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Axel over springs

Postby Tukanu » Tue Oct 29, 2019 9:22 am

I realize this question has been asked a thousand times, but I am looking for opinions about my specific suspension.

My frame seems to be fairly light…no more so than a HF 4x8. I would guess it is about 200# because I can lift a corner. The welder estimated the capacity at 1,200 lbs. There are two leafs. There is 4 ½” of travel up to the frame. 3/8” U-bolts hold the axel in place. There is a post on the axel that mates with the hole in the spring. With the weight of the sidewalls and floor in place, there is no movement in the springs…even when I stand over the axel and jump up and down.

The build, so far, also seems to be light. I am sure it will be between 600# 700# (with chassis) when complete. Add a hundred lbs when fully loaded, and I would still be under 800#.

I have attached a couple of pictures of my axel and spring.

The bottom of the sidewalls is 19” off the ground. Flipping the axel would drop the body a few inches, but would reduce the travel to the fame down to about 2”.
Here are my options:
1. Do nothing and live with the high clearance.
2. Flip it and hope the u-bolts don’t snap.
3. Beef up the u-bolts and plate.
4. Finish the built and duck-tape a raw egg above the axel to see if there is enough travel to smash the egg .
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Re: Axel over springs

Postby Atomic77 » Tue Oct 29, 2019 9:42 am

Our builds are completely different, yet I remember being in a similar quandary during my build. I felt like the springs were very stiff and sat too high. As it turned out, by the time it was finished and loaded for a trip, I actually needed the 'extra' hight that was actually perfect in the end.

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Re: Axel over springs

Postby twisted lines » Tue Oct 29, 2019 12:11 pm

I flipped mine but I also have shackles and different springs with eyes on both ends that may give you a in between height but another hassle and added expense :thinking:
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