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Old 05-28-2012, 02:58 PM
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Default Moving trailer axles.

I'm have a problem with my horse trailer dragging a lot on uneven spots. It sits very low but easily scrapes the ground. I read you can move the axles under the springs? From what I can gather it look pretty easy I would just need to weld new plates to the bottom of the axle tube. Has anyone done this? I think it will give me the Clearance I need but not make it to high horses cant get on the trailer.

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Are you spindles offset from the axle tube or is the tube "pre-stressed"
aka bent. If not just rotate the axle tube 180 degrees.
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I can't remember if it's off set or not. Lol. But yes it does have a camber in it.

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The plate you mention might just be part of the u-bolts and not welded
on. Hard to tell with out looking at it.
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I have done this about 3 years ago . The axle were in fact pre stressed ( bent ) after cutting the plates off , i lined them up on the other side of the axle by bolting them back to the axle . them tack welding them . Droped em down a bit . then welded them up with 7018 ,s No ill effects and worked fine .
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I'll have to look that there welded but I'm pretty sure they are. I was not planning to cut the old ones off figured it would make it easier to line the new ones up. I'm talking about the plate that the springs sit on in between the axle.

The plate I'm talking about are these.


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I'll have to look that there welded but I'm pretty sure they are. I was not planning to cut the old ones off figured it would make it easier to line the new ones up. I'm talking about the plate that the springs sit on in between the axle.

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Even better idea to make new ones ,
By bolting it all to the axle was the easy way to be sure everyting was lined up before final welding .

yup thats the plates . they were welded to the axle on the one i did . What Shade Tree Welder suggested was what i planned on doing until i seen the axle had a bow in it .
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It's best to have the axle sitting under the spring anyway, so the U-bolts don't have to carry the load. Any trailer parts store will have new spring perches for probably less money than the cost of steel to make your own. Might even get them from NAPA.
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Old 05-29-2012, 06:58 AM
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They are called spring seats, and yes the best thing would be to add new ones to opposite side of axle and U-bolt back on.
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You could install some taller equalizers..
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