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  1. #1
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    Default dirt bike trailer with no suspension?

    Ok im sick of getting poor fuel economy towing my bike in my 4X6 utility trailer i currently have. I have been thinking of making a stripped down single rail trailer, basically a 3' axle 6.5' of channel for the tires and a short tow bar, wasn't planning on suspension just thinking of running the tires soft seeing the trailer loaded will only be like 300 to 325lbs. what im concerned about is flipping it on its side (3ft wide axle) if i hit a pothole or a raised sewer or the like at speed? what are peoples thoughts on no suspension?
    Garage Guy Chris
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    Sounds like one of those tow behind cement mixers that you see on it's side once in awhile. Why not make the axle wider? I won't add much weight to it. I think it would be fine without suspension.
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    Hi Garage guy chris,
    I hired a single horse float once.
    Every time I went around any kind of a corner the inside wheel would leave the road. Very dangerous
    I would not do it.
    No suspension would be a mistake too I feel.

    Ji
    Grip it and Rip it

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    i wouldn't worry about it,, as it really depends on your own needs and ability to drive. i once drove one mile through the city with no brakes, not even an emergency brake, but i knew how to down shift and used a fence roll on the ground to stop when i made it home.

    i wasn't going to pay to be towed one mile,, i tell you
    Anything you could do, I could do better.
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    Hi Garage guy chris,
    Why don't you make one of those Tailgate Bike Racks ?
    They slot into the tow ball square on your car.
    Easy build, easy to store.

    Ji
    Grip it and Rip it

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    Red face

    Hi Chris,
    Here is a link to one.
    Plenty of ways to skin that cat

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIoO_k_9iB4

    Ji
    Grip it and Rip it

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    I would build a hitch carrier but problem is the tow vehicle is only a 94 corolla, with a class 2 hitch, so a hitch carrier is sorta out of the question. this is what i have in mind,



    Just concerned about the no-suspension thing, they want 1200 for that thing i can build one for about $250-$300
    Garage Guy Chris
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    -Syncrowave 180SD

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    $1200 is more then I paid for my 6x10 trailer with a tall ramp. Looking at the picture I think that it should be stable enough with bikes having a low center of gravity but I think that I would want suspension on one because when driving off road to where we ride it may be to harsh. You could box it out to fit springs and then mount two channels and have a two bike hauler for a friend to go with you.


    Ken

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    Hi Chris,
    It won't do the bike any good if the trailer has no suspension.

    Ji
    Grip it and Rip it

  10. #10
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    If you make one like the pic just use a torsion axle.
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    Trailblazer 250g
    22a feeder
    Lincoln ac/dc 225
    Victor O/A
    MM200 black face
    Whitney 30 ton hydraulic punch
    Lown 1/8x 36" power roller
    Arco roto-phase model M
    Vectrax 7x12 band saw
    Miller spectrum 875
    30a spoolgun w/wc-24
    Syncrowave 250
    RCCS-14

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