How I added gate assist to round tube trailers.

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by G.M.Landscaping, Mar 31, 2010.

  1. G.M.Landscaping

    G.M.Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    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.
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  2. G.M.Landscaping

    G.M.Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    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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  3. G.M.Landscaping

    G.M.Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    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.

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  4. nepatsfan

    nepatsfan LawnSite Gold Member
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    clever, any more pictures of it?
     
  5. nepatsfan

    nepatsfan LawnSite Gold Member
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    the newer pictures weren't on when I responded. Thats pretty cool.
     
  6. G.M.Landscaping

    G.M.Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thought you were being a smartass.haha I'm going to post this on your buddies thread. Goldpro.
     
  7. nepatsfan

    nepatsfan LawnSite Gold Member
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    he always gives me a hard time. I am giving it back.
     
  8. THEGOLDPRO

    THEGOLDPRO LawnSite Fanatic
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    how did you secure the springs in the tube?? is it just held in by the pully assembly?
     
  9. G.M.Landscaping

    G.M.Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    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.
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  10. THEGOLDPRO

    THEGOLDPRO LawnSite Fanatic
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    ahhh i see, you need a new tire by the way :)
     

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