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Old 10-25-2021, 07:43 AM   #1
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Default T-139 Lift Kits

Hey Everyone:

I'm looking to raise our 2005 T-139 at least 4 inches to achieve greater clearance from the top of the wheel well. There is currently a mere 1.5 inches of clearance, with obvious signs of rubbing. I found some Dexter axle lift kits, but I've not checked to see if these bolt on kits will work, or if the axle is currently welded to the frame. Does anyone have any experience with lifting this trailer?

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Old 10-26-2021, 09:57 AM   #2
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My X-139 was lifted -- it is almost identical to the T-139. Your best bet is to talk to Dexter. Good luck, and keep us posted.
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Old 11-01-2021, 09:14 AM   #3
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If it's a Torq-flex the Torq-flex axles were bolted in from the factory. The lift kits are a bolt-in as well.
In 2005 the Dexter Torq-Flex spec'd by Cruiser for the T139's is a modified Dexter #9 or 2200 pound axle. They are/were very close to being max'd out with a fully loaded rig. Instead of opting for a 3500 pound axle, Cruiser spec'd the #9 from Dexter with extra rubber for a 2500 pound weight rating. Because of safety inspection concerns the axles were equipped with the larger #10 (10") brakes. This makes swapping to a 3500 pound #10 Dexter a snap with basic tools.
I swapped ours and made my own 1.5" lift and it's the best mod I've made so far. Really rides better. Cured the "low-rider bounce" I was watching in the rear view mirror and cured the tire wear problem that the undersized axles can sometimes have....
Please keep us posted if you decide on a lift kit. If you're interested in the swap I have the PO number from my 3500 pound axle that Dexter can reference. They can't sell direct but their customer service is super helpful and will work with your retailer.
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Old 11-01-2021, 09:36 AM   #4
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For what it is worth, I upgraded my 2500 lb axles to 3500. The dealer did the work -- not me! This was done at the same time that they lifted the trailer, via an "axle flip."

My goal was to make my trailer a little more rugged -- we do a lot of off-pavement towing at slow speeds on very rough forest roads. I figured that the impact of the trailer on rocks and potholes would put a lot of stress on the axles.

I'm not sure that the upgrade was necessary, but it gave me a little extra peace of mind.
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Old 09-09-2022, 06:02 PM   #5
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I’d love to know more about the axle. I have a 2005 t139 and confirmed I have a #9. The order form from dexter is no joke though. The #9 is likely all the same for the t139’s BUT the order form needs way more details. In Canada I’d have to keep whatever I ordered and the price is floating over $2000.00 (with me installing it).


Also, they are all bolted to the frame. Likely a lift kit is the easiest way to open up some wheel clearance.
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Old 09-12-2022, 12:18 PM   #6
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WOW! The axle I swapped in was about $675 US retail. (I had to buy it thru a Dexter retailer) See post above.
Are you looking at brakes, hubs and all? If so, the brakes from your old axle will fit the 3500 pound rated #10. A quick way to be sure is to measure the brakes. A 10" brake fits the #10 Dexter.
The reason they will fit in your situation is the 2005 T139 was sold with a #9 axle that was specially ordered by Cruiser to use the #10 brakes.
Hope this helps.
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Old 09-13-2022, 11:11 AM   #7
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Cheapest way is an axle flip. I just recently did mine. It took $20 for the new spring perches and roughly 4 hrs of work.
Granted, I welded it myself but it was literally about 15 minutes of welding so bringing the axles to a weld shop shouldn't be too expensive.
Ended up with about 4" of lift.
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nice sound like a nice plan for the winter... Do you have picture ?
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I had a trailer shop do my axle flip on our dual axle ‘09 189FBS.

It is actually just welding new brackets to the top of the axle housing — so that the springs attach on top and the axle is now under the springs.

Gained exactly 4.5” of additional ground clearance.

Cost was $200 including the brackets.

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