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M416 gets a tailgate

Discussion in 'Jeep Trailer Tech' started by $ sink, Jun 9, 2007.

  1. Jun 9, 2007
    $ sink

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    Before I iritate anyone, the back of the tub was cut by the PO with a torch, so anything I did to it was an improvement.

    still gotta add chains
     
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  2. Jun 9, 2007
    CJjunk

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    How do you have the latches arranged? Could we see a close up pic?
     
  3. Jun 9, 2007
    Zoomer

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    Looks good Randy! Does your tailgate and latch system tie to two side together pretty good? I sometimes wish my 416 had a tailgate, but I don't think I could bring myself to cut it. :rofl:
     
  4. Jun 10, 2007
    m38willys

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    Looks pretty good to me.
     
  5. Jun 10, 2007
    Chris Insull

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    Looks good, Randy. Good to see you got the bows done as well...
     
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  6. Jun 10, 2007
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    Thanks for the encouragement.
    Mark, I would never have cut the tub if it were not already damaged, I wanted a trailer with a tailgate and the one I found was already cut.
    the sides are reasonably strong without the gate closed, the hinges and some careful gusseting stiffened them up alot.
    as you can see, nothing fancy in the latch dept, the bolts will be replaced with standard chain hooks. I was going the cool route with the slide bar latches hidden within the upper tube but decided that I was installing chains anyway so I might as well go dirt road simple.

    Chris, the day you stopped by here I looked on Mike Boynk's website and read his description of the bows... $13 later and my tarp was no longer collecting water. thanks Chris, Mike, and whoever invented it.

    pay no attention to the weld quality, the others are much better:rofl:
     
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  7. Jun 10, 2007
    mb82

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    Looks good
     
  8. Aug 28, 2007
    jeepfreak81

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    Very clean tailgate install...
     
  9. Aug 28, 2007
    $ sink

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    Thanks
     
  10. Aug 28, 2007
    vajeeper

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    I like it. I miss the utility of having a tailgate on my 416 but don't have the time or inclination to address that soon.

    Have you used your trailer much? I'm curious as to how bouncy it is. I know i need different springs and to add shocks to mine, currently it will leave the pavement on solid bumps and I'm only running 10psi in the tires.
     
  11. Aug 28, 2007
    $ sink

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    I've made a hand full of trips with it around town, mostly to the landfill. it doesn't bounce around at all on pavement, the road to the landfill is about 1/4 mile of washboard gravel up hill, no problem, tracked along nicely. haven't had more than #400 in it yet, but that didn't squat it down at all.
     
  12. Aug 30, 2007
    sparky

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    I am impressed. Very nice job.

    Bows look familiar too. ;)
     

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