Lift blocks for a SOA setup

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  1. Overland

    Overland Active Member

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    Running into a few issues that I thought I had figured better..

    Building a Coleman Colorado from frame up, looking to tow it behind the Grand Cherokee with a small lift. I already replaced the slipper spring setup for 1750lb 4leaf springs with a shackle and new Dexter axle bolted in spring over axle configuration. I don't think I can fit enough tire under it to use the Jeep wheels I had machined for the Dexter hubs. I'd like to stick with these 15x8 wheels as they match the Jeep.. I'd like a 235/75ish tire.. Jeep runs on 31's.

    Typically i'd find a set of lowering/lift blocks and call it a day... until I opt for a better suspension in the future. Problem i'm having is I cant find blocks in a 1.75" width and 1-2" tall reasonably priced. $75 to $150 is silly..

    Ordering 2" wide blocks and narrowing with a grinder on sides doesn't appear viable either as most blocks are aluminum with voids nowadays.

    If I opt for just using square tubing and grade8 hex head bolts, what thickness tubing for a trailer coming in around 1500lb max?

    1.75" aluminum/steel bar stock? Online?

    Appreciate input..
     
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    If you have the ability I would try to use a set of Cherokee springs for the trailer. Calculate the spring sag with the weight of your trailer and make or buy new hangers, shackles, and hardware to obtain the tire clearance you need. If you are set on lift blocks and can't find them in 1.75 than I would use 1/4 inch wall thickness tube
     
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    Why can’t you just use 2x3 tube or some kind of steel for a block instead of aluminum? Drill a hole in each end.
     
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    jnc Welcome from New Hampshire

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    I would guess that something has been done by now?
     
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    Toy(Yota) New Member

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    You never know, people work slow!

    Also I didn’t even notice the date of the original post [:D]
     
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    Cant use a 2x3 tube in a 1.75" space..

    I found some 3/8"x1.75" strap that will be stacked to desired height. Just need to find the time to get it done. Soon..
     
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    I'd stop by your local steel yard. Some many issues I've had were solved by talking with someone that owns stock [LOL][LOL][LOL][LOL]
     
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    Could you drill 1.75 holes spaced across the 2inch stock? So that ubolts run thru your life block, instead of outside?

    Or, walk a junkyard for blocks you find in rear axle applications - they'd cut out what you want. Might even find it in the axle pile?

    Happy hunting!
     
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    In the past I’ve notched out the block so the u bolts fit around it. Depends what kinda tools you’re working with though.
    If you tied the peices together though I don’t see a problem. These trailers are light and not abused like a utility or equipment trailer might be
     
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    Local spring shop could make new springs that would include the extra lift desired...just tell them the distance eye to eye, weight of the pup, and desired ride hight.
     
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    Suspension and 3500# axle are new.. 225's mounted. Just need a bit more room for them, the strap will work fine..


    225oncolorado.jpg
     
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    Looks awesome! It’ll be cool when they match the tow rig.
    I need to the same thing and get some adapters to 6x5.5 so I can run a Toyota bolt pattern!
     
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    Just curious as to the Cherokee springs in this application. We are towing ours with a 91 Cherokee that is lifted and we are looking to lift the trailer so when we do our desert activities we are not tearing up the bottom of the trailer and breaking plumbing. There are a ton of Cherokees in our local scrap yards. I am assuming this would just require a welding some hangers? or is there a bolt on solution. I would rather bolt on if possible, see how it performs and then move over to the welding if we are pleased with the results.

    Thank you for your input in advance!
     
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    The Cherokee leaf springs are probably twice the length of the campers current setup, some custom hangers and shackles would be required i'm sure. Not very difficult for someone familiar with fabrication.. any Jeep buddies you can ask a favor of?
     
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    blockinstalled.jpg

    BackatGarys1.jpg

    I see I never updated this thread, here's with the custom blocks and clearance I gained.
     
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    I can do the welding I just figured it's best to look at all of the different modifications that have been accomplished.
    I so dont like to reinvent the wheel.
     

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