Axle Anchors For Your Trailer Queen

    How To Install Mac’s Custom Tie-Downs Weld-On Axle Brackets

    Verne SimonsAuthorTrenton McGeePhotography

    The folks at Mac's Custom Tie-Downs know just about as much as anyone on earth about securing a car to a trailer. Call them the Einsteins of securing a vehicle to a trailer. They sell some of the best tie-downs and accessories and are thus the modern-day mystical gurus of vehicle tie-downs. They have several methods of securing a vehicle to a trailer, from straps that grab and ratchet down each tire to straps you can wrap around your axles to hold you rig in place. We generally use the latter method, but we recently found out about another option available from Mac's that makes a ton of sense if you frequently load and unload the same rig from the same spot on the same trailer.

    Mac's Weld-On Axle Housing Brackets

    These are called Mac's Weld-On Axle Housing Brackets. They are laser-cut out of 1/4-inch rectangular tubing and tumbled to de-burr and clean the parts. Because they are cut from pre-formed tube, there are no stress cracks formed during bending the material, and the legs are always equal length.

    Welding them to the Ultimate International

    With the brackets in hand, we set our Miller electric 190 Welder with Auto-Set to 1/4-inch burn with 0.030 wire with CO2/Argon shielding gas. Real estate on the front axle was small, so we welded the brackets to the underside of the axle next to the inner knuckle after cleaning the paint and dirt off the axle housing with a heavy wire brush.

    Dana Ultimate Dana 60 Axle with Fresh Mac's brackets

    There is a ton of more space on the Ultimate International's rear housing, so we welded the Mac's Axle Brackets a bit higher on the axle tube and in line with the rear shocks.

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