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Old 10-16-2016, 01:44 PM   #15
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My 2014 2500 17.5 has a 4" drop axle from Standens in Calgary. I'm thinking of replacing it with a straight axle because I only have 7" clearance for the axle and 3" clearance for the bottom of the 'U' bolts for the spring pack. So, I appreciate hearing of your experiences with the axle change.
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Old 10-16-2016, 02:01 PM   #16
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My 2014 2500 17.5 has a 4" drop axle from Standens in Calgary. I'm thinking of replacing it with a straight axle because I only have 7" clearance for the axle and 3" clearance for the bottom of the 'U' bolts for the spring pack. So, I appreciate hearing of your experiences with the axle change.
Very interesting. Yours is the first 17.5 I've heard of with a drop axle. I was very pleased with the axle change on my 17. I also changed to larger wheels and tires. I now run ST 225-75-15. By changing the axle, I picked up 4 inches and the larger tires gave me another inch of lift.
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Old 10-16-2016, 02:02 PM   #17
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Straight axle

The cost of new axle are very inexpensive , new axle with new brake and new drum $240 canadian fund
I install myself at home in 3 hours very simply
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Old 10-16-2016, 02:16 PM   #18
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Mark, a good place to buy new axles is Princess Auto,

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I'm looking for some first hand knowledge about lifting an 17.5 bigfoot.

Any help is appreciated.
:either in Coquitlam or Langley, they moved the location in Langley to the By Pass.
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Old 10-16-2016, 02:17 PM   #19
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U should never use old U-bolts always use new.

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The cost of new axle are very inexpensive , new axle with new brake and new drum $240 canadian fund
I install myself at home in 3 hours very simply
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Old 10-16-2016, 02:27 PM   #20
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Axle

Yess, new ubolt, new leaf spring and new wet shackle bolts
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Old 10-17-2016, 12:02 PM   #21
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Axle replacement

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I'm looking for some first hand knowledge about lifting an 17.5 bigfoot.

Any help is appreciated.
If you're installing a straight axle, for about $60. You can have the saddles welded on both top and bottom so you have a bit more flexibility on how high you want your lift. If you decide to raise higher, it would just be the cost of some U-Bolts and your time.
I got a 3" tube as well when I did mine!
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Old 10-17-2016, 02:09 PM   #22
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Bigfoot axle swap

Swapped the axle on a 1986 BF 17', worked great, particularly for winter camping in the Rockies.

Still have a brand-new shock absorber kit for it, sold the trailer before I got it mounted.
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Old 10-17-2016, 02:20 PM   #23
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Swapped the axle on a 1986 BF 17', worked great, particularly for winter camping in the Rockies.

Still have a brand-new shock absorber kit for it, sold the trailer before I got it mounted.
Is the shock kit for sale, if so what are you asking for it?Nick
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Old 10-19-2016, 05:06 PM   #24
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I replaced my drop axle with a Dexter straight axle and I installed a new set of brakes at the same time. Agree it's one of my favorite mods and did not affect towing behavior.
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Old 10-19-2016, 05:43 PM   #25
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I recently built a fully customized Beachcomber trailer, and I had a fabricator and Wildwood Metal Works built me an aluminum frame. He was able to source out someone local to build an adjustable torsion suspension that can be raised or lowered. Its REALLY cool. I would give them a call. That way you can always fine tune it. For instance... I wanted to store mine inside my garage for the winter, but lifted, it wouldn't fit with the AC unit on it, so I lowered it 4 inches (took me 15 mins) and then it fit just fine. Highly recommended and they weren't all that expensive. Their number is 1-604-427-3060.
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Old 10-20-2016, 12:17 PM   #26
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I changed my axle for a straight axle. I thought I would end up with the same clearance between the frame and the ground as I went from spring over the drop axle to spring under the straight axle. As it turned out the axle had an extra 4" clearance but the frame ended up lower.
Now I am thinking of having some square tubing welded to the frame where the springs connect to give me more ground clearance for the overall trailer.
I also had shock absorbers installed at the same time but there was so little vertical room I am not getting much travel on the shocks.
Does anyone have ideas about the safety around welding more square tubing to the underside of the frame? I have been discouraged from using longer shackles allegedly because they might make more sway. As it is there is no sway at all at any speed I can make the trailer go.
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Old 10-20-2016, 01:10 PM   #27
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Hello, I am next door to you in New Brunswick. Where did you get the axle from? Did you get the brakes separately? Thanks very much. James
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Old 10-20-2016, 01:34 PM   #28
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I changed my axle for a straight axle. I thought I would end up with the same clearance between the frame and the ground as I went from spring over the drop axle to spring under the straight axle. As it turned out the axle had an extra 4" clearance but the frame ended up lower.
Now I am thinking of having some square tubing welded to the frame where the springs connect to give me more ground clearance for the overall trailer.
I also had shock absorbers installed at the same time but there was so little vertical room I am not getting much travel on the shocks.
Does anyone have ideas about the safety around welding more square tubing to the underside of the frame? I have been discouraged from using longer shackles allegedly because they might make more sway. As it is there is no sway at all at any speed I can make the trailer go.
Can you crawl under the trailer and post a photo of the change. Specifically a photo of the wheel, spring and axle?
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