Westlake Tires and Wheels - Tire with Wheel - LHAS701 Review

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Today, we're going to take a look at the Westlake 215/75R17.5 radial trailer tire in a load range H on this 17.5 Lynx black machined aluminum trailer wheel with an 8 on 6 1/2-inch bolt pattern. Now, this tire and wheel assembly is ideal for RVs, campers, and trailers. The wheel is an aluminum wheel, which is very durable, lightweight, and rustproof. As you can see, it's a nice, stylish, 8-spoke design which will upgrade the appearance of your trailer. Has a nice, machined face on the spokes and on the outer lip of the wheel, and then it has black accents between the spokes and on the inside of the spoke right here. It does use an automotive-grade clear coat finish to protect the front and the back of the wheel and it protects it from any scuffs and scratches. The other nice feature on this aluminum wheel is they do use pressed-in steel inserts around the lug holes and the reason they do that is help prevent any damage to the lug holes of the aluminum wheel when installing your steel lug nuts.

The tire that's right mounted on this wheel is a Westlake radial tire. It's made of high-quality rubber, which is reinforced by layers of steel. It's great for highway use. The tread design gives you excellent traction and it is designed for use on heavy-duty trucks, buses and trailers. Now, the tread on this tire is regrooveable.

It is stamped on the tire. When you can regroove, when you're on a regrooveable tire, that's designed to give you additional mileage, meaning you can cut more tread into it, but you do want to check with your local authorities because federal and state employees, state laws will apply. This is constructed with four steel belts on the tread and a steel-ply side wall for nice, long life. This whole assembly is inflated with nitrogen. That's why they use the green valve cap to show that. The nitrogen will maintain tire pressure for longer periods than standard air and it helps prolong the life of the tire and even the wheel.

The tire is a special trailer design; it's coupled with strength of a bias tire with the durability and stability of a radial tire. Again, it is created specifically for trailers; not intended for use on any other vehicles. Also with this assembly, you get a complimentary, 24-hour roadside assistance program for one year from the manufacturer. The assembly does meet the DOT or Department of Transportation specification. A few specs on this, starting with the wheel. The diameter, which is measured inside the inside, is 17.5 inches.

Width on just the wheel is 6 and 3/4 inches. Bolt pattern on this, again, is 8 on 6 1/2 inches and if you ever wanted to measure a bolt pattern on a wheel like this, it's an even number of lugs. You just pick one hole, measure from the center of that hole directly across to the center of the hole right across from it. This one will measure 6 1/2 inches, so it's an 8-lug, 6 1/2-inch bolt pattern. This wheel will use the wheel lug size of 9/16ths or 5/8ths of an inch. Weight capacity on just the wheel is 4,850 pounds. Pilot hole diameter is the large hole here in the center of the wheel. The diameter of that opening, it goes over the hub on your trailer, is 4.9 inches. The tire size, which will be stamped on the tire, is 21575R17.5. The "R" means it's a radial tire. Section width is 8.3 inches. Overall diameter from the bottom to the top when it's inflated is 30.2 inches. Tire is a load range H, which means it's a 16-ply-rated tire. It has a maximum load capacity of 4,805 pounds at 123PSI. One last thing on the newer trailer tires: they are stamping a speed rating on them, now. The speed rating is always listed by a letter designation. On this one, your speed rating will be right after the size of the tire, so right after the size you'll see there's two numbers for the load index and then the letter J. J would mean it's a speed rating of 62 miles per hour. That should do it for the review on the Westlake 215/75R17.5 radial trailer tire in a load range H on this 17.5 Lynx black machined aluminum trailer wheel with an 8 on 6 1/2-inch bolt pattern.

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