Anyone add a lift kit to their Aliner?

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  1. razcob

    razcob Member

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    I am considering adding a lift kit to my 2012 Ranger 12, because I plan to take this on moderate off road trails. The kit lifts the frame a nearly 3 inches, but am not sure if it is worth the effort. The additional height may be beneficial, but I was wondering if anyone has lifted theirs and developed any handling issues.

    Also, if anyone has a Ranger with an 'offroad' package, did they add a lift or is it a different axle from the factory?

    https://www.etrailer.com/Accessories-and-Parts/Dexter-Axle/K71-723-01.html
     
  2. rcaldwel

    rcaldwel New Member

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    Lifted Aliner with Dexter 3" kit and new 3500 Lb. dexter axle with 24 Degree angle
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  3. razcob

    razcob Member

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    rcaldwel,
    I have a 2000 lbs, AL-KO axle, and this company was bought out by Dexter. Did you replace your AL-KO with a Dexter?
     
  4. Chloe

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    We have a Ranger 12 off-road and I believe it’s a different axle because it’s rated for 3000 lbs (vs. 2500 lbs on the standard). The wheels are 14” (vs. 13”). Tires seem pretty rugged, too.

    Look here: http://aliner.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Aliner-Comparison-Grid.pdf
     
  5. razcob

    razcob Member

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    I understand the axle is 3000 lbs, but does it have a 'c' channel piece of steel lifting it?
    A picture of one side of the axle would be greatly appreciated.
     
  6. Chloe

    Chloe Member

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    Does this help?
     

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  7. rcaldwel

    rcaldwel New Member

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    Yes. It is a Dexter axle 3500 lb. with a 24 degree down angle

    bob
     
  8. razcob

    razcob Member

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    Thanks Bob and Chloe for the pic and the information on the degree angle!!
    That is the axle I want.
    You have been helpful, but do you know the part number for that axle?
     
  9. Chloe

    Chloe Member

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    Here’s the sticker on it:
     

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  10. razcob

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    Chloe, thanks for the picture, but the serial number is at the bottom of the sticker, which isn't visible.

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    On all Dexter OEM trailer axles produced after April 2001 there is a nine digit number which can be found near the center on the rear side of the axle beam. Look for the words 'DEXTER AXLE' and the serial number (lot #) will be located directly under the name.

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  11. Chloe

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    Oh, of course... lol.
    They put the sticker on upside down and wrapped to the top, making it super hard to photograph.
     

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  12. razcob

    razcob Member

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    Thank you!!!
     
  13. rcaldwel

    rcaldwel New Member

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    For the 3500 lb. dexter axle I oordered from
    theoempartsstore.com
    and the order was:
    10TF35-545E-EZ 3500 Lb #10 Torflex Axle 5 on 4.5" Electric w.EZ Lube


    Bob
     
  14. razcob

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    Thanks, great information. The listing says it comes with brakes, but not springs and hardware.
    What parts did you need to make it complete?
     
  15. rcaldwel

    rcaldwel New Member

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    It is complete, these are torsion axles and bolt right into existing holes. It did come complete with 10" brakes and drums. Just bolt in and wire up to existing brake wiring.their website and customer service walks you through the measuring and ordering process.
     
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  16. razcob

    razcob Member

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    Thanks, you saved me many phone calls.

    Did you add bigger tires?
     
  17. rcaldwel

    rcaldwel New Member

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    Goodyear Endurance 205 75R 15
     
  18. razcob

    razcob Member

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    I guess it depends on where you live, but how much was freight?

    Something must be wrong. I entered my information and freight is $9.95. Reading down further, it does say actual freight
     
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  19. rcaldwel

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    razcob
    you might try etrailer.com as well. I think you might get better pricing.

    Bob
     
  20. razcob

    razcob Member

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    I checked with etrailer and they don't sell these axles.
    rcaldwel, I am looking to lift the camper 3-4 inches. You mentioned that you have a 24 degree down, the current offers are 22.5 and 45 down. How much extra lift did you get, and how did you know prior to ordering the 24 degree that this was the lift you wanted to achieve? My current axle is 0 degrees.
     

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