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Unread 07-01-2010, 02:54 AM   #1
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Trailer Build - Question About Wheels and Hubs

Well I picked up a trailer that was made form the tub of a CJ. The project of refinishing it will begin this morning. I already have two new JK wheels and tires for it but already have an issue.

The hole in the center of the JK wheels is too small for the center of the trailer axle hub to fit through.

Any simple solution to this? From what I can tell by looking online all the trailer hubs have the large center section that appears to require a wheel with a large center opening. To keep the weight down, I really don't want to bolt a jeep axle under this thing, plus it already has a trailer axle under it.

I think I may go to a trailer supply store in Knoxville today and just tell them I need the parts to put "these tires and wheels" on "this trailer" and see what they suggest.

Here's the trailer ready for a makeover, and the new JK ready to pull it.

2010 JK Wrangler
2010 Pariot

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Unread 07-02-2010, 09:29 AM   #2
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I originally wanted to use TJ wheels on my trailer, but ran into the same problem. An option is wheel spacers that will esentially shorten the hub length. But then you may run into a wheel offset problem. I ended up going with a Mickey Thompson wheel instead.
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Unread 07-02-2010, 12:55 PM   #3
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I have torched out steel wheel centers before but not to sure if you cut the centers out of an aluminium wheel, it may weaken it.
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Unread 07-05-2010, 05:53 AM   #4
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You might be able to cut the center out with a hole saw and some oil or just buy wheel spacers for it. I would avoid using anything that creates a lot of heat just for the fact it is aluminum which can behave really funny when adding heat.
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