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    Recommendation to replace the 4.80 x 12 tires and wheels

    What are you guys using to upgrade the 4.80 x 12 tires and wheels?

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    Depends on the trailer?


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    Quote Originally Posted by K447 View Post
    Depends on the trailer?
    Single Jetski. Or do you mean the brand? I will look but not one of those beautiful aluminum Tritons!!

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    Single place trailers are fine with the 4.80x12 ( 4lug and 5 lug)

    A dual place trailer with larger/heavier ski's could use the more HD 5.10x12, usually only available with 5 lug rims.

    Menards sells all of them at a decent price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by guybb3 View Post
    Single Jetski.

    Or do you mean the brand? …
    I meant the trailer design determines the physical space for the tires.

    If you want to ‘upgrade’ the tires I presume you mean to a larger diameter wheel and tire combination. That larger tire must fit under the existing trailer fender.

    And the new tire must not touch the fender even when the tire bounces hard over a road bump and the suspension jounce allows the wheel to fully compress the trailer suspension upwards.

    On some of my PWC trailers, to accommodate a larger tire I have added aluminum plate spacers between axle and trailer frame (torsion axle). Which ‘pushes down’ the axle and allows more air space between tire and fender above. Other people have changed the fender mounts to gain tire clearance.

    In some cases it works better to change the factory fenders for a larger size.

    All depends on the trailer you have. And what size tire you want to fit.

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    12 inch radials.

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    Quote Originally Posted by K447 View Post
    Depends on the trailer?
    It's a Yacht Club and yes I'm after what you are describing above. The 4.80 x 12 tires wear out too quickly and get flat too easily. I don't want to raise the height of the trailer more than I have to for obvious reasons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by casey67 View Post
    Single place trailers are fine with the 4.80x12 ( 4lug and 5 lug)

    A dual place trailer with larger/heavier ski's could use the more HD 5.10x12, usually only available with 5 lug rims.

    Menards sells all of them at a decent price.
    Do you mean 5.30 x 12 as I cannot find any 5.10? I would think @ only 1.4 inches in diameter larger, I could raise the fender a little to make up for the height difference?

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    Quote Originally Posted by guybb3 View Post
    It's a Yacht Club and yes I'm after what you are describing above.

    The 4.80 x 12 tires wear out too quickly and get flat too easily.

    I don't want to raise the height of the trailer more than I have to for obvious reasons.
    Get flat too easily?

    How much towing distance are you doing and at what speeds?

    What size and weight is the PWC you are carrying on that Yacht Club single trailer?
    How old is the trailer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by guybb3 View Post
    Single Jetski … not one of those beautiful aluminum Tritons
    One advantage of the Triton single trailer with curved cross beams is that the PWC support bunks and hull sit lower relative to the wheel axle and fenders.

    Which means that the wheels and tires can be larger diameter without lifting the bunks too high for launching.

    I do not know what other brands of PWC trailer also offer a similar ‘lowered’ design, but you may want to consider upgrading to a trailer better suited for the type of trailer uses you are putting it to.






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