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Hey guys…

As promised here is a few before and after pictures of my trailer.

In this first batch of pictures it shows that the trailer was in hard shape. I purchased it for $100 3 years ago and said that I would fix it up when I have the time. It’s only taken 3 years to MAKE the time. I got busy with building my garage and then the complete teardown and then the rebuild of the 1500 pushed it to the bottom of the list.

As you can see in these before pictures, it was, in a word, BLUE! Not something that matched my bike – either the silver 1100 or the black 1500. Also, what is hard to tell here was that the white top was green with moss and mold. It was easily cleaned though. The tongue was rusted and lights and wiring were shot… like I was going to keep it like that anyway! Hahahaha

You can see that they used some motorcycle turn signals on the bumper for signal lights. Though the tires were new… they were 7 years old and I didn’t trust them. The trailer was built in 1991. The same vintage as my 1500. It was last safety inspected in 1998.
 

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Basically, the trailer was stripped to the frame and everything was scrubbed clean. I moved the final position of the cargo carrier back about 5 inches and made a nice steel tube frame for my cooler. This extra open space in the front is for two folding chairs to be tied down in that spot. That’s why you see hooks there.

New LED lights were added. I used a 6 pin square connector for my connection. Ground, Left, Right, Brake, Park lights AND a separate Brake light one for the 3rd tail light. The 3rd brake light on the bike under my trunk spoiler has a strobe circuit attached to it. It strobes the 3rd tail light for a few seconds before coming on steady. Now my trailers 3rd brake light does that too to match the bike. A super attention getter.

The frame and deck were painted black and a coat of rubberized rock guard was applied to all the metal surfaces. I also “painted” the white top of the cargo carrier with this stuff. I love the rock guard stuff as it solved all issues with not having a smooth surface. It is a perfect match for the lower half of the carrier that was NOT painted. I then applied the Goldwing decals to the trailer to help jazz it up. I haven’t pinstriped it yet to match the bike. Maybe this coming winter. I have to move on to other projects that need doing.

New tires and rims installed along with a new hitch and chains. All new nuts and bolts and even the hardware was painted too. Basically a total remake done MY way.
 

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The short video shows what the bike is like in the evening and the way the LEDs look.

http://youtu.be/-VIOvhrQYgw

Hope you like.

Tim.
 

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I like, and you're right, that flashing 3rd brake light is a real attention getter.
 

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Awesome looking job you did on that. I would be proud to have that trailer following my bike!

The 3rd flashing light is fantastic.
 

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Awesome rebuild on the trailer. I really like the flashing 3rd brake light. You surely will get some attention with that.
 

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We have the same 1991 trailer. I just got my frame back from being powder coated. I asked for black and with a paperwork mess up, I got a white frame. They said they would redo it, but I think I like the white/black contrast. White might be more visible at night. I like your black look and that was my first thought to do. I will post photos soon.
Great job on your trailer! Where did you get decals?
 

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Mark,

I would like to see the trailer with the white and black. You could not have gotten a more opposite mistake if you tried!! Hahaha

I got the Decals from this guy. Extremely high quality and was fast shipping to me. I have purchased a few things from this guy. Consistent great quality.

http://stores.ebay.com/Flipsidegraphix

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Mark,

I would like to see the trailer with the white and black. You could not have gotten a more opposite mistake if you tried!! Hahaha

I got the Decals from this guy. Extremely high quality and was fast shipping to me. I have purchased a few things from this guy. Consistent great quality.

http://stores.ebay.com/Flipsidegraphix

Tim.

Just made a purchase for the 3 decals. I will need to look at his other stuff. I will take some photos later and put them up for you to see. I am debating the color and other upgrades, but time will tell what gets redone.
 

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Mark,

I would like to see the trailer with the white and black. You could not have gotten a more opposite mistake if you tried!! Hahaha

I got the Decals from this guy. Extremely high quality and was fast shipping to me. I have purchased a few things from this guy. Consistent great quality.

http://stores.ebay.com/Flipsidegraphix

Tim.

Here is the before and current. Still updating. I am painting the brackets black and using all stainless steel hardward for reassembly. Rims and tires are new. The old were cracking and rims were rusty.
 

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It was last safety inspected in 1998.
I'll tell you for a fact, safety inspection is not even worth mentioning as it means nothing!!! And what do they inspect on a tiny trailer, that the lights flash???

I won't tell you how many vehicles I had passed on safety inspections in WV. PA. TX. and in MO. which by LAW should not have passed, but were perfectly safe! Many passed by showing the registration, sticker was filled out in shop and stuck on windshield on parking lot!
Safety? :ROFL::ROFL::ROFL:
I was shot at once so had a bullet hole in fender, nothing unsafe about that, but the car failed inspection because it had a hole in fender! I duct tapped over the hole, painted the tape black to kinda match fender, it passed, before I left the lot I peeled off the tape so the hole showed again! :ROFL:

Should I even mention the couple cars that did pass a full and complete legal honest inspection then failed within a week with something serious like a blown brake line!
Yea, in MO my Buick blew a rear brake line, I had it towed to the shop to be fixed because I did not have time to do it myself!
Fixed, I told them to inspect ALL LINES, I was told they were all fine, I got it inspected and drove it home with strange feeling brakes.
NEXT DAY!!! Daughter started to back it out to take a drive as I was teaching her how to drive and she had a learners permit. WE BOTH learned a few things!
As she swerved and veered this way and that in reverse downhill missing my other vehicles parked along side the driveway (including a nice 50's P/u) and the trees, then cutting hard going between the power pole and guy wire and then high centering on a lump of dirt to get stopped, we both learned "she could drive dam well", and the inspection shop and mechanics were all full of $hit!!! :lash::ROFL::ROFL:

How about the car that caught fire 3 days after a full inspection because the in tank fuel pump was spraying gas out a tiny split in a fuel line! Perfectly safe, it passed a real inspection! I even told the fools it often smelled like gas but I did not know why, I said check it! They said SAFE! It got a sticker!

That's why I live in states I don't have to pay $10-$20 for a window sticker that means nothing! Dam it, if my car is gonna burn up I'll have it burn up for free, not pay $20 to be told it's safe while it is burning! LOL
Luckily I did get the fire out!
 

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Hey Mark,

Frame turned out well! Got another question for you though… What’s the black bar for?

Mine does not have this. I was thinking about adding something like this to strengthen the plastic up. When the top is open the top gets all deformed and bent until closed again. I am scared that someday I will crack the plastic.

Tim.
 

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Chromo,

Typically around here they will check your bearings, tires, lights and the frame for damaging rust on these small trailers. Not a lot to do on these small ones.

I know the guy that did the “Safety” on it. My neighbor… he watched me restore it. Great guy… he owns his own tire shop.

Called him up and said that I was coming in and he was waiting there for me with the sticker and paperwork filled out. Didn’t even charge me the cost of the sticker.

I wanted to make sure that I have at least one sticker on it if I ever got stopped. I will probably not get this done again for a long long time though.

Tim.
 

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The black bar does just what you said. The previous owner built this to give the lid support. I just hit the lid with white Plastic paint. It made a clean look so far and now I have to wait for the drying and reassembly. The black fenders and axle were done while I waited for my black powder coating to be finished. Ha! I do like the black and white look so far, but won't know until its together. Should be soon and pix to follow.
 

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Mark, How far did you extend the tongue?
 

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Hey Carl (the previous owner of trailer),
I decided to leave the tongue the same length. I read up on designs and the tongue is 1.5x the wheel width. They say you can go 2x wheel width, but I like what I have. I don't need a cooler on the outside of the tub. I have plenty of storage on the inside for EVERYTHING. Made some improvements and I will show details soon.

Are you going to Eureka Springs?
 

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Hey Carl (the previous owner of trailer),

Are you going to Eureka Springs?
I don't think so, According the the attendance list, NOBODY is camping. I didn't buy a camper to stay in a motel. Besides, I'm going to NASSIR & from there, during the next week I'm going to head for Hayward, Wi. by coming back through Mi. and over Lake Michigan.
 

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Hey Tim,
I went to assemble the trailer last night and had issues. I thought it was the heat getting to me, but now I studied your photos and my previous photos. When I started assembling the parts, I scratched my head and thought I was wacked. Is it true, carriers open from the passenger side of a vehicle for safety? I put the brackets on and they truly go on one way. When I looked at your photos, it matches what I thought. I believe my trailer was modified to open from the side you get off a motorcycle. The brackets were mounted on the inside to make this happen. I couldn't think this thru last night and went round and round. I even thought I install the bottom on backwards! Now my problem is the chain for holding the lid open. If I am correct in my thinking, the chain is way to short. Could you show how your chain is installed? How long is it? Did you keep the chain or did you install a pneumatic cylinder? Several things were shortened on my trailer to make it work on a motorcycle, but won't work behind a car. Thought I fixed all those issues, but now the lid got me last night. Am I correct that your hinges are on the left if looking forward from the rear?
 
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