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Replacement Components To Upgrade Harbor Freight Folding Trailer

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I am going to buy a Harbor Freight 4X8 folding trailer. I want to buy the following components to upgrade it. I am not sure whether this combination has any problem or not. I need your expert suggestions. thx Dexter Trailer Idler Axle w/ Idler Hubs - EZ-Lube - 4 on 4 Bolt Pattern - 60inch Long - 2,200 lbs - 20440I-EZ-60 3-Leaf Double-Eye Spring for 2,000-lb Trailer Axles - 20-3/8inch Long - SP-169275 Single-Axle Trailer Hanger Kit for Double-Eye Springs - 1-1/2inch Front, 1-1/4inch Rear - APS2 CE Smith U-Bolt Kit for Mounting 2,000-lb, Round Trailer Axles - 4inch Long U-Bolts - Zinc - CE23000 Kenda 4.80-12 Bias Trailer Tire with 12inch Galvanized Wheel - 4 on 4 - Load Range C - AM30630

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The Dexter Trailer Idler Axle w/ Idler Hubs - EZ-Lube - 4 on 4 Bolt Pattern - 60" Long - 2,200 lbs # 20440I-EZ-60 will be a great upgrade from the axle that comes on Harbor Freight trailers. The 3-Leaf Double-Eye Spring for 2,000-lb Trailer Axles - 20-3/8inch Long # SP-169275 and hanger kit # APS2 will work well as will the u-bolts # CE23000.

The Kenda 4.80-12 Bias Trailer Tire with 12" Galvanized Wheel - 4 on 4 - Load Range C # AM30630 is rated for 990 lbs each max capacity, so you will be limited by the tire combination to 1,980 lbs. That tire is also limited to 65 mph. If you want to travel at faster speeds I recommend the Taskmaster 4.80-12 Bias Trailer Tire with 12" Silver Mod Wheel - 4 on 4 - Load Range C # TTWAS12B4SMHP which is rated for up to 81 mph.

You may be further limited by the trailer frame or coupler, but these added components will all work well together to give you a far superior trailer than the original equipment. I've attached an article on axle placement to further assist.


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