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Old November 28th, 2008, 21:34
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Grin's MJ Trailer Build

So after years of thinking about it, and a year of DD'ing the anticipated donor, and after seeing Prepmech actually execute it really well (see thread in Adventure Forum of ), I am finally on the road to my MJ off-road trailer. Yellaheep and I agreed on a trade - my barely running MJ for a bed with a tounge for me to work off of. We both agreed that problems and all, my MJ was just in too good of shape to go under the sawzall. While I own a welder and can weld, I wouldn't call myself a "welder", and big thanks to Yellaheep for his talents and equipment in getting the touge good and secure!

So, the tounge is made of 3x4x1/8 steel, with about 10 inches inserted into the MJ "frame, and rosette welded, with a couple of grade 8 bolts with crush sleeves for good measure


Then we stared at it for while an cogitated, and agreed to take a 30 degree "pie slice" out of the inside of both rails. This way we could bend both sides into the center for an a-frame effect, while leaving the outer portion of the tubing uncut. We didn't use any jigs, but did a bit of plumb-bobbing and eye-measuring, and either through luck, skill or both, we appear to have a damn-near perfectly centered tounge... Yella then welded the "pie slices back over the bent and welded peices for added strength


Once the bends were done, they were attached at the front with a nifty sleeve that Yella came up with, allowing the welding to be in multiple planes -- once it is road worthy, it will have a really cool 360 degree movement hitch from a Pennsylvania company called Lock 'n Roll (more on that to follow), and will also be able to accept a pintle lunette in case someone else needs to pull it...


Then a cross-brace was added, which not only strengthened the structure, but made a great place for the center-mounted trailer jack


That's the tounge build in a nutshell

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Old November 28th, 2008, 21:48
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Re: Grin's MJ Trailer Build

Yella delivered it to my house on a cold Sunday night, and took away the lesser half of my jeep stable (you can guess which one)


Here's how the trailer sat, as delivered, including Yella's super sweet temp donuts on both sides...



I don't think it was going to clear many obstacles on those mini-meats, so I picked up some 33x9.5 BFG AT's, already mounted on stock jeep wheels on Craigslist for a song (the other two are available as spares, so check out the "for sale" forum!!). I haven't done the SOA that I plan to yet, but the new meats themselves made a world of difference


Then I tackled the wiring. My XJ came to me with a towing harness in place, including electric trailer brakes, but I still have a bit of splicing to do, not to mention the chore of tracing various wire colors and making sure I don't have a flashing left turn signal on the trailer when I am hanging a right... anyway, I picked up some good supplies from Layton here in town, and wired it up in what will be a water tight enclosure when it is wrapped up



So there's how she sits this afternoon...


The rig was an Indiana vehicle to start with, so there is some corrosion to deal with -- my POR-15 should be delivered tomorrow, and Sunday may be a dirty day of prep and paint for the underside
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Old November 29th, 2008, 08:25
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Re: Grin's MJ Trailer Build

Looks good Chris! Any plans for modding the bed or is it staying stock?
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Old November 29th, 2008, 08:34
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It is likely to get some trimming in the rear for a wrap-around type bumper, and probably something similar to provide some "sliders" in the front...
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Old November 29th, 2008, 10:06
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Re: Grin's MJ Trailer Build

Looks good!

Just an idea; if you retain the brake hardware and set up parking brakes again, wouldn't you pretty much eliminate the need for chocks?
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Old November 29th, 2008, 10:07
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The D35 will eventually be replaced with a 3500lb trailer beam axle, with integrated electric brakes and parking brake (eventually being the operative word...)
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Old November 29th, 2008, 11:47
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Re: Grin's MJ Trailer Build

I like the use of household electrical box................

Looks good, but will look better when you paint it to match your Jeep
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Old November 29th, 2008, 12:23
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I like the use of household electrical box................

Looks good, but will look better when you paint it to match your Jeep
X2...then tell everybody you are still wheelin your first X/MJ.
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Re: Grin's MJ Trailer Build

That is going to be a kick a$$ setup. I'll be keeping an eye on this for sure. I'm gathering and planning out and been checking out other setups and even taking some ideas from a pop up camper setup to cross over onto a long bed. Really want to plan this one out well before I get too into it. Have a few other JEEP things that need done first.
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Old December 1st, 2008, 10:13
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Re: Grin's MJ Trailer Build

As a teaser to the eventual finished product, I plan on a Wildernest/FlipPac type topper on this with a fold out tent - should allow me to keep it workable as a utility trailer, but also as a "small RV" for longer trips with the family...
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Re: Grin's MJ Trailer Build

nice build. Want to do something like that in the future.
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Old December 1st, 2008, 12:22
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As a teaser to the eventual finished product, I plan on a Wildernest/FlipPac type topper on this with a fold out tent - should allow me to keep it workable as a utility trailer, but also as a "small RV" for longer trips with the family...

....you need to add a 2" receiver to the back of the trailer and add a Bumper Dumper or you can build a platform on the nice space in front of the trailer to put a port-o-pottie

Maybe some triangulated long arms in the back

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Old December 1st, 2008, 12:26
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....you need to add a 2" receiver to the back of the trailer and add a Bumper Dumper or you can build a platform on the nice space in front of the trailer to put a port-o-pottie

Maybe some triangulated long arms in the back

man, it truly disturbs me how much you and I think alike some times... all offense intended, of course.
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Old December 1st, 2008, 12:28
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Now all you need is something to tow it with.








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Old December 1st, 2008, 12:30
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Re: Grin's MJ Trailer Build

lets all indulge frank making fun of OTHER peoples' rigs not running -- I think he has earned it!!
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