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post #1 of 25 Old 02-21-2010, 06:10 PM Thread Starter
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Hello,
Check out some pics of my off road trailer build. I have built many trailers, but this is my first off road trailer build.




Painted with POR 15 and my test drive today






After the test drive I was very happy with the overall performance. I need to replace the chains with cables, they were too loud, I like a quiet ride. The leaf springs were a little bumpy, so I had to air down the tires for a smoother ride over the bumpy stuff. I am building two more for a couple jeepin buddies I wheel with. I think I will try air bags on my next one.
Let me know what you think.
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are ur tires on the trailer bigger then the one on ur jeep?

but the trailer looks good.. i wish i could get one of these..

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are ur tires on the trailer bigger then the one on ur jeep?

but the trailer looks good.. i wish i could get one of these..
I think its an illusion because of the fenders being a bit lower than the Jeep fenders.

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Thanks for the compliment,
The tires are the same size as the jeep, 35s.
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What, no electric brakes?

Kidding, looks awesome. I like the way you have the sides and floor reinforced.


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Do you use a pintel hook for the connection or a ball???

DO NOT DO BUSINESS WITH SHAFFERS OFFROAD. YOU WILL BE SORRY YOU DID..
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Very cool...you have a talent.
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Nice Trailer!

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hitch

Regarding the hitch, I made two. One for off road that moves in all directions and one for on road that uses a traditional ball. Below are the unpainted pictures of the two.
On this one, I replaced the pins with bolts.


This is with the off road hitch

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This is with the off road hitch

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That is a kickass design! I like it

I understand the Jeep thing
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Thanks,
I was originally going to use a pintle hitch, but they are very loud off road. I don't want to hear a trailer rattling behind me when I wheel.
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Regarding the hitch, I made two. One for off road that moves in all directions and one for on road that uses a traditional ball. Below are the unpainted pictures of the two.
On this one, I replaced the pins with bolts.

Thanks for asking.
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Steve,
does that joint actr like a universal joint in a socket set? That's how it looks frim the camera angle. If so, any problems in reverse?

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Hello,
No problem backing up it wont collapse, it only goes right and left.
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This is the bed and tailgate lined with sanded plywood. I covered the wood with Teak Oil top and bottom to protect it. I like the look.

I really want to experiment with air bags. I may sell the trailer for the cost of the build and make another ( I enjoy building trailers and work is slow, so I have the time. Otherwise, I'll cut the hangers and install an air bag suspension.

Let me know what you think
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Hey Red, I'd like to swap notes with ya sometime on your choice in axles and wheels. I'm having an issue with the stock Rubi's fitting on a Dexter idler hub and would like to know which rim you chose to run over the Rubi.


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Hey Red, I'd like to swap notes with ya sometime on your choice in axles and wheels. I'm having an issue with the stock Rubi's fitting on a Dexter idler hub and would like to know which rim you chose to run over the Rubi.
My original plan was to use the wheels on my jeep for the trailer and they fit fine, backspacing was correct. When I decided to to use the stock Rubi wheels, I had to use a spacer, because of the back spacing. This also solved the problem of the grease cap being too large. I have seen others drill out the center of their rubi wheels to allow the cap to fit through the middle of the wheel.
Hope this makes sense,
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My original plan was to use the wheels on my jeep for the trailer and they fit fine, backspacing was correct. When I decided to to use the stock Rubi wheels, I had to use a spacer, because of the back spacing. This also solved the problem of the grease cap being too large. I have seen others drill out the center of their rubi wheels to allow the cap to fit through the middle of the wheel.
Hope this makes sense,
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Yea I already tried the 1.5 spidertrax spacers even they won't clear the hub. It comes in around 3" diameter and about 1 3/4 to 2" deep.


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Yea I already tried the 1.5 spidertrax spacers even they won't clear the hub. It comes in around 3" diameter and about 1 3/4 to 2" deep.
Is the end of the hub 3" in diameter or the opening of the spacer?
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Is the end of the hub 3" in diameter or the opening of the spacer?
At the face of the hub is 3" and the spacer's hub bore is only 3" for the first 1" then it reduces down to around 2" or less.

I should be home in an hour or so, I'll snap some pics to better show the problem. This was why I was asking what aftermarket wheels you were running (black ones) and what the hub bore on them were to see if they would clear my hubs.


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At the face of the hub is 3" and the spacer's hub bore is only 3" for the first 1" then it reduces down to around 2" or less.

I should be home in an hour or so, I'll snap some pics to better show the problem. This was why I was asking what aftermarket wheels you were running (black ones) and what the hub bore on them were to see if they would clear my hubs.
OK, I got you.
The wheels on the JK are Pro Comp 8179 and are 15 inch rims. The bore is about 3-1/8 approx.

The spacers that I found have a bore of 3-1/4 approx all the way through. That would also work for you.

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OK, I got you.
The wheels on the JK are Pro Comp 8179 and are 15 inch rims. The bore is about 3-1/8 approx.

The spacers that I found have a bore of 3-1/4 approx all the way through. That would also work for you.

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Who makes the spacers?

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Looks nice... wouldn't mind having one myself.

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This is the bed and tailgate lined with sanded plywood. I covered the wood with Teak Oil top and bottom to protect it. I like the look.

I really want to experiment with air bags. I may sell the trailer for the cost of the build and make another ( I enjoy building trailers and work is slow, so I have the time. Otherwise, I'll cut the hangers and install an air bag suspension.

Let me know what you think
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So, is the floor liner wood on top of solid metal or wood on top of metal frame?
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I put the wood over the frame. I figuered that it can be replaced after time.
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