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XI Extending the Support Leg on a Lifted M101/M416 Trailer:

Since I added the Delta Box I haven't any place to put the trailer bolt on support leg that most folks have on their trailers.  

Since the M101 and M416 Jeep trailers come with a support leg that is perfectly good and out of the way, then all one would have to do is extend the leg and now your trailer would set level.

I decided to tackle the project today and as I was going thru my steel box I came across a couple of Currie aluminum arms for the Currie AntiRock that I have.  It was a poor design by Currie and one of the arms broke.  John Currie promised to send me a new design arm, but I am still waiting after a couple of years.  But I still had my original two.

I took the arms, cut them down to the length I needed and installed them on the leg and on the trailer.  I put both arms together since they are aluminum and like I said one broke on me before.

Whether you use aluminum or steel it does not make a lot of difference I am thinking as long as its strong enough.

Procedure:

1) Place a level on your trailer and having someone pick up the nose in one hand and with a tape measure, measure how tall the support leg needs to be

2)  Put a weight of some kind in the back of the trailer and lift it up for ease of working on it.  Remove the 2, 3/4 bolts that hold the leg on its support bracket

3)  Since you have taken a measurement already, cut your steel or aluminum and drill 4 holes for the 4 3/4 in bolts you will need

4)  Clean the support bracket, paint it and the steel extend piece, let dry and bolt in place

Tools:

3/4 socket and wrench

Parts:

4 Grade 8 bolts, washers and lock nuts, steel or aluminum to fab the extension

Time:  

If you have to fab up the steel or aluminum then expect to give it about 1 - 2 hours

Worth it factor:  Should have done this a long time ago so when I drop my trailer it will set level

Cost:  Grade 8 bolts, washers and lock nuts was about $8 bucks at Ace Hardware

XII Jeep Rear Bumpers on the M101

Recently I picked up a set of old style Jeep bumpers from my good friend, Cole down at 4 Wheel Supply.  They were used and a little beat up but some paint made them good enough for the trailer.

Install:

Simple enough, just drill 4 holes thru the lower frame on the rear of the trailer and bolt them on and go.

Time:

About 1 hr to drill holes, paint and install bumpers

XII-Part II Rear Bumper Reinforcement-Trailer Hitch Install:

I took some 3"x3"x3/16th angle iron and fabbed up a rear bumper reinforcement w/trailer hitch.  I will let the pics tell the story:

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Removed bumperetts and prepped the rear crossmember.

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Getting ready to weld on the trailer hitch and bumper reinforcement

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Prepped and ready to weld onto the rear of the trailer

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Welded on and then I added a side bar

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Side bar added and welded

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Job complete


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