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|06-17-2019 11:01 AM|
|armyRN||Looking sharp! A little HF 4' trailer frame and some T&G boards make for a nice trailer.|
|06-16-2019 07:03 PM|
|05-17-2019 11:55 AM|
|05-15-2019 04:48 PM|
Speaking of swapping out springs, here's a link from a previous post that lists the parts needed to do the suspension swap (with pictures!). It is a bolt-on affair with just a little bit of drilling involved. And it isn't that expensive. It really made a difference with my little trailer both on and off-road.
And I just checked the links in that post - they still work.
And there is a table of contents on the first page/first post that might help people find other things that have been done over the years (my this thread had gotten long!). Sometimes I'll tell a PAGE number (in which case you'll have to go to that page and scroll down to the applicable post - there are 15 posts per page - this is page 223, post #3344), and sometimes it'll mention a POST (then again - 15 posts-per-page; you'll just have to advance pages till you find it).
|05-13-2019 03:40 PM|
|05-13-2019 02:15 PM|
|05-13-2019 01:22 PM|
These would work perfect on your little trailer.
The new ones they shipped me cost $20-something to ship. Give me a zip code and I can find out.
|05-13-2019 08:44 AM|
How much do you think shipping would cost to NC? Kind of an awkward shape to ship!
|05-11-2019 10:27 PM|
My trailer has gotten heavier over the years - I either keep bolting things to it, or adding stuff inside the tub. Years ago I replaced the factory overly-stiff slipper springs with longer springs with an eye at each end (so a shackle at the back end). I used these 2-leaf springs (rated at 575lbs each):
I've been very happy with them, and with the added shock absorbers (all written up previously) it had plenty of flex. And good flex helps keep your trailer's contents from getting beat-up, and keeps stuff from breaking on your trailer.
However, come August (16 Aug - 2 Sep) a group of us are going to go on an 18 day/5000 mile trip from Bellingham WA up to Tukyokatuk (northern Canada) running the Dempster Highway up and back (and do a little kayaking in the Arctic Ocean), and then back to Bellingham (PM me if you're interested in joining us). My trailer will be fully loaded (to include fuel, water, food, and everything else). So I decided to try out these 3-leaf springs (rated at 850lbs each):
I swapped them out today; easy swap (lengths were the same from eye to eye - 26"). And I still have flex when I push down on the fender. I also gained a 1/2" in height measured from the center-line of the tire to the top of the fender (we'll see if it settles a bit over time). Hopefully they won't be too stiff.
If space permitted on my trailer frame, I'd have gone with these 28" springs (rated at 740lbs each):
Top picture: old 2-leaf spring and new 3-leaf spring.
Bottom picture: the two old 2-leaf springs.
Anybody want the old springs? They'd be perfect on a trailer like the one posted above on a HF 4' trailer frame. I'll give them away. Mounting hardware (spring brackets, shackles, spring bolts, etc.) are not expensive (and this swap has been written up previously in this thread - it is a bolt-on affair).
|05-06-2019 08:36 AM|
|05-01-2019 06:30 PM|
|04-29-2019 10:02 AM|
|04-26-2019 06:32 PM|
56.5” hub to hub at 1800lb capacity. Went a little wider in case I choose a different wheel and tire set up, about 2” between the tire and frame.
Hardest part was drilling the hole in the axle to match the spring perch!
Tightened it all up and ready to roll!
Next up is the tailgate and deciding on a top or not....
|04-26-2019 05:44 PM|
Nice! Tell us more about the axle:
Hubface-to-hubface distance, weight rating, where you got it, etc.
Looks like a square-tube axle. Did you have to drill holes in the axle for the spring's center pin?
|04-26-2019 04:17 PM|
The axle came in a couple days early![/QUOT
Axle installed and rubber on! Diggin’ it
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