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Wheel spacers for trailer?

Discussion in 'Tow & Trailer' started by dremu, Mar 2, 2005.

  1. dremu

    dremu Officious Thread Derailer Premium Member

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    As part of my project to make my K5 fit onto my tow dolly (well, make the dolly fit the K5 :) ) I may want to space the wheels out a bit, inch or two each side.

    A brief web search didn't turn any up, but I swear I've seen say, 1" or 1.5" wheel spacers for the five-lug trailer pattern.

    Is this pattern the same as, say, the Jeeps, or am I looking in the wrong places, or is this a bad idea altogether?

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  2. ZZ4x4

    ZZ4x4 1/2 ton status

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    I would think that spacers would reduce the overall carrying capacity by a large margin since most of the 5-lug stuff is already pretty light duty. If you had a heavy duty dolly or trailer with 6 or 8 lug hubs it would probably be quite a bit safer to add spacers. Just my .02.

    By the way, I am told by U-haul that the width of the U-Haul dollys is kept narrow on purpose to prevent them from being used for full sized trucks. Not sure if that's true.
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  3. dremu

    dremu Officious Thread Derailer Premium Member

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    Yeah, I'm a bit skeptical of it all ... this one is a custom job, and fairly beefy, particularly in comparison to the U-Haul stuff. But, it IS five lug and I'm leery of messing with those, as you say.

    To answer my own question, it looks suspiciously like a Jeep-style 5-on-4.5" pattern, so I could use Jeep spacers if I was so inclined.

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