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post #1 of 10 Old 09-14-2007, 01:41 PM Thread Starter
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making offroad trailer

I picked up a cool little homemade trailer project for $50 that has coil springs and shocks on it. I'm planing on making a storage box for it then putting a rooftop tent on top. I currently has 9" wheels on a 4 on 4 hub on what looks to be a 2" axle or so. What do I need to do to put stock XJ wheels on it? Is it just a matter of slapping on 5x4.5 hubs on? I doubt I'll ever have more than 400-500 pounds of gear on there. With those size tires would a lack of brakes be a problem? I not planning on any real serious offroading with it.

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post #2 of 10 Old 09-14-2007, 07:51 PM
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I picked up a cool little homemade trailer project for $50 that has coil springs and shocks on it. I'm planing on making a storage box for it then putting a rooftop tent on top. I currently has 9" wheels on a 4 on 4 hub on what looks to be a 2" axle or so. What do I need to do to put stock XJ wheels on it? Is it just a matter of slapping on 5x4.5 hubs on? I doubt I'll ever have more than 400-500 pounds of gear on there. With those size tires would a lack of brakes be a problem? I not planning on any real serious offroading with it.
As long as your axle doesn't have metric bearings, it is in fact as simple as slapping on the 5x4.5 hubs. Stock Jeep wheels have a lot of backspacing; sometimes that is a problem on a trailer.
You should be fine without trailer brakes for something that light.

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Thanks for the reply. I will try and get some pics up. How would i know if I had metric bearings?
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post #4 of 10 Old 09-14-2007, 10:58 PM
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Tape measure? Actually, if you price out new hubs and bearings, it's almost as much as the whole axle... and buying a new axle would make sure you had the right width... I lucked out and found what I needed under an old boat trailer. A simple springover and I was on my way.


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How would i know if I had metric bearings?
Look at the bearing and seal #s. The standard type will have a number marking such as L44649. The metric stuff is usually stamped 25M or 30205 or something like that.

This link has a list of pretty much all the common non-metric bearing and seals that you might see:

http://www.etrailer.com/c-bearings.htm

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Tape measure? Actually, if you price out new hubs and bearings, it's almost as much as the whole axle... and buying a new axle would make sure you had the right width... I lucked out and found what I needed under an old boat trailer. A simple springover and I was on my way.
I just happen to have a brand new 2K rated 5x4.5 trailer axle on my garage floor that I don't need. It has 47.25" spring centers and 60" WMS to WMS

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Wow all this has inspired me, I wanted a rooftop tent, but now I think I'll make/build a trailer for the tent and gear. I plan on puting in a new rear axle as is, so my old D35 could serve as a good trailer axle.
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Wow all this has inspired me, I wanted a rooftop tent, but now I think I'll make/build a trailer for the tent and gear. I plan on puting in a new rear axle as is, so my old D35 could serve as a good trailer axle.
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post #9 of 10 Old 09-16-2007, 06:40 PM Thread Starter
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I'm thinking about just picking up a used job box like this one: http://www.professionalequipment.com...90/tool-boxes/, flipping it over so it opens to the side, bolting it to the trailer, bolting the Yakima rack for the roof tent ontop, maybe reinforcing it, maybe not, then going camping. What do ya'll think?
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post #10 of 10 Old 11-03-2007, 11:32 AM
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you could probably find a dana 35 for free to get the correct width and lug pattern

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