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#1 Duckdawg1

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Posted 11 June 2019 - 08:36 AM

New MB owner here. Picked up a ‘12 B52 v23 and loving it. Been out of the scene for awhile but I’m back. Owned a ‘84 Apache flat bottom slalom boat for a few years. After that, it was a Calabria pro v for 6 years till the first baby. Sold that And was boatless for what felt like forever. Now the kids are a little older we decided to get another boat. Wife begged for a pontoon so we bought a 25’er and enjoyed that for 2 years and realized We are not old enough to run a pontoon. Sold that and pick up the b52. I’m diggin the size which is very similar to the pro v. HP is about the same but the quality is so much nicer. Now on to the problem.

My trailer is too low. The dang prop guard drags on everything. I am running a little tongue heavy just to minimize the hang ups. Is this common? Tow vehicle is a stock ram 2500 running a 6” drop hitch. Need to install air bags to level out the ride but that will get the guard closer to the ground. Looking for advice on lifting the trailer. Need about 2”. Has torsion axles and splined spindles. Think it should be fairly easy. Never had this problem before. Thanks in advance for any insight and advice.

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Posted 11 June 2019 - 11:21 AM

My trailer is too low. The dang prop guard drags on everything. I am running a little tongue heavy just to minimize the hang ups. Is this common? Tow vehicle is a stock ram 2500 running a 6” drop hitch. Need to install air bags to level out the ride but that will get the guard closer to the ground. Looking for advice on lifting the trailer. Need about 2”. Has torsion axles and splined spindles. Think it should be fairly easy. Never had this problem before. Thanks in advance for any insight and advice.


Just called SBTrailers and they explained to me what to do for clearance. I guess I could of done that first before posting but didn’t really think of it. At least I have a half ass intro

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Posted 11 June 2019 - 11:46 AM

What was the answer? Turn the spindles down?

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Posted 11 June 2019 - 12:06 PM

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Posted 11 June 2019 - 12:24 PM

Just called SBTrailers and they explained to me what to do for clearance. I guess I could of done that first before posting but didn’t really think of it. At least I have a half ass intro

 

 

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Posted 11 June 2019 - 12:42 PM

Well what was the solution?


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Posted 11 June 2019 - 01:03 PM

Turn the spindles to the height wanted and anti seize the splines when putting it back together. Not sure how far to clock them but only want to do it once.

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Posted 11 June 2019 - 03:26 PM

They normally have good clearance so maybe the previous guy lowered it.


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Posted 11 June 2019 - 04:12 PM

Turn the spindles to the height wanted and anti seize the splines when putting it back together. Not sure how far to clock them but only want to do it once.

I know how far to turn them. Did the same on mine a few years back. Raised it 2”. They have a cheat sheet with how many inches each spline represents. If they don’t just email you the sheet I can send you mine.


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Posted 11 June 2019 - 04:29 PM

Here... for anyone that would like the info, here is the Trailer Buddy torsion axle worksheet for raising/lowering your trailer.

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#11 Duckdawg1

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Posted 11 June 2019 - 11:01 PM

Thank you, this is awesome. As for lowering it, I’m not sure. There is quite a lot of Road rash on the bottom cross members and the skid blocks on the prop guard are almost non existent

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Posted 12 June 2019 - 07:39 AM

After you change the height, You could put larger wheels and tires onto give you a little more


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Posted 12 June 2019 - 07:56 AM

I thought about that ^^^^

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Posted 12 June 2019 - 09:47 AM

33’s would give you plenty of clearance. You “might” have to raise your fenders slightly. Lol
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Posted 12 June 2019 - 11:43 AM

Thank you, this is awesome. As for lowering it, I’m not sure. There is quite a lot of Road rash on the bottom cross members and the skid blocks on the prop guard are almost non existent

I said the worksheet is for Raising OR lowering. You need to raise yours for more clearance correct? I raised mine 2” a few years ago and it’s perfect now. Used to drag it everywhere I went... now, never hits.
Raising is super easy (an afternoon) with that sheet and I didn’t have to purchase difference sized tire or raise the fender.


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Posted 12 June 2019 - 09:50 PM

As for lowering it, I was replying to Oldsmobiledrivers comment. Currently I have roughly 3.5” of clearance on the prop guard when the boat is level and if I pitch it forward with a longer hitch, I can almost get 4” but that puts a lot of weight on the front tires. I’ll post up after the lift. Trying to figure out how to post pics. Will post some when I figure that out
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Posted 12 June 2019 - 09:52 PM

33’s would give you plenty of clearance. You “might” have to raise your fenders slightly. Lol


I figured if I lift it, I could fit 26’s with 30 series tires. Hood style
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Posted 13 June 2019 - 08:47 AM

6" seems like too much of a drop hitch. I run a 3 or 4 on my ram 2500. I have bags as well, but never air them



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Posted 13 June 2019 - 09:07 AM

6" seems like too much of a drop hitch. I run a 3 or 4 on my ram 2500. I have bags as well, but never air them


I agree, 6” is too much but I need to run it tokeep from dragging. Luckily the lake is only a few minutes down the road.

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Posted 13 June 2019 - 01:55 PM

I had the axles on my 04 B52 trailer clocked for this same reason. Worked beautifully.

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