Installed the new tires over easter weekend. They are very nice. Now all I need to do before I head south is to check the hubs and bearings.
Fenders were too low so I made some quick brackets to raise them. Now the fenders are kind of small for the bigger tires but I'll make do.
Quick question on your trailer tires - now that you've had them for a year, did you see any significant benefit with the 12" wheels? I have 8's on my trailer that need to be replaced. Am vacillating whether to replace with like or go through the additional expense and hassle of raising the fenders, etc for 12's.
Jeff, I would say that if you need new tires to go ahead and get 12". I can tell that the wheels roll over bumps better and I'm sure they are keeping my hubs cooler.
I bought them because I knew I would be driving back and forth to Florida (1000+ miles). Etrailer had such a good deal on the 12s that I went ahead and did it.
As for fenders, all I did was cut some flat steel bar and reattach the fender hardware with the bar in between. The fenders are a little small now so I'm not sure how much good they are really doing...
- A project I'm working on that may be useful to Hobie sailors in need of custom parts or other projects you may be working on