Replacement Suspension For 2014 Forest River Fifth Wheel

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My suspension is wore out on my fifth wheel. The driver side tire sidewalls are rubbing on the slide out mechanism. The trailer has 2 - 6k axles under it. I think I want to go to a wet bolt kit with HD shackle straps. Which kit should I order? I Called Lippert, and they said my chassis was built new with the Never Failinch bushing and should be good for life, but your warranty expired. I would like to replace the Rubber Equalizers, as the mounting and pivot holes are elongated. Can I get wet bolts for these as well? Are the difference between Lippert or Dexter made ones? I also need new leafs, as the old ones are starting to flatten the top leaf at the end of the second leaf. Stock leafs are 4 leafs and measure 1 3/4inch by 25 1/2inch eye to eye, sitting on the work bench. What will more leafs do? Can I upgrade to the 7k axle leafs to help prolong any flattening again?

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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 a link to the tandem-axle suspension kits you can check out. You will need to compare the hangers, equalizers, and shackles to make sure you get the correct size for your trailer. A kit like the Lippert Never Fail kit, part # LC281285 includes the self-lubricating bushings. Wet bolts cannot be used with self-lubricating bushings because it can cause the bushings to degrade.

The Dexter E-Z Flex Heavy Duty Rubber Equalizers we offer, part # K71-652-00 is designed for an axle spacing of 33-inches and designed for axles with a capacity up to 6,000-lbs.

We also offer the suspension components as separate items. I attached links to those as well. Or you can let me know what side shackles, equalizers, and hangers are needed and I will be glad to make some recommendations that will work for you.

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