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Old 01-05-2011, 06:41 PM   #1
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Odd question seeking advice...

I have been wanting to build a semi unique off road trailer for some time now. I have been looking for a solid YJ to use since I believe the leaf springs would be a better option but I have not come accross any rolling chassis that werent rusted to hell. I just found a TJ with blown motor for a steal and was wondering how my idea would work with a coil spring setup. My plan is to remove everything from the windshield forward (hood, fenders, complete drivetrain minus rear axle) pretty much stripping down the entire front down to the frame. Also remove complete interior dash electronics ect.

Much like this one but keeping the windshield, cage, doors, and hard top.


This way I have the option of keeping the top on for an enclosed trailer, or removing it and folding the windshield down for a regular trailer. Would there be any issue with maintaining the rear axle or would I have to fab up a trailer axle that would accept the springs, shocks, track bar ect.

Any advice is welcome since I do not have any experience with this sort of project but I think I would get a hell of alot of use out of it. I want to keep it a budget build but want to get it right and safe.

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Old 01-05-2011, 06:50 PM   #2
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Pardon my paint skills but this would be the basic idea

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Old 01-05-2011, 07:25 PM   #3
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Coils on a trailer would be a nightmare. I know it looks cool and all but with the time and especially money it would take, not downing you or anything, but especially if you have no experience with that sort of thing, I would say just go down to TSC and buy a trailer for like 500$ and be done with it. Also I dont know about your trailer laws there, but here getting a home made trailer tagged and titled is a royal pain (as opposed to our neighboring states who dont even require trailers to be tagged or titled)...
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Old 01-05-2011, 07:36 PM   #4
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I was just hoping that I could keep the rear intact (stock axle held in place by the control arms, track bar ect). I cant think of much else I would need to get it registered as a trailer since it was already road worthy and I just cut off the front and attached a trailer front and it would be pretty simple to wire up the brake lights.
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Old 01-05-2011, 07:45 PM   #5
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Just about anything without an engine can be plated as a trailer. Just need a weight and number of axles here in MI. Not sure on CT...

I like your idea, I would say to try and keep it simple and remove anything heavy and replace it with light bracing and/or brackets. What about starting with a good spring trailer and adding a jeep body stripped out? No matter... either way would be cool. Whichever you choose, I would think you'd want to go with leaf springs as mentioned instead of coils. Less bouncy.
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Your issue is going to be load balance. Just take a look at that and picture all the tongue weight. You will have a terrible time trying to tow anything cargo in that.
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Old 01-05-2011, 11:42 PM   #7
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Your issue is going to be load balance. Just take a look at that and picture all the tongue weight. You will have a terrible time trying to tow anything cargo in that.
You're are correct about the tongue weight. It would be a buttload I'm sure. It would look way cool though!
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Old 01-06-2011, 01:45 PM   #8
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Well I wasnt planning on hauling much in it. Just trail/camping gear for occasional weekend trips. Would even that be tough?
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I loaded a trailer wrong one time. Had too much weight in the rear and not enough tongue weight. Darn thing couldn't go over 45 mph due to trailer sway. Be careful with tongue weight
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But I could keep the rear sway bars attached
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I just can't wait to pass you on the road with it
I think I have passed you before - but this way I would know for sure!!

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