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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:28 pm 
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Nice work! Your trailer looks better than those aftermarket ones. As trailer tires, how's the performance of MTRs? I'm thinking of getting the nitto tires for my trailer though can't decide yet on what size.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2018 10:00 am 
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The choice in size was dictated by the size of the tires I have on my jeep, I wanted them to match.
With one trip to the rhino lining shop on them it is too early to tell how they will work out, but with the 1 trip 15 miles on the freeway they tracked well no issue.
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Even though the Batwing comes with 2 brackets they will not work on the rack with the way I am setting it up. I pulled out the plasma cutter and made 3 brackets. Rhino rack sent me another set of T bolts for my 3rd bracket.
I made my own brake to set up inside of my Harbor Freight cheap'o press and it worked well for the first set of bends. I need to weld these on, paint the rack, complete the wiring for the rack then drop it back into the M416....
I hope to have some time this weekend to knock some of this out...
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2018 6:06 pm 
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Welded on the brackets for the Batwing today. Also picked up a pigtail wiring set up for the rack...
Next is wiring up pigtail and paint the rack.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2018 5:04 pm 
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The rack is now painted, 3 coats of base 2 coats of clear.
I finished wiring the lights and connected them to the pigtail that will connect to the tongue box.
I purchased some pulley wheels with bearings and made some brackets for them. I will use these to assist in brining the rack down after it is extended.
I also picked up the hand winch to be able to use with the pulleys to retract the rack.
Now I need to figure out if I am going to bolt or weld the pulleys to the rack. I also need to figure out where and how I am going to mount the hand winch.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2018 7:35 pm 
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Dropped the rack into place today and mounted levels on 3 sides under the rack.
Used these levels: https://www.amazon.com/Spirit-Accurate- ... B00X2BRZYS
Next step is picking up gas struts to raise the rack and installing them...
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2018 6:30 pm 
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I figured out the weight of the rack, bat wing, and tent. I also took into account the drag affect of the friction of the rack sliding in and out.
I ordered part # 018318W from:
https://www.liftsupportsdepot.com/lift- ... t-support/
They have 120# lift each with a 19 ¾ stroke which were the two most important characteristics I needed.
The stroke will get the bottom of the rack to 81 inches so that I have room to walk under it with a couple of inches to spare. I also purchased the extension for the annex under the tent to make up for the height.
I wanted 115# of lift but the only options were the 120# and a 100# in the stroke that I needed.
Keeping fingers crossed but I may have to play the UPS shipping game a few times to get it dialed in.
Struts should be here by next Friday...

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2018 6:42 pm 
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To get the trailer licensed I needed to get it weighed so I ran down to the nearest scale and had it weighed.
Empty, meaning no tent, awning, etc it came up to 1,460. I booked an appointment to get the trailer inspected for licensing mid January, I was surprised how far booked out they are.
In the meantime I started on the tongue box with wiring, switches, solar and battery setup...


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 4:37 pm 
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Since my last update I was able to get an appointment at the state patrol office for an inspection and it passed.
They stamped the Vin # into the frame and then used pop rivets to attach a vin tag right below where they stamped the Vin into the frame.
I took their paperwork back to the licensing office and now have a plate, tags and another 'so to speak' vehicle to buy tags for each year...

As for headway I made mounts for the struts out of C Channel cold rolled and welded them to each base tube on all 4 corners. Then I bolted the ball stud mounts to each of the mounts I welded on.
I also was able to weld/mount each pop pin on all four corners which lock the rack in either the down or up position.
A new coat of fresh black on the rack with a couple coats of clear and the rack is done...

Next step is putting the rack in the down position and then putting the struts back on, the only trick is compressing each of the struts. I think I can use a ratchet strap for that.
Once all 4 struts are on then I will mount the Batwing and Tent. I will then know if I chose the right poundage for the struts. If that works out then from that point I will work on the tongue box, electrical, ie lights, solar panel, inverter, switch panel, etc...
I thought I would have had this done by Xmas, bummer..... Still keeping fingers crossed that I can get the maiden voyage in before the snow melts....
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2019 3:42 pm 
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Cool trailer!
Quick thought, do you anticipate any issues with the rack binding in it's channels as you work your way around unlocking each corner, due to uneven force?

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2019 8:00 pm 
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Cool trailer!
Quick thought, do you anticipate any issues with the rack binding in it's channels as you work your way around unlocking each corner, due to uneven force?

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Thank you...
Not anticipating it because I have seen this same method used on a few other m416 builds. I also have added a generous about of lithium grease to each post.
What I am concerned about is that my struts may have too much force and I might have to exchange them for the 100# struts.
I am hoping to get a chance to put them on, install the tent and batwing this weekend.
Once that is done we'll see what happens, should be interesting...
Thanks again....

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