Looks like a great start on the trailer, I'll have to keep an eye on this one. After searching for years for a good M416, I said screw it and built my own "bomb shelter" of a build. As luck would have it, found a pair of M416's here a few months ago. Needless to say I now have one to many...
So what are you planning for a hitch setup there?
Look forward to more of this. Kind of a trailer nut...
The tongue & hitch will be pretty cool, if my plans work out like I want.
The tongue will be telescoping...so I can suck it in close on the highway, and off-road I can extend the tongue and jack-knife 90° without hitting the Jeep tub. The hitch will be a 2" ball at first, but I've got my own special design for a 3-axis hitch I'll be integrating later.
Plans sound great, looking forward to it. I built my big one to break against the Jeep as well and it worked so well I extended the tongue on both M416's to match. Neither are extendable though which could be handy to have at times. Interested to see your 3 axis hitch design. I have a lock-n-roll and the guy I'm building a custom M416 for has the Max from AT. Not super impressed with either. A buddy designed something new I hope to test this week if its out of pc in time. I'm hoping we have a winner with the new design.
Any progress on the trailer? It's in my plans to build one eventually, so I love looking at the trailer builds.
I like the idea of the 3-axis hitch, they seem to fit the needs of offroading the best. Look forward to seeing how you make yours work. I kind of have some thoughts in my head already, but seeing some more would be great.
yup its coming along. latest pics are on a friend's camera, i'll get them up next weekend maybe. Frame, spring perches & shock mounts are all welded completely. Next up is making the tongue and a tongue jack, and starting the tub work....
Is your currrent trans cooler insufficient? I'm going to install a cooler on my LJ. Would a B&M 70268 mounted in grill be adequate?
it is insufficient when wheeling or climbing I-70 on a 90°F+ day. and by insufficient, I mean the return line to the tranny gets up to ~180-200°F when badly heat soaked climbing mountain roads jogging between 2nd and 3rd, with lots of unlocking. normal driving, it's 160°F solid even if its 100°F out. but thats when my engine want to overheats too, so I'm thinking the tranny is actually transfering heat into the coolant.
This is within factory specifications, and isn't considered "overheating" until ~230°F. It's just not good enough for me. I suspect the trailer will make things worse when towing in the mountains. Keep in mind I'm hammering the tranny & engine climbing up I-70 or other mountain roads...sustained 3000-4200 RPM, tranny unlocked in 2nd or 3rd, for 10+ miles at a time. So I'd still recommend the front mount cooler FIRST, with a temp gauge. Monitor the temps, and if that ain't enough, then do the second aux cooler.
BUT...on the flip side, it's been freakin cold here lately...20°F, or less. Now, the tranny isn't getting warm....it's staying in "Warm" or "Cold" modes, barely moving the temp gauge to 100°F, unless I drive for over ~45 minutes on the highway. But too cold is better than too hot, so I'm not complaining...especially considering thats return line temp, not tranny output line temp. I'll install the 2nd cooler in the spring when my trailer is finished, but for now the front mount passive cooler is plenty.
A remote oil thermostat will fix that 'too cold' problem. Summit sells them. You don't need the expensive racing version, the cheaper ones work fine.
It's functions exactly like the coolant Tstat. It's a good device for getting your trans up to temp quickly and maintaining that temp.
I've found that mine works better when my pan temp is 120* - 180*.
A remote oil thermostat will fix that 'too cold' problem. Summit sells them.
thanks, i'll look into that.
meanwhile, here's some progress on the trailer. we've had a lot of snow & cold, so I haven't done much work on it...these are from a few weeks ago. Floor is 1/8" diamond plate. 2" receiver on the back.
ZJ front bumpstops installed:
bar pin mounts for the stock XJ shocks...I think i'll change to slighly longer XJ shocks later, since these are pretty much fully extended here.