Over the weekend I decided to tackle a project on my trailer. Recently purchased a used X10, but the trailer needed some love. Brakes don't work, bearings and seals were never serviced, and the trailer guides were a little wobbly. Digging in the trailer guides were broken at the frame and one had been "repaired" with self taping screws and aluminum angle.
I'm going to separate the process into a few posts. These are my before pictures.
Next step was to make the new part out of the 2x3 square tube. I didn't take good pictures of the first one I made, so you get to see the second one 🤐
I first cut a chunk to match the length of the fender mount. Then I used a hole saw to cut the top and bottom holes for the guide mount (removed in the previous steps), in the correct place. I offset the hole from the center to make sure I could keep that one side in tact. Needed that to close up the box on the fender mount.
After drilling both sides, I cut a line down to connect both holes, and cut the extra metal off the side. Then cleaned up everything and beveled all of the edges. The bevel give a good place for the metal glue to live.
Now endlessly mocking it up and eyeballing things to make sure it will fit the way I wanted. Also added some weld through primer. Gotta keep it from rusting.
Put the fender back in place to see if the guide lined up with where he hole was supposed to be.... before the break happened.
Now its time to start gluing (welding) this thing together. Look closely at the pictures, maybe you can spot the bonus project I created for my self!
Finished! .... Well, still need to trim the fenders a little since the 2x3 tube is makes the fender mount a little bit bigger. Imagine a hack saw on some fiberglass and you'll get the picture.
And... Of course you can't just nail it on the first try. After mocking up the actual guide pole I realized I needed something on the bottom to stop the pole from going all the way through to the ground. Can you imagine seeing that driving down the freeway? Or at the bottom of the lake?
Also, can I tell you how much fun it is to weld upside down?
Don't forget to do the other side. Just repeat all the steps.... Well except for one. Weld on the bottom piece first!
[Edit] Here is what it looks like with the fenders painted and re-installed.
This one keeps uploading upside down. I guess you'll have to turn your monitor over ;(