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Old 04-22-2005, 02:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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16" 5-lug trailer wheels?

Anyone know wher to find a pair of 16" x 6" or 7" wheels with the 5-lug x 4-1/2" pattern found on my Wells Cargo tool trailer? I don't care if they're plain steel, aluminum, whatever. I have some 235/85/16E tires which would work great on my trailer, but need the wheels. The sidewalls are stiff as hell, and the tire is rated at around 3100#ea, so I'm not worried that they're not specifically trailer tires. Should I be?
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Old 04-22-2005, 08:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: 16" 5-lug trailer wheels?

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Anyone know wher to find a pair of 16" x 6" or 7" wheels with the 5-lug x 4-1/2" pattern found on my Wells Cargo tool trailer?

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No such animal at Southwest Wheel. http://www.etrailerpart.com/trailerwheels.htm

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I have some 235/85/16E tires which would work great on my trailer, but need the wheels.

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Then you'll probably have to replace the entire axle(s) on the trailer with an axle that includes 6 or 8 studs in the hubs.

Or probably less expensive is to replace your current 5" wide wheels with
stock number CW128696MS
size 15" x 6"
bolt pattern 5-4.5"

wheels from SouthWest Wheel's eTrailerparts.com, then buy new ST225/75R15D tires. That's what I did. But don't try to mount those tires on your current wheels unless your current wheels are 6" wide.

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The sidewalls are stiff as hell, and the tire is rated at around 3100#ea, so I'm not worried that they're not specifically trailer tires. Should I be?

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No need to worry - LT235/85R16 are fine and dandy as trailer tires. They come standard on many of the heavier RV trailers.

But for 15" tires, stick with ST (special trailer) and not LT (light truck) tires.
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Re: 16" 5-lug trailer wheels?

Try www.uniquewheel.com They are aftermarket wheels but watch the load rating. Looks like 2000 pounds.
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Re: 16" 5-lug trailer wheels?

Good find!

Yep, in their series 297 wheels, they have 5 different 16" wheels with 5-hole bolt circles, but the load rating is only 2200 pounds per wheel, or total axle rating of 8,800 pounds on a tandam-axle trailer. That should be good for up to around 9,500 pounds GVW for a tandam-axle tag trailer or 10,000 pounds GVW for a tandam-axle 5er or goose.

Also determine the PSI limit of those wheels and don't inflate the tires to more than the wheel limit. Probably 44 PSI, but might be as low as 35 PSI. At 45 PSI, the tires have a load capacity of 2,030 pounds. If the wheels allow 50 PSI, then the tires will have a load capacity of 2,205 pounds per the load/inflation table at http://www.goodyear.com/truck/pdf/LoadInflLTMetric.pdf

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PART NUMBER RIM SIZE BOLT OFFSET BACKSIDE SHPG. WT. CENTER BORE LOAD
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297-7712 16X7 5-4.5 0 4" 35 3.3000 2200

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Re: 16" 5-lug trailer wheels?

Can you use truck rims. Chevy and Dodge both have 5 hole 16" wheels on their half ton trucks.
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Re: 16" 5-lug trailer wheels?

Yep, and it turns out you can order them from Discount Tire.

Black steel 16" x 6.5" with 5 on 114.3mm hole pattern are less than $40. (114.3mm = 4.5")

http://www.discounttire.com/dtcs/fin...-4.5*5-4.5%2F5
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Re: 16" 5-lug trailer wheels?

That's what I have on mine. Got them at BIG O. I needed more rail height height even after flipping the axles, Put on 7.35 x 16 trailer tires e rated.
Just have to be careful, I now only have about 2-3 inches between the duals but no problems so far with about 15,000 miles on them and I go over some VERY rough territory. (that is why I need the rail height).
I am weighing in at about 8500 lbs
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Re: 16" 5-lug trailer wheels?

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Chevy and Dodge both have 5 hole 16" wheels on their half ton trucks.

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After reading this I noticed a new Dodge 1500 CrewCab in a parking lot. Yep, only 5 lugs. With 20" tires and wheels! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/eek.gif[/img]
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