land Cruiser 200, 33" LT tires, airbags, Safari snorkel. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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