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06-20-2014 11:10 AM
Ohfugit I've got a couple of trailer rails with ramps for that trialer I'm not using that I could be talked out of for $40 bucks if you are interested. optionally 2 of those Chocks as well
06-20-2014 09:47 AM
muddy This is what I am going to run with at this point (assuming the balance point is alright - may have to scoot forward or backwards a little bit). The bike on the left will have a wheel chock and it will be moved a touch closer to the edge to clear the handlebars and tie down with the D-rings. Once I get it all assembled, I will probably see if two Pit Bull plates will fit side by side, just for future reference should I decide to add a second PB location. As for now, the quick release catches will move between the two plates as they are shown here.
06-20-2014 08:38 AM
PatFitz9 That trailer should fit two bikes. I would measure the handlebars and see how they fit. There is a bit of play with the TRS, so the bikes can wiggle. Even if you have to stagger the bikes, they should still fit.
06-17-2014 04:23 PM
Pilotx1 my trailer is like 5x7.5 or something, I built it to what I needed not to any specific size

ill post a pic of it tonight too i got my front chocks from HF as well, they been in use since 09 and kept outside every day since purchase, they work fine but the paint has peeled and its gotten rusty in spots

http://www.harborfreight.com/motorcy...ock-69026.html
06-17-2014 04:20 PM
muddy It's the standard 4x8 Harbor Freight sized one. I don't have it assembled yet (still waiting on paint to come in) so I don't have an exact width beyond that. I think they will physically fit next to eachother, but I sent the question to PitBull yesterday and got this back this morning:

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Hello Adam. The plates are 6" x 24". Keep in mind that you might want to stagger the bikes a bit to avoid handlebar-to-handlebar contact…Or at least stage them side by side first to ensure you can turn the handlebars and get the clearance you need. Please let me know if you have any other questions at any time!

George F. Hoffman
General Manager
Pit Bull Products, Inc.
Jason - I would assume that if your chocks are 24" or under, I should be golden, right?
06-17-2014 04:16 PM
Pilotx1 how wide is your trailer?


i built mine basically from the axle up back in 09, i used a pair of front chocks rather than the TRS for flexibility, Ill get the center distance between my chocks, never have any issue with the bikes touching
06-17-2014 04:06 PM
muddy Figured I'd throw this out there and see if any of you guys who are subscribed might be able to help. I am building an equivalent of the HF trailer with two TRS plates, possibly eventually adding a third (one center, then two on either side for two bike hauling). I want to be able to put them side by each, but I've heard that the bikes might end up hitting eachother's bars if the plates are right next to eachother. Anyone had any experience with this? If hitting bars is the case, has anyone ever extended the decking of one of these trailers out a little wilder in order to accommodate the necessary width?
02-16-2011 08:22 AM
Loki047
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So what's stopping me from making my own with a $200 MIG welder from HF (or borrow one) and some scrap steel other than looks? I could learn how to weld in the process.
Chris - nothing other than $$.

You can use my welders anytime. To be honest there are a few things in the design you can imrpove on and make it simpler to produce at the same time.
02-16-2011 07:22 AM
gkotlin They also don't work if your bike has a solid rear axle.
02-15-2011 06:17 PM
Ohfugit
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Originally Posted by Uncle Steve View Post

That is one nice setup
02-15-2011 03:59 PM
MVRC51
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Originally Posted by Uncle Steve View Post
That is one sweet ass Gixxer in the lead!
02-15-2011 10:30 AM
G2G
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Those are nice, but they do have a downfall. What if you have a couple different types of bikes? I dont think those would work on a bagger. Or what if you crash during a trackday and the rear wheel is fubared?
Then you have to buy different pins. I am not worried about a bagger as I would never own a POS like that so that problem is sloved.
02-15-2011 12:42 AM
Dave13
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Or what if you crash during a trackday and the rear wheel is fubared?
If I wad a bike that bad, I'll lay the bike down on the trailer and strap it down.
02-15-2011 12:12 AM
YZFRob Those are nice, but they do have a downfall. What if you have a couple different types of bikes? I dont think those would work on a bagger. Or what if you crash during a trackday and the rear wheel is fubared?
02-14-2011 07:54 PM
Dave13 I'm bringing my pos trailer to Pilot this year so he can make it pimp. He haz a bad ass welder, and the bestest set of tools in his garage. Pimp daddy pimp!
02-14-2011 07:43 PM
project15
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how much do you like your bike?

welding isnt as easy as it looks to get strong joints and a 200dollar HF welder is really gonna make the whole process of you learning and the production of a solid build that much harder... im the type that would rather make something than buy it but for this youre gonna be better off buying the real thing

also thing of this
$200 for a POS welding machine
youre gonna drop about 120 on materials to copy a pitbull TRS
youll need a grinder adn a bunch of wheels figure another 60-70 from HF plus time to go back and get another when it breaks

you making a copy depends a lot on your skill and aptitude with metal working tools i seriously doubt it will come out anything like youd want it to.
Good points, thanks!
02-14-2011 07:36 PM
Pilotx1
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Originally Posted by project15 View Post
So what's stopping me from making my own with a $200 MIG welder from HF (or borrow one) and some scrap steel other than looks? I could learn how to weld in the process.
how much do you like your bike?

welding isnt as easy as it looks to get strong joints and a 200dollar HF welder is really gonna make the whole process of you learning and the production of a solid build that much harder... im the type that would rather make something than buy it but for this youre gonna be better off buying the real thing

also thing of this
$200 for a POS welding machine
youre gonna drop about 120 on materials to copy a pitbull TRS
youll need a grinder adn a bunch of wheels figure another 60-70 from HF plus time to go back and get another when it breaks

you making a copy depends a lot on your skill and aptitude with metal working tools i seriously doubt it will come out anything like youd want it to.
02-14-2011 07:08 PM
project15 So what's stopping me from making my own with a $200 MIG welder from HF (or borrow one) and some scrap steel other than looks? I could learn how to weld in the process.
02-14-2011 12:25 PM
boilermaker I have a HF folding trailer and a basic wheel chock. I added a 2x12 under the wheeld chock and 2x4s down the lenght of each side for my tie down rings. and bolted through the wood blocking. Not sure if it is truely needed, but Polish engineering is better than no engineering. My bike was secure when I used this setup last year.
02-12-2011 10:32 AM
Safety First Anyone needing trailer restraints I've got them for a couple bucks off and free shipping.

$277.95....FREE shipping and no sales tax.

Just FYI

I'm a little behind on the website...this thing is taking way longer than I expected getting everything loaded up.

If you want a TRS just email or PM me.
02-12-2011 08:11 AM
Ohfugit
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Originally Posted by Pilotx1 View Post
i have no doubt that they are fully secure with a bike as long as it is done properly with the locking pin/clip things

im just saying that having a layer of redundancy is a good idea on an open trailer, with an enclosed trailer like youve got the trailer is the second layer
+1
I was thinking about worse case situation if you hit something, the wood holding it down may tear, having something else to keep it from going forward may help. Inside an enclosed trailer is another story.

That Pitbull setup is one of the nicest things I've seen for trailer transport to date, I want to get one this season.
02-12-2011 12:02 AM
Pilotx1 i have no doubt that they are fully secure with a bike as long as it is done properly with the locking pin/clip things

im just saying that having a layer of redundancy is a good idea on an open trailer, with an enclosed trailer like youve got the trailer is the second layer
02-11-2011 11:53 PM
G2G Third one was bought after the pic was taken. That pic was taken over a year ago. Like I said there is no reason to strap anything down with the pit bull restraints. Thats like putting ur kickstand down when you have ur bikes on pit bull stands. Useless. The bike doesnt move. As I will say for the SECOND time you won't know till you own one. But obviously there are people here that now more than me since I own them and they don't.
02-11-2011 03:28 PM
Pilotx1 regardless of how good the trs is I would still strap the bike down to the trailer, if for nothing more than simple redundancy...

think about the situation when you are loading up, youre tired hot after a day of riding
you put the trs on the bike ans rollit up and onto the retainer but forget to lock it in with the one or both of the retaining pin clips
going down the highway at 65 and you hit a bump and thats the last straw for an incompletely restrained bike and it gets free from the TRS, in an enclosed trailer, no big deal some bodywork damage maybe a lever but that it, on an open trailer youve got a bike on its own on the pavement with oncoming traffic

just my oppinion, the trs may be great but nothing it mistake proof thats where redundance saves your ass

ive dont it on my trailer and had one of the straps get loose, I use 4 so it didnt go anywhere but if i only used 2 liek ive seen people do... youre in for a bad day


oh steve, that pic only shows 2 TRS's
02-11-2011 01:20 PM
G2G
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Originally Posted by Dave13 View Post
If a wheel chock was needed with the TRS, they would sell it with one. I talked to a few people that have them and the only negative thing they have to say about it is the price. They all loved the ease of use, and peace of mind knowing that when they opened the door to the trailer, they didn't worry about being greeted to a bike on it's side.


I have three of them Dave so I guess you can ask me. They are well worth the price. Every penny. Once you buy one you will understand.


02-11-2011 01:11 PM
Dave13 If a wheel chock was needed with the TRS, they would sell it with one. I talked to a few people that have them and the only negative thing they have to say about it is the price. They all loved the ease of use, and peace of mind knowing that when they opened the door to the trailer, they didn't worry about being greeted to a bike on it's side.
02-11-2011 12:17 PM
G2G +1 I wouldnt bother. All you are going to do with that is cuase more trouble.
02-11-2011 11:32 AM
Pilotx1
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Originally Posted by PatFitz9 View Post
I have one of these laying around, and it's just 4 holes to mount it. I don't anticipate it protecting much, just something to keep the front wheel from smacking around.

watch out for your rotors
02-11-2011 11:29 AM
PatFitz9
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Originally Posted by G2G View Post
The bike will be perfectly fine with no wheel chock. I would not even install a chock.
I have one of these laying around, and it's just 4 holes to mount it. I don't anticipate it protecting much, just something to keep the front wheel from smacking around.

02-11-2011 11:20 AM
Dave13
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Originally Posted by Pilotx1 View Post
first there was a trailer, then a red mini school bus, and now a van

dave will be coming to the track with the wonder hundaiy again this summer
The Wonder Hundai goes to it's new home today. I hazza sad.
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