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Replacement Hubs with L44649 Bearings on Snowmobile Trailer

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Hi, Im working on a 2003 vintage clamshell style snowmobile trailer that needs new hubs. I cant figure out exactly what I need. Here are the details I have so far: 1. Inner and outer bearings look identical but only the inner has a number - L44649. 2. It has 10inch wheels and tires with 5 lugs. Im not sure what the pattern is, see picture. 5x4.5? I think I need the 8-259-5UC1-EZ but they dont look like the original hubs and Im not sure if this is a 2000 or 2200lb axle or if it even matters? What about the AKIHUB-545-2-G-EZ-2K hubs? As this is used only in the winter on salty roads would the AKIHUB-545-2-G-EZ-2K also be a good choice? I would like EZ Lube hubs and something that is ready for assembly. Thanks!

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Based on the information and pictures you provided (thank you!) either the etrailer.com 2K Trailer Idler Hub Assembly # AKIHUB-545-2-EZ-2K or the Galvanized # AKIHUB-545-2-G-EZ-2K you referenced would work great as replacements, the only physical difference between the two being their finish.

Since you primarily use the trailer in the winter and on salty roads, I do think the Galvanized # AKIHUB-545-2-G-EZ-2K is your best option, as it's just going to do a better job of resisting corrosion and standing up to those harsh elements over time. The hub does feature a 5 on 4-1/2" bolt pattern, which is the most common type for this size hub but just to be sure you can verify the measurement you have pictured (it's a bit hard to tell for certain on the image). If you measured 2-5/8" from the center of the first bolt to the center of its neighboring bolt then it does indeed have a 5 on 4-1/2" pattern.

I have attached a short video review on the galvanized hub below that you can also check out.

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