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Old 02-02-2018, 02:06 PM   #1
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Shackle Upgrade

I am going to install heavier shackles on my 2015 Hideout 175LHS. Would these be a good choice? The stock shackle bolts on the unit are 2 1/4" center to center, where these from Etrailer are 3 1/4". Would that be a problem other than raising it a bit?
https://www.etrailer.com/Trailer-Sus...71-358-00.html
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Old 02-02-2018, 02:45 PM   #2
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That's a standard "wet bolt/shackle" kit. Find the correct part number for your trailer application and shop around for the kit by part number. Sometimes etrailer is the cheapest, sometimes Amazon beats them and sometimes another of the "online retailers" is cheapest. I've seen as much as $75 difference in the same kit (by part number) from one place to another and that keeps changing every time I check.

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Old 02-02-2018, 06:11 PM   #3
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I suggest you find the proper kit. I did the wet bolt upgrade on my last trailer and I think you would have one heck of a time getting a shackle 1 inch bigger back in place and the springs would not be in their proper position. Just my opinion.
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Old 02-02-2018, 06:46 PM   #4
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I would stay with the same length.
https://www.etrailer.com/question-43728.html
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Old 02-02-2018, 08:04 PM   #5
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Contact MorRyde with your shackle length & they can help with their part number. They have the same 1/2" shackle wet bolt kits with enough bronze bushings to replace all of yours.
Haven't any idea where to get the best price, but can highly recommend the MorRyde parts.
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Old 02-03-2018, 04:41 AM   #6
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I would also recommend you stay with the same length kit. A longer kit might possibly work, but, your not going to gain enough ride height to make worth the effort so get the proper length required for your RV.
Had to change my orig comment, didn't catch that it was a single axle...lol
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Old 02-03-2018, 05:17 AM   #7
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You might give a call to this outfit, these are you 2-1/4” units, but For a tandem axle.
https://www.rvupgradestore.com/MOR-r...-p/46-1880.htm
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Old 02-03-2018, 05:21 AM   #8
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Are shackles measured centre of hole to centre of hole ?

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Old 02-03-2018, 05:24 AM   #9
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Are shackles measured centre of hole to centre of hole ?

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Yes, they are.
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Old 02-03-2018, 05:27 AM   #10
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Old 02-03-2018, 07:08 AM   #11
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I looked at the MorRyde, but only saw for tandem axle. I will give them a call. I guess if I have to, I can make my own 1/2" shackles and buy the wet bolts and bushings.
Thanks for the input everyone.
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Old 02-03-2018, 07:21 AM   #12
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Found this set on Ebay, Straps are only slightly longer at 2.6 inches.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Single-Axle...!US!-1&vxp=mtr
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That set is a little less money but I don't think the shackles are as thick as the Dexter ones but they should be the same thickness as your stock ones.
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Old 02-03-2018, 07:43 AM   #14
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Thanks Tinner, but the sole purpose for the upgrade is to beef up the suspension. I know it may be overkill on a trailer this size, but I have always believed that stronger is better. My next thing is to check the bearings and possibly upgrade to the Timkens.
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Old 02-26-2018, 11:25 AM   #15
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I just ended up using the stock shackles because they were in good shape. I did however replace the bolts with new wet bolts. I replaced the stock chinese wheel bearings and races with new Timken's. The bearings and races have USA printed on the back, although the guy at the bearing place told me the parts are made in China, but the bearings are assembled in the US. Next up is a new set of Goodyear Endurance tires. I should be good to go after I put those on.
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Old 03-04-2018, 07:19 AM   #16
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I just purchased the MorRyde kit for my Sprinter. Haven’t been able to install yet, but soon hopefully, because I can’t take the trailer out without replacing them. We went to Death Valley a few weeks ago and I ended doing a campground fabrication of a new shackle when I discovered one of my factory shackles had torn free. I have never seen that before, but after the repair, we got half way home and I noticed a second shackle starting to shear. You’d think on an 8500 lb trailer they’d have added heavier duty shackles at the factory.


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Old 03-04-2018, 07:51 AM   #17
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I just purchased the MorRyde kit for my Sprinter. Haven’t been able to install yet, but soon hopefully, because I can’t take the trailer out without replacing them. We went to Death Valley a few weeks ago and I ended doing a campground fabrication of a new shackle when I discovered one of my factory shackles had torn free. I have never seen that before, but after the repair, we got half way home and I noticed a second shackle starting to shear. You’d think on an 8500 lb trailer they’d have added heavier duty shackles at the factory.


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Not sure about the Mor-Ryde kit but i know the Dexter shackles are about twice as thick as the stock ones.
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Old 03-04-2018, 08:53 AM   #18
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Thanks, MorRyde have twice he thickness also. Still can’t believe the stock ones are so thin.


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Yep, I replaced my shackles with the MORryde wet bolt kit and can confirm the MORryde shackles are twice as thick as the factory shackles.
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Yep, I replaced my shackles with the MORryde wet bolt kit and can confirm the MORryde shackles are twice as thick as the factory shackles.
Those of you who have upgraded to the thicker shackles. What did you do about the frame mounted spring hangers? Doesn't seem like you would gain anything if you stay with the thinner stock hangers.

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