Tom
Just installed mine and aligned axle.  Question - is there a torque for the bolts? 

Mine are currently tightened to the breaker bar + pipe = pretty darn tight spec.  

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mikes
I think they're 5/8" fine, grade 5, so about 150 ft-lb.
Mike
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Badger McAdams
Also another thing to look at is are the threads cut, or are the rolled? Cut threads on the u-bolts cut into the rod, making them just a bit smaller than the diameter of the rod (because metal is removed in the thread cutting process). Rolled Threads are rolled in during the manufacturing process. These thread are slightly larger than the diameter of the bar stock. The difference in the threads (besides manufacturing process) is that cut thread tend to be weaker than rolled threads. I worked in a diesel truck shop that specialized in redoing truck suspensions (re-arching and replacing springs, brakes, bearings, etc). We started getting in Cut Thread u-bolts that would not reach torque specs (on some Mack Trucks we are talking 1200 Ft/Lbs) before the threads would strip out in the u-bolts. After replacing a few sets, the boss finally got the parts supplier to make sure we were receiving Rolled Thread u-bolts. Never had a problem after that...

Just my past experiences...your mileage may vary, see dealer for details... ðŸ˜‰
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mikes
U-bolts? Not on a torsion axle.
Mike
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Tom
Correct, not U-bolts.  15/16" nut and fine thread.  Going to give it a short run then retighten and will get 150 ft/lbs, if my wrench goes that high (haha).  Thanks Mikes!
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Tom
Just for grins, checked torque, all 150 lbs. 
Took her out for a test run, 70 miles mixed driving including some 65mph on the highway. 
Checked again, 3 bolts took another 1/4 turn or so to get a click at 150 lbs. 
Worth the recheck? 
Dunno but I feel better for it.  ðŸ˜‰

Thanks again Mikes. 
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mikes
Enjoy, and be safe!
Mike
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Tom
One last one.  Just back from 3000 miles or so.  Nice vacation.  Part through the NC mountains.

Met a semi on a narrow, switchback mountain road, he on the outside of the switchback, me on the inside.

As he came around the corner, his box occupied my entire lane and we, suburban and retro, hit the ditch.  

Down the road a bit, I stopped to change shorts (haha) and check for damage, none.  

I think the lift and bigger wheels really saved us on that one.  

It's all fun until somebody puts an eye out... 😉
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drpaddle
I just installed a lift kit on my 2017 Retro 177SE. Thought I would share some notes and cautions.

The 177SE uses the #10 Dexter Torflex torsion suspension axle rated at 3,500 pounds capacity. Lift kits are available through Retro dealers, but can be had more quickly and, sometimes, for a bit less money through eTrailer.com (currently $80.37 with free shipping: https://www.etrailer.com/Accessories-and-Parts/Dexter-Axle/K71-707-01.html). The Dexter part number is K71-707-01. I purchased through my dealer for $94.

I found jacking and stabilizing a trailer isn't quite like a car. I ended up using two jackstands on each side, fore and aft of the axle. Don't overload the tongue jack. Don't accidentally crush the leveling jacks opposite the side you are lifting. Drain the water tank first to minimize the lift weight.

The instructions sheet provided by Dexter was adequate. Caution: don't fark up. I put a couple bolts in facing the wrong direction (D'OH!). The bolts come with tapered nuts that are nearly impossible to remove once snugged up. I had to cut the bolts with an angle grinder.

Assume that you will need an impact driver. Just to snug up the tapered nuts requires a large amount of torque. I was unable to do it with just a 1/2" ratchet drive, thanks to a gimpy old shoulder (among other worn out parts). My 300 ft/lb electric impact driver, purchased just for this adventure, did the trick.  You'll need the standard short socket set. Per the Dexter instructions, torque on the bolts for this kit is 130 to 150 ft/lbs.

There is no apparent allowance for aligning the wheels, as the holes that would shift the axle front-to-back are round. That was a relief.

The celebratory beer I am drinking is a delightful Coronado Brewing Company Islander IPA. May yours be as pleasant.
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Tom
Nice!  I don't know why that link^ doesn't work.  I searched it and the part is there.  

Here's another try at linkage:  https://www.etrailer.com/Accessories-and-Parts/Dexter-Axle/K71-707-01.html

BTW, eTrailer is great, nothing but good thing to say about buying from them.  

One more thing, the Riverside part is a 3 1/2" lift, the eTrailer part is a 2 5/8" lift.  Something to think about if you're upsizing wheels.

I went from 13" to 15" wheels so wanted the taller lift.  

Heading out soon to visit family -

"It's beginning to look a lot like Retro-Christmas,
Everywhere you goooooo!"

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mikes
Be careful. Our 177 came with a Lippert axle. So, at some point they changed to Dexter. The mounting holes, and therefore the lift kits, may be different.
Mike
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JeffersonThomas
I have a 135 and after a thousand miles or so, my outer tread is wearing or cupping on the outside.  Can I align my axle?  If so, how?
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