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Old 28 July 2005, 06:46   #1
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changing trailer hubs

Hi all

I have decided after listen to the bearing and looking at how rusty the Hubs are getting to change the hubs and wheels on my 4 axle trail (RM). I am not in a big rush but would like to get it done (like to keep everything tip-top)

My questions are

1) Will I have to go back to RM for the hubs and wheels, I cannot imagine they actually manufacture these?
2) Is there anybody willing, to change the Hubs and wheels you know off, as every I would prefer to give my money to a ribnetter?
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Old 28 July 2005, 07:43   #2
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Are the wheels and hubs that bad and how are the brakes

I know that some people have found that by the time you add up the cost of the individual parts it is almost as cheap to replace the whole axle which comes as a complete unit with brakes and hubs fitted

If it is only bearings then it is not really a major job
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Old 28 July 2005, 08:32   #3
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Here is my advice for what its worth.

- wheels - normally clear off the rust and repaint
- Drums/hubs -again if not too rusted up -just clean up
- Beaings - Replace both inners and outers and ensure seals are OK. Use lots
of axle grease
- shoes - replace
- Cables - replace/ or soak in penetrating oil and ensure inner cable free

This is mostly DIY. but you will probbaly need a hub remover and lots of WD40. Alos ensure that when taking off the hubs the shoe adjusting nut at the back( normally a square 17mm nut ) is loosened off completely.

Most axles are the rubber compress variety and dont need maintenance. Most of this is just labour -cost of parts ( bearings /shoes ) should not be all that much/ Look at previous posts on this subject "trailers"


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Old 28 July 2005, 09:04   #4
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BSK2004 Knott Adjuster Kit 160 x 35 Mk III to 200 x 50 £7.90
BSK02 Knott Cable Cover 160 Mk IV to 250 x 40 £1.30
BSK1604 Knott Spring Set 160 x 35 Mk IV £4.83
BSK1602 Knott Shoes pair 160 x 35 A/R MkIII £40.08
BSK1606 Knott Expander 160 x 35 Mk II/III £9.81
AC12 Knott Bowden Cable 1200/1500mm £9.80
SHG522 Grease Cap 51mm dia Peak Metal £1.74
SHG503 Bearing Kit HG505/HG515 £12.94
BP01 Brake Cable Bulldog Grip £0.30
Sub Total: £88.70
VAT: £15.52
Total: (GBP) £104.22 A corner and multiplied by 4 is loads

And a new axle costs £263.00 which includes new hubs (canít find the price for the hubs)
It just depends on how shot the bits are if they are bad it has to be quicker and cheaper to replace the lot
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Old 29 July 2005, 03:23   #5
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Scary Des

Thanks for the info, it seems i would be better to change the axle as you say.
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Old 29 July 2005, 04:34   #6
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Have a look at TrailerTek at Mitcheldever Station. Only just down the road from you. All parts from axels to nuts. They even do Alko hubs.
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Old 29 July 2005, 12:46   #7
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Thanks for the info, my next job is to find the ratings of the axles - thanks again all
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There should be a plate on each axel giving its capacity and serial No.
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Old 31 July 2005, 14:22   #9
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Can I endorse this. Excellent blokes, very kind and helpful, good stock....

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Have a look at TrailerTek at Mitcheldever Station. Only just down the road from you. All parts from axels to nuts. They even do Alko hubs.
01962 774988
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Old 01 August 2005, 14:07   #10
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Was on the way down to poole to launch the rib on sunday, got to Bournemouth and the damn 4 x 4 overheated. Called the AA who took over an hour to arrive and then took another hour to fix a leaky water hose.

Got back on our way, then a mile down the road the wheel bearings on one of the wheels gave out on the trailor, luckily we weren't going fast at the time, and it didnt give right out, the wheel was very very very wobbley.

Another call to the AA saw us wait another hour and a bit for the AA truck who then gave the trailor a lift home. For anyone interested the AA truck had a tow bar on the truck, so the AA man whiched up the trailor and rib, connected the ball joint, secured the boat and trailor a bit more and away we went.

What a lovely way to spend Sunday waiting around for the AA, still hopefully thats my bad luck gone for the next year..

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