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Re: T-Rex Turnbuckle System for Trailering; Now; Group Buy..
« Reply #50 on: March 20, 2018, 11:21:50 pm »
Guys
T-Rex doing some quick work on the turnbuckle set order.  Ordered Friday from Texas and parts in hand Monday in Ohio.
The guys certainly responded quickly compared to what I'm used to.
Thanks again for making the push and getting the discount.

Hopefully anyone else who needs a set or is interested can jump in right away.  Discount good yet for a few days...

thx, don
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Re: T-Rex Turnbuckle System for Trailering; Now; Group Buy..
« Reply #51 on: March 21, 2018, 02:46:24 pm »
The floor of my motorhome is 1-1/4 honeycomb sandwiched .05 aluminum.

It is rated at 262lbs per 2sq inch section

In turning the motorhome, the mass of the C14 is thrown outward and that inboard turnbuckle resists the bike tipping
It's a short lever-arm, unlike a tie-down from the triple-clamp
I'm going to use a doubler under the floor and rear straps, regardless

I'm curious if anyone knows (a good guess) what tensile force the C14 exerts on that inboard turnbuckle?

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Re: T-Rex Turnbuckle System for Trailering; Now; Group Buy..
« Reply #52 on: March 22, 2018, 05:42:54 pm »
My set arrived pretty quickly as well.  Ordered on the 16th.  Arrived, here in Germany on the 21st and appears to be of great quality....I'm satisfied.   :great:
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Re: T-Rex Turnbuckle System for Trailering; Now; Group Buy..
« Reply #53 on: March 22, 2018, 06:12:18 pm »
The floor of my motorhome is 1-1/4 honeycomb sandwiched .05 aluminum.

It is rated at 262lbs per 2sq inch section

In turning the motorhome, the mass of the C14 is thrown outward and that inboard turnbuckle resists the bike tipping
It's a short lever-arm, unlike a tie-down from the triple-clamp
I'm going to use a doubler under the floor and rear straps, regardless

I'm curious if anyone knows (a good guess) what tensile force the C14 exerts on that inboard turnbuckle?

A turnbuckle is a screw-jack.
 You can build an unbelievable amount of force with a screw-jack.
 ie; A screw jack with this size thread could probably lift 1 wheel of your car for a tire change.

That sed; On mine, I rock the bike, and remove all the slack,,, then go about 1 more turn on each turnbuckle.
               That 1 turn will begin to compress the tire.

Others have mentioned the anchor point of the turnbuckle.
I admit that I didn't consider that some of you would be attaching thru a fairly weak base.  :-[
  Spreading the load with "anything" will be better than just a bolt thru your flooring.
  A better solution is adding a brace {from frame to frame} of your trailer/etc so that the frame bears the load instead of the screws that hold
   the relatively weak floor to the frame.
  On my trailers, the turnbuckles are attached directly to the frame. Which is a 2 1/2"  x 2 1/2" x 1/4" piece of angle iron.

Hope this helps?
 Ride safe, Ted

PS: Last night on the History Channel, I watched a show about Chicago that made me think of this question..
      ie; In 1858 they decided all the buildings in the City needed to be raised about 6 foot. {because of drainage problems}
           Many were brick/multi story buildings.. {heavy!!}
           After searching for a solution, they raised all the buildings in the City using Screw Jacks....
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Re: T-Rex Turnbuckle System for Trailering; Now; Group Buy..
« Reply #54 on: July 24, 2018, 07:47:30 pm »
Hey Guys
I bought the T-Rex turnbuckle holddown set during the COG group buy a few months ago.  I installed the front turnbuckles in the trailer for my 2012 C14 last week.  I am having a problem with inadequate clearance for the upper hooks on the front spool due to interference with the front fender "aero flap" fork protectors well above the axle.

I have removed the turnbuckle hook knobs for the spring pin to allow a closer(narrower) fit to the spool, but the wider section/nut on the upper hooks remain too wide to allow clearance past the plastic "flaps" when installing the hooks during tiedown.  Although the upper hooks can be forced past the plastic fender fork cover "flaps" if flexed inboard during installation, there is a major chance of scratching the plastic even with the knobs removed.

Has anyone else seen this issue on the C14 with the T-Rex front tiedown set-up?  How have you addressed it?

thx, don
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Re: T-Rex Turnbuckle System for Trailering; Now; Group Buy..
« Reply #55 on: July 24, 2018, 07:54:59 pm »
Did you use the long metal piece / section provided with the kit?  If so is it possible that if the bases were ether closer towards the bike centerline or mounted farther towards the front it might work.  Your thoughts
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Re: T-Rex Turnbuckle System for Trailering; Now; Group Buy..
« Reply #56 on: July 24, 2018, 08:11:39 pm »
Thanks NSWT
Tying further inboard is distance limited with my wheel chock and probably insufficient to gain the clearance needed especially with the knobs installed.  That would narrow the tiedown width also which may not be preferential.

Pics from the early thread on page 1? look like they avoid the upper hook clearance  issue with much sharper tiedown angles ahead of the front axle centerline.
I have a lighter wheel chock and was avoiding the heavy load "forward" on the chock by staying with a shallower (more upright) mounting tiedown angle.  However, that may still be an option.

I was hoping maybe others may have identified other options...
thx, don
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Re: T-Rex Turnbuckle System for Trailering; Now; Group Buy..
« Reply #57 on: July 27, 2018, 02:15:21 pm »
I added the T-Rex clamps to mine welded them to my original turnbuckles {as they were already installed}..
I had the same clearance problem you mentioned.

Solved it by bending the upper portion of the turnbuckle about 15* {so that the clamp fits the spool more straight}.
Problem solved...

Another solution might be to turn the clamp upside down.
Works just as good, but gives you more clearance.

Ride safe, Ted


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Re: T-Rex Turnbuckle System for Trailering; Now; Group Buy..
« Reply #58 on: July 28, 2018, 06:22:03 pm »
I talked to someone there back in march , still waiting ... maybe next year. ::)
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