It's been almost a month since I purchased this Yeah Racing trailer for my AXE and I finally got around to putting it together and hooking it up to my truck.
Here's a quick look at how the project went along with a few final thoughts on this trailer
The trailer comes fully assembled but you have to build the wheels/tires. Instructions were not included with my trailer but the process was straight forward enough that they were not required
You'll need a few basic tools to assemble the wheels. A 2.0mm hex driver and a small box wrench or pliers. Medium thread lock is also a good idea so that you don't lose any of the hardware on the trail
The trailer included two stamped steel beadlock wheels and some okay looking but super low quality tires with foam inserts
The silver metal hitch / rod end was included with the trailer. Unfortunately, mine arrived damaged (the ball was improperly installed and I couldn't get it out or fix it)
Luckily, I had some rod ends (I think this is a lower shock end) from a different vehicle that fit with some minor modification
The Yeah Racing trailer is designed to use a pin style receiver (or maybe a pintle) rather than a more traditional ball type. You can find similar trailers on Amazon with a ball type hitches but I didn't realize that when I ordered this one. If you buy one for yourself, just pay attention to the hitch style on whatever one you choose.
Because of this, I decided to modify the stock Gen8 bumper's receiver to work like a drop pin. I simply cut away the sides of the receiver to make room for the trailer's hitch then drilled a vertical hole through the receiver so that I could drop the factory Redcat plastic hitch pin down from the top. The stock body clip still works to secure the hitch pin in place.
Only time will tell if this will be strong enough but, I like it because it was easy to do and completely free
It's likely that the plastic hitch pin will break at some point. When it does, I might try replacing it with a screw and nut or, I may order the Yeah Racing hitch and use the metal pin from it, or possibly get myself something like this hitch this hitch from Injora
My final thoughts...
The quality of the trailer is okay. The tires and foams are junk but for a trailer, they should be good enough
The hitch on my trailer was damaged and needed to be replaced. Luckily I had some parts that I was able to use but if I didn't, it would have been pretty disappointing. I'd probably give it 2 1/2 or 3 stars out of 5. It's far from perfect but, it's a fun little trailer for the low price. You can probably find one like this on Amazon for around $50. It may not be a Yeah Racing trailer but I'm pretty sure they are all the same - despite the different name on the box.
Even with the minor issues I had with mine, I'd likely buy another one.
All I have to do now is decide if I should load it up with firewood and a chain saw or try to find some other cool scale accessories
'till next time - stay safe and have fun
By the way, here are some other Gen8 posts that you may like:
Gen8 V2 Project Part 1 - Wheels
Gen8 V2 Project Part 2 - Magnet Body Mounts
Gen8 V2 Project Part 3 - Bumpers
Gen8 V2 Project Part 4 - Roof Rack
Gen8 AXE Project Part 1 - Injora Aluminum Wheels
Gen8 AXE Project Part 2 - Brass Wheel Hexes
Gen8 AXE Project Part 3 - Brass Lower Link Mounts