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I ordered the Axles this morning. I had to go out and put the trailer "Together" and make sure I had the measurements correct. I went for it an bought and axle with Electric Brakes. I will need to figure out something for a parking brake. I bought a 3500 pound axle with a width of 58 inches from mounting surface to mounting surface. This is 2 inches narrower than then Axle on the Rear on the Jeep Wrangler TJ which is 60 inches from surface to surface. I made sure to get a bolt pattern of 5 on 4.5 Just like my Jeep Wrangler TJ.

You can also see in the picture the angle pieces I put on the tongue.

One of my Good Buddies, explained to me the Banana Shackle. Then another one of my buddies explained it was called a Boomerang Shackle. Thus the mount is on the frame of the trailer and the Spring will only hang about 1 inch over the back of the trailer.

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Do you like that character art. In the end I used a straight shackle.

So the Plan now is to continue to finish the fabrication and welding on the tongue and the other pieces for holding the retractable tongue and then when I get the axle I will be able bolt it together and then weld it to the frame.

Dogs love to welds. This my Jeeping Dog TJ, can you guess where he got his name?

The front angles are just made so the triangle does not stick out towards the side of the trailer very much. They are kind of small and may or may not hold a battery or propane tank. I will see when I get to the end of the build.

Look at those welds, Yummy.

Here is the initial weld on the tongue.

I finished up the welds on the female part of the tongue.

This is a picture of the tongue in the extended position. As you can see I had to grind the inner section of the tongue. It is a very tight fit and I am not impressed with the material I got to do this project. I already had to change my plans to make a full length section of the tongue on the trailer. I cut that section down to 30 inches and when I welded it. I really got it hot and it warped just a little. I guess looking back I should have done one weld and rested then the next on the opposite side, rest, etc. The female section of the tongue warped a bit with the welds.

This is the tongue of the trailer in the shortened or travel position when I pull this trailer and my Jeep up on the tow rig trailer.

The frame is coming together.

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