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Can I purchase trailer parts and accessories directly from Tie Down Engineering?

No, Marine Aftermarket products are sold to wholesale accounts only. Retail customers wishing to purchase our products can purchase them through most marine retailers, national retailers and select internet based retailers.

Is there oil in the engine?

The Lifan engine has the GEAR prefilled, do not add (already preloaded with 2.5 oz of oil). The crank case case is empty, fill with 20 oz or .6L of 10W-30. The Honda engine is different, there is NO oil in either gear of crank case. Refer to manual with engine for further info.

Can I purchase cable or anchors directly from Tie Down Engineering?

No, please contact us via phone or email and we can locate a distributor of these products nearest you.

How often should I grease the bearings?

The standard we use is every 12 months or 12,000 miles whichever comes first.

What oil should I use?

10w30, both gear and crank case: Honda and Lifan.

How do I install an eye anchor?

Using a straight rod to turn (screw) anchor into the ground.

What is “Super Lube” and how does it differ from the “Bearing Protector Caps”

Super Lube is TDE’s brand of grease lubrication that changes the grease in the hub as you add new grease. Super Lube comes in two versions.

  1. This spindle type has a grease fitting under the wheel cap on the end of the spindle. Grease is pressured into the fitting and travels through a drilled hole in the spindle and exits under the rear bearing. This pushes the old grease outward through the front bearing and out the hub. Super Lube provides new grease for both the front and rear bearing without pressurizing the hub.
  2. Super lube is also offered on specially machined hubs with a grease fitting on the rear of the hub. The Super Lube hubs allow you to have this great feature on axles that were not drilled for the Super Lube lubrication.

“Bearing Protector Caps” offer a grease fitting on the outside of a spring loaded dust cap. New grease is pushed into the hub from the front side only. This does provide an easy way to pack grease into the hub on trips. However, since the rear bearing does not get to see this new grease, we still recommend repacking the wheels every 12 months or 12,000 miles when using this type of lubrication system.

How high can the hoist go?

43 or 44ft depending on hoist. Max of five 8ft tracks, units come with 3, so they can only add 2 more. 60005 telescopic support brace for over 28ft required. Hoists come equipped with enough cable to go up to the Max height. The TP series will go to 44 ft max.

How do I fasten or tie off aircraft cable?

Cable does not allow you to form a knot like rope. Loops are required for connecting or terminating a cable end. Use either a cable rope clip or cable sleeve to form a loop.

Can brakes be added to an axle that does not have brakes?

Yes, if the axle has brake flanges welded to the axle. This is a metal plate with four holes for 10” brakes and five holes for 12” brakes. It is not advisable to try to weld these on. The brake flanges must be straight and 90 degrees to the spindle. If they are not “square” to the spindle, the brakes will not center in the brake hub or rotor and create wear problems.

What model of hoist do I have so I can look for the parts diagram online?

On the older models, there are no markings on the carriage or base, the parts diagram cover pages have images that you can match to your unit. Starting in 2014 the base of the hoist should have a date label and serial number. The model number should be on the label.

What diameter cable should I get?

Cable or wire rope should be strong enough for the maximum potential load. In our downloads library, each diameter cable has a safe working load rating which is 1/5th the breaking strength. This is one of many criteria needed to make a cable diameter decision. Note that cable or wire rope is not to be used for aircraft, overhead lifting or supporting human life.