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vrsc
11-19-2011, 05:16 PM
In need of new wheels for my trailer and I can't really find any 14 inch locally that aren't your generic utility trailer wheels. Can I move up to a 15inch?

BrianT
11-19-2011, 06:06 PM
Typically the single axle trailers take 15" rim and tire. The tandems take the 14". The 15" are 6 bolt pattern and the 14" are 5 bolt pattern.

Hammer
11-19-2011, 06:23 PM
Earlier single axle trailers came with 14 inch rims. But I do not know if a 15 inch will fit or not. This subject has come up in the past and I can not remember the outcome.

vrsc
11-19-2011, 06:34 PM
I've searched on here and have gotten two different answers. My current wheel/tires are 215/75/14 and I believe it's a 6 inch wide wheel and the bolt pattern is 5 lug 4.5.

Jerseydave
11-19-2011, 06:41 PM
If you can buy 15" wheels with your bolt pattern the question would be how much fender clearance do you have to make room for a taller tire. I know the older 1987 trailers were tight on fender clearance, not sure about your 1999. Go measure it.

Your tire dealr should be able to give you tire specs (tire height in particular)

FrankSchwab
11-19-2011, 06:54 PM
My boat sits on a 1998 Single Axle trailer with 15" 6-lug rims.

So, if your trailer is similar to mine, the answer is "yes".

/frank

vrsc
11-19-2011, 09:21 PM
I have 5 lugs. There does seem to be atleast an inch of extra clearance

Cloaked
11-19-2011, 09:25 PM
In need of new wheels for my trailer and I can't really find any 14 inch locally that aren't your generic utility trailer wheels. Can I move up to a 15inch?
As stated, check for clearance. That simple. Consider spring absorbsion / compression when traveling. I have seen some tight fits on the older trailers.

I found American Racing wheels in 14" x 6" with the Ford lug pattern a few years back. I put a 295 tire on it and it was just fine (on an older tight-fit trailer). I'm thinking a 15" wheel would be more than allowable... Or not.... :D

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vrsc
11-19-2011, 10:36 PM
As stated, check for clearance. That simple. Consider spring absorbsion / compression when traveling. I have seen some tight fits on the older trailers.

I found American Racing wheels in 14" x 6" with the Ford lug pattern a few years back. I put a 295 tire on it and it was just fine (on an older tight-fit trailer). I'm thinking a 15" wheel would be more than allowable... Or not.... :D

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Thanks, ofcourse I'll check the clearance and such. I am looking online for the wheels and tires since they have a better selection than local shops. I have local shop that has 15 inch wheels that I like in stock so I can do a test fit but I'd like to have a solid answer before moving forward.

j.mccreight@hotmail.com
11-19-2011, 11:36 PM
The wheel is not much of an issue imo as long its the same offset and width as the original, just use a different size 15" tire. A 215x75r14 tire is 8.4" in width and a diameter of 26.7", going to a 205x75r15 is 8" wide and 26.1" diameter resulting in an increase of .4" in diameter and a decrease of .4" in width, basically meaning less than a .25" closer to fenders you should have plenty of room, a 215x70r15 tire is 8.4" width and 26.8" diameter meaning only .1" taller almost a dead match tire to your original 14" tire. However a 215x70r15 is tough to find in a trailer version, 205x75r15 is more common for trailers.

vrsc
11-21-2011, 10:19 AM
Thank you for your opinions. I'll be bringing the boat trailer to the tire place for fitment. Looks as if 15's will work, just depends on the tire size