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Old 07-09-2011, 11:35 AM   #1
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1975 Scamp 13 leaf spring conversion?

Hello all! Just wanted some input before I do something dumb. Can a Scamp's torsion be replaced by a leaf spring setup? Would there be any advantage or problems associated with such a conversion. My trailer seems to be sagged pretty bad. I have a local frame and axle shop that said that if possible that they could replace the current setup with a leaf setup for around $250.00...seemed quite reasonable and about half the cost quoted from Scamp. Just curious, any input would be appreciated. Thanks! Doug
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Old 07-09-2011, 02:07 PM   #2
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I have to keep an eye on this post...... my axle was replaced in 2004 with a torflex axle but i would down the road prefer leaf springs. I read a post way back that said it was possible but maybe someone that did it will chime in.
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Old 07-09-2011, 02:44 PM   #3
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I've never considered going back to leafs but I have considered adding shocks.

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Old 07-09-2011, 03:03 PM   #4
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I have a Compact Jr. with leaf springs. It kind of bobbles down the road. It is real bouncy an bounces from side to side. I had Scamp install a new axel under an older Scamp 13 with foreward facing axel. It only took them about two hours to do the axel swap. The trailer ride was was great after the new axel was installed. If you use Scamp for your axel swap make sure you make an appointment.
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Old 07-10-2011, 07:08 PM   #5
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I've never considered going back to leafs but I have considered adding shocks.

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I think shocks added to one of these torflex axles would be a good idea.
I was behind mine today and seen some bouncing that could easily be controlled with just about any shock...couldnt take much to mount them im sure.....Bruce
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Old 07-21-2011, 04:42 PM   #6
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I have a Compact Jr. with leaf springs. It kind of bobbles down the road. It is real bouncy an bounces from side to side. I had Scamp install a new axel under an older Scamp 13 with foreward facing axel. It only took them about two hours to do the axel swap. The trailer ride was was great after the new axel was installed. If you use Scamp for your axel swap make sure you make an appointment.
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Kind of what I was thinking might be the case...the current torsion axle seems to track perfeclty down the road...And I'm only about 6 hours from the Scamp factory...
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Old 07-22-2011, 05:44 AM   #7
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My findings were . When you get leaf springs lite enough for a lightweight trailer they are prone to snapping when brakes are applied hard. My solution was to add shocks with adjustable helper springs available from JC Whitney for around 60.bucks.In the VW section.
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Old 07-22-2011, 11:03 AM   #8
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LL do you have any photos of what this looks like? I can't picture there being enough space.
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Old 07-22-2011, 11:19 AM   #9
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LL do you have any photos of what this looks like? I can't picture there being enough space.
Sure they are burried somewhere in this forum but I cant find it .So will look them up and postt
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Old 07-23-2011, 10:39 PM   #11
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Lyndon, tipping your trailer on it's side sure must have made it easy to install those shocks!
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