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Unread 05-03-2005, 12:22 PM   #1
willtjx
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harbor freight trailer

anybody know if it is possible to get a utility trailer from harbor freight and then put on bigger tires? just a thought

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Unread 05-03-2005, 12:23 PM   #2
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anybody know if it is possible to get a utility trailer from harbor freight and then put on bigger tires? just a thought

will

anythings possible.
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Unread 05-03-2005, 04:52 PM   #3
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anybody know if it is possible to get a utility trailer from harbor freight and then put on bigger tires? just a thought

will
Sure. you can put on bigger tires. You might need a lift kit for the trailer, however to fit the bigger tires, which are going to require a bigger wheel, which will probably require a bigger hub w/a different bolt pattern. You might need to change the bearings out to handle a bigger hub, you may even need to change an axle to fit the new bearings that you bought to handle a bigger spindle to handle a bigger hub to handle the bigger tires. Then you can cut the tongue off and reweld it in the correct position since the trailer is now higher than it used to be. Then you can sit back, drink a cold one and reflect that now you've got the same amount of time and money in it as you would if you had just gone down and bought a 5x8 or 5x10 with full-size tires, like you should have to begin with.
Just a thought.
I've been down that road: don't. It isn't worth the trouble.
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Unread 05-04-2005, 07:20 AM   #4
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I bought one of the HF 4x8 tilt trailers about 15 years ago. Put a 3/4" sheet of plywood down for a bed and built a couple different rack systems depending on if I'm hauling dirt, firewood, pellet fuel, riding lawnmower, camping gear, or a boat. Been beating and banging it around ever since. I did upgrade the 4.8x8 tires to a heavier weight range 5.8 x8 since it seemed the limiting factor for the 1000 lb load rating was the puny tires. It pulls real easy behind the Jeep. Haven't tried climbing boulders like some of the pictures in magazines, but I regularly use it on rough dirt/rock roads. Drug it through the mud once, but the trailer axle is about the same height the Jeep axles so no problem. Worst problem with the 8-foot bed is going over big humps or dips. I can get the back end to drag if I try.
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