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Old 10-24-2010, 11:11 PM   #1
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FJR trailered with a Rabbit

I recently bought this small, foldable Harbor Freight trailer from a fellow TWT. For the past couple of days with help from a friend, we have re-painted it and we are in the process of mounting the choke in a manner that would be easy to dismount (to be able to fold it back).

The trailer had additional support for the board with 2x4s that I now used to also support the 1.5" angles to mount the chock.




We 'test loaded' the bike today to verify the trailer balance.

So far is looking good, next we will add hooks for the straps and finish other details.




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Old 10-25-2010, 01:26 AM   #2
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Re: FJR trailered with a Rabbit

Oohie! I hope it stays together. Those trailer aren't rated for very much weight.
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Old 10-25-2010, 04:54 AM   #3
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Re: FJR trailered with a Rabbit

They'll hold more than that FJR weighs. They're great trailers for what you're doing. I have the smaller one (~4x4) and tow my dirt bikes and dual sports around on it with my Honda Fit. Watch the bearings, but no issues so far. =)
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Old 10-25-2010, 06:46 AM   #4
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Re: FJR trailered with a Rabbit

Hi Camilo, you have done a good job of securing the chock, but I 'm not sure the chock is far enough forward. Bumper pull trailers need to have the weight bias to the front, usually 5-10% of the total trailer weight should be on the trailer tongue to keep the trailer stable. The way your angles are mounted it will be easy to drill additional mounting holes to move the chock further forward if necessary.
When I hauled the HD on the trailer, I loaded it all the forward and still had barely 100 pounds on the hitch, but it didn't fishtail.
The trailer is rated for 1150 pounds cargo.
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Old 10-25-2010, 07:35 AM   #5
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Re: FJR trailered with a Rabbit

Lookin good! Like John said make sure weight is biased forward. Good job!
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Old 10-25-2010, 09:38 AM   #6
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Re: FJR trailered with a Rabbit

Let me echo the advice concerning tongue weight that brother John offered. I lost a good Jeep scrambler 20 years ago because of making that mistake. The trailer was built right - just loaded wrong.

One of my guys was pulling it through a long sweeping down-hill curve and it started whipping. He had trailer brakes but didn't think to reach down and activate by hand...he knew not to brake with the Jeep.

Physics took over. When I looked back, the Jeep was in the air doing a cartwheel. The guy would have been crushed were it not for the seat belt and heavy roll bars. Totaled the jeep. Sent the driver to the hospital.

Make sure you have a tongue heavy load. Like ours that day, a trailer may pull just fine on flat ground but get ugly when things turn less than ideal.

And yes, carry a spare set of bearings and tools to swap em out on the road.

I really dislike pulling a trailer.
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Old 10-25-2010, 10:08 AM   #7
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Re: FJR trailered with a Rabbit

You can add a spare tire and carrier up front and it will add to the tongue weight. Might be best to weigh it as-is first, photos can be deceiving.
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You can add a spare tire and carrier up front and it will add to the tongue weight. Might be best to weigh it as-is first, photos can be deceiving.
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Old 10-25-2010, 10:50 PM   #9
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Re: FJR trailered with a Rabbit

Post a side-on shot to settle all this armchair quarterbacking!
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Re: FJR trailered with a Rabbit

Thanks for the great advise.

As it is now, it is easy to lift the tongue. I will weight it and then again adding the spare and the ramps secured toward the front, I think the added weight will be enough to have the 5 to 10% John suggested.

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Re: FJR trailered with a Rabbit

Nuther picture of that beautiful FJR is always welcome but I'd rather see one of a bathroom scale set under that tongue at hitch height.
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Nuther picture of that beautiful FJR is always welcome but I'd rather see one of a bathroom scale set under that tongue at hitch height.
I agree, and the 5-10% is really the low limit. It wouldn't hurt to have 100-150lbs, the car should be able to handle it. What is the rated maximun tongue weight for that hitch on the Rabbit?
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Old 10-26-2010, 07:53 PM   #13
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I agree, and the 5-10% is really the low limit. It wouldn't hurt to have 100-150lbs, the car should be able to handle it. What is the rated maximun tongue weight for that hitch on the Rabbit?
The max tongue load is 200 lbs.

We will settle this in a few days...

Again, thanks for the advise!

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Re: FJR trailered with a Rabbit

I am almost done with the 'trailer project' and it's taking longer than anticipated (not that I am in any rush as no trip is planned yet...). Fortunately I have a friend helping.

Yesterday we (fsierrai) loaded and secured the bike, took around the neighborhood and on the feeder of I-10. And obviously you can feel the weight with my car.


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We then weighted the tongue:


Once I add the two ramps and the spare tire, I think I will have about 100 lbs in the tongue.

Today, we finished replacing the wires and connecting the electric converter in the car and everything is working fine.

I still need to finish side rails to mount the ramps for transportation.
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Re: FJR trailered with a Rabbit

Nice job, motor is in front of the axle so that certainly helps. Good that you'll be approaching the 100lbs on the front.

I bet your Rabbit does a better job than my old car.



Yes, that MR2 was rated for 1K pounds too.
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I say put the Rabbit on the trailer and pull it with the FJR.
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Nice job Camilo.
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I say put the Rabbit on the trailer and pull it with the FJR.
I was about to recommend the same thing - you beat me to it!
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I was about to recommend the same thing - you beat me to it!
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Re: FJR trailered with a Rabbit

i have a simular setup to yours. been on a few 500 mi trips with no probs so far. those wheels that the trailer rolls on when its folded are crap though.

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