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Old 08-08-2007, 04:53 PM   #1
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I need to raise my 5er. Is it safe to add lift blocks between the axles and the spring? I already did the spring over axle swap, but it wasn't enough. I'd like to add 2" maybe 4" blocks. Thanks
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I need to raise my 5er. Is it safe to add lift blocks between the axles and the spring? I already did the spring over axle swap, but it wasn't enough. I'd like to add 2" maybe 4" blocks. Thanks
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One thing you'll notice with these blocks will be a significantly increased tendency for spring wrap during braking.

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Old 08-09-2007, 06:36 PM   #4
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Dexter and Al-KO Kober will have the most accurate answer. There must be a very valid reason no trailer I've ever seen has them.
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i have to ask
Why so high???
just curious
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Old 08-12-2007, 12:32 PM   #6
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Even with the axle flip, I still only have 4 inches of bed rail to trailer clearance, and my trailer still rides high in the front. Having a 97 F350 CC 4x4(stock no lift) has a lot to do with it.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Gruss:
Even with the axle flip, I still only have 4 inches of bed rail to trailer clearance, and my trailer still rides high in the front. Having a 97 F350 CC 4x4(stock no lift) has a lot to do with it. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>


been there done that
my 1992 f250 4x4 suppercab was a bit on the thin side for bedrail clearance. never had much more than 4 " clearance myself.
i had a 1996 coachmen fiver then and yep the tail was low and the front high.
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gruss, you should be able to lower the rear of the tow vehicle..see the service manager at any ford dealership...happy camping..joncar
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Old 08-15-2007, 07:39 AM   #9
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Gruss,
I am having my new-to-me Jayco 285RKS worked on right now so I can tow it with my 1 ton Dodge. The dealer is doing an axle flip and installing 1.5" blocks. I don't know why this camper seems so low but the PO scraped the sheetmetal of the overhang. I am not a big fan of blocks but they assure me that they've been very successful with them.

My Dutchmen has an axle flip only plus larger tires and the clearance is 4" at the very back. Not a huge issue with a short bed but the long bed has hit because of the extended lever action about the rear axle.

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Ford does offer a lowering kit for their trucks. Might want to check that out instead of getting the trailer higher in the air and farther away from the ground.
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Thanks for the input. I know about the 2" blocks to replace the 4" ones on the rear of the truck. I just don't want to lower the truck.
SteveB please let me know how the 1.5 blocks work out for you. Pictures would nice also. Thanks again.
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often the differance between a SRW F-350 and F-250 is the springs and a taller block. most of the time the springs are 2 stage meening the secondary isnt sitting on the pads until the truck drops 3 " . putting F-250 rear axel blocks should drop the truck 1 ~2" in the rear with nothing else.
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There is another option since you rule out lowering the Ford, as their kit does quite nicely. Some 5er owners have had the entire spring hangers removed, a box-channel welded to the frame, and the spring hangers re-welded to the channel. I'd check with the frame manufacturer first.
I just looked at my 5er's suspension. The axles are under the springs,and it has a 1" spacer between the springs and axles. I really doubt another 2" will induce "spring wrap" on your trailer.
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