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Dexter Trailer Springs Over-Under Conversion Kit

Dexter Trailer Springs Over-Under Conversion Kit

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Moves your trailer's leaf springs to the top of your axle. Works with 3" diameter axles and double-eye leaf springs only. Lowest Prices for the best trailer leaf spring suspension from Dexter Axle. Dexter Trailer Springs Over-Under Conversion Kit part number K71-385-00 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 1-800-496-5010 for expert service.
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Dexter Axle Trailer Leaf Spring Suspension - K71-385-00

  • Alignment and Lift Kits
  • Axle Mounting Hardware
  • Spring Mounting Hardware
  • Double Eye Springs
  • Round Axle - 3 Inch
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Moves your trailer's leaf springs to the top of your axle. Works with 3" diameter axles and double-eye leaf springs only.


Features:

  • Allows moving leaf trailer springs to top of axle
    • For use with double-eye springs only
  • Fits 3" axle
  • Sleeve bolts allow the setup to install level
  • Includes:
    • (2) Spring Seats
    • (8) 1/2" Nuts
    • (4) Steel spacer nuts
    • (4) 7" Long x 4-1/16" wide x 1/2" diameter U-Bolts
    • (2) Tie Plates


K71-385-00 Trailer Springs Over-Under Conversion Diagram


K71-385-00 Dexter Axle Over/Under Conversion Kit

Installation Details K71-385-00 Installation instructions



Video of Dexter Trailer Springs Over-Under Conversion Kit

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Video Transcript for Dexter Axle Trailer Suspension - Leaf Spring Suspension - K71-385-00 Review

Today we're going to be taking a look at the Dexter trailer springs over-under conversion kit. This conversion kit is designed to fit 3 inch diameter axles. It's going to allow you to move the the trailer loose springs to the top of the axle without having to change the correct orientation of the axle. This is going to help with leveling your trailer. It's going to help with wheel well clearance. It also adds some height to prevent dragging, dipping, and bottoming out.

One kit is going to come with enough components for one axle, so one kit per axle. This is designed for use with double eye springs only. The unit is going to include 2 spring seats. These are going to sit on top of your axle. It's going to come with 8 nuts. You're going to get 4 U bolts, 2 tie down plates.

The tie down plates are going to sit on top of your loose springs once you have them moved to the top of the axle. It does have all the holes in it, that way the U bolts can wrap around the axle and come up through the plate. Then, you would secure it by installing the included nuts. It's going to come with the spacer nuts. These are going to allow the set up to install level.

Basically, you would have 1 spring seat on top of the axle, then your old spring seat would still be under the axle. The spacer nut is going to fill the gap between the 2 spring seats, so they thread on to the bolts that are welded on to your new seats right here. Again, it's going to fill the gap between the 2 spring seats. You would place this on until it makes contact with the bottom spring seat. Then, what you would need to do, which is highly recommended from the manufacturer is you would tack weld this to the axle to prevent the axle from slipping.

Then, you can finish the tightening process or make any minimal adjustments simply by using a wrench. Everything that you see here on the table is included. It's going to come with detailed installation instructions as well to help walk you through the installation process step by step. It is a bot on installation with some recommended tack welding. Overall, it's a nice unit. We're looking at all steel components, so nice, strong, durable design. Again, this kit is designed to allow you to move the trailer loose springs to the top of the axle without having to change the correct orientation of the axle. Again, it's going to help level the trailer. It's going to help gain some extra wheel well clearance, and it's going to help add some clearance to prevent those situations where you may be dragging, dipping, or bottoming out. That's going to do it for today's look at the Dexter trailer springs over-under conversion kit.


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Dexter Trailer Springs Over-Under Conversion Kit - K71-385-00

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (133 Customer Reviews)

Moves your trailer's leaf springs to the top of your axle. Works with 3" diameter axles and double-eye leaf springs only.

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The lift worked out perfectly,I had the place where I bought the trailer install them because I didn't have a welder to weld the saddle mounts to the axle and that's a must for a safe installation,also I had the place where I bought the trailer do it because they had the capability to align the axle perfect to the trailer after the installation.
The lift added approximately 5 inches to the trailer hight so I could install the off road wheels and tires.The lift didn't affect the handling of the trailer at all.




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I replaced my RV's axles to 6000# and used the conversion kit as part of that upgrade. I am very pleased with the product including the shipping and the installation.
The U-bolts were too short for the new leaf springs I installed. I had the U-bolts custom made at a suspension shop to replace the stock bolts.




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Used two kits on a 10k equipment trailer, with 2, 6k lbs axles. The trailer is an Appalachian 16ft with drop down axles and scrapes coming in and out of my driveway badly. It’s used from equipment hauling to mulch and stone. I had to reuse the old plates. The ones provided were’nt wide enough to accommodate the springs by about 1/4- 1/2inch, although they seemed slightly more robust. I also added washers to the u-bolt nuts. Otherwise I would’ve rated it a 5. I followed the instructions and tack welded the new spring seats in place. Each trailer is different, so as a general kit, this worked very well and I would recommend it. This one actually gave me more clearance than I wanted. I didn’t actually measure spring seat to spring, but I estimate on a 3 inch axle it gave me 5-6 inches of lift. All said and done I feel comfortable that it will safely handle a 10k lbs load.




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This over-under kit made it extremely easy to move the axles on my Camper. The spring seats with the adjusting nuts made it easy to keep them aligned for welding. I reused my old tie plates because of my shocks I uses a price of 3x3x1/4 angle to bolt the shock to the tie plate. I had read that some people had problems if the had shocks. This gave my camper the extra ground clearance I needed.




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This Dexter spring kit worked great! I took more time and removed the axles to get a better position to weld spring perches. All parts worked as they should. Overall a great product!




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Received the package on Friday afternoon. Reviewed the instructions and postings @ E-Trailer. Pulled the trailer up in front of the house at 0930 Saturday morning and drove it away about 4pm. The biggest time killeer was as others have mentioned getting the 11,000 pound trailer up high enough and safe enough to do the job. Thanks for checking up on me.




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I like the Product, but the packaging had problems.
Out of the 6 sets I bought 4 sets only had 3 Ubolts in the box.


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-- Etrailer Expert Brooke M - 11/12/2021


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Kit worked perfectly for my 25’ toy hauler. I tend to take it off road and boondocks so I needed the extra lift this provided. I’ve put several thousand miles on it so far with no issues.




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Kit was packaged excellent. It lifted my trailer enough to help my clearance issue. The directions are good and products are well made. Easy to install with the right tools. Very happy!




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Always top Quality items.


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Fantastic, very easy and great addition to my trailer
Taz D - 05/20/2022


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Contacted Jennifer at 4 PM on a Wednesday informing her that I ordered the wrong size axle spring conversion kit. I asked if she could do her best to get it to me as soon as possible. Whatever she did, it was on my porch by 8 AM the next morning. Job Well Done. Will use again




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Perfect fit super quick shipping




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I used two sets of these on a tandem axle utility trailer that I'm rebuilding. The previous owner had flipped the axles using the original spring seats which made the axle and brakes upside down. These worked well for reinstalling the axles correctly. The only problem that I had with these is one stud welded to each spring seat appeared to be closer to the axle then the other. The axle would contact the long nut on that side and prevent it from turning unless you installed the spring seat with the nut fairly close to its final position. I had wanted to install a jam nut behind the long nut to prevent it from backing off but the axle interference issue prevented that. I'll find another way to lock the long nuts from backing off. The set does have good quality components and makes it easy to get your axle position correct. I followed the recommendation in the instructions and tack welded the the spring seats to the axle.


Comments
I have had this kit on my trailer for about a year now and have had zero issues with the kits. For anyone looking to raise or lower a trailer this kit is an easy way to ensure that you get your spring seats lined up correctly.
Eric J - 07/23/2020


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Omg you guys are great. Perfect kit. I have a double axle Arctic fox great job thx. Got here when you said it would




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Product is of very good quality, it fit well and did exactly what it was supposed to do, well designed and fairly easy to install, I use my trailer more than most people do and I have been totally satisfied with the parts that I purchased, flipping the axles leveled the trailer right up & it pulls great




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etrailer has always done well by me.

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used the kit to flip my axles. So 2 kits. Worked well but I did tack weld them like the kit recommended. Raised the trailer 5 or 6 inches so it doesn’t scrape the driveway up any more. No difference in handling when I am towing. I did have to re set up my hitch on the truck.

Hardest part was jacking up the camper and dragging the axles out in the yard.


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After a year I am still very happy with flipping the axles on my 2005 Jayco. The hitch and rear bumper have not scraped on the ground all year. Well worth the time and money.
Todd - 07/25/2020


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Have not built a trailer in 30 years. This is apicture of the one i built for good friend. This turn out very nice, heavy duty . All suspension and lights came from E-Trailer . This is the best place to buy and get information. Thank you, Ed.




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Good purchase; arrived early; easy to install. Still in service. Did not tack weld as no access to welder but working nonetheless. Very happy.


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Arrived early easy to install works well.
megamile - 12/29/2021


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After buying a new truck I discovered that my 5th wheel was going to be too low to pull level. after doing some research I found your product which was what I was looking for. I ordered it and in 2 days it was delivered . Every thing went well in installing . The only problem I encountered was the plates did not contain a place to mount my shocks, after doing a little modifying I was able to use my old plates on top of the new ones and mount my shocks.
Perhaps you could provide a plate that would have the hole for shocks.


Comments
Very well no problems
K71-385-00 K - 11/15/2014


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Fast shipping, great product that installed without a hitch. Worked great.




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This is the easiest kit to use and install when doing an axle flip conversion to your trailer or camper. I did it on my 2004 forest River wildwood 5th wheel. I needed extra ride height and from my Curt Q20 with slider, it sat too much at an angle and was jarring and jerking after every bump I hit. So I installed this kit and it gave my camper about 6” of lift and looks taller! The spacers on the perches made everything easier when reinstalling the axle. Make sure your measurement is right on both sides!!! That is very crucial so your axle isn’t lop sided or twisted! I tack welded the perches to the axle to added strength. You don’t have to but recommended. After towing it approx 35 miles back home from my shop, i was a little nervous since I raised the center of gravity but I drove normal and it towed great!! Camper sits absolutely level and hardly no jerking! I highly recommend this kit to whoever wants to flip their axles !!




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All parts fit with just minor grinding. Which was to be expected. But the part that I liked the most was the costumer service. I can’t remember the girls name. But it was the kit that I wanted and needed. But everything on the specs wasn’t exactly what I needed according to your website. And dexsters website directly. According to the website the u bolts were going to be to small for what I needed. Nothing was adding up. It was bothering the girl that was helping me on the phone that it wasn’t making sense. So she had a tech go into the warehouse and cut a box open to verify if the manufacturer was correct or not. Which it turns out that the manufacturer was wrong on the u bolts. They were the bigger ones that I needed. Once again I can’t remember her name. But thank u again for going out of your way to help me out. Great customer service.




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It went together fine, lifted the trailer bed a good 5-6 inches off the tires and looks strong; time will tell. First picture is BEFORE, 2nd pic is AFTER




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It was exactly as described, shipped fast and was perfect for lifting up my rv




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Kit arrived missing all but 2 of the ubolt nuts. No biggie, had some on hand. Went to install ubolts and they were too short. Bought new ones. Went to use top plate and it was too narrow. Had to make new ones. Only thing I used was the axle perches... Which you can buy anywhere. Total waste of money. Make your own kit like I ended up doing.



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