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Old 04-21-2008, 09:31 AM   #1
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What's the right wheel for 60 tradewind?

I've seen many posts saying use 15" 6lug 5.5 bolt circle with 0 offset.

My old wheels have 1/2" offset.. Is this correct? they are old with the hubcap clips.

I'd like to replace them with new tubeless style wheels, say from redneck supply.

do people still put tubes in their older wheels?
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Old 04-21-2008, 12:10 PM   #2
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The right wheel is opposite the left one...
The correct wheel is considered to be 6-5 1/2" pattern, zero offset, and 2600 pound rating. Most of the tires out there now don't require, nor can they safely use, tubes.
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Old 04-21-2008, 03:09 PM   #3
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Some DO still use the 2 piece split ring wheel, where the tires require tubes. It is VERY difficult to find someone to work on these however.
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Old 04-21-2008, 07:09 PM   #4
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My originals were 1/2" offset also. The new zero offset wheels work ok.
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Old 04-22-2008, 12:17 PM   #5
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Split rims are problematic. This rim type has not been made for passenger vehicles in over 30 to 40 years. It takes very specialized equipment to service these type of rims because of the danger involved. Very few volume tire stores have this equipment. There have been deaths by people servicing split rims.

If you have split rim wheels, my recommendation is to replace them. Being stranded on vacation with a bad tire on a split rim that needs replacing and not finding tire center that can handle split rim wheel would be a vacation killer.

You don't specifically state that you have split rims just that you have tubes. Tire tubes are required for split rims. Tire tubes are a fix for a leaky one piece rim. If you have a leaking one piece rim I would look to getting the rim repaired. Epoxy is a great solution for this. Otherwise a tube is not needed for a one piece rim.

Moving to modern one piece rims you will likely not find a new rim with clips. This means if you have clips for the hub cap you may need to find different caps for the new rims.

Zero offset is the spec for the A/S trailer. If the 1/2" offset fits and no premature damage to the wheel bearings are present, then likely the 1/2" offset will work for you.

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Old 04-24-2008, 09:47 PM   #6
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Well I had bad luck.. I ordered two new wheels from redneck supply through a local dealer. they were the OEM style grey painted, looked OK but...the first one wouldn't balance, it had 1/4" of axial wobble. The other was also bad, but not as much. The guys at redneck looked at 50 wheels in stock and they were all bad. the theory they gave was that no one balances trailer wheels?? and that's why I'm the only one to complain.
I think the wal-mart princple is at work-- low price means everything, quality means nothing!
I'm going to just get some off the shelf white spoked wheels. But they WILL be balanced!
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Old 04-25-2008, 06:02 AM   #7
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In October 2007 I replaced my original '60 Tradewind (15 inch NOT split rims, but with baby moon clips) wheels with 16" 0 offset 6 bolt on 5 1/2 from Low Cost Trailer Supplies mentioned by jbond on another thread. They have a 15" wheel also. Coker tire had them powder coated for me and they balanced perfectly without a problem. Coker wouldn't sell any of their wheels to me because none of there stock were hubcentric for my axle. They were concerned about bolt shear. But the wheels from Low Cost Trailer were an exact match, completely hubcentric, and have gone over 1500 miles without a problem.
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You can replace the 15" original wheels with 16" wheels on a 1960 Tradewind, but be careful if you have a '59 Tradewind.

Measure the length of the wheelwells before you buy larger wheels. My '59 had 30" wheelwells, and a '60 that I saw with the skin off had 32" wheelwells. I can't find a LR-D 16" LT tire that will fit in my 30" wheelwells.
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Anther good source for trailer wheels is Northern Tool, both at the stores and on line.
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What's hubcentric?

does this refer to pilot center hole?

in my case, I now have a one wheel installed with a 4.25" dia pilot hole; however, the hub itself is 3 5/8" this doesn't look right, perhaps that is what Marcdoane is calling "not hubcentric"
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Peter, I just PM'd you. Yes, your example is what Coker Tire pointed out to me as "not hubcentric"
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