Converting a BOB Ibex trailer for Highway Use
I'm in the process of converting a BOB Ibex cargo trailer (made for bicycles) to pull behind my Wee. I'm sharing this info, because it was here, about a year or so back, that I got the original idea. I'm really not interested in any of your opinions regarding the pros and cons of trailering. If this starts heading that direction, I'm just going to log off again. But if anyone has any USEFUL tips or ideas that you'd like to share, I'm all ears.
So far, I've extended the swing-arm 2", which allows me to run a Yamaha TTR90 front wheel, and an IRC NR-77 tire. With new sealed wheel bearings, this setup is rated for 94 MPH and about 280 lbs. The trailer itself is only rated for 70 lbs, so I have a bit of a cushion.
Next, I mocked up a hitch, which mounts to the insides of my Happy Trail racks. I used 3/4 in square tubing, and it's VERY strong and rigid. I can unscrew four grade-8 bolts and the whole thing just drops off. (Necessary for changing tires, etc. The whole hitch is TIG welded and gussetted, except for the actual coupler. This piece bolts on, and there is room for a small amount of rotational adjustment so I can level the hitch if needed.
The Ibex trailer itself is made from 4130 Chromoly steel and I am confident that the loads I'm planning to carry will not put any strain on any of this hardware. It's my hope that the 50-70 pounds of gear that were riding in my oversized top-case during my last tour will be riding instead down on the trailer. Still got to license it, put lights and license plate mounting, etc. But I pulled it for the first time today, in a miserable rain. I'm posting one pic, and you'll see that the hitch isn't even painted yet. (it really was just one pic, I cut it up to meet file size limitations.)