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    Default Bolt on trailer wheels?

    So I'm doing a walk around my project Condor jet boat and I notice that my trailer wheels are bolt ons...WTF?! I've never had a boat trailer without lug nuts, this is gonna be weird. Was this a common practice in the 70's or do I have a "tooled up" trailer? I gotta think that studs and lugs are a must....any thoughts?

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    My early 80s trailer did. Pain in the ass to change on side of road in the heat. Pretty easy to get new hubs an change em out

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    you mean you have tapered lug bolts instead of studs? Why not put hardened fine thread studs in.
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    only problem i could see is if you're using a lugcentric rim with your bolts. it wont get centered properly and you could have a wobbly wheel. if its hubcentric then EH whatever its a trailer.

    if you're really worried about it, drill out the threads in the hub and impact in some real studs and use lugnuts.


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    Default Knurled studs...

    Just drill them out and install knurled studs from the backside...You certainly don't need to change the hubs.... You might want to see what size the knruls are before drilling, but it's no big deal the change them...Of course last time I did it plain steel tapered lug nuts were .25 each, now I think they're $1.80 each!!! The studs were about a dollar each, no telling what they are now.....
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    You mentioned the 70's...............meaning that the current lug bolt arrangement has worked for the last 40 years and now needs to be changed.........

    Just askin'!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tahiti Boss21 View Post
    you mean you have tapered lug bolts instead of studs? Why not put hardened fine thread studs in.
    No sir, regular SAE 5/8 bolts! I'll throw up a pic tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CampbellCarl View Post
    You mentioned the 70's...............meaning that the current lug bolt arrangement has worked for the last 40 years and now needs to be changed.........

    Just askin'!

    Carl
    Very good point however, I'm not certain if the current arrangement was on the trailer 40 years ago or even certain if the trailer is original to the boat, I should look into that. Will be interesting to see what the rim holes look like if I can muscle the bolts out......

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    My dads trailer still has this type of hubs. The hub is tapped, the lugs are bolts with tapered faces if the bolt to align the wheel. They sell these still at the local parts stores if a replacement lug/bolt is needed. The only issue is that you are limited to the type of wheel you can run.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alter Ego View Post
    My dads trailer still has this type of hubs. The hub is tapped, the lugs are bolts with tapered faces if the bolt to align the wheel. They sell these still at the local parts stores if a replacement lug/bolt is needed. The only issue is that you are limited to the type of wheel you can run.
    Feeling a little better, I hope mine are tapered.....

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    I installed long Allen head bolts through the backside of the hub and used thread locker to keep them from backing out. I then used conventional acorn nuts to attach the wheel been working great for years now and it's easy to align when you change a tire.
    If I can't fix it you got a REAL problem!!

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    Has anyone decided to use an aluminum wheel and if so how/what type of stud/bolt would be safe to use on these...I bought these and have bolt-to style hub. Not sure if a nut with a small shoulder would be safe on the torque. These wheels have a non-tapered hole.
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    Quote Originally Posted by krusn56 View Post
    Has anyone decided to use an aluminum wheel and if so how/what type of stud/bolt would be safe to use on these...I bought these and have bolt-to style hub. Not sure if a nut with a small shoulder would be safe on the torque. These wheels have a non-tapered hole.
    If these take the shouldered/sleeved lug nuts and Washers, you can run them. Just do like Bam Bam said, and insert hardened socket head bolts with loctite through the hub so that it acts like studs, and you can go back to the other style later.
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    go to your local trailer supply and buy the replacement studs did it to my crusier trailer. its a 2 sided stud with a allen socket to tighten them then use what ever lugs nuts you want. i don't have one here for a pic

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