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How To Install E-Track on a Flat Trailer

How To Install E-Track on a Flat Trailer

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E-track tie down systems for flat trailers are ideal for transporting motorcycles, ATVs, utility vehicles, snowmobiles and automobiles. Using this provides numerous tie down points to secure your cargo using d-ring fittings and/or straps.

Once you've determined which E-track you want for your trailer - galvanized vs. painted, horizontal vs. vertical - installing this product is simple. Follow our step-by-step guide below, or watch the video to learn how to properly install your E-track product.  Make sure you have all of the necessary products before you start installing the track to your trailer.


What You'll Need:

You will need the following tools and fasteners to install e-track on a flatbed trailer:

  • Cordless drill driver
  • Measuring tape
  • Drill bits
  • Phillips head driver bits
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Pencil or marker
  • 1/4" X 1.5" hex bolts
  • 1/4" lock nuts
  • 1/4" flat washers with an outside diameter of 3/4"

How to Install E-Track:

installing e-track rail on trailer

1. Lay E-Track Down

First, lay out the sections on the trailer in the approximate place where they'll be attached. As a result, you will visualize what the finished project will look like.

2. Measure it Out

Once you laid down the track, you'll want to measure and mark where each E-track section will be fastened. Adjust the rails so that they are straight and aligned properly with the trailer as well as with each accompanying section.

3. Mark the Trailer Decking

On the trailer surface, mark where the trailer's underlying frame members are. In this installation method, however, the track is only fastened to the wood decking and not through the framing members. So, marking the decking of the trailer will easily identify where you will not be placing a bolt.

4. Drill Holes Through Wood Deck

Once the track has been placed on the trailer and all the measurements are finalized, you are ready to begin drilling through the trailer's wood deck for placement of the 1/4" bolts. Starting with the end of the 8' section, drill a hole on both sides of the e track at every fourth hole. It is not necessary or desirable to drill every hole.

5. Insert Hex Bolts

After all the drilling is completed, insert a 1/4" x 1-1/2" zinc plated hex bolt down through the track and trailer deck. From the bottom, add a washer and nut and tighten.

6. Fasten Wood Screws to E-Track

Finally, install #10 x 3/4" wood screws in the galvanized track, where you'll want to begin at the end of one of the track sections, fasten the wood screws evenly between each of the hex bolts. Consequently, this configuration provides for one open hole between the screw and the next hex bolt and securely fastens the tie down rails firmly to the trailer. Repeat this process for remaining E track sections.

More Resources You May Like

Learn more about these products with our E-track guide - including a general product overview, how to attach E-track fittings, and more. Check out more of our E-track blogs below:

Beginners Guide to E-Tracks and E-Track Accessories

Choosing Fasteners When Installing E-Track

How to Install E-Track in a Trailer

Load Bars vs. Shoring Beams: What's the Difference?

Ratchet Strap vs. Cam Buckle Strap for E-Track

What's the Difference Between L-Track and E-Track?



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