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? about trailer axles/wheels

Hey all,

Looking to buy a single bike trailer and I found one but it has the 8" wheels, how are those size wheels when towing a bike ? I have heard that 12"-15" is best and 10" is good too.. Is it a matter of just changing the wheels out or is there more involved at the axle ? yes I'm a trailer noob !

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A little more maintinence with the bearings and possibly changing out the tires sooner since they spin a lot quicker then the bigger size is about all I can think of.


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Thanks man, but if I wanted to change the tire sizing (bigger wheels/tires) to say 12" what would need to be done ? Is it a matter of just finding the right wheels/tires to fit or would axles need to be changed too ?

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I don't know personally but I would say correct rim and clearance for the tire/fender


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depending on the trailer design, there could be issues with the larger tire hitting the frame too.

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clearance issues and bolt pattern would be all that you need to worry about to upsize

8" is really small and thus they spin much faster at highway speeds which is far harder on the bearings as chey said

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ceramic bearing should handle the extra speed.

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The extra spin forces the tires to heat up significantly faster and they have a lower speed based on that. Get the biggest you can get, you'll be happier.

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Also so you know. Trailer tires aren't very cheap depending what you go with. Might be better off waiting for a trailer to come along with the size you want?


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FWIW: I just bought some new 8" wheel/tire combos at Farm/Fleet for $32 each. I put two on the track bike trailer, and two on the cargo trailer pulled behind the Harley.

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My cargo trailer for the Harley has been from Kenosha to the FL Keys (1600 miles) multiple times, NJMP (900 miles).

These little tires are tougher than people give them credit. Keep the bearings greased and the tires properly inflated and they'll be fine. I've had both my trailers at 75mph sustained without issues.
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His trailer only has blocks. No wheels.

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Here are two pics I have of the setup I just put together. Harbor freight trailer with 12" wheels $250 (what was said about the bearings is true), Harbor freight wheel chuck $35, Hitch and ball for Hyundai Accent $153 from etrailer.com. $100 dollars or so for wood, bolts, straps, gas can etc for bed, $50 or so for towbar, locks, wheel chucks, $240 for new tires for car to replace 10yr old ones.


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Which 8" tires? 4.80X8" are smaller and have lower load rating. 5.70X8" have a larger sidewall and higher load rating (close to 4.8X12). I have 5.7X8 on my trailer and they are rated to the same speed as the smaller 12". I have towed my bike to NC twice with this trailer with no issues.

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Gizmo...I'm not expert on trailers, but you might want to move the big fuel jug and tool box back. Your Hyundai is probably not to different in load capacity as my Civic.

Our cars can easily pull 1 bike and a HF trailer, but the tongue weight isn't huge. I think if you place the took box and fuel on the front like that you might be adding a lot more to the tongue weight.

I could be totally wrong and maybe someone else can give better input.
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Is on the right track. I would park my circle track cars on the back of the trailer to help stability. If I parked too far forward, the front end of the tow vehicle gets light. Even with a full size Bronco.
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the bronco is short and stubby and doesnt get the leverage advantage of a reg pickup arrangment to help keep the front wheels on the road

you definately want the weight biased to the front of the trailer though

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It was a '80 full size Bronco with a 428 cobra engine. It wasn't little by any means. The stock car that gave me the biggest headaches was my lead sled 4k lbs Monte Carlo. Oh, that Bronco was bad ass. Mandy once did a 4 wheel burnout with it, while using the factory C.B.
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