Hubcentric rings a necessity? - Fiberglass RV


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Old 05-20-2011, 04:35 PM   #1
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Hubcentric rings a necessity?

I changed out the 13" rims on '98 Burro for 14s and 205-75R14 Marathons. As per Per Walthinson's experience doing the same to his Burro, I also had no problems with clearance altho the inner wall of the right-side wheelwell is closer to the tire than the left hand due to the requirements for "head" room inside hahahaha. Neither my old rims which I believe were not original nor the replacements have a bore which fits the hub. I had my new wheels balanced and I ran the lug nuts up in a star pattern (they are common 5 lug on a 4.5" circle). I'm wondering if anyone has ever gone to the trouble of obtaining hubcentric rings to center the wheel on the hub or if this centering support is really necessary. I've had a caliper on the hub and the wheel bore and the OD and ID do not match any stock rings of the dsuppliers that I've looked at on the web. Perhaps this refinement is not thought necessary with trailer wheels. What know ye of this matter?

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Old 05-20-2011, 07:30 PM   #2
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You probably have lug centric wheels and lug nuts, meaning the hub is not used to position the wheel, but rather the lug nuts. Do the lug nuts have a taper to them that seats against a similar taper on the wheel lug holes? Mine do, as are all the trailer's I've ever seen.

Conversely, my truck has hub centric wheels, the hub is a precise fit to the center of the wheel. The holes in the wheel are oversized and fit loosely around the studs, and the lug nuts have a flat washer on them that seats against a flat spot on the wheel.
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Old 05-21-2011, 08:49 AM   #3
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Yes they are lug centric with tapered or ball lugs. I wondered if anyone had anything different. As I thought. Thanks.

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