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Old 08-22-2002, 02:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Cool Narrowing a Trailer on the Cheap

I have several sets of 15" rims and tires, one set of which is currently on my dual-axle trailer. The thing is too wide to be legal and I want to get it licensed...

The trailer bed is 84" on each side, and by the time you add the wheels onto the too-wide axles, it measures out at 108" sidewall-to-sidewall. Cutting the axles down would be cheap but somewhat labor-intensive.

Is there a cheap way around this, short of cutting and narrowing the axle?
* Axles in my width that I could transfer all my hubs, brakes, etc, to would run me $200-300.
* I can get custom rims with any backspacing for about $50 per wheel, for $250 total. http://www.rockstomper.com/catalog/wheels/wheels.htm or http://www.summitoffroad.com/wheels.html

$250 on my cheap-o trailer seems a bit much. I'm trying to keep this cheap (the trailer was only $270 to start with, and I'm $60 into a set of tires and rims to go cart it home).

Anyone know of a vehicle that has a standard 6-bolt acorn-seat pattern with SUBSTANTIAL negative offset?

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Old 08-22-2002, 04:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I take it that its never been licensed. I would just tow it to DMV and see what happens. I doubt they know enuf to even check.
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Old 08-22-2002, 04:21 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I take it that its never been licensed.
Nope.

I would just tow it to DMV and see what happens. I doubt they know enuf to even check.
I think I could get it past the Dumb-Vee, but those black-and-whites could really interrupt a pleasant tow, you know what I mean? One ticket would probably be more than just springing for a new set of rims.

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I have towed alot of different stuff and have never been checked for width, the gooseneck i pull at work is 102 plus the winches. I really dont think they would bother you. But back to your ? What about Chebby peekup, they have Neg. offset wheels.
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Old 08-22-2002, 05:02 PM   #5 (permalink)
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If I remember correctly, someone posted the legal width limits.

It said 102" to outside of fenders with 2 or 4" past that usable for tires.

So just trim the fenders back to legal limit and dont worry about it.

But look for the thread.
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I don;t know about you guys, but my trailer is 102" wide, and I would NOT want to deal with towing one 6" wider than that


Narropwing it seems as simple as cutting the axle tubes, using a sleeve to line them back up, and moving the perches/hangers... seems cheap and simple to me
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Old 08-22-2002, 08:59 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Narrowing it seems as simple as cutting the axle tubes, using a sleeve to line them back up, and moving the perches/hangers... seems cheap and simple to me
Bolting on wheels with a different offset would be easier...

I never said I wasn't lazy.... I've got too many open projects right now...

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I called Highway patrol and they said 102" max exept up to a 108" for safety equipment ie: lights, refectors etc. And also a clause in there that the max width of a pheumatic tire equipped trailer can be up to 108" which should make you barely legal.
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I dug this up before and archived it.... finally got a chance to do some digging in my email archive at home...

Here's the California code citation:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/di...le=35100-35111
"When any vehicle is equipped with pneumatic tires, the maximum width from the outside of one wheel and tire to the outside of the opposite outer wheel and tire shall not exceed 108 inches, but the outside width of the body of the vehicle or the load thereon shall not exceed 102 inches."

Any way you count it, I'm overwidth. I measured more precisely -- I'm at 84.5 from the outer rail of one bedside to the other, and just under 13 inches from the outer tire sidewall to the outer rail of the bed. That's 13+84.5+13 for a total of 110.5.

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I recently went to a local tire shop that had a BUNCH of wheels piled up in the back, sorted through, and came up with 4 matching positive offset rims for $10 each for my trailer. They must have had 10,000 rims. Have you thought about scrounging some wheels? The six-lug will make it harder to find with this offset. Most of these wheels were metric 14 or 15 inch with 5 on 100mm bolt spacing. It's worth a try though.
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