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Old 06-29-2013, 12:37 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by bobo333 View Post
My trailers been up and running for a couple of weeks now, it holds plenty of weight but im having a few handling issues when its not loaded up it tends to get pretty bad sway at far lower speeds than id like, i want to strengthen and possibly redesign the hitch on the bike to fix the problem
As much as I dislike the typical hitching off one of the bike's rear stays (usually the LH side), it's about the only acceptable method.

They do it because it keeps the hitch mount low (unlike yours), which not only improves towing, but is safer and more predictable during panic stops. Two suggestions...

1. Hitch off the bike's LH chain stay - if enough threads are exposed, you can mount to the rear axle.

2. remove your trailer's tongue at the bed, then reattach (weld?) it to the LH side of the bed with the arc pointing inward. Length looks about right. Now build your hitch.

Here's a couple of valuable links with many examples of DIY trailers..

Trailer Construction Tips

The post your trailer thread.

Here's just one example in the link above...

Yet another example in the same thread...

Last edited by Kenny; 06-29-2013 at 12:50 AM..
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