smokeybear's harbor freight build
I felt bad about hijacking azcat's trailer build over in General Jeep & Off Road, so I'm starting a new thread with my build. First post is copied from azcat's thread. Sorry dude!
I got tired of doing the stuff I'm supposed to do, so I started a new project a couple weeks ago based on some stuff I saw here and at the Dinoot trailer site. Harbor Freight had their big 1750 pound trailer kit on sale and I had a coupon for 25% off that price, so I bought one. My old 1080 pound HF trailer is about 25 years old, holding up, but looking really ugly. I had made some modifications over the years - 2000 axle, 1750 pound springs, Jeep wheels and tires, so I took the axle, wheels, and tires from the old trailer and put them on the new.
First I painted it all black. The red fades to a feminine shade of pink in about a year. I build the front half of the trailer - 4x4 section of frame and tongue assembly - then relocated the spring hangers and used spare parts from the un-built back half of the frame to build a spine from the hitch to the rear crossmember for additional strength and to support a receiver that I can use to mount accessories like a bike carrier. I attached a rear bumper using a section of unused frame bolted on with rubber blocks from an unused set of pickup stake pocket tie downs.
Now I just need to wire the lights and decide what sort of box to build. Most of these trailers just have a simple box matching the frame and fenders over the tires. I'm kind of thinking about a box that comes up about 8 inches above the frame, then goes another foot wider on each side to cover the tires before going up another 12 inches or so. Basically a 20 inch deep box with a 4x4 base that widens to a 4x6 box over the tires. That eliminates the need for fenders, but I'd have to hang mudflaps off the back to be legal. Might end up being a good winter project to get me out of the house. Glad I have a pellet stove in the garage!
02 TJ Sahara 4.0 5 spd, 3.73, Dana 44 rear, 2" Rubicon Express BB w/ Bilstein mono shocks, Warn M8000, 33x12.50 General Grabber AT2.
formerly 92 YJ 4.0 5spd, 3.5" Black Diamond lift, 1 inch Daystar body lift. 1 inch motor mount lift, Warn M8000, 33x12.50 BFG ATs, Ford 8.8, 4.10