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LITEPHIL

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Posted: 09/20/20 11:14am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm getting ready to replace my spring hardware. I'm not really interested in a suspension equalizer since I don't really see how it could make a difference from my drivers seat but I am curious if most replace the bushings and bolts with grease able bolts or just with the never fail bushings. Everything eventually fails so, I'm more interested in the grease able set up. Any input here will be greatly appreciated. Thank you


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Too vague ! What vehicle ? Which bolts/bushings ?

Polyurethane bushing last a long time and will not seize to a bolt like a rubber bushing with a metal insert.

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theoldwizard1 wrote:

Too vague ! What vehicle ? Which bolts/bushings ?

Polyurethane bushing last a long time and will not seize to a bolt like a rubber bushing with a metal insert.


As you can see in my signature I have a 22 ft travel trailer and I'm clearly asking about the spring bushing/hardware. Thank you.

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Your OEM set-up has lasted 18 years. Stick with the know quality.

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I replaced my suspension with brass bushings and whet bolts about 2 years ago. I also replaced the equalizers with Dexter EZ-Flex equalizer.
Best thing I've done for the camper. It smooths out the ride and lessens the sway when trucks pass.
The suspension kit was from E-Trailer.

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I too replaced the bolts and shackles with bronze bushing and wetbolts along with the HD shackles. I also replaced the equalizer with the Dexter EZ flex and it was a night and day difference, you could no longer feel bridge expansion joints. the equalizers really do make a difference!


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jdc1 wrote:

Your OEM set-up has lasted 18 years. Stick with the know quality.

I've only had this trailer 4 months so I don't know if they've been replaced. But I need piece of mind

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"Wet" bolt replacement video. No new bushings.

Installation of the Redline Wet Equalizer Bolt - etrailer.com

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theoldwizard1 wrote:

"Wet" bolt replacement video. No new bushings.

Installation of the Redline Wet Equalizer Bolt - etrailer.com

You could tell that the bushings were shot in that video. They should have been replaced and also the bolts are made to be drawn into the shackles and should not have been tightened at the bold head. Not a very professional install job there.

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LITEPHIL wrote:

theoldwizard1 wrote:

"Wet" bolt replacement video. No new bushings.

Installation of the Redline Wet Equalizer Bolt - etrailer.com

You could tell that the bushings were shot in that video. They should have been replaced and also the bolts are made to be drawn into the shackles and should not have been tightened at the bold head. Not a very professional install job there.


Yes, the bushings should have been replaced, but he did not turn the bolt head.





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