Dexter E-Z Flex Suspension Kit Review and Installation

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Review and How to Install the Dexter E-Z Flex Suspension Kit


Jake: Hey, guys! It's Jake here with etrailer. Today, we're going to be taking a look at and I'm going to show you how to install the Dexter Easy Flex system. This is going to allow you to put a new equalizer in to be able to give you a nice, smooth ride compared to that stock equalizer that'll have come on your trailer.This Dexter equalizer is going to upgrade your equalizer for a smoother ride while the rubber core is going to minimize the back-and-forth movement of your trailer and helps to absorb some of that road shock. Now, what I like about this system is that it's going to differ in two different ways from your factory system. It's going to have that rubber bumper to absorb the shock from the road, so it doesn't transfer through the trailer and into the cab of your vehicle.You're also going to have wet bolts connecting all your moving parts with nice, handy grease zerks on the outside so that you can keep all your moving parts well-lubricated. Here's a good look at the comparison between the old equalizer and our new Dexter equalizer.

You can see the shock absorber in the middle that's going to help to give a lot smoother ride. The old bushings we're taking out are going to be a nylon bushing, which have the tendency to wear over time. So, you want to make sure you keep track of them, make sure you keep them up to par.Our new bushings are going to be a brass bushing, so it's going to hold up a lot longer and our bolts are all going to have grease zerks on them to be able to keep them well-lubricated. You are going to have heavy-duty shackles that come in the kit that's going to help to support the heavy suspension that this is going to be able to take on. With that being said, the whole construction of the system is also going to be heavy-duty steel so you're not going to have to worry about any of the parts being compromised.The bronze finish on the outside of this equalizer is going to help to resist corrosion.

If you have a tandem axle setup like we have here, there's going to be a 6,000-pound and 8,000-pound kit available. The kit we have here is going to be an 8,000-pound, so it's going to be a little bit heavier duty to be able to support that weight. It's also going to be available for triple axle trailers in both six and 8,000 pounds. Just see etrailer.Now, if you're wondering how to determine what size kit you're going to need, whether it be the 6,000 or the 8,000-pound kit, we measured between our axles. You need to either get 33 or 35 inches between your axle spacing.

The 35 inches is going to be your 8,000-pound kit, and the 33 inches is going to be your 6,000-pound kit. We have kits available for both.Now that we've gone over some of those features, let's go ahead and show you how we got it installed.To start our install, we're going to start by removing our wheels from our trailer.Now we're going to remove our five bolts from our equalizer so that we can get our new equalizer in place.Go ahead and remove our plates and our bolts.Now, we can remove our equalizer, now that our leaf springs are removed. inaudible 00:03:30 And we can slide our equalizer in place, slide our bolt through.Thread on our nut on the other side. When you're putting the nuts on the back side of the assembly, you want to make sure you squirt in a little bit of anti-seize. They do include you with two of these packets, but it should be more than enough for both sides.And we'll wait to tighten that until we have everything else assembled.

Next, we'll need to take a pin or the old bolt that you pulled out of this hole to knock this bushing out, because we'll be replacing it with these new brass bushings.To get your new bushing in place, you want to stick it in place, take one of your old bolts, slide it in, and tap it into place. If you do it until it bottoms out the bolt, it should have it in the right spot on both sides. Now we're ready to install our shackle link.Here, you're going to see those grease zerks I was referring to earlier, and the two holes where the grease is going to come out and lubricate these pivot points. To get them installed, we're going to start with a little bit of all-purpose grease. Here we're using bearing grease to be able to get our shackle installed. This is just going to help it slide in a little bit better. We can go ahead and get that in place.Slide it into place just like that. Now, we'll take our bracket, slide it on the backside of our shackles, and thread on our nuts.Now that we have our equalizer all put together, we can go ahead and remove our outermost bolt on our leaf spring.What we're doing now is we need to jack up the axle, remove our jack stand so we can lower it, the leaf spring, enough to be able to get that bushing out.Now, we'll take our punch again and knock out that plastic bushing.Now, we'll take our new bolt and insert it on the outside. And we'll place our nut on the backside. And we'll do this same process for the rearmost part of our leaf spring assembly.Now, we're going to take a 21-millimeter wrench on the outside, and a 18-millimeter socket on the inside, to tighten everything down. After you have everything tightened down, you want to go back through and torque everything down to the specifications in your directions. Once you everything torqued down to specifications, you want to grease all the zerks before you put your wheels back on. It's just going to be a lot easier, rather than trying to grease it while your wheels are on.When you see it starting oozing out the side, that's more than enough to fill up that gap. Now that we've got everything fully assembled, we can go ahead and repeat the same process for the other side. You may have noticed that our shackles, one of them is facing up in the correct direction and one of them is facing down. You may have to jack up the front axle just to get this realigned and facing in the upward position.To correct our shackle orientation, we raised up our front axle and that lowered down our shackle; now we just crank up on the rear axle, and you'll see that those shackles are going to be in the correct orientation now.With all that being said, guys, that's going to do it for our look and installation of the Dexter Easy Flex system.


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