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Re: Building a Motorcycle Trailer

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Glenn F.

09-27-2013 09:14:48

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I am reading your responses with interest. I sure get the safety concerns. It seems like a project can never be free no matter how much well organized inventory one has.

If I were to put 6 ply tires (rated at 745 lbs each) I could build the trailer for just under $100. I'll have no problem building a strong frame/bed. Not sure what my springs & axels are rated at. I'l have to do some research.


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09-27-2013 11:18:04

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 Re: Building a Motorcycle Trailer in reply to Glenn F., 09-27-2013 09:14:48  
8 inch wheels,,,bad idea.

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jon f mn

09-27-2013 10:55:52

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 Re: Building a Motorcycle Trailer in reply to Glenn F., 09-27-2013 09:14:48  
OOPS, I guess I didn't read you post clearly. Most snowmobile axles are 2000 lb. so yes it will work. If it's a solid square axle it's most likely a 1500 lb. and still plenty.

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jon f mn

09-27-2013 10:51:39

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 Re: Building a Motorcycle Trailer in reply to Glenn F., 09-27-2013 09:14:48  
Do yourself a favor and buy a 2000lb torflex axle. It will be easier to mount and more reliable and give a better ride. Get 5 on 4 1/2 bolt circle so you can easily get replacement wheels when you blow a tire. The small tires will haul your load fine but turn several times faster going down the road so tires and bearings don't last as long. You can help that by checking the air in the tires frequently. Those small tires don't need a big leak to loose a large % of their air and low air pressure is the leading cause of tire failure. Also the biggest reason for bearing failure is sitting time. If you leave your trailer sit for several months the bearings rust where the grease is rubbed off then when you start driving they fail. If the trailer is sitting for a long time just go out and push it around a bit from time to time to move the grease around, that will help.

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