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Kenda Karrier Radial Trailer Tire Review

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Review of the Kenda Karrier Radial Trailer Tire

Hi there, trailer owners. Today, we're going to be taking a look at Kenda's line of Karrier tires. These come with galvanized wheels, and the tires have a C load range rating. The wheels included with these Karrier tires are all going to have a 5 on a 4 1/2 bolt pattern, so you can ensure that it's going to fit your trailer if you have a 5 on 4 1/2. And the tires are going to have an M speed rating, which means that they're rated up to 81 miles an hour. And they're going to be six-ply tires, so they have plenty of meat and load range to them for the size tire that they are.And if we take a look at our tread pattern, it's got a nice pattern on it.

I liked that it's not directional, so if you wanted to swap sides or anything like that, you could easily do that. So it's cool that it's not directional. And if we look at the tread pattern, it's got a pretty good water shedding pattern to it, where it's going to come down and it's going to push that water out these treads on the side, so you can get good grip in all weather conditions.And you can see our wear bars here. These tires are also going to have those so you have a good indicator of when this tire is worn out and needs to be replaced. And etrailer's already taken care of everything for you, so once you get this tire, you're ready to put it on.

And then again, you do want to just double check your air pressure, because they're often overinflated for what your trailer needs. But they're going to be balanced and ready to go once you get them.We'll begin our installation by lifting up our trailer on the side. We've got wheel chocks placed on the other side to make sure that it doesn't go anywhere. And we're just going to lift it up by the frame until the wheel comes off the ground. Then we can remove our lug nuts.

For this one here, we're going to be using a 21 millimeter socket, but there's a good chance yours is different back home. If you don't have an impact, you might want to break them loose by hand before lifting it up. Then we can just pull our tire off. Now, you can see there's plenty of treads still on this tire, but the tire on the other side had a leak on the sidewall that was irrepairable. And when we replaced that one, he wanted them both to match.

So we're replacing this side as well.But reasons why you'd want to replace your tire are leaks that are not repairable. Most leaks that you have in the center of the tread here are going to be patchable. But usually the rule of thumb is the thickness of your thumb at the edge of the tread. If it's in this area where your thumb is, it's not repairable, and anywhere on this side, but anywhere in the middle on each side is going to be repairable. Other places you can have leaks or at your valve stem or around your bead. Those are all going to be repairable. You can get new valve stems and you can have a tire shop seal your bead.Another reason you would want to replace it is just due to worn out tread. If you have less than 3/32 of tread on there, you should probably consider replacement. Many of your tires, do have wear bars, and that's what we're looking at right here. We can see in this little section, there's a little bar right in there. And that's your wear bar. When the tread wears down towards smooth with the wear bar, that is your indication that you have no more tread left and you need to replace your tires. Other issues could be due to imbalances. You can get cupping where you have flat spots in certain areas, or you might have really rough feathered tires where it almost has like a sawtooth pattern around it. That's going to cause a lot of noise and cause the tire to wear out rapidly.Another thing you want to look for is sidewall damage due to under-inflation. And what's going to happen is if you're under-inflated . See how we have nice thick sidewall here at the bottom If you're under-inflated, the weight of the trailer is going to squish out the bottom here. So every time the tire comes around, it has to squish, and it's going to do this the whole time, squish, squish, squish, squish all the way around. And that's going to wear out the sidewall and you're going to see a ring around it. This ring here is molded into it, but you get somewhat of a similar ring just like this around, except for you're going to get stuff all over your hands. Not just a little bit of blackness on me because it's actually taking the rubber and it's deteriorating it. And you'll be covered in this black dust that it has from the rubber particles.And you can also see here, this one here has a bent rim. Now the customer didn't complain about having major vibrations and things like that. And I don't really see any flat spots, but it does have a bend on the rim here. So that's another reason why we're going to be replacing it. Our new assembly comes with both the tire and the rim. So we've got everything brand new here and it is already aired up. We are going to adjust the air pressure once we get it on there, but it does hold air. We've got nice new tread, and our rim is in good condition. Not to mention this one's nice and shiny, so it's going to look great matching the other side, where our old ones we're all rusted and nasty looking.Now we can just lift our tire back into place, lining up the holes with the studs. You want to make sure you've got it in this direction. You can kind of see how this bolt is out here. We don't want it to go on the other direction. We want to have a flat surface against the hub. And of course, you can see your valve stem facing out here. That's another indicator you've got to put on the right way. We can now just re-install our lug nuts. And you want to make sure you put the tapered end facing towards the wheel. And if you need a replacement lug nuts, we have those available here at etrailer as well. We'll then just tighten them down in a star pattern.And now back on the ground, we're going to torque them to the manufacturer's specifications. We're going to go ahead and do this in a star pattern as well. And now with this side torqued down, we can go ahead and repeat the same procedures for however many tires we're replacing. We're doing the one on the other side of our axle here. And if you've got more axles, you can do those as well if they need replacement. And that'll complete our look at Kenda's line of Karrier tires with galvanized wheel and a C range load rating.

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