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jixxxer 05-27-2009 7:18 AM

I have a prostar 205 w/ mastercraft trailer; single axle. The prop guard is really low and drags on everything. Anyone ever put a lift block or something to lift it up an inch or two??

bbeach 05-27-2009 8:13 AM

The prop guard is SUPPOSE to drag - that's why they put them on there - so you drag it before your prop or rudder! add wheels.

jixxxer 05-27-2009 8:23 AM

Ok, let me re-phrase.........its to low to the ground and needs to lifted an inch or two.

showtime 05-27-2009 8:31 AM

what about if you add a lower drop hitch on your tow vehicle..... <BR> <BR>and the prop guard is NOT suppose to drag... it's strictly for protection..

behindtheboat 05-27-2009 8:38 AM

+1^^ I wouldn't mess with the trailer, they designed them pretty well. Drop hitch normally does the trick. Still for sale?

bill_airjunky 05-27-2009 8:46 AM

Lower the front &amp; that should be better. Or you can move the axles below the springs &amp; gain an inch or two for nothing but labor.

razzman 05-27-2009 9:06 AM

First thought that came to mind is are the tires/wheels the correct size for the trailer? If it drags add some wheels to the guard.

kickflip_mj 05-27-2009 9:30 AM

some people put caster wheels on the back of the trailer so it wont drag anymore but it takes alittle fabrication and you cant just put the wheels under the rudder guard.

seth 05-27-2009 10:00 AM

My buddy put a lift on his dual axle trailer because he would always scrape in his driveway. He put some bigger tires on the trailer and he said it rides much better.

jixxxer 05-27-2009 10:07 AM

thanks guys; one of my main problems is when backing into the shop, its at an incline so its scraping. The tires are the correct size for the trailer. I may try a lower drop ball.

bbeach 05-27-2009 10:29 AM

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stillentt 05-27-2009 11:45 AM

I had the same trailer and same problem on my PS190 and we just took the U bolts off and flipped the axle over and gave us about a 6inch lift. Obviously that is TOO much lift but it worked very well and never had any issues with it.<img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/messages/65921/700250.jpg" alt="Upload">

pronuke 05-27-2009 11:51 AM

I have never added a lift to a trailer but have put some on several of the rigs i have owned. The idea is similiar, you will see more sway with blocks since the axle is now seperated further from the springs. This should be minimal with a 1" block. If you do go with a block i would definetly recommend beefing up the U bolts to take the extra strain but the stresses on a trailer axle should be less than on the back of my 95 ford. Easy insurance though since your going to need new U bolts anyway.

behindtheboat 05-27-2009 12:24 PM

Scotty, <BR> <BR>Do you have issues loading the boat on the trailer now? Do you have to put the car very far in now because of the lift?

bbeach 05-28-2009 10:45 AM

BTW unless you want to mar your driveway don't use steel caster wheels - use poly plastic, the black ones you can find at any lowe's/Home Depot.

stillentt 05-28-2009 12:00 PM

no issues loading or unloading. Pulled it about 3x a week for all of last summer. The only issue i could see long term from my experience was the camber on the wheels. They may begin to wear differentlyi because the axel has a slight bow in it, however it was mininmal and we always kept good tires on our single axle trailer anyways. <BR> <BR>If I had it to do over again, I totally would. Dragging that trailer around without the extra height was KILLING me scraping on everything!

saltare_inverts 05-28-2009 2:05 PM

I lifted my trailer three inches. I used longer u bolts and round metal tubing. I cut them to three inches welded endcaps on them and put them on.It is a two axle dorsey trailer with a 23.6 foot Supra. It was the best thing I have done. No more scraping, rides the same.

liquidmx 05-28-2009 2:41 PM

I have a similar situation and hopefully someone can help. On a recent long range drive (about 4 hours each way) at one point I hit a pretty large pothole (not sure when) and the inside shackle on the lead tire flipped above the wishbone connector (see diagram). I was able to flip it back around pretty easily with a bottle jack but was surprised that it happened. I have also noticed that I get a pretty loud metal on metal slapping sound from the trailer. I have looked everything over an the only thing I have noticed is that the inside shackles (connected to the wishbone) are banging up against the trailer frame rail resulting in the loud sound. My gut tells me that I do not have enough suspension travel resulting in this sound. <BR> <BR>Does anyone else have this kind of setup on their trailer? If so have you seen this happen before (flipped shackle)? My trailer also sits pretty low and I am thinking about throwing a taller wishbone (center black triangle) on it to lift the axles. Anyone have any thoughts on this? Any other advice? The diagram isnt exactly perfect as my axles are on top of the springs, not below. <BR> <BR><img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/messages/65921/700649.jpg" alt="Upload"> <BR> <BR>(Message edited by liquidmx on May 28, 2009) <BR> <BR>(Message edited by liquidmx on May 28, 2009)

jetskiprosx 05-28-2009 5:12 PM

On our old DHM trailer we bought a 2" block lift. Found it on the DHM website. Easy to install and it helped a lot with the dragging problem. Where the boat is stored, the driveway is very steep and would always scrap. On the new boat we just added wheels to the prop guard, but it lifts the other 4 wheels off the ground when in use...

bmr82 05-28-2009 7:42 PM

I had a 3 spring leaf spring set up on mine. One finally snapped and I had the guy replace both with a 4 leaf set up. It raised it about 1.5"-2". Looks like would be the easiest. Leaf springs are cheap.

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