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Old 01-13-2015, 09:56 AM   #1
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Dolly Wheel Strap Abrasion - My Solution

During our first trip with our ACME EZE Tow dolly, I got a bit of abrasion on the wheel straps as a result of where the straps lie relative to the car's front struts. I tried tucking the straps between the wheels and the strut tower but they would still end up on top of the strut tower after a few miles. As a result, I just left them on top of the towers for the trip but inspected them frequently. I also had a backup set of new straps should the first set get too bad. I think the primary reason for this is the low profile wide tires that came with the car, which puts the tire itself very close to the strut tower. Below is a photo of one of the straps after 3,000 miles of towing noting that some of the roads (especially NY and PA) were like driving on the surface of the moon.



While I did get quite a few miles on these straps and I realize they are a consumable item when towing with a dolly and I was looking for a way to increase the life by reducing the abrasion the straps will see with my particular car. I did find some Cordura sleeves at Cargo Control but you can't slip them onto where the abrasion is occurring on my straps. I also found some velcro closed sleeves at Lift-It, Inc. but they were special order and very expensive. Instead I bought some heavy Cordura and the special thread used to sew it and made my own sleeves for the new set of straps I have. Below is a photo of the strap with the Cordura sewn in place. Not sure if this will solve all abrasion but I don't think it will hurt at all and will hopefully extend the life of a set of wheel straps.

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Wheel straps aren't generally considered to be a consumable. We had a similar problem when we first started towing our Buick LeSabre on a dolly. After about 10,000 miles the strap on the drivers side started showing considerable wear. I took the wheel off and it was easy to see where the strap had been rubbing. It was a sharp seam where 2 pieces of sheet metal joined. I took a dead blow hammer and bent the sheet metal so it wouldn't interfere with the straps.


We purchased a new set of straps and used them for another 25,000 miles without any problems. We sold the dolly to a friend when we started towing our Jeep 4 down. He's put on another 15,000 miles with the same straps and no problems.
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Looks like the same photo (twice)
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Rats, didn't catch that. Thanks. Here is the correct second photo. Unfortunately I can't edit the original post and correct it there.

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