Lifted My Popup - Easier than you think

Discussion in 'Tires / Brakes / Bearings / Axles' started by dubs1856, May 4, 2006.

  1. dubs1856

    dubs1856 New Member

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    I ride dirtbikes and so most of my camping is done off the beaten path. I was concerned with ground clearance with the popup so I looked into lifting it a little bit to help with that. With a lift I could also fit a little larger tire on it to help prolong the life of the axle bearings. I couldn't find any info online to help me out so I just decided to take things apart and see how easy it would be to do. So it turns out it was pretty basic. I have a 02 coleman laramie and all I had to do was take off the u-bolts that hold the axle to the leaf springs and then remove the rear guide bolt that holds the back end of the leaf springs to the framd and allow the whole thing to drop. I cut the electric brake wires and rolled the axle assembly out of the way. I then moved the leaf springs back into position and installed the rear guide bolt. The axle has a hole in the mounting plate that is used to center the axle on the spring. Without any modifications I was able to flip the axle upside down and mount it to the bottom of the leaf springs ans that guide hole on the axle mount fit right over the nut on the bottom of the spring. I figure that this lifted the trailer somewhere in the neighborhood of 6 inches. I was then able to increase the tire size from 175-80-13 to a 215-75-14. This increased the diameter of the tire from 24 inches to 27 inches which should add some life to the bearings and let them run cooler. I'm taking it out to the desert this weekend and will see how it all works out...
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    2002 Coleman Laramie
    2005 GMC Sierra 2500HD Crew Cab Duramax/Allison
    1998 Honda XR400R - Dual Sport
    2006 Honda EU2000i
     
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    Aquaholic New Member

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    Any ideas on lifting a torsion axel?
     
  3. christate1970

    christate1970 Member

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    I ended up making a new axle for my PU. I wanted more clearance, and larger tires. I had to move my axle to the rear 2 inches. The flip down step door hit the tire when opened. I then put 2 inch blocks to raise a bit higher. I have pictures on my webshots.

    2005 Kia Sorento
    1980 Coleman
     
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    treatcg New Member

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    On my brothers 94 Jayco with torsion axel we just installed a 3" block where the axle and the frame mounted up. Of course we had to drill some new holes and used all Grade 8 hardware for nuts and bolts. I will try and get some pics this weekend.

    1999 Jayco Heritage Cascade
    2004 Ford F150 FX4
     

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