But I'm telling you... they come off really quite easy after you drop your tank. The Barnes would be cool though and if I knew then (fab wise) what I know now, I may have gone the Barnes route just for cool points.
After looking at your pictures and Lu's below , I think the fact that the factory ones sit so close with a little trimming makes them a viable candidate .
All the aftermarket versions look like they sit off the frame too much. I re-used the factory perch and even trimmed them so they would sit up as high and tight to the frame as I could get them. I thought it was relatively easy to cut the factory welds on the outside and then just hammered them back and forth until the welds on the inside broke free.
I can handle some hammer time as I dont mind cutting the outside welds, but I dreaded the inside welds .
Everyone that I have seen locally has done this. Just reuse whats there as long as its not corroded.
I am getting the picture ...
I agree with Mike that a lot of the aftermarket perches come off the frame too much and will make your *** sit high up in the air. When originally relocating mine I did the following,
If you cut the bracket off entirely and tuck it like I did you wont have to worry about spring height and your rig will continue to sit level
I like that it will sit level , thanks for the pics Lu .
It takes no time at all to move the stock ones. I cut the frame bracket off the stock disk and made new plates to attach the spring plate to the frame on Flop. I will see if I can find pictures.
Post up if you find them . Did they stay tight to the frame like Lu's did ?
Just something I thought may catch your interest...I'm currently building a trailer frame setup with trailing arm suspension which will hopefully be done for my trip EJS then I'm just gonna slap my black tub on the new frame. I'm really interested in how the ride will compare and frankly I'm not sure all the work is gonna make much of a difference. But I just gotta find out for myself.
Have you researched that suspension setup at all...any thoughts ?
When I first started building my trailer I looked at ( I think ) sierra treks trailers as they used air bagged trailing arms . I really like the clearance you gained in the middle , but in the end the added complexity steered me towards a traditional axle . I will keep an eye on your thread for the updates on the new frame buildup .