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post #166 of 243 Old 10-30-2013, 07:37 PM
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wow awesome build


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post #167 of 243 Old 10-30-2013, 08:36 PM Thread Starter
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wow awesome build
Thanks , its been fun but I am looking forward to working on something else for a while .




New shackles painted and installed . I now have plenty of travel and adjustability if needed .

Everything is lined up and ready to go .

Ranger center caps with a custom steel insert .



The tub is mounted and complete except for the tail lights which will get plugged in tomorrow morning . With a little luck I can make it over to DMV and get inspected tomorrow morning . Many thanks to Hendrix for all the body and paint work and to Jonathon for helping me along the way .

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post #168 of 243 Old 10-31-2013, 01:59 PM Thread Starter
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So after a bit of worrying about the inspection process the angry trailer passed with nary a problem. The State Highway Patrolman gave it a once over , checked to see that the vin was stamped in the proper place and then asked me "did you really build this"? That was nice to hear , and I told him yes except for the fact that I brought in a ringer for the paint and body work . I have had people all day long waving and pointing , its a little surreal . No videos were taken yet , so I dont have dumpster status .

It tows good , but wags a little at speed due to the fact that I have too much play in the multi axis hitch . I am going to re build it on the mill and get tighter tolerances over the winter . Until then I am going to run a bolt on traditional coupler .


The trailer sits just a little higher than the LJ which means it should be near dead level once its loaded .








I towed it about 40 miles on road and mile or so off road and it does fine other than a little wagging like I mentioned above . I am off to fix that after trick or treating tonight .

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post #169 of 243 Old 10-31-2013, 09:08 PM
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So after a bit of worrying about the inspection process the angry trailer passed with nary a problem. The State Highway Patrolman gave it a once over , checked to see that the vin was stamped in the proper place and then asked me "did you really build this"? That was nice to hear , and I told him yes except for the fact that I brought in a ringer for the paint and body work . I have had people all day long waving and pointing , its a little surreal . No videos were taken yet , so I dont have dumpster status .

It tows good , but wags a little at speed due to the fact that I have too much play in the multi axis hitch . I am going to re build it on the mill and get tighter tolerances over the winter . Until then I am going to run a bolt on traditional coupler .


The trailer sits just a little higher than the LJ which means it should be near dead level once its loaded .








I towed it about 40 miles on road and mile or so off road and it does fine other than a little wagging like I mentioned above . I am off to fix that after trick or treating tonight .
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Greg, wouldn't a bit of toe in on the axle solve the wagging.
Uncle of mine used to built trailers for a living and always toe'd the axles in a bit for good tracking. I doubt tightening the hitch parts will make much of a difference. Try it with a ordinary coupler, wouldn't be surprised if it would still wag

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post #170 of 243 Old 10-31-2013, 10:56 PM
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Looks great, glad to see it on it's own weight
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post #171 of 243 Old 11-01-2013, 04:42 PM
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A fine job Sir. You may want to try more tongue weight. Ron
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post #172 of 243 Old 11-01-2013, 07:35 PM Thread Starter
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Greg, wouldn't a bit of toe in on the axle solve the wagging.
Uncle of mine used to built trailers for a living and always toe'd the axles in a bit for good tracking. I doubt tightening the hitch parts will make much of a difference. Try it with a ordinary coupler, wouldn't be surprised if it would still wag
I have 3 degrees of toe in , but there is no crown. The regular coupler is built and installed . Test towing tomorrow morning .

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Looks great, glad to see it on it's own weight
It is nice to see it in a useable state

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A fine job Sir. You may want to try more tongue weight. Ron
Thanks , and I am headed that direction once I install the tongue box .

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post #173 of 243 Old 11-01-2013, 08:11 PM Thread Starter
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Today I made a different tongue attachment and I installed the tailgate cables .

The multi axis coupler is attached to the tongue with a 5/8" shank grade 8 stud . This made it pretty easy to fabricate a traditional hitch to bolt to the tongue .

I cut a piece of 2"x2" box tube diagonally and welded an end it . Then I centered it up and drilled a hole so that it could be attached to the tongue . I welded what you see here and then all six of the plug welds on the top and sides .

All welded up and painted .

Installed and ready for a test tow . I think its going to make a huge difference as there is no play in the tongue now .

Next up was to get the tailgate cables installed before I screwed up and dropped the gate on the bumper ! After some rough measuring it seemed like the cables and hardware from an 04 explorer sport trac would work out just about perfect .

The Ford factory torx bolts thread right into the CJ tailgate , but they need to be trimmed down so that they clear the when opening and closing.

I had hoped to attach directly to the old inner fender but the tub flange pushed the cables out of alignment. Two pieces of 1.75 tubing and some slightly modified factory pivots allowed better alignment of the cables .



The explorer sport trac cables and hardware worked out nicely . I did make the spacers cam centric so that I could turn them to adjust the slack of the cable . Sounds silly ,but it made for easy adjustment .

Last but not least , no Monkeys were harmed in the fabrication of this trailer .

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post #174 of 243 Old 11-01-2013, 08:25 PM
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looks great! Any plans for mounting the spare to free up the trailer bed?
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looks great! Any plans for mounting the spare to free up the trailer bed?
Thank you , and yes the spare will go back on the LJ once the tailgate hinges are reinforced .



Also made a minion for the kids while I was waiting on parts to dry for the trailer .

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I went with a stock TJ carrier.

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post #177 of 243 Old 11-02-2013, 05:53 AM Thread Starter
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I will be hauling the spare on the LJ . Thats what I was talking about beefing up . If I were to hide that painted tailgate Hendrix would put a hit out on me. The trailer and LJ use the same size tire and rim so I just need to carry one .

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post #178 of 243 Old 11-02-2013, 08:16 AM
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post #179 of 243 Old 11-02-2013, 08:10 PM Thread Starter
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Looks great!
Thanks , has it inspired you to build another one yet ?

Today we took the trailer all over the county , even on the interstate so that I could get up to higher speeds . I am relieved to say that the trailer has no quirks at any speed now ! Heres some pics from the day .







It was a great day of towing around and running errands with nary a wiggle from the trailer .

When I get back from Minnesota the aluminum for the tonneau should be here and I still need to cut the tongue jack so that I can add some length .

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post #180 of 243 Old 11-02-2013, 08:17 PM
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The shots in the woods are great. I love autumn. Great work.
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