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gunnelgrabber posted 04-05-2002 04:43 PM ET (US)   Profile for gunnelgrabber   Send Email to gunnelgrabber  
I'm redoing rollers on a mid 70s tilt Murray trailer for a 16 Katama.The aft bracket has a treadle affair with (2) 12" rollers .It flops down and is a nuisance to get the bow started on it. I don't see these used on new trailers, so, are they necessary? Can i replace it with a single roller? Any thoughts are appreciated.Thanks...LM
whalerron posted 04-05-2002 06:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalerron  Send Email to whalerron     
I had an old Holsclaw trailer that came with my whaler and it had that same dual roller arrangement. My new trailer has a single 8 inch roller at the aft end. I would guess that a 12 would be even nicer but to answer your question, yes, the first roller your boat hits when you are loading can be a single roller.

- ron

Hobie1981 posted 04-07-2002 10:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for Hobie1981  Send Email to Hobie1981     
Whalerron: I also have an old holsclaw trailer. I'm in need of some shocks and coil springs. By any chance might you know of anyone who may have some NOS parts.



triblet posted 04-08-2002 01:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
I'll bet the shocks are a standard part off
some car or truck.

You can have the coils custom wound. It's
not terribly expensive, I know people who
have had it done for race cars. Look up
"springs" in the Yellow Pages. Give them
the old spring, and tell them how you want
the new spring to be different. You probably
want the same wire diameter and number of
coils, and a bit longer free length to
compensate for time. Note: wire diameter is
REAL critical. The stiffness of the spring
varies as the third power of the wire
diamter, IIRC (it's been 25 years).


Arch Autenreith posted 04-08-2002 01:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for Arch Autenreith  Send Email to Arch Autenreith     
I have Holesclaw bike trailer I had to get shocks for about 8 years ago. I'll go check it in a couple days and get back to you with the numbers. I wonder if they'd be the same size? I'll get you the approx length also.
Samars posted 04-08-2002 07:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for Samars  Send Email to Samars     


I have a old trailer (1967, not sure the brand) that had shocks and springs also. I took off the shocks, brought them into a auto parts store...and asked to match the set up with anything they had. Measure the collasped length and extended length of travel on the old shocks, the auto store manager found a shock that was a quarter inch within my old shocks travel...cost me about 25 dollars...I think they came from a Geo Metro or something...

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