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Old 01-09-2020, 02:08 PM   #1
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Trailer suspension - Is this a problem?

New tires arrived, so I used the leveling jacks on my trailer yesterday to raise all 4 wheels off the ground and remove the wheels. After the new tires were installed I put the wheels back on and lowered the trailer.

When I did, I saw that the articulated suspension bit that goes between the leaf springs is cockeyed. Is this something that will right itself as I pull out of the yard or do I need to jack it back up and do something?



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The shackles on the left side need to be like the ones on the right. If you Jack it back up you should be able to get it to move to the correct position.
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Agreed--you need to fix it when the shackles get flipped like that. The shackle on the left side of the pic is in compression, and it is only strong enough to be in tension.
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Old 01-09-2020, 03:29 PM   #4
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NO....it will NOT right itself when you tow it.


You will have to lift and force the left shackle back into position


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Old 01-10-2020, 09:47 AM   #5
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I feel like I should be able to figure this out, but I've failed so far today.

How do I fix it?

When I raise the trailer, both shackles drop. When I lower it, only one pops back.

Thanks in advance for any tips/tricks.
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Old 01-10-2020, 10:22 AM   #6
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Put a floor jack under the spring that's correct, on the right in your pic, and start jacking. That should tilt the equalizer CCW as you start lifting, eventually causing the shackle on the left to go over-center. Hopefully, it'll stay that way as you lower it, which I expect it will.
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^^ Thanks. It worked perfectly and all is well now.
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What Good Year tire is that, look nice.
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^^ Thanks. It worked perfectly and all is well now.
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