New Torsion Axle Trailer Plans
New Product Announcement: The Mechanical Elements line of DIY Blueprints has just expanded with some brand new Torsion Axle Trailer Plans. You ask, and we work to deliver.
While we try, unfortunately we can’t accommodate everything immediately, but here’s one more that you ask for. Please let us know if you have a particular size you’ve been dying to build.
What’s The Big Deal?
We have said a lot about selecting axles and about differences in design for torsion axles versus leaf springs. We talk about the benefits of rubber suspension, but until now we have not given you the trailer plans to build.
Today that is changing. We now have some light duty utility and off-road, torsion axle trailer plans in the store. These offer some advantages with deck height and ride. There are not a lot of sizes yet, but this is the start, and there are more to come. Please be patient as we expand the plan offerings.
All of the DIY blueprints at Mechanical Elements are fully engineered so you know the trailer you build is sound. Most of our plans use leaf spring axles because they spread the load more, and for DIY’ers, they are a lot less expensive. However, that does NOT mean we think torsions are bad in any way — they are just different.
The torsion suspension applies load to the frame differently, so our new blueprints include design enhancements for proper stress distribution. We have examples in the post about choosing axles.
If you compare trailer plans, please check to see that other authors discuss the way that torsion stresses apply in the design. Just like our other blueprints, these new torsion axle trailer plans include all the needed engineering. They are ready for you to build.
Torsion Axle Trailer Plans
Mechanical Elements is introducing DIY blueprints for 2 new trailers with a torsion axle. These are based around the very popular Dexter Torflex for consistency (though other types will work).
We say many times that the ideal place for the torsion axle technology is with the lighter capacities. To support that, our newest torsion axle trailer plans are the 4′ x 6′ and the 4′ x 8′ utility trailers — both at 2000 pounds capacity. Also, our new Off Road Trailer at 4′ x 6.5′. All the plans come with lots of options for customization, including axle choices.
Just because the max capacity is 2000#, does not mean that’s what you must use. For instance, to haul your luxury HD motorcycle, a 1500# axle might give a smoother ride. It’s perfectly fine to substitute that axle instead of the specified 2000# one. Options like this are easily available. It’s one of the ways to customize your new trailer exactly to your specific needs.
Torsion Axle Trailer Plans are available for download now. Get yours today, and start building.