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By Cigarsnjeeps
#2231468
Just wanted to document my yak trailer build in case it helps other that might want to do the same.

Started off with a 4x8 trailer kit. Comes with everything you need to build a trailer at home. Here is a 4x4 section befinning to take shape.

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Just follow the directions and bolt everything together. In this pic, the tongue is not installed the way the instructions called for. I was experimenting since I will be extending the tongue for better towing and backing.
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Time to build some uprights. My intent is for my new Amigo to ride on the bottom and then have room for up to 2 more kayaks on top. We used 1-1/4 square tubing. If you are not fortunate enough to have a good friend who welds, you can produce a bolt together option using uni-strut.
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By Cigarsnjeeps
#2231469
If you compare the original pic to this one, you'll notice that we reconfigured some things thanks to some good ideas from my buddy:
1. Removed the 2 center cross braces and inserted each one inside each side of the frame to strengthen the frame.
2. Relocated the axle further back on the trailer for more stability. Easy to do, just roll it back and bolt it up with some new drilled holes.
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We also reconfigured the tongue so that the original hitch was inside the frame rails. Took a little grinding to make it fit, but not bad. This will be used as a guide for the 8' 2x2 tubing we installed for the tongue.
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Buddy welded up the tongue and a few other places to strengthen some areas although it would be fine if everything was just bolted. Did buy a new 2" tongue since the trailer comes with 1-7/8 and I wanted to have thw same size as my other trailers.

Here is where it currently stands. Ill update more as I proceed.
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By kickingback
#2231521
Looking good.
Keep an eye on the total weight with yaks and equipment to not overload it with the small 12" tires that come with it. It's rated for 1100 lbs but the tires that come with it are only 4 ply tires. If you keep the 12" tires go for the 6 or 8 ply to get more speed and less wear out of them I found.
I have also had to replace my bearings on one side already so keep an eye on them as well especially if you back it into the saltwater all the time.
#2231526
kickingback wrote:Looking good.
Keep an eye on the total weight with yaks and equipment to not overload it with the small 12" tires that come with it. It's rated for 1100 lbs but the tires that come with it are only 4 ply tires. If you keep the 12" tires go for the 6 or 8 ply to get more speed and less wear out of them I found.
I have also had to replace my bearings on one side already so keep an eye on them as well especially if you back it into the saltwater all the time.

Thanks for the advice. I will def keep an eye on the tires and the bearings. I don't do much salt water where I'm at. I plan on upgrading to some bearing buddies too.

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By Jimbo_47
#2231540
I know you aren't finished, but that space between the two uprights in the last picture could possibly use some reinforcement by adding another cross member in that space to help strengthen the frame and prevent twisting.
Nice job! :clap:
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By castin4fish
#2231554
Here's mine. Notice the triangle reinforcement brackets on the trapeze. Yes those are 10" tires. Ive been down to the coast many times and to three rivers many times with no problems with bearings or tires. This was an old Harbor Freight trailer the neighbor gave me. He used ti to cart his motor cycles to Houston. It sat in his yard for many years and collected rust. I did replace the bearings when I got it not because they were warn, but because they had rust. The hub actually has grease fittings so I give them a pump every once and awhile. Its been a great trailer. Good luck with yours. Oh btw I live in San Antonio to show you distance I travel.
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