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Old 04-13-2011, 05:11 PM   #1
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Dumb question?

Last weekend I replaced the wheel bearings on my excursion trailer. I also installed bearing buddies, and to my dismay my jeep "Moab" rims would not fit over the bearing buds.. I shimmed the wheels out 1/8" with some grade 8 washers for a perfect fit... I'd never washer wheels out on any live axles, but I don't think spacing out trailer wheels is a disaster waiting to happen. The 1 ton trailer never sees more than 300lbs, total weight, off road, loaded with camping gear. Any thoughts??

04' Rubi, with all the gizmos we need for long range excursions, / home modified excursion trailer;

96' Lexus 450, locked, loaded and ready to roll..
'12 VW New Beetle
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Old 04-16-2011, 10:02 PM   #2
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The washers are probably fine. But if you want to do it better, you can have the rims bored out from the backside forward (leaving a fully open center) and ditch the washers. Or you could get a 1/2" STEEL spacer and sandwich it in there instead of the washers.
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