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G.M.Landscaping
03-31-2010, 07:46 PM
Start with 2 small pulleys. Cut off the ends and weld together leaving a close gap so the cable will stay right in between them.
Weld on mounting bolt.
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo74/G_M_Landscaping/Landscaping/IM003322.jpg
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G.M.Landscaping
03-31-2010, 07:49 PM
Buy 2 garage springs with cables. Drill hole in tube and fasten spring inside with bolt.Spring should already have cable on it. Feed it threw pulleys. Mount pulley.
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G.M.Landscaping
03-31-2010, 07:55 PM
I added it to both trailers. Make sure there is some tension on the spring when attaching to eyebolt. I used a quick release connector so the gate can still be removed.

http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo74/G_M_Landscaping/Landscaping/IM003325.jpg

http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo74/G_M_Landscaping/Landscaping/IM005460.jpg

http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo74/G_M_Landscaping/Landscaping/IM005464.jpg

http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo74/G_M_Landscaping/Landscaping/IM005466.jpg

http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo74/G_M_Landscaping/Landscaping/IM005465.jpg

nepatsfan
03-31-2010, 07:55 PM
clever, any more pictures of it?

nepatsfan
03-31-2010, 07:57 PM
clever, any more pictures of it?

the newer pictures weren't on when I responded. Thats pretty cool.

G.M.Landscaping
03-31-2010, 07:59 PM
Thought you were being a smartass.haha I'm going to post this on your buddies thread. Goldpro.

nepatsfan
03-31-2010, 08:26 PM
Thought you were being a smartass.haha I'm going to post this on your buddies thread. Goldpro.

he always gives me a hard time. I am giving it back.

THEGOLDPRO
03-31-2010, 10:22 PM
how did you secure the springs in the tube?? is it just held in by the pully assembly?

G.M.Landscaping
03-31-2010, 10:43 PM
See that bolt in the tube halfway between the fender. That's a bolt running thru one end of the spring eye. There's probably a foot or two of cable on the other end of the spring before it gets to the pulley. I didn't know how much the spring would stretch so I put it that far in.

For your heavy gate I would buy the heavier lb springs and make sure there enough pretension on the springs when it's closed. Kind of trial and error.

Do you do your own welding? And if not and you wanted to try this I could make a set of those pulleys for you.
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo74/G_M_Landscaping/Landscaping/IM005467.jpg

THEGOLDPRO
03-31-2010, 10:49 PM
ahhh i see, you need a new tire by the way :)

mgs8810
05-14-2010, 11:18 PM
What LB spring did you use? I know the garage door springs run all the way up too 150Lbs or something.
Thanks

MikeKle
05-15-2010, 10:10 AM
That is a nifty looking gate locking device, how does that work? Ive seen the spring loaded types, but yours looks a little different?

G.M.Landscaping
05-15-2010, 07:47 PM
What LB spring did you use? I know the garage door springs run all the way up too 150Lbs or something.
Thanks
I think I used 135lb on black trailer and 150lb on red that had the heavy gate. I think the biggest issue is how much tension you put on springs. When I attach the cable to the gate I probably only have to pull on the spring 6-8 inches. To much tension and the gate kinda hovers in the air going down(doesn't want to stay on ground). Just trial and error on the cable length.

rcslawncare
05-16-2010, 12:37 AM
Very nice!!! I like it!