Harbor Freight Trailer

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Thinc2, Mar 5, 2006.

  1. Cycle61

    Cycle61 making it up as I go

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    My forearms are killing me from wrenching them all into place. And you basically never see them in actual industrial applications. Red loctite on everything, and hopefully I don't have to deal with it again. The fastener quality on this thing is very poor, I think I may have partially stripped the threads on one of the u-bolts.

    There are specific tools for packing bearings, or you can pretty easily do it by hand. I'm just gonna do these by hand, I don't do enough mechanical work to justify more greasy tools laying around the house.

    Sure would be nice to have a shop, or even a flat place to park. Driveway is so steep that I have to clean it after a storm or my car can't get out. Finished my assembly by flashlight last night, and the trailer frame is leaned up against a tree right now so it doesn't slide down into the neighbors' yard. :norton
  2. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    Ahhh, gotcha. Yeah, the bolts are not the highest quality.
    Easy to do, like you say.

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=packing+wheel+bearings

    Pick a video!

    Jim :brow
  3. Cycle61

    Cycle61 making it up as I go

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    Wheel bearings are done. As mentioned elsewhere, I'm pretty sure whatever they ship with is somewhere between Vaseline and generic china brand rust inhibitor goop. No freakin' way would I actually want to drive on this stuff. No wonder people have reported them failing in a few thousand miles.

    First one is clean. :D

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    The outer bearings are loose, and come easily out by hand. The inner bearings, (the same part number, surprisingly), are held in quite firmly by a rubber and spring seal in the back of the hub. Nothing that a 27mm socket and a couple solid taps with a hammer can't fix. Both popped out with no damage.

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    The bearings themselves seem to be decent quality, a Timken 30205/P6, so hopefully they'll run well with some good grease in them.

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    Got them all cleaned and ready to repack.

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    At this point I put the camera away, because that shit gets everywhere. But here's the finished product, loaded up with fresh Mobil 1 Synthetic. The rear seals reinstalled easily with a couple taps of a wooden mallet. :norton

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    And for anybody wondering, here's what you're gonna get when you open the boxes. I don't have any pictures of the assembly of the frame, because it got dark, but I'll pick back up tonight. Gotta grease the axle, install the wheels, and run all the electrical, then it's off to Home Depot for a sheet of 3/4 plywood.

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  4. frogy

    frogy Been here awhile

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    I am thinkin of gettin one of these trailers.When you talk about the cheap nuts and bolts,I am wondering,I have an electric impact gun.Are they so cheap that I will easily stip this hardware?
  5. Cycle61

    Cycle61 making it up as I go

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    I torqued the shit out of everything, I don't think you're actually going to break them. But I certainly wouldn't use them twice.

    Also, make sure you have both sockets and box-end wrenches in every single one of the following sizes:

    16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, and 24mm. :deal

    Finishing wiring and deck on mine tonight! :clap
  6. Cycle61

    Cycle61 making it up as I go

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    Haha, this has turned into my build thread over the last two days. Hopefully somebody finds it helpful.

    Here we are as I left it last night, waiting for hubs, wheels, and electrical.

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    $9 can of this stuff will probably last me for years. Mmmm, synthetic. :tb

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    Axle shaft ready for hub install.

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    Hubs installed and torqued, all nice and smooth.

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    Note to self: Do not use big-ass adjustable wrench as dust cap install hammer. :umph :baldy :lol3

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    Electrical went fairly smoothly, detail shots tomorrow since it got dark again, but she's wired, up, rolling, and we made our run to the hardware store for a sheet of 3/4" plywood decking.

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    Couple of little rattles here and there, once the wood was on top of the frame and strapped down, I literally forgot the trailer was back there several times over a 20-minute drive. This weekend she gets tested with lumber and tools for an attic refinish job, and next week we try hauling a 600 pound Kawasaki with it. :norton
  7. hugemoth

    hugemoth Long timer

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    Another option is to forget the bolts and use your $89 HF wire welder to weld the frame together.
  8. Cycle61

    Cycle61 making it up as I go

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    Don't forget your $29 HF angle grinder to clean off the paint first. Can't have porous welds now, can we? :deal
  9. murgatroid42

    murgatroid42 Great Adventurer

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    And buy a box of HF nuts, if one doesn't like the nylocks.

    The stock wiring is awful, so replace it with HF wire, and HF terminals. Use the HF crimper.

    Don't forget the HF ramps, HF motorcycle wheel chocks, HF trailer wheel chocks, HF jack stand for the tongue, HF reflective tape and reflectors, and of course a HF spare tire and rim.

    And HF tools to put it together.

    One stop shopping.

    What else am I forgetting?
  10. Lil' Steve

    Lil' Steve PussyWagon™ Chauffer

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    The HF bearing packer. :deal


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  11. frogy

    frogy Been here awhile

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    :rofl
  12. NoVa Rider

    NoVa Rider Long timer

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    Worked well for me, and still kicking many moons later. . .. :clap

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  13. Cycle61

    Cycle61 making it up as I go

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    On our first job today. I've got at least a motorcycle's worth of weight on there, I'd say. :evil

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  14. Cycle61

    Cycle61 making it up as I go

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    Oh, and for those looking, TireRack does sell a 12" car tire. Yokohama Y372
  15. BudCAD

    BudCAD Zen Motorcyclist

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    I had the same trailer, with wheel chock my V-Strom fit but just, the rear tailgate slid up under the rear fender of the V-Strom. The wheels came with labels that said not to exceed 50mph. Nice trailer for the price but man, what a bitch to get it registered in Pa.
  16. emti

    emti Been here awhile

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    Ive had one since about 1992, works great, pack the bearings once a year, you should buy a spare. and some spare lights,The side racks make it easier to back up, so you will smash the lights off it less often. emti
  17. RandyM

    RandyM Less talk, More ride

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    I rebuilt my old lightweight version with 8" wheels and painted it Rustoleum blue except for the fenders which I painted yellow when I ran out of blue. The top of the plywood is painted with roll on bedliner and the bottom with some leftover wood sealer. The chocks are from Cycle Gear $12 on sale.

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    I went with new LED lights all around including these nice 15" slim tail/brake lights from etrailer.com.
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    It should be OK to haul 2 dual sports on.
  18. Cycle61

    Cycle61 making it up as I go

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    Looks nice, man!

    I want to do all kinds of stuff to mine, but race season is coming up, and my tinkering time/$ is going into the bike now. :norton
  19. FirstLight

    FirstLight Been here awhile

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    You guys that have mounted wheel chocks on yours...is the trailer still foldable? I need it to be foldable, so was thinking I'd mount a chock with bolts instead of screws so that you could easily remove the chock and fold the trailer.
  20. Hoppalong

    Hoppalong Adventurer

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    Condor products makes a wheel chock called the Pit-Stop that can be used with their Trailer adapter. The adapter allows you to easily install/remove the chock from your trailer. Then the chock can be used in your garage, etc.