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Old 03-14-2016, 09:32 PM   #1
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Replacing Spring and Equilizer Bushings

Hi All - I need to replace the spring bushings (7 bushings per side) on my St25RB. I read a blog on an RV site (maybe this one) where a guy wrote that he did this by jacking up one side of his trailer at a time with no problem. I'm no engineer but it seems to me that this would put a strong upward pressure on the suspension of the jacked up side, and trying to disassemble the springs would just invite a trip to the ER. Has anyone done this?
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Old 03-14-2016, 10:41 PM   #2
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Done it on mine, no problems! Be sure to support the frame with blocks or jack stands & jacks under each axle. How do you raise it to pack the wheel bearings? There would be the same pressure on one side on a highway that is heavily crowned to one side of the road, like some state or county roads.
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Old 03-14-2016, 10:46 PM   #3
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BTW, if you're going to the trouble anyway, order the heavy duty shackles with wet bolts from MorRyde. The kit comes with new greaseable wet bolts, bushings for everything & 1/2 thick shackles, it's a great upgrade for about $100.
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Old 03-14-2016, 10:59 PM   #4
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X2 on the wet pins. removing the tire takes pressure off the spring.
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Old 03-15-2016, 07:09 AM   #5
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Another option is the Never Fail bushings and shackles, about the same price as I recall. No need to grease the bolts, so one less maintenance item.
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Old 03-15-2016, 07:32 AM   #6
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I didn't know I had to check that!

Twayne, This may help.


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Old 03-15-2016, 08:04 AM   #7
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Agreed on wet bolts. did mine and quietened the squeeks as we drive slowly thru campgrounds.
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Old 03-15-2016, 08:21 AM   #8
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So you were able to remove the springs and equalizer with just the one side jacked up? How difficult is it to remove the old bushings? Did you remove the ubolts from the axles? Thanks for your help.
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Old 03-15-2016, 11:24 AM   #9
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Yes!! Jack up one side enough to take the wheels off & support the frame with blocks or Jack stands, place jacks under that side of each axle, then you can remove the bolts & drive them out. I used a large C clamp to press the old bushings out with well lubricated new bushings. DO NOT remove the springs from the axles unless you are replacing the springs.
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Old 09-19-2016, 08:34 AM   #10
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I know this is an older thread but thought I would add to it. A while back I bought the Never Fail Bushings from Lippert. When I purchased them I asked them if they would work with the Trail Air equalizers and was told they would. Well this weekend I finally got around to changing them. Our unit is only 2 years old and had probably close to 5000 miles on it. In the picture below you can see how badly degraded the stock bushings where. The bronze bushing that where in the Trail Air equalizers were just as bad or worse. Replacing the leaf spring bushings was a piece of cake, the equalizers not so much. To get the bushings out of the equalizers I had to take them apart and heat them with a torch to drive them out. What made it even more difficult was that they were split bushings and not one single bushing. After I got the bushings out of the equalizers I quickly realized that the new bushings were not going to work in the equalizers. Since I already had them apart and had the old bushings out I had to use a die grinder to slightly open up the holes so the new bushings would fit. So if you are going to try and replace bushings and you have the Trail Air equalizers you might just want to buy new equalizers. If I would have to do it again I would probably buy the Dexter E-Z Flex equalizer and replace the Trail Air equalizers. The Dexter equalizers bushing holes are the same size as the leaf spring eyes and on our last trailer I no issues replacing the bushings in them.
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