Recommended Axle with Hubs and Wheel/Tires for Old Trailer


Having a hard time finding wheels for an older trailer. 8” rims 5 lug with 3-1/4” center hole. Can you help? I’m also open to updating the axles and hubs 60” hub face with 49” spring center.


Expert Reply:

The pilot hole size is what makes the wheels difficult to match. We have a few options for 5 lug wheels but they all have the 2.81 inch pilot hole in the center.

I recommend changing out your axle as you stated to the Dexter Idler Trailer Axle w/ Hubs - EZ-Lube - 5 on 4-1/2 Bolt Pattern - 60" Long - 2,200 lbs # 20545I-EZ-60-10. This has 48 inch on center spring seats. It also has the hub assemblies and spindles with the EZ-Lube for easy maintenance. Then I recommend the Kenda 215/60-8 Bias Trailer Tire with 8" White Wheel - 5 on 4-1/2 - Load Range C # AM3H310. These combination wheel/tire are rated for 935 lbs each or axle weight of 1870 lbs.

If you want a higher capacity to better utilize your axle capacity, I recommend # AM3H323 which are rated for 1165 lbs at 70 psi. This will limit your load capacity to the 2,200 lbs of your axle or that of your leaf spring suspension.

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