Rebuilding an axle/springs for better ride

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Re: Rebuilding an axle/springs for better ride

Postby 48Rob » Tue Nov 04, 2014 6:00 am

Thanks Jim,

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Re: Rebuilding an axle/springs for better ride

Postby dustboy » Thu Mar 26, 2015 11:34 pm

One of these days I'll get around to the spring rebuild detailed above. Meantime, we are going on a longer trip in a few weeks and my suspension is squeaking like crazy. Can anyone recommend a good lubricant that can be sprayed on the springs/pivots to quiet the ride a bit? My pivots don't seem to be greasable without full disassembly.
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Re: Rebuilding an axle/springs for better ride

Postby 48Rob » Fri Mar 27, 2015 5:14 am

Most spring eyes, if they don't have wet bolts to grease them with, employ nylon bushings (very thin sleeves) that wear very fast.
It isn't hard to change them, but any spray grease would help for a while.
If you jack the trailer up a little from the rear, the leaves will separate a bit and you can shoot some grease between them also.
The last 3" of each spring is the part that needs the lubrication.

While you are doing all this, it is wise to closely inspect the bolts and shackles, especially the inside surface of the shackles, and spring eyes as when the lube dries up, or nylon wears out, metal on metal wear occurs quickly. I've seen spring eyes and bolts and shackles half or more worn through from friction.

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