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Jackathan

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Posted: 09/30/22 01:27pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Did anyone look at that Bottle Jack Buddy link? They are selling them for $54.99?
A person can buy a spring seat for 8-12 dollars and use as is, or have a friend tack weld a piece of pipe to it.

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Posted: 09/30/22 02:03pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

MFL wrote:

Baja Man wrote:

wanderingbob wrote:

Hitch up , pull up on blocks , work on the two axles that are off the ground , repeat for next set of axles .


Rolling up on blocks would be same as the Trailer Aid Plus plastic ramps. Only work on Torsion axles.

Do the blocks you have used under one wheel actually raise the adjacent wheel?


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While mine is a FW with 5,200 lb axles, the suspension looks similar to yours. I have used my TrailerAid plus to easily lift and service all four wheels.

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Jerry,
Thanks for sharing! Good to know that the Trailer Aid Plus works with leaf spring axles. I think I'll try that option first, as it is simple and easy. If it doesn't work, I can send it back and use the bottle jack method.


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Posted: 09/30/22 02:22pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

MFL wrote:

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MFL wrote:

No need to lift a bunch on frame. You only need to lift axle an inch, with a bottle jack, or floor jack.

I have a 2x4 piece of oak, about 8"s long, with a da-do in center, that just cups a U-bolt. This works great at home, using a bottle jack under it.

I also use my Trailer-Aid plus, which will lift front or rear tire high enough.
Using some boards cut and stacked will work too, best if on solid surface.

Hooking to vehicle is a good choice, adding stability!

Jerry



Do you have a pic of the wood piece you use with bottle jack?

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Here you go!

Nutin fancy, just a heavy block, full two inches thick, that can be placed under either U-bolt.


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Posted: 09/30/22 02:24pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

MFL wrote:

Baja Man wrote:

MFL wrote:

No need to lift a bunch on frame. You only need to lift axle an inch, with a bottle jack, or floor jack.

I have a 2x4 piece of oak, about 8"s long, with a da-do in center, that just cups a U-bolt. This works great at home, using a bottle jack under it.

I also use my Trailer-Aid plus, which will lift front or rear tire high enough.
Using some boards cut and stacked will work too, best if on solid surface.

Hooking to vehicle is a good choice, adding stability!

Jerry



Do you have a pic of the wood piece you use with bottle jack?

Thanks


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Here you go!

Nutin fancy, just a heavy block, full two inches thick, that can be placed under either U-bolt.

Jerry, thanks for the pic. Really explains how the groove would sit over the u bolt.

When do you use the block and bottle jack method vs the Trailer Aid Plus method? Is there an advantage of one over the other?

BTW....did you also read where the Trailer Aid Plus only worked on torsion axles?

Thanks!

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I use the bottle jack at home, where my FW has it's own concrete pad, next to driveway. If I'm going to pull the hubs, that is best choice.

To adjust brakes, or just using EZ-lube to grease, staying hooked up, using the TA-Plus is the bomb! Gets things done quickly, and nothing in way for brake adjusting.

I changed one flat, on side of interstate, with truck traffic, using the TA-Plus. It paid for itself right there!! Job done quickly, and out of harms way in 20 minutes. No issue lifting flat tire.

I read one review, stating the TA-P would not work. Always a nay sayer for everything! I could see a possible issue, if a tandam axle, and the wheels being WIDE spread??





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I use a bottle jack right between the u-bolts. The place a jack stand under the axle close to the bottle jack. I usually like to be able to remove the bottle jack at some point so I can adjust the brakes when I'm putting the drum back on...hence, I want the jack stand just far enough away from the backing plate so I can get a tool or two into the back side of the backing plate.


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Posted: 10/02/22 12:46pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Well, the Trailer Aid Plus worked great! Tried it for front and rear wheels; it lifted each wheel about 1"-2". Real happy about this!!

Thank you all for your advice and suggestions. If it weren't for some of you with real world experience using the TAP on leaf spring axles, I probably wouldn't have tried it. Glad I did!

Now on to bearing and brake service....

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Baja Man wrote:

Well, the Trailer Aid Plus worked great! Tried it for front and rear wheels; it lifted each wheel about 1"-2". Real happy about this!!

Thank you all for your advice and suggestions. If it weren't for some of you with real world experience using the TAP on leaf spring axles, I probably wouldn't have tried it. Glad I did!

Now on to bearing and brake service....

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I kinda like that idea too!

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