Join Date: Sep 1999
Location: San Diego, CA
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Re: Found ultimate clamp for tire/bumper combo.
...a little info:
I was able to find a machine shop to cut the flange off for $15 (that's really cheap for just one). On the first tire carrier I made, I cut it off myself using a cut-off wheel, sawzall, swearing, sweating and about 2 hours including the grinding it round. It was no fun and is why I searched out a machine shop for the second one.
I haven't put a zerk fitting in. I am going to put a 'bearing buddy' that is commonly used for boat trailers. It would be easy to drill and tap a hole for the zerk, however.
As far as sagging goes, I can stand on the end of the swingout carrier and bounce without it affecting the arm. I welded it at a slight angle (only like 1%) back to compensate for the weight of gas cans, tire, rack.
On the D-rings....these are forged rings commonly used on dump trucks for saftey chains when towing a trailer with a backhoe or bobcat. They can be purchased at heavy truck supply places. I was dragged backwards up a steep rock sliding on my skid plate by one of these D-rings.
258 4.0 Head/MPI,NV4500,D300,4.10's,HS9500