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T-Rex Turnbuckle System for Trailering; Now; Group Buy..
« on: February 28, 2018, 09:36:07 pm »
As many of you know, I've been using a homemade Turnbuckle System for securing/trailering my C-14 for several years.
  I feel turnbuckles are far more secure than straps...
     There is no compression of the bikes suspension and the bike is absolutely solid!

Robert and I worked with T-Rex and they developed a turnbuckle system for the C-14 that secures "both" the front and the back wheels.
     The prototype of their turnbuckle system is on Robert's trailer now.
        This weekend I saw it in use.. Worked great!

Unfortunately, T-Rex didn't put the system into production as they feel no one would want one..
So, I'm posting this note to ask if there is any interest??

My guess is; the (2 wheel) system would cost approx. the same as the Pit Bull System (approx. $300).
                   a (1 wheel) system would cost approx. 1/2 the price. (approx. $150).

Please join in this discussion if you would be interested in such a system for securing/trailering your bike??


Ride safe, Ted

PS: I'll try to post photo's soon.
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Re: T-Rex Turnbuckle System for Trailering; Anyone interested?
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2018, 10:41:01 pm »
What's a trailer?  :nananana: :rotflmao: :nananana:

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Re: T-Rex Turnbuckle System for Trailering; Anyone interested?
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2018, 10:46:28 pm »
Would it work for other bikes as well?  If so, I'd be interested.

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Re: T-Rex Turnbuckle System for Trailering; Anyone interested?
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2018, 10:56:49 pm »
Pictures? You want PICTURES?? I gots pictures.....



Left side view of Robert's bike



Right side view of Robert's bike



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Re: T-Rex Turnbuckle System for Trailering; Anyone interested?
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2018, 10:59:38 pm »
Yes, a turnbuckle system works for other bikes, but you have to have it set up for a particular bike.

In this case, we developed a system for the C-14.
  To build it, we used the hollow front axle and the rear linkage of the C-14 as the attachment point on this bike.
  A special attachment spool was developed that attaches to the bike at those locations.
      {In the photo's you can see the spools at the top of the turnbuckles}.

Bottom line, this set up was developed only for the C-14.

NOTE: T-Rex does offer systems for other bike. I'm not sure which they are..
           I'll post their site and you can look for your bike.
             Here is the T-Rex turnbuckles. Look at spool adapters to see if they build them for your bike.
                https://t-rex-racing.com/catalog.php?item=457

Ride safe, Ted
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Re: T-Rex Turnbuckle System for Trailering; Anyone interested?
« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2018, 11:01:45 pm »
why is the bike on a trailer? is it broke? i thought bikes were supposed to be ridden NOT TRAILERED!!!! :104: :loco:
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Re: T-Rex Turnbuckle System for Trailering; Anyone interested?
« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2018, 11:10:18 pm »
Yes, I know I'm a sinner.  :-[
  But, No, not chicken.
     I prefer,,, Old/smart/honest...   :nananana:

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Re: T-Rex Turnbuckle System for Trailering; Anyone interested?
« Reply #7 on: February 28, 2018, 11:43:12 pm »
I'm definitely interested in the front turnbuckles system (approx $150)

Lots of things, I buy lately, are $150.
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Re: T-Rex Turnbuckle System for Trailering; Anyone interested?
« Reply #8 on: March 01, 2018, 12:16:48 am »
why is the bike on a trailer? is it broke? i thought bikes were supposed to be ridden NOT TRAILERED!!!! :104: :loco:






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Oh wait I'm trailering mine to Arkansas in April.


But gimmie a break, I live in south Texas. I'll wear off 1200 miles of rubber on the interstate just getting to the good roads !

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Re: T-Rex Turnbuckle System for Trailering; Anyone interested?
« Reply #9 on: March 01, 2018, 06:31:33 am »
Simple curiosity. Why use the TeraLink joints instead of the rear axle like the front?
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Re: T-Rex Turnbuckle System for Trailering; Anyone interested?
« Reply #10 on: March 01, 2018, 10:31:58 am »
More "detailed" photos of the brackets please.......
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Re: T-Rex Turnbuckle System for Trailering; Anyone interested?
« Reply #11 on: March 01, 2018, 02:28:31 pm »
Might be a thought for the toy hauler , only time my bike was on a trailer  was the day I bought it 2011.

Sure does look secure .
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Re: T-Rex Turnbuckle System for Trailering; Anyone interested?
« Reply #12 on: March 01, 2018, 03:58:04 pm »
Simple curiosity. Why use the TeraLink joints instead of the rear axle like the front?

Deepsea; On my home-made system, I choose the rear axle option, but it has some weaknesses.
  The hole thru the rear axle allows only a 3/8" inner axle on the right side. (9/16" on the left), the cotter pin has to be removed (I use a removable spring pin on mine),
and the inner axle/spools must be removed after unloading the bike.
  Inner axle on my front is 9/16". Not sure how their's is built.

T-Rex choose the joints. Their spools (on the joints and front axle) can be left in place while riding, and may be stronger than my inner axle option.
I feel either design is fine. {as most of the holding is done at the front wheel}
But, I suspect their design is better.

Pope: I'm not quite sure what {"brackets"} your referring to?
Terminology I'm using;
  The parts located at the front axle and joints are spools.
  The shaft thru the axle is an inner axle.
  Their turnbuckles have clamps at the upper end. (they Clamp to the spools)
  Robert added removable pins at the bottom of the turnbuckles.
  The base of their turnbuckles is a machined joint with a single threaded pin that goes thru the floor of your trailer.

Go here to see a better image of their turnbuckle..
  https://t-rex-racing.com/catalog.php?item=457

JDSCO: I'm not sure what they will offer. My assumption is you could buy just the front.
            At this time, they are only offering the turnbuckles ($99 a set), and may possibly have the front inner axle/spools that fit a C-14)
            NOTE: The front turnbuckle (with a wheel chock) does most of the holding. The rear turnbuckle is a stabilizer/safety.
                       If you choose to only use a front, I suggest straps be used at the rear for additional safety.

MOST IMPORTANT: I am not speaking for T-Rex.
                               My purpose here is to see if there is an interest.
                              If enough are interested, we will try to get them to offer the set up for the C-14..

Ride safe, Ted
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Re: T-Rex Turnbuckle System for Trailering; Anyone interested?
« Reply #13 on: March 01, 2018, 06:44:36 pm »
The turnbuckle system works. I have trailered with Ted several times and his bike is as solid on the trailer as a bike could be. I am looking into coming up with a similar setup for my FJR.
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Re: T-Rex Turnbuckle System for Trailering; Anyone interested?
« Reply #14 on: March 02, 2018, 10:42:51 am »
Pope: I'm not quite sure what {"brackets"} your referring to?
Terminology I'm using;
  The parts located at the front axle and joints are spools.
  The shaft thru the axle is an inner axle.
  Their turnbuckles have clamps at the upper end. (they Clamp to the spools)
  Robert added removable pins at the bottom of the turnbuckles.
  The base of their turnbuckles is a machined joint with a single threaded pin that goes thru the floor of your trailer.

Go here to see a better image of their turnbuckle..
  https://t-rex-racing.com/catalog.php?item=457


Ride safe, Ted
Just wanted a closer look at the parts, as I feel confidant that I could make a similar setup for myself for a lot less $$$$. That's all....

Thanks!
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Re: T-Rex Turnbuckle System for Trailering; Anyone interested?
« Reply #15 on: March 02, 2018, 03:15:18 pm »
Ok, I follow you.

Many don't have the fabrication skills (or time) that is required to build their own.
This package is intended for those that just want to buy and install.

I built my own, and with all the trial end error, I spent about the same amount.
But, it can be done for less..

Go to the T-Rex site and look at their Turnbuckle video.
https://t-rex-racing.com/catalog.php?item=457
Show's the best details.

NOTE: In their video, they only use turnbuckles at the rear to secure a bike, and the turnbuckles are not very tight.
              As a result, the bike on their trailer is far looser than mine..
          Using turnbuckles on the front only {with a chock}, or on both ends, {the front "and" back} is "far" more secure.

Ride safe, Ted

PS: When I did mine, the biggest problem was finding the correct turnbuckles.
      I bought some and modified them heavily. (Northern Tool)
      If I had known about T-Rex, I would have started with their turnbuckles/clamps.
      Would have made the job a "LOT" easier..  {hint, hint}
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Re: T-Rex Turnbuckle System for Trailering; Anyone interested?
« Reply #16 on: March 03, 2018, 08:20:17 pm »
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« Reply #17 on: March 05, 2018, 01:38:37 pm »
I'd go for a $150 set for the front.
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« Reply #18 on: March 05, 2018, 02:52:21 pm »
Ok, I follow you.
I'm only guessing at the cost.
They currently sell front (Inner axles) and spools that might work with their turnbuckle system.
 Maybe I can find out which one it is..

On my 2 trailers I use Harbor Freight wheel chocks. Work great...
  I caught them on sell at HF for $38. (have 3 of them}

I need to keep repeating this;
MOST IMPORTANT: I am not speaking for T-Rex.
                               My purpose here is to see if there is an interest.
                              If enough are interested, we will try to get them to offer the set up for the C-14..

So, who else is interested?

Ride safe, Ted
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« Reply #19 on: March 05, 2018, 08:23:25 pm »
I would be interested in a set for the front.

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« Reply #20 on: March 05, 2018, 08:26:46 pm »
I would also be interested in a set for the front.

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« Reply #21 on: March 06, 2018, 01:00:32 am »
Ted's original system holding his C-14 on his trailer. (The trailer is trick, too!)







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« Reply #22 on: March 06, 2018, 01:02:35 am »
...and




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« Reply #23 on: March 06, 2018, 04:22:51 pm »
Thanks Ron.
  The last photo is off my current Front Spool and T-Rex clamps.
    As I already had my turnbuckles mounted to the trailer, I opted to buy and weld their clamps to my existing turnbuckles.
        (The T-Rex Turnbuckles would work the same, but look better than my homemade).

Intention here is to show how the T-Rex Turnbuckles would hold the front of the bike, not brag about my homemade set up.

By the way: there is nothing in this for me.
                   Just trying to share this securing method with those that trailer.

Ride safe, Ted
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« Reply #24 on: March 07, 2018, 01:53:58 am »
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