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Re: [bolger] Re: Eight inch wheels

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  • John Bell
    The over speed argument on the bearings is a red herring, IMO. I ve towed thousands of miles without bearing failure on 8 wheels at 70 mph (touching wood
    Message 1 of 20 , Sep 27, 2009
      The over speed argument on the bearings is a red herring, IMO.  I've towed thousands of miles without bearing failure on 8" wheels at 70 mph (touching wood here) because I've kept up with lubrication. If this was such a problem, don't you think the market would have eliminated 8" wheels by now?

      I once made a mistake of buying an 8" spare rated only for 50 mph. It blew to bits on an a bridge expansion joint in just a few minutes of use. Using tires with the proper load and speed rating, no problems.

      One thing I'd add is that you can buy larger 5.70 x 8 tires for your 8" wheels  that are much larger in diameter than the standard 4.5 x 8'. These have a much higher load rating as well as have a diameter very similar to a 4.5 x 12 wheel/tire.

      On Sun, Sep 27, 2009 at 1:35 PM, ben_2_go <ben_2_go@...> wrote:

      Most 8 inch wheels are only rated to run 45 mph.Over speeding the bearings can over heat them and cause catastrophic failure.Be sure your set is rated to run highway speeds.

      --- In bolger@yahoogroups.com, "mason smith" <goodboat@...> wrote:
      > Ben is right on all his points but misses mine. We are not going over rocks in the back country, or, hopefully, over curbs or pot-holes. We are trailering lightweight boats over the highways and byways. I want a gentle ride for my lightweight boats on lightweight trailers over bumps at reasonble speeds on normal roads, Interstate to county and town. Slow way down for anything rougher. And I assure you, the small wheels do follow the bump contours and deliver their forces to the trailer and boat as gently as can be hoped. They don't overheat, they don't wear out fast, they keep the rig low, in short they work very well.

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