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Old 02-05-2016, 12:15 PM   #15
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Good ideas, Duane, thanks! I, too, feel that a COMPLETE makeover is best; doing things half-way usually winds up being LESS than half right! None of the particle board doors or parts will be left; might use 1/4" aircraft ply and stain, depends on what we want to do when we get to that point. Still up in the air; getting it repaired road-wise is first! Any idea what a replacement for the rubber torsion elements would cost or where I can get them?
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Old 02-05-2016, 06:04 PM   #16
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Good ideas, Duane, thanks! I, too, feel that a COMPLETE makeover is best; doing things half-way usually winds up being LESS than half right! None of the particle board doors or parts will be left; might use 1/4" aircraft ply and stain, depends on what we want to do when we get to that point. Still up in the air; getting it repaired road-wise is first! Any idea what a replacement for the rubber torsion elements would cost or where I can get them?
CapnJim, I'm guessing you are talking about the leaf spring nylon inserts which I replaced on my Burro? The nylon inserts I believe are 9/16" x 5/8" and
1 3/4" long. They fit right inside the leaf spring eyelets (one on each end of the spring).

The big problem I found rebuilding the suspension was the nylon bushings and steel sleeves at the rear of the leaf spring. The two welded "ears" that are on the frame (where the shackle links attach) have an odd ID. I searched and searched the internet to find an exact bushing that would fit into the ear openings and fit one of the nylon bushings for the 9/16" bolts.

I don't remember what the opening (ID) size was of the ears but what I ended up doing is buying a steel bushing that had a larger OD and smaller ID (and longer than I needed too). I then brought this to a machinist friend of mine and had him make the two bushings for me. The ID had to be 5/8" for the nylon insert and the OD had to fit the odd ID size of the ears. I wanted a nice tight fit and the old bushings were in real rough shape esp after I had to pound them out of the ears.

If your "ears" are in good shape you may want to leave them alone and just put some new nylon bushings inside. I assumed I could find something to fit but that became a mistake!

I've included a photo of the upper rear bushing on the frame ears. As you can see they didn't get painted and was the missing "link" in getting my Burro on the road.

Hope this all makes sense? If you have any other questions let me know.

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Old 02-05-2016, 08:03 PM   #17
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Duane, mine has the rubber torsion type of suspension, no springs, no linkage. Each wheel has a plate that rotates on the end of the axle and can be adjusted for weight. It "seems" OK, but I've only towed it 1.5 miles to my house from where I bought it and didn't get to actually SEE it on the road. I'm familiar with the leaf spring type, my utility trailers have that and I've built a few, but this one is different; I'd assumed yours had the same. Thanks for taking the time to tell me what you'd gone through! wish it was like mine!
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Old 02-05-2016, 08:39 PM   #18
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Duane, mine has the rubber torsion type of suspension, no springs, no linkage. Each wheel has a plate that rotates on the end of the axle and can be adjusted for weight. It "seems" OK, but I've only towed it 1.5 miles to my house from where I bought it and didn't get to actually SEE it on the road. I'm familiar with the leaf spring type, my utility trailers have that and I've built a few, but this one is different; I'd assumed yours had the same. Thanks for taking the time to tell me what you'd gone through! wish it was like mine!
Oh! haha Now I get it.

I did a little poking around out there and found these. Let me know if I can offer any more help.

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Old 02-08-2016, 10:59 AM   #19
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