How To - Single Trailer Modification For Longer Front Ski

Parts Needed, Tools Needed, Step-By-Step, Notes


Topic:                           What trailer modifications do you need to do if you have a longer 60hp style ski?


Expertise Required:      Beginner


Estimated Time:            About an hour - after you run to the store and get the parts


Parts Neeed:               You will need the following parts:

      • Your brain
      • Stock single wetbike trailer that needs new bunks also (to replace those sun-dried nylon runners)
      • Self-tapping screws for new bunks
      • 1 x 4 wood about 12 inches long
      • 1/4 x 1 1/2 inch galvanized bolts, flat washers, lock washers, and nuts

Tools Needed:             You will need the following tools:

      • Sharpie with ink
      • Tape measure
      • Saw to cut the wood
      • Battery Operated drill to get all of the old screws out
      • Drill to drill the holes in the wood - and - the trailer
      • Wrench to turn the nut
      • Cherry Picker or couple of friends to help you load bike on trailer

Step-By-Step:             Here's step-by-step instructions on how to get it done:

      • Take Sharpie and mark trailer on both sides where the front nose piece is located
      • Pull the bolts and remove the front nose piece
      • Get rid of all of the old nylon runners and take a grinder and flatten out any spots that the holes have been pulled up on - so that the new wood will sit flat
      • Cut new runners to length. Then drill small holes for mounting screws (about 12 inches apart)
      • If you want to put carpet on the bunks it's best to cover them using stainless staples and install them staple-side down
      • Mount new runners using self-tapping screws
      • Cut spacer blocks out of leftover material about 4 inches long
      • Note: If you wanna put carpet on the spacers too - now's the time
      • Set them on the runners, put front nose piece on top and clamp into place. Get it positioned right and drill holes through the wood - and - the trailer. Use 1 size larger drill bit than the bolt diameter. Be careful if drilling through indoor/outdoor carpet as the carpet can get snagged on the drill bit and yank you around - or - tear out a snag in the brand new carpet.
      • You may have to use a hammer to tap the mounting bolts home - but be careful not to damage the threads
      • Tighten everything down evenly - starting from the center and working your way out. 

 


Notes:                           Here's a few pics: 

 

 

 09/11/2017

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