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Old 08-27-2014, 10:47 AM   #1
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Question about Dexter trailer axle hubs

Thought I would ask the question here, thinking you folks would probably know right off.

On Dexter trailer axle hubs, #3500 lbs axles hub bolt pattern, what other types of wheels will fit that bolt pattern.
Maybe like a Ford or Chevy rim or something else.

Need to space the tire & rim farther away from the wheel well, because I can see where the tire is rubbing the wheel well box.
Just sitting, theres a good finger width between the wheel well & the tire & I'm looking for more clearance.
Thanks in advance, Neil
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Number of bolts in pattern didn't come through in your post , but I would caution against use of car rims on a trailer. Something from a previous post comes to mind.
Could be a trip to a local tire store and ask about spacers for your pattern of rims, might be your first line of inquiry.
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To get more clearance you would need wheels with more offset , that extra leverage is going to be hard on wheel bearings and likely cause more trouble than slight rubbing. Trailer shackles and spring hangers can flex considerably, extra leverage isn't easy on them either. Just some thoughts.
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Bolt pattern is 4.5 x 5, which means 4-1/2" bolt circle and 5 lugs. Trailer wheels have zero offset which means the mounting surface is in the center of the tire. It sounds like you either have the wrong length axles or excessive play in the related parts.
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Sorry about that Skip, 5 lug.

Ok, so 4-1/2" bolt pattern.
I can understand what your saying about zero offset & can see more offset would put more load on the outer bearing.
Looking at the tires & rim on the trailer, its like they are tilted in at the top. Could the axles maybe somehow got bent.
Trailer has a 7000 lb GVWR, has never grossed over 5500 lbs on any trip & the tilted angle of the tires & rims have looked like that since day one.
Just want more clearance between the tire & that wheel well box.
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Give Dexter a call, great people, I made all their spindle forgings in a past life.

Also could be cambered axles flipped the wrong way.
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Offset rims are going to stress the bearings in a bad way. Better give Dexter a call.
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Will do folks, thanks for the info & well noted advice.
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You can put hubs on a Dexter 3500# axle to fit pretty much any bolt pattern. Trailers are fairly standard at 4x4.5", but every common lug pattern is available up to 6x6.5". I just replaced the drums/hubs on a 3500# axle and went from 6x5.5" to 5x5.5" to match my IH Scout.

Wheels have a maximum weight and pressure rating just like tires do. It doesn't matter if they were originally passenger car or light truck wheels as long as their weight rating is greater than the load you will put on them and the backspacing is compatible.

Find the wheels you want to use on the trailer, make sure they are rated for the loads they will experience, ensure the backspacing is compatible with your trailer, and order hubs/drums with the correct bolt pattern. It's as simple as that. They're about $65 each, and that includes new bearings, seals, and lug nuts.
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Thanks Jim, I'll check into that.
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