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Old 19 August 2014, 10:58   #1
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Wheel expert required?

Hi Guys

Any wheel experts out there?

The wheels and tyres on my trailer are shot. I can pick up a new set on e-bay or gumtree for £25ish so itís not worth trying to sort out the old ones. The question is what size wheels do I need, they are obviously advertised as Fiesta, Escort, Astra etc rather than trailer size. My wheels are 175 X 13 inch, the PCD between the two diagonal studs is 140mm and 100mm between the two adjacent studs, two questions:

Question 1. Can anyone tell me which vehicle wheelís I should be looking for?
Question 2. Is there a smaller wheel with the same stud pattern to make launching a little easier?

Ideally wheels from a popular model of car as it will make them easier to find and cheaper.

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Old 19 August 2014, 13:17   #2
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The larger the tire the slower the wheel bearing will spin and it is more likely to last longer. Trailer tires are specialized, and you want some decent radial ones. Galvanized wheels would be in order since you are dipping into salt water. Along with some new galvanized wheel lugnuts.

As a side note, it would probably be a good idea to repack your wheel bearings and add some Bearing Buddys, or the like onto the hubs for positive pressure, in order to keep water out.
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Old 19 August 2014, 13:47   #3
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You will be dam lucky to get car wheels to fit a trailer , best idea is take one off and take it to a trailer parts shop.
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Old 19 August 2014, 14:00   #4
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Unless its a home made trailer or a converted caravan chassis, they are going to be trailer specific rims.

Have a look here for yours:

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Dont forget to get the correct load rated tyres, if its a big boat car tyres wont have a high enough load rating and you will need 4, 6 or 8 ply trailer tyres.
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you have to watch the size of the large hole in the centre too - you could get the right stud pattern but if the hole is too small then they wont fit. had my old ones shot blasted then galvanised, brilliant even after being dunked all season, but you have to watch out for them being out of balance due to having zinc build up - had to carefully grind mine down a little in places.
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Old 19 August 2014, 15:08   #6
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Can you get to Indespension in Park Gate.

They were very helpful to me...not cheap though.
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Old 20 August 2014, 04:38   #7
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Thanks Guys

This is a yard trailer and only moves 30m to launch and recover, less if the tide is in. Really looking for a cheap option as anything too posh would show the rest of the trailer up. I guess that I will just have to take one off and take it to a scrappy, to try my luck.

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If you are just using as a yard trailer why replace?
Also if you go this root then they tyers will not be suitable for the trailer as car tyers are not as beefy as trailer but van tyers should be as an option!
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Old 20 August 2014, 06:20   #9
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car wheels won't fit, I'm afraid, Andy.

You have a 5.5" PCD on what look like 1/2" studs.

There's a 10" version of this wheel, if you want to go smaller diameter than 13"

They're around £58 each (complete rim and tyre).

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I was in Indespension (Park Gate) earlier today. I found two on their shelf and put them together. Their part number is WT012.

Go in and tell them you work for me and they'll be at trade. I'll pm you the price.

All the best
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