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Never Fail Tandem Axle Suspension Upgrade Hardware Kit for Double Eye Springs

Never Fail Tandem Axle Suspension Upgrade Hardware Kit for Double Eye Springs

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Upgrade your tandem-axle trailer's suspension with this hardware kit. Outfits your trailer with 14 extra-durable, self-lubricating bushings; 16 corrosion-resistant shackle straps in different lengths; and 14 sturdy suspension bolts with nuts. Lowest Prices for the best trailer leaf spring suspension from Lippert Components. Never Fail Tandem Axle Suspension Upgrade Hardware Kit for Double Eye Springs part number LC281285 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.
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Lippert Components Trailer Leaf Spring Suspension - LC281285

  • Suspension Kits
  • Spring Mounting Hardware
  • Double Eye Springs
  • Tandem Axle
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Upgrade your tandem-axle trailer's suspension with this hardware kit. Outfits your trailer with 14 extra-durable, self-lubricating bushings; 16 corrosion-resistant shackle straps in different lengths; and 14 sturdy suspension bolts with nuts.


  • Upgrade kit lets you replace the bushings, shackle straps, bolts, and nuts in your trailer's suspension system
    • Designed for use on tandem-axle trailers with double-eye leaf springs
  • Never Fail bushings fit into spring eyes and equalizer bolt holes to ensure proper sizing for suspension bolts
    • Extra-durable, modified polyamide construction never wears out
    • Self-lubricating and maintenance-free - no messy grease required
  • Shackle straps help secure leaf springs to your trailer
    • Differently sized straps included to accommodate a variety of suspension systems
    • Steel construction with corrosion-resistant zinc finish
  • Suspension bolts join components - springs, shackle straps, equalizers - together


  • Kit contains:
    • 14 Never Fail Bushings
    • (8) 3-1/2" Long shackle straps (measured center to center on bolt holes)
    • (8) 4-3/8" Long shackle straps (measured center to center on bolt holes)
    • 14 Suspension bolts
    • 14 Hex flange nuts
  • Bushing dimensions:
    • Inner diameter: 9/16"
    • Outer diameter: 11/16"
    • Length: 1-3/4"
  • Suspension bolt length: 3-1/4"
    • Bolt thread size: 7/16"-20
  • Shackle strap thickness: 3/16"
  • Warranties:
    • Lifetime for Never Fail bushings
    • 1-Year limited for shackle straps, bolts, and nuts

Dimensions of suspension bolt

Never Fail bushings from Lippert are designed to be the last replacement bushings you'll ever need for your trailer's suspension system. Their modified polyamide construction is extra-durable and can outlast nylon or bronze bushings. Plus, Never Fail bushings are maintenance-free and self-lubricating - no need to use messy grease, replace, or worry about them for as long as they are on your trailer.

Illustration of a tandem axle trailer suspension system

Shackle straps (or shackle links) are used to attach your leaf springs to the hangers and equalizers on your trailer. On tandem-axle trailers, the rear of the first leaf spring and the front of the second leaf spring are attached via shackle links to the equalizer. Suspension bolts hold the various moving components of a trailer suspension system together and serve as the pivot points in the system.

281285 Lippert Components (LCI) Never Fail Bushing, Shoulder Bolt, and Shackle Link Upgrade Kit - Double Axle

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Never Fail Tandem Axle Suspension Upgrade Hardware Kit for Double Eye Springs - LC281285

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (157 Customer Reviews)

Upgrade your tandem-axle trailer's suspension with this hardware kit. Outfits your trailer with 14 extra-durable, self-lubricating bushings; 16 corrosion-resistant shackle straps in different lengths; and 14 sturdy suspension bolts with nuts.

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I like the suspension kit all the parts that was needed and everything fit good seem to be wearing good also thanks 745817

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It's hard to tell if the bushings are holding up without taking apart the suspension. But I've been on long trips over rough roads and all seems fine after a year of use. My only complaint is the shackle brackets were thinner than what I had. Also the job was certainly more difficult than the video portrayed... mostly getting the old bushings out. 463513

A year later and all is well. The fifth wheel has been cross country twice including Newfoundland with no apparent problems. Suspension is quieter as well.
Jack - 12/29/2018


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The shackle straps and bushings were totally worn out. I ordered the never fail trailer suspension kit which contained all the parts needed to do the job. No surprises with wrong parts or parts that don't fit. After a year of use, and about 2200 miles, the suspension is holding up fine. I would recommend this kit to anyone looking to rebuild their suspension on their trailer. 400226

After a year of use the Never Fail Bushings are still holding up.
Rick G - 07/05/2018


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This is the second set of "Never Fail" bushings I have installed on this trailer. They are excellent bushings and last way longer than any I have tried before. I would give a five star rating except for the name "Never Fail". Anyone who knows the mechanics of suspension knows there if no such thing as never fail in bushings. But these lasted 32K miles on a two axle 9K pound 5th wheel trailer which is easily twice what I've gotten out of other bushings. So these are great bushings; just don't expect them to last forever!! You can see in the pictures that the bushings are badly worn after 32 thousand miles .... but they hadn't failed yet!! 509198

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I received product the hardware is too long . When I order I thought the never fails axle suspension upgrade was a better choose than economy value one but the bolts are 3 1/8 long but I need 3 in. Customer service was no help. Now I would need to send about 50 dollars to get the correct bolts. 436454

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One should not have issues with a 3 year old camper but things do happen. I got to inspecting the tire ware and noticed that the shackles had way to much play in them so I pulled one off and inspected it. Sure enough the were ob-longed and not just one but 4 of them. A closer look and the plastic bushings were dead. I went to the inteweb and sent an email to etrailer. Less than 24 hrs I had a response. I called the next morning and had a great conversation with their support team. They recommended a never fail tandem rebuild kit for the Lippert axle. That was on a Wednesday and I had the parts Friday and today I put it all together. No instruction but not really needed. They do have a video to watch if you need. I still wonder about the "Never Fail" part of the add but will check on all the part next spring. Great service and quality parts, can't ask for much more than that. 380111

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I purchased this for my 2015 Cougar XLite 27RKS fifth wheel camper. I have about 25,000 miles on it and the shackles were about to break at the top. It was a great fit, I used the short shackle straps, bushings and bolts. The CRE/3000 Cougar equalizers have brass bushings, I replaced the top bushing and bolt but left the two lower brass bushings and used the new bolts. I had to pass a 9/16th bit through the top bushing to fit the bolt but all came out nice. The furthest forward bolts and furthest rearward bolts on the springs are longer than the ones supplied with the kit so I replaced the bushings and reused the old bolts. I now have four extra bushings, four extra bolts and four long shackle straps. I noticed the long straps could be re-drilled and cut shorter for a complete replacement of one side in the future. I have been a long time customer of etrailer and they haven't disappointed me yet. The package arrived just as they said it would, safe and sound. They don't come with instructions but the video does a good job. The bushings don't come out as easy as the video shows, I used a screw driver and drift punch. I used a short piece of pipe to seat the bolt splines into the shackle straps on the bench rather than beating on the equalizer, they went right in with a little wiggling. I used the camper landing gear to raise the camper and two scissor jacks for the axles. I also didn't remove the tires. The total job took maybe two hours. All in all a good product and worth the peace of mind. 576663

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Product appears to be heavy duty in design. Time will tell if the bushings hold up as described. Installed on my lawn care trailer and we average approximately 35 - 50 miles per day, 5-6 days per week. Always pleased in doing business with E-trailer.com. 523177

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I will give them 5 stars for ease of installation an what appeared to be quality hardware. Time will tell though if they will last. Only about 50 miles on them so far but no more squeeking from my RV suspension. 430939

After a year and a few thousand miles suspension is back to sqweaking. Will do bronze and grease next time.
RLo - 09/10/2018


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Installed the Never Fail Upgrade Kit subsequent to doing an axle flip on my trailer. The only complaint I have is regarding the suspension bolt nuts. I did not use air tools during assembly, only hand tools and still managed to strip the threads on a couple of nuts which necessitated a trip to the hardware store. A couple of tips: Ensure that any hammering on the suspension bolts is done and the bolts fully seated before installing the nuts. Do not be tempted to pull stubborn bolts through or attempt to seat the suspension bolts by torquing the nuts down. Also, don't hammer on the side of your equalizer. Hammer the suspension bolts into the shackle straps first and then bolt them to the equalizer. In summary, I would definitely buy again. I would have given five stars without the trip to the hardware store. I would consider upgrading the nuts to Grade 8. As a side note, it was great doing business with etrailer. I had a couple of questions that were very quickly answered, even during the weekend. Great communications and shipping notifications and the items were packaged very well. I will be doing more business with etrailer in the future. 484983

One year later and no issues. Not a lot of miles mind you, but no issues nevertheless.
Mike L - 03/16/2019


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Everything needed was there and fit perfectly. Pay attention when assembling stamped links - holes have slight taper and when positioned so larger diameter hole faces the direction the bolts enter things slide together easily. It is amazing how the new parts eliminated all the excess slop in joints. 242658

It has about 6000 miles and all is still well
guyser - 04/01/2017


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Good product 856492

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Good product, locking nuts and bolts, never fail bushings went right in using a bolt. Works as advertised. 852861

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Parts came in fast and were great. 848025

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These shackle plates are 3/16" thick and the Dexter originals are 1/4". The bolts are the same length so there is too much play IMHO. I did use the never-lube bushings,which I like and the bolts. 823055

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no problem except I did have one bolt get loose and lost it while trailering a vehicle. got it fixed with no further problems. great product and the videos helped too. 809163

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Products are good, but man trying to call them on the phone-impossible, don't know if it is a covid thing or not. 790116

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It’s a perfect replacement kit for old, worn out leaf spring suspension parts. If you need a kit for a double axle trailer, order the triple axle kit. I had issues with a few of the shackle straps not being drilled straight. It created an issue when trying to align the leaf spring and equalizer. I sorted through all the straps before installing them to make sure I didn’t use those. Not an issue with etrailer, it’s a quality issue from LCI. 786812

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I received my order in a timely manor and in good condition. I found the measurements online most helpful to matchup with what I needed. When I went to install the parts they fit just as they should. Thanks 782700

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Everything showed up in great condition with two types of set up options and extras to boot. I knew how to install but the instructions that came were complete and helpful if you are a first timer. I used them to upgrade my 3500lb axles to 6000lb because i have been hauling 11000lbs of water .. 1 year later and everything is still working great!! I recommend the higher quality inserts. 779687

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Used with new suspension install. All went well. 776219

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Very good product,easy install 769612

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Everything was great, only I should of read small print. Didn’t come with new nuts. 769879

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first and foremost, your assistance on the phone was excellent! received the products for my trailer and they look really good...sturdy, well made and all that i need to complete the repairs. fast shipping too! thank you! 749548

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