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    Neil_B
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    The latching mechanism on my Yakima Big Tow Trailer is defective. The pins get bent when its on the trailer, which means the release mechanism doesn't, and I can't get the darn thing off when I need to. So here's what I did:

    1. Unscrew the latch from the fork attachment and pull it off. You will bend the latching pin. Big fat hairy deal.





    2. When you are ready to use the trailer, put it on the rear skewer and insert a cotter or hex pin through the holes the latching pin used. Bring spares, since they'll probably bend with continued use.



    Any improvements I can make, please let me know.

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    JUst watch the pins for wear, as they mey be softer steel. Other than that, looks good. Note: Carry spares.
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    Looks like a good fix Doesn't appear to be weight bearing and I'm sure when the trailer is in use you will have plenty of chances to inspect it.

    Myself, I just think it is the roadie in you trying to save a few grams

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbikingman View Post
    Myself, I just think it is the roadie in you trying to save a few grams
    Word. Next up will be titanium pins.

    Neil, are you using plain hardware store grade cotter pins? What size are they?

    The plant I work at has a killer maintenance department with some pretty knowledgeable guys, and a tons of sources for industrial grade fasteners. Perhaps we can find a harder steel alternative.

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    Neil_B
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    Quote Originally Posted by txvintage View Post
    Word. Next up will be titanium pins.

    Neil, are you using plain hardware store grade cotter pins? What size are they?

    The plant I work at has a killer maintenance department with some pretty knowledgeable guys, and a tons of sources for industrial grade fasteners. Perhaps we can find a harder steel alternative.
    Beats me. I didn't pay attention to the size. I brought along the broken latch for sizing.

    Keep in mind I have to be able to take the trailer OFF as well, so the pins can't be too strong.

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