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Unread 05-01-2014, 07:40 PM   #226
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Can't take credit for the hitch design, here's how he (jscherb) did it. There's a bushing in the collar, no bearings. Read through his thread, it's good. http://tventuring.com/trailerforum/thread-65.html

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Unread 05-02-2014, 07:02 PM   #227
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Can't take credit for the hitch design, here's how he (jscherb) did it. There's a bushing in the collar, no bearings. Read through his thread, it's good. http://tventuring.com/trailerforum/thread-65.html
I had seen that once before , but its a good read to refresh my thoughts . Thanks for the link .
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Unread 06-06-2014, 06:52 PM   #228
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I am thinking about using a pair of these to latch the tonneau down with a hidden wire to pull and release the catches . Any opinions or other ideas ?

http://www.autoloc.com/

They have some neat stuff , but the electric stuff scares me off a bit as I dont want to get locked out .
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Unread 06-26-2014, 09:22 PM   #229
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I cleaned up another set of leaf springs to add to the pack yesterday and installed them tonight . The trailer seems less bouncy , but a road test will be the best way to see .

To help combat the bouncing I bent up a set of shock hoops and I ordered a set of CJ front shocks .


For some reason I got more spring back on the second one though it all came from the same stick ?

And I machined a flat spot on the bump stops to make it easier to weld them to the frame .
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Unread 08-11-2014, 07:03 PM   #230
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I got the shock hoops fitted and ready to weld . I would have installed them , but I couldnt find my box of tabs to make upper shock mounts .
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Unread 08-12-2014, 08:23 PM   #231
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I needed some more parts . Luckily I have Barnes 4WD just a few hours away and they have what I need in stock with cheap shipping . The parts are ordered to finish the shock install ...



With any luck I will have shocks , and bump stops installed over the weekend.
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Unread 08-17-2014, 08:20 AM   #232
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This weekends Jeeping : I tacked up the shock hoop on the trailer to ensure that everything cleared the tire. Once I knew it fit I removed the tire and welded everything up . For the record upside down welding is teh debil!




If I get lucky I might get the other side done today.

Worked on the hitch some too.


I would have assembled it , but I cant find the threaded insert I turned to tie the two halves together .
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Unread 08-17-2014, 09:19 PM   #233
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Got the basket mounted tonight by drilling a few holes and lightly modifying a set of yakima clips .
The other shock hoop will get finished up next weekend , and then it will be off to a road test .
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Unread 08-24-2014, 09:09 AM   #234
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Long day in the shop yesterday , but I got both shock hoops and the bump stops installed .




I ended up dialing the bumpstops all the way up to get the correct compression , but they work beautifully and will keep the tires out of the fenders .

The tongue jack on the trailer has always been a little short and it was aggravating as heck having to prop it on something to get it level . Fortunately a stock Jeep Wrangler windshield to roll bar extension is the perfect o.d. to fit in the jack .

This shows how much I need to add to get to level .

Custom roll bar extension piece.

All welded up with super custom black paint .

I also started working on the tongue box mounts , and if I get lucky I will get it mounted up this afternoon .
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Unread 08-24-2014, 08:35 PM   #235
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In between rain showers Kimbo and I snuck out for some trailer testing . I wasnt sure how it would handle with all the changes , but I was relieved to see that the trailer is rock solid! We went through tight curves , over bumps , and high speeds with 0 issues . Now that the handling is dialed in , its time to start outfitting the trailer for camping trips .




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Unread 11-09-2014, 08:13 PM   #236
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One thing I have regretted on my build is not adding a parking brake when I built it. I had been kicking around the idea of using mountain bike rotors and calipers , then after some further thought motorcycle brakes made a lot more sense. Thankfully I had more time to think it over and I found the brakes below that will bolt onto my axle and they have a manual e brake. The plan is to use TJ e brake cables and the bracket to tie the two cables together. That leaves the e brake handle to figure out. I want something that I can lock in the open position for some security when I leave the trailer at camp. I am still working on that part of the design , but I hope inspiration will strike as I wander around the junkyard.

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