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Can 4.80-12 and 145/80-12 Tires Use the Same Wheels  


Hi, Im thinking about replacing my bias ply boat trailer wheels and tires with radials. The current tire size is 4.80-12. I only see 145/80-12 tires in radials. Do you sell radials in 4.80-12? If not, I assume I would need to purchase 3 new wheel/tire sets as the old ones will not work for a spare? Will the 145/80s fit my old rims? Maybe I could buy 2 tires and one wheel/tire set. Are the radials that much better than the bias for highway driving? I have a 13foot Boston Whaler Sport. Thanks.


Expert Reply:

Radial tires will provide you with a smoother highway ride, and will also run cooler which can lead to longer tire life, because excessive heat build-up is the number one cause of premature tire failure.

A 4.80-12 tire and a 145/80-12 tire are both designed for a 12x4 rim, so you will indeed be able to reuse your current rims. The 145/80-12 tires will be about 3/4 of an inch wider and 1/2 an inch taller. I wouldn't recommend reusing one of the old tires as a spare, unless it's a last-ditch emergency situation and you'll immediately proceed at moderate speed to the closest tire shop to get the bad tire fixed or replaced.

I'd recommend going with the 145/80-12 radial tire like the # AM10130 which has a 1220 lb per tire/2440 lb per axle capacity.

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