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Old 01-06-2003, 10:54 AM
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Default Wheelie bar wheels.

A while back I read that some people are installing wheels on the back of their Jeepster so as to help keep the butt end from dragging and hitting rocks. I believe someone mentioned that toyo pick ups owners install them to help the rear area out.
Does any one have a link or pictures on how this is done?

Are the wheels large enough so they stick below the rea shackle?

Where would be the best area to mount them? in back of the shackle ? outboard,but next to the shackle? etc.

What sort of wheel would one use that would hold up? seems it would need to be very strong.

I thought of welding a 7"x7" gusset between the frame and outer portion of the rear crossmember and than mount HD wheels to the gusset.
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Old 01-06-2003, 11:36 AM
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Default Re: Wheelie bar wheels.

I saw some quite a while ago, they were mounted on the lower shackle bolt. Most of the extra large motor homes have 'em, I would think you could get wheels there.
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Default Re: Wheelie bar wheels.

The cheaper route would be to bolt the smallest & HD casters you can find to the bumper/frame. They could be removed when you weren't bashing on the rocks and shouldn't run more than $20 each at Graingers/McMaster-Carr. Swivel casters might help, but could be a bit weaker for the same size.
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Default Re: Wheelie bar wheels.

Find a Camping World or other large RV supplier near you, there's tons along the 5, not sure about the 99 freeway. Anyway they have different sizes in stock, both bolt on and weld on types. They are pretty heavy duty, ment to carry much more than that of a Jeepster.
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Default Re: Wheelie bar wheels.

geez Tom u could have waited for 80 to clear from here lol.

Regarding wheels, What if a person intalled a wheel to eachside of the bottom shackle? It would be atached using the bottom shackle bolt. Would this not give the best movment for the wheel?
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Default Re: Wheelie bar wheels.

Jim,
I think you realize this, but attaching a wheel via JUST the bottom shackle bolt won't be enough. It'll have too much leverage applied and slip forward/backward just like the shackles in the bushings. If you could sturdy it up by using both top & bottom bolts without hendering flex, it might work.
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