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Unread 10-08-2012, 05:02 PM   #1
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Off-Road Utility Trailer - Budget Build

I needed a better way of hauling my 4-wheeler and hunting gear to and from the lease without spending a small fortune.

The main issue I had was the back end of the trailer dragging across uneven ground or completely digging in while trying to back up and turn around on tight trails. It was easier just to unhook the trailer and turn it around by hand.

So this is what I came up with for my typical 5' x 10' wood decked utility trailer.

First, here is a before shot of what I started with:

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Next was adding a axle "flip kit" (for lack of a better term).

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The axle on my trailer is a Dexter 3500# straight with a 5 on 5 hub and 2- 3/8" tube. The flip kit allows you to reposition the leaf springs on top of the axel and according to Dexter, welding is not required for the new spring mounts.

Install took less than 45 minutes. Including putting the trailer on jack stands, removing tires , etc.

After the "flip" the springs now sit on top:

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Next was determing what would work and then finding wheels that I could use with the take-offs from my 2010 JKU Rubi. The backspacing on the Moabs is too much for this particular axle and I did not want to use spacers. Just a personal preference on my part.

After digging around for a 17" x 8" wheel with 4" or less of backspacing I finally decided the ProComp Series 52, 17 x 8, 4.25" BS, steel wheel was the way to go.

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It's hard to beat Summit's fast delivery and reasonable prices. I had a set of these in my hands in 2 days from Ohio to Louisiana for a $11.95 handling fee.

Here are the Rubi take offs mounted on the new wheels:

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And compared to the OEM trailer wheels/tires:

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Done for now. Street manners are good so far - no issues. The trailer now sits almost level behind my JKU and should not have any problems being pulled through the woods. Just in time for deer season at the end of October.

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Unread 10-09-2012, 01:32 PM   #2
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Looks good. Yours looks very robust but you might have to deal with clearance for your wheel wells.

I'm trying to build up my harbor freight trailer the same, but I want a jeep axle to support it, and weld support square tubing.
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Unread 10-09-2012, 03:16 PM   #3
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Agreed. I'm looking at some alternatives for fenders.

I found some "Jeep" style fenders at northern tool that look like they may work. Need to take some measurements.

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Unread 10-11-2012, 10:18 AM   #4
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Here is mine loaded and ready to go. I did a spring over and it sits on the same rim (size and bolt pattern) and tires (33x12.5)as my jeep :

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Unread 10-11-2012, 11:59 AM   #5
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Here is mine loaded and ready to go. I did a spring over and it sits on the same rim (size and bolt pattern) and tires (33x12.5)as my jeep :
Where did you get the axle setup for that? And the bolt pattern?
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Unread 10-11-2012, 12:20 PM   #6
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Where did you get the axle setup for that? And the bolt pattern?
Axle and hubs form Orchelans, bolt pattern is whatever a TJs is. I paid about 125 bucks for that. I had to have the axle cut down so it wasn't too wide, I paid 80 bucks for that.
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Take a look at a minivan rear straight axle. Don't worry about the wheel cylinder, but when you flip the axle over for lift (most are a drop axle), you can integrate the parking brake and still have SUA setup. Redrilling the hub/drum shouldn't be an issue either to match to your Jeep vehicle too. Some might come with same lug pattern (5on4.5).
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