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beerjet

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Axle upgrade
« on: December 02, 2006, 12:05:38 pm »
This is how the trailer currenty sits . Not the best picture (I know) but it gets the point across.



So my plans are to add a third axle to the set-up , or should I say incorporate another axle to the trailer . After inspecting the underside and axles I noticed that the axles had some flat steel welded to the face (I'll get some pictures today) to reinforce them . I realize the boat weighs a ton , and just gettin it in the driveway puts a tremendous amount of strain on all points of the axles. Also , anytime I go the river or lake it's a good distance and I think a triple axle would be nice for the long trips.
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Re: Axle upgrade
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2007, 08:00:45 pm »
Yes I know I haven't put up pictures of the current trailer condition , but thats not important . What is important is that I have gone over the donor trailer to be revamped with someone who is (most importanly ) close to the location , and has extensive eperience working on trailers (big rig trailers ) and is going to really mainly help me do most of the work and he will handle the important welding . Well , here is the victum .

So the new trailer will be getting 2ft added to the back and the front will be getting whacked off (so to speak) and having the brake actuator added the tongue and that should get me the 3 ft I was lookin for .

I am really tryin to save money on this because it's a freakin trailer which is why I'm being such a tight ass on everything . Therefore all the work will be done by myself and my trailer guru .

If anyone has any good leads on trailer parts stores (fenders , axles and such) I am in shopping mode since no purchases will be made for at least a month , I will be lookin around for any deal I can get my hands on and any helpfull tips to consider will be appreciated.

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Re: Axle upgrade
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2007, 10:52:43 pm »
theres that boat junk yard.....I think its called ShipWreck....I dont know what he has available there. My cousin and I were planning on cruising up there this weekend just to scope it out. I will let you know if he has any parts trailers laying around.
  • Boat #1: 1978 Liberty
  • Boat #2: 1982 Eliminator Sprint
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Re: Axle upgrade
« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2007, 04:56:08 am »
Thanks goad . I've been calling a few places close by and they reasonable and great costomer service.

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Re: Axle upgrade
« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2007, 10:45:53 pm »
hey there is a place in irwindale called benlows he helped me go from a single axle to a twin, the original was radial and only four inch wide and sat as high as the skeleton you are using. when done i lowered the trailer and put on 7or8in wide fenders now i have done over 100mph with boat on 40 to havasu and rode like a rail they also do brakes they have the new actuator and all hardware. i blasted 2 light holes. the rims and wheels are from tucker tires in covina all four installed with chrome rims and 60 series tires for 200.00 .  the mistake that i made was when we did the height adj to trailer to give it the lower look and it does handle better, was that the f-in boat was not on trailer so the minute we put the boat on the wheels pinned to fenders , so we wacked them off and did the adjustments but now it looks pretty good for the 500.00 i put into it total. i had a friend also do the welding and i am still looking for a float bar. found one in boat scrape yard in orange but the old bird wanted 200.00 for is so i told him he wont be eating this week ??? ??? ??? and the f- bar is still on the ground as where i found it that day a year ago.
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Re: Axle upgrade
« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2007, 11:52:01 pm »
hey there is a place in irwindale called benlows he helped me go from a single axle to a twin, the original was radial and only four inch wide and sat as high as the skeleton you are using. when done i lowered the trailer and put on 7or8in wide fenders now i have done over 100mph with boat on 40 to havasu and rode like a rail they also do brakes they have the new actuator and all hardware. i blasted 2 light holes. the rims and wheels are from tucker tires in covina all four installed with chrome rims and 60 series tires for 200.00 .  the mistake that i made was when we did the height adj to trailer to give it the lower look and it does handle better, was that the f-in boat was not on trailer so the minute we put the boat on the wheels pinned to fenders , so we wacked them off and did the adjustments but now it looks pretty good for the 500.00 i put into it total. i had a friend also do the welding and i am still looking for a float bar. found one in boat scrape yard in orange but the old bird wanted 200.00 for is so i told him he wont be eating this week ??? ??? ??? and the f- bar is still on the ground as where i found it that day a year ago.
That is one hell of a budet H2O  :o  Unfortunatly this project has fallen victum to time . So it will sit for a while . I'm hopeing to start on it before winter .  I also made my own floater bar for it since the guy I bought it from was using a piece of rope to tie it tothe trailer ??? I'ts crude but it works , great !
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Re: Axle upgrade
« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2007, 07:54:40 am »
Hey guys, it might just be in your best interest to look into a refurbished used trailer. Since you will be spending sooooo much time to redo your's! reply to this and i'll see if i can hook you up with one!!
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Re: Axle upgrade
« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2007, 07:43:06 am »
I don't know about replacing mine but I do know it seems to be sagging and I want to get it repaired. any help in finding a place that does repairs like this is appreciated...EC
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Re: Axle upgrade
« Reply #8 on: March 11, 2007, 10:22:52 am »
I don't know about replacing mine but I do know it seems to be sagging and I want to get it repaired. any help in finding a place that does repairs like this is appreciated...EC
I talked to a guy by the name Micheal livingston ( Livingston Custom Trailers) and I think he was in the high dessert. He used to build trailers for Ellis Trailers and decided to start up his own shop . When I talked to him , he quoted a price for a basic trailer that included all the options I was lookin for . The price was more than I was prepared to pay though . I'm sure he makes a quality product .

Livingston Costom Trailers - (661) 272-4540.
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Re: Axle upgrade
« Reply #9 on: March 14, 2007, 07:44:32 am »
If the trailer is sagging you might want to check and see if you are not over capacity! If the boat is not sitting on the trailer correctly it may make the trailer sag or "bounce". Or if you are not the original owner if may have been damaged in the past. I know of a place that refurbished used trailers and is not overly expensive, and they do great work. Pacific trailers in chino. (909) 902-0094.
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Re: Axle upgrade
« Reply #10 on: March 14, 2007, 10:16:50 pm »
If the trailer is sagging you might want to check and see if you are not over capacity! If the boat is not sitting on the trailer correctly it may make the trailer sag or "bounce". Or if you are not the original owner if may have been damaged in the past. I know of a place that refurbished used trailers and is not overly expensive, and they do great work. Pacific trailers in chino. (909) 902-0094.
Thanks for the info . I'll give them a shout.

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Re: Axle upgrade
« Reply #11 on: March 15, 2007, 04:59:53 pm »
Hey guys, it might just be in your best interest to look into a refurbished used trailer. Since you will be spending sooooo much time to redo your's! reply to this and i'll see if i can hook you up with one!!

This is an option. EC
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Re: Axle upgrade
« Reply #12 on: March 15, 2007, 05:03:48 pm »
If the trailer is sagging you might want to check and see if you are not over capacity! If the boat is not sitting on the trailer correctly it may make the trailer sag or "bounce". Or if you are not the original owner if may have been damaged in the past. I know of a place that refurbished used trailers and is not overly expensive, and they do great work. Pacific trailers in chino. (909) 902-0094.
I have felt that it might not be the right trailer for a while. it seems the wheels might be  to far forward hence the sag.
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Re: Axle upgrade
« Reply #13 on: April 01, 2007, 11:26:17 am »
Does anyone have a trailer for sale and i'm not talking about your v-drive trailer lilrick
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