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Old 09-04-2012, 11:11 AM   #15
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I don't recommend wasting money on the axle flip. The axle rides so low that clearance is only about 2-3". I rode with one for a while, then when I decided to swap out to a straight axle and 15" wheels it turned out that one of the pins holding a spring was broken off and the spring was riding on the frame. It either broke from being old or the axle hitting something. One side of the drop was also bent, and one of the brakes was fried too. The old 14" load range "C" tires were also inadequate - they bulged way too much and one popped while I was inside the trailer one night, prompting the whole upgrade. Now I have 3 good steel wheels with load range D tires, a strong straight axle, new brakes, decent clearance and no worries.
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Old 09-04-2012, 11:14 AM   #16
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Oh, I see yours is newer, so the age and deterioration issues may not apply. I still think the drop axle is crap though, and 14" wheels too small for the trailer size.
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Old 09-04-2012, 05:07 PM   #17
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What I meant by "flipping the axle" was placing the leaf springs above instead of below the axle; and yes with the newer bigfoots it is a straight axle with 15 inch wheels stock.
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Old 09-04-2012, 06:52 PM   #18
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Yes, that is what I had done. All it accomplished in my case was getting the frame up high enough not to scrape the ground all the time, but it turned out to be kind of a waste of $200 or whatever it cost, since the axle, wheels and brakes really needed replacing anyway. If you already have a straight axle and good wheels, it will raise you up about 3" and probably won't hurt anything.
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Old 09-04-2012, 10:07 PM   #19
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Yes, that is what I had done. All it accomplished in my case was getting the frame up high enough not to scrape the ground all the time, but it turned out to be kind of a waste of $200 or whatever it cost, since the axle, wheels and brakes really needed replacing anyway. If you already have a straight axle and good wheels, it will raise you up about 3" and probably won't hurt anything.
Cool, I think 3" would be about perfect. The stock is just a bit too low!
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Old 09-05-2012, 09:15 AM   #20
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Since this thread is active again, I want to clarify the axle tube diameter on our 2004 Bigfoot is 2-3/8 inches, not 3" as previously posted. It is a straight 3500# Standens axle. In the process of removing the 2" lowering blocks installed by the original owner, the old 8" U-bolts were removed using an air driven cutting wheel and replaced with new 6" U-bolts made of half inch steel. I had the work done by a local shop at the same time the bearings and brakes were serviced. Tire clearance is much improved! The original tires were ST225/75R15 per the 2004 sales brochure that I have a photocopy of. However, the original spare I just replaced was ST215/75R15 and a 225 tire does not want to fit in the continental kit. Go figure! The original tires were C load range, but I switched to D when I replaced them in July.
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