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Old 20 December 2014, 02:02   #1
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Alloy Trailer Wheels

The wheel rims on my trailer are corroded but serviceable for now. Never the less they don't look good. Has anyone replaced their wheel rims with alloys and if so what would you recommend. Boat trailer wheels appear to be available in the US an Aus but not in the UK.

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Old 20 December 2014, 02:15   #2
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Old 20 December 2014, 03:12   #3
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What about galvanised or aluminium then?
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just get yourself a new set of steel rims Nick, mine lasted for around 8 years so not worth worrying about

I'm in the middle of a trailer project, just got a new set of rims n tyres from Brian at Port Sunlight Trailers, top bloke n very helpful

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For the cost of replacement steel wheels and tyres I just replace the whole lot every few years.
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Old 20 December 2014, 04:42   #6
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Alloys have a nasty habit of corroding where the tyre meets the rim. The result is slow deflation. Also issues with corrosion where it meets the brake drum causing the two to stick together & can be a pig to get the wheel off as a result.
Steels for me too, the silver painted ones look fine.
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Some time ago my trailer wheels were not looking good, and when I looked closely they were fabricated from at least two pressings, and where they were welded together the corrosion looked quite bad, and fearing a wheel actually falling apart I got new wheels. So I thought, while I am at it, why don't I see if I can make them last longer, and looked into getting them galvanized. I went to quite a large reputable place and they took one look at the wheels and said that hot dip galvanizing was not possible, due to the pooling that would occur no matter which way they were dipped. They said that zinc spraying was possible. So I got them zinc sprayed and re-painted, and so far there is no corrosion evident, although I have to be honest and say that they have no seen a great deal of use this year
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Stick to steel & Waxoyl 'em from new.
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Thanks for the input. I'll get a set of new steel rims. I have a fabricator friend who I may get to paint with a 2 pack epoxy.
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As others have said don't go to a lot of trouble I got 4 with tyres 200
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