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Old 01-05-2011, 12:24 AM
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I didn't read everything here, 'cept I looked at the pictures. If those A-arm pieces can be reversed, one for the other, give that a try before you ream the hole. I would also be inclined to try to take some of the error out by bending the brackets. Just don't try to take all of it out that way.
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Old 01-05-2011, 12:40 AM
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Default Re: Metalworking help please!

The first picture is actually too close to fully identify which way the hole is out of alignment, and the second one too far away, so I am taking a few guesses.

Another idea is that the bed of the trailer could be racked (if one arm seems longer or shorter than the hole placement). If you installed the aluminum D-plate, loosen the fasteners back up and skew the frame corner-to-corner.

One thing to consider is that just because one side seems to fit nice doesn't mean it is the best fit for both sides. That's why I suggested reversing the two A-arms, and why racking the frame might also work.
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Old 01-05-2011, 04:01 AM
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You might try a tapered round pry bar or a tapered punch or the end of a rat tail file to see if you could work to align the holes and then file a little away.

I have a couple that I use that would potentially work, they're pry bars with a round end that tapers to a point.

Probably a bit more control than the reamer and maybe easier than the dremel in terms of getting things closer to alignment.

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