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
  • Lippert Components

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.


Features:

  • 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
    • (8) 4-3/8" Long shackle straps
    • 14 Suspension bolts
    • 14 Hex flange nuts


Specs:

  • 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.



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


Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.




Video Transcript for Review of Lippert Components Trailer Leaf Spring Suspension - Spring Mounting Hardware - LC281285


Customer Reviews

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

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (137 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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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


Comments

After a year of use the Never Fail Bushings are still holding up.

Rick G - 07/05/2018

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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


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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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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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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


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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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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


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It has about 6000 miles and all is still well

guyser - 04/01/2017

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Really nice fit and finish, I used the kit to repair my car trailer. Everything fit nicely, works perfectly. 564319



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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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Not as fast shipping this time the bolts were to long had to shim them. Stripped 2 bolts at 50 ft /# not up to your normal excellent product. 415212



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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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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


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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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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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Went together easier than I thought it would. Trailer tracked very well on our trip to Florida last spring. Was dissapointed that the nuts were not self locking. Added some loctite thread locker for my own piece of mind. Was shocked how much wear on the shackles had occurred. 341768



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While we haven't travelled with our 5th wheel yet since installation of our new springs and and the Lippert Never Fail Suspension Upgrade Kit, I am very pleased so far. All of the parts arrived in less than 24 hours from the time I placed my order and etrailer representative was very knowledgeable and helpful. Everything looks great. 426138



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Great product. Easy install. Fast delivery and awesome communication from etrailer as always. 276991


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Absolutely perfect. Will probably outlast the trailer.

Don B - 07/28/2017

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Great kit with some issues. When tapping the shoulder bolts thru the bushings you need to use an old bolt or pin from the opposite side to ensure the holes align perfectly. I tore 2 bushings in half with the very sharp shoulder of the new bolts and had to order replacement parts. Also in trying to get the knurled head of the bolt to bottom out in the shackle strap I tried driving it in with a hammer like in the video and it wouldn't work. I found doubling up the shackle strap by using an old shackle strap on the threaded end of the bolt and an old nut to pull the knurled head into the strap worked much better. 437610



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Awsome 719267



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Haven't put them on yet. This winter. I'm impressed that etrailer is interested after a year of use! Gave 5 stars for that. 718216



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Product came on time. All of the pieces were there. 707469



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Complete Kit. Heavier than stock parts. Highly recommend. 704717



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This kit is an improvement to stock material and I am hopeful it will last as stated. 703612



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Great kit, comes with everything I thought I needed. I wish I had looked at some install videos before purchasing as I would have ordered the kit that included the equalizers. Once I started taking the old stuff apart I discovered the equalizers were not in very good condition. I was able to source them locally. Install was fairly easy once I learned the tricks. I thought I would be able to swap stuff out with one wheel still attached, you probably can but it is much easier and quicker to take both wheels off. It took a little over an hour and a half to do the first side and just under 40 minutes to do the other side. My only concern is that the bolts have a splined shoulder and the heads don't sit flat on the shackle brackets, I felt like if I tried to tighten them any more they would strip the threads. I think the bracket is too thick for the spline to go all the way through. The bolts sat properly in the brackets that hold the leaf springs and equalizers. Will keep an eye on them for the first few stops to make sure they stay put. Other wise was a fairly simple project. If your bracket are shot, chances are the equalizers are too. 696257



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I purchased this product to upgrade my suspension on a brand new travel trailer that I was going to pull to Alaska. I had heard that the roads could be a bit rough and hard on trailer suspensions and did not want to break anything because of the relative inflexibility of the stock system. The product was super easy to install, but I ended up using the longer shackle brackets that were in the suspension upgrade I purchased because I could not get the stock length brackets to line up correctly with the leaf springs. This resulted in a lot more suspension travel than I was anticipating, but seemed to do no harm as a result. The trailer pulled wonderfully all the way to Alaska and back, and did not result in any major upheavals within the trailer. The extra flexibility in the suspension did make it a bit trickier to level the trailer however, requiring greater block thickness on the side that needed to be raised. But ultimately this was no big deal. Ultimately I can only imagine how the stock system would have performed, and my imagination suggests that it would have not been a pretty sight inside the trailer. 696974



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Very good parts. Everything fit like it was supposed to. Although I do not use this particular trailer that often it needed the maintenance. Highly recommended if your trainer is in need of these parts. 673484



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Kit was out of stock and needed to wait . Not a problem on this job. TammieP communicated with me and kept me informed of anticipated time of arrival as well as another associate notifying me. Good customer service skills. The re-bush, bolts, nuts & shackles kit was just what I needed. Thank you TammieP. Lynn B 672266



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I am using this kit as replacement parts for my suspension. They are original replacements for mine. I wish it had wet bolts. 660415



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In this kit, I would suggest you also include the nuts for the "U" bolts that hold the spring to the axel. 658981



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As always etrailer sales came thru for me with a great price fast shipping and hi quality parts. Fit great the first time with absolutely no issues. New bolts bushings and bearing buddies on my car trailer, should be good to go for another 10k. Thanks again guys. 658415



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I purchased this to raise my 24 foot Terry 5th wheel to fit a 2013 2500 Silverado truck with 20 in tires. the kit worked great I pulled it from Arizona to Washington state with no problems with plenty of clearance. However I have since then sold this 5th wheel and bought a new one which fits our needs better now. would not hesitate to purchase again if need to lift another trailer. 647428



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Great product. Great company 640409



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fast delivery - haven't installed them yet but the packaging was solid, 638280



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Solved all my squeaking issues on my toyhauler. Everything went together well. This is a project most people could do, just be careful and set aside some time. At some point I'll need to re-do my car trailer bushings, and I'll be buying them from etrailer as well. 634722



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The ease of ordering with etrailer is unmatched, shipped super quick to us in Southeastern Pennsylvania, huge selection, very nice staff, unfortunately for the trailer guys down the street we'll always use etrailer. 620113



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Quick shipping and don’t forget the loc tite 616170



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I found when installing the Equa-flex system that all my bushings were completely worn out so installing the upgraded kit made a lot of sense glad I purchased it along with the Equa-flex 608001



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Excellent quality very happy with the products . Their tech line is very helpful we solved a problem with upgrading to a better quality parts. Cost and delivery very competitive . 600832



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Perfect service, perfect product. 599664



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Sorry no pictures but everything worked out great and very happy with my purchase and service thank you 592408



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Parts arrived quickly and as advertised. Very helpful staff when I called to confirm the size of the parts in this package. 588195



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Your product video gave me confidence that I was purchasing the right parts for my trailer. The entire experience of working with your company was excellent including your follow up after the sale to make sure the parts arrived and I have what I need. Thank you for treating your customers so well. 577624



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Parts came as described in box no missing pieces. Shipping was a bit expensive but overall happy with purchase. 573566



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Excellent product ,fast delivery. 562519



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Had a small issue with some of the order not received. Troy h took care of it quickly and efficiently. Great customer service from e-trailer. 562023



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All the correct parts 558079



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I have received this product as yet not installed 552658



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Instructions and videos were very helpful in making the decision to purchase and the installation process. 551769



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Worked great. Nuts are oblong (locking feature). I thought there where poor threads at first. 547862



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The parts were in good working order. I was very pleased at the speed of the filling of the order and its shipment! 545809


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They were very handy to install and work well.

Dave - 07/25/2019

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Fast Shipping; product as advertised. I’m completely satisfied. 542608



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Perfect installation! 538520


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  • There is no lubrication necessary for the Lippert Never Fail Bushings # LC281285. In fact they should not be lubricated since it can degrade the bushings. I've linked a video that shows the installation.
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  • What If My Shackle Straps Are Different Lengths Than The Lippert Never Fail Upgrade Kit LC281285
  • The correct length of shackle strap to use on your trailer will be based off of the leaf spring length as well as the equalizer dimensions. I recommend you use the same length that your trailer came with unless you replace the leaf springs with a different length or you change out the equalizers for ones that have different dimensions. That said, there really isn't anything special about the shackle straps included with the Never Fail Tandem Axle Suspension Upgrade Hardware Kit part...
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  • Does the Never Fail Tandem Axle Suspension Upgrade Hardware Kit # LC281285 Include Thick Shackles
  • No, the shackles of the Never Fail Tandem Axle Suspension Upgrade Hardware Kit # LC281285 are thinner at 1/8 inch width.
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  • Replacement Suspension For 2014 Forest River Fifth Wheel
  • We have the replacement suspension parts you need for your 2014 Forest River Fifth Wheel. The largest capacity springs we offer that have the eye-to-eye length you need are part # SP-111275. These measure 25-1/4 inches eye-to-eye. These are a 5-leaf spring and are designed for 6,000-lb capacity axles. Additional leaves in the springs will provide more stability as you mentioned. The 7,000-lb leaf spring we offer, part # SP-198275 measures 24-7/8 inches long eye-to-eye. I have attached...
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  • Why Lippert # LC281285 Never Fail Suspension Hardware Kit Has Two Different Sizes of Shackle Straps
  • Lippert provides both commonly used 2-1/4 and 3-1/8 inch shackle straps with the # LC281285 Upgraded hardware kit because you'd use whichever size is closest to the existing straps that join your springs to the equalizer, in order to keep the suspension geometry as close as possible to the way it originally was. I've linked you to our Double-Eye trailer suspension FAQ article, which I hope you'll find helpful.
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  • Torque Specs for Shackle Bolts on Never Fail Tandem Axle Suspension Upgrade Hardware Kit # LC281285
  • I spoke with my contact at Lippert and the shackle bolts should be torqued to 30 to 50 ft lbs. This is the same for fixed end of the spring as well as the shackles.
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  • Shackles on Leaf Springs Rubbing Frame of Trailer
  • Yes, this could be caused by worn out leaf springs on your trailer. Sometimes you'll see this caused by using shackles that are too long, but in this case it's probably safe to assume that this is being caused by worn out leaf springs. If you need help finding replacement springs, just let me know the length of your current springs and I can make a recommendation for your 3500-lb axles. To measure your springs, measure from the center of one eye to the center of the other. Below I've...
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  • Hanger Kit Recommendation for Equalizer that Measures 7-3/4 inches In Length
  • 7-3/4 inches from front hole center to back hole center of an equalizer is a pretty common size. For a replacement you'd want the part # TREQE1. Then for hardware we have the Never Fail Kit part # LC281285 which comes with a set of very durable bushings that are self lubricating which means no maintenance!
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  • Shock Kit for Travel Trailer
  • We do carry shocks for trailers that could work for your 2003 Kit Road Ranger. I was unable to locate a reference to the product number you mentioned but I recommend taking a look at the Lippert Components Bolt-On Shock Kits, and the right one for you will depend on your axle. Shock Kit # LC281255 is for leaf spring suspension systems with 3,500-lb (2-3/8") axles and Shock Kit # LC281281 is for leaf spring suspension systems with 5,200-lb to 7,000-lb (3") axles. The shocks on these...
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  • Determining Proper Suspension Bolt Installation
  • Suspension bolts should be as tight as possible WITHOUT restricting motion of the leaf spring or related parts. There is not a specific torque rating. The first thing you should make sure of is that the bolts you have are long enough so that when installed you will have at least 2 threads protruding from the nut. Next, make sure that the nut you are using is a locking type so that it cannot work loose and fall off. Next, if the bolt you are using has knurls at the bolt head you...
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  • Upgraded Wet-Bolt Options for a Tandem Axle Trailer
  • That is going to depend on how many axles you have, but for a wet bolt that is 3 inches long and has a 9/16 inch diameter that most trailers use you would want the part # 126B2. The price is available at the link below. For a tandem trailer you are most likely going to need 14 of these. The other option we have is the Never Fail suspension upgrade kit # LC281285 that comes with all new bolts, shackles, and self-lubricating bushings. With this you wouldn't have to ever mess with lubing...
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  • Suspension Enhancement for a 2005 Aljo 22.5 Tandem Axle Trailer
  • Leaf springs can end up stretching a little over time which is why it is very important to make sure that the 20-3/8" measurement from center eye to center eye for the 3-Leaf Double-Eye Spring # SP-169275 is compatible with your current suspension setup. If it will fit then there is no reason why you cannot use it. If you have two 2,000-lb axles on your trailer that means that the total weight capacity of your axles is 4,000 lbs (granted your tires are rated for at least that much)....
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