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Old 11-19-2007, 05:23 PM   #1
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Can I still get rims with "moon" covers?

Folks,

Just lost rubber from tire on '64 Overlander. Took all 4 tires off and ran to tire store to get 4 fresh tires. What a surprise! They don't do split rims.

So, what to do. Can I get tires on split rims anymore, or do I need 4 (5) new rims?

Can I still get original looking wheel covers (moon?) like the original wheel?

Thanks
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Old 11-19-2007, 06:42 PM   #2
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Hi Phil,

You probably should switch out to regular rims. Split Rims are not considered to be safe any longer and this would be a good time to upgrade. You can still get moons from various places......the internet, wheel shops etc.

Good luck!

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Old 11-19-2007, 07:37 PM   #3
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Dexstar Trailer Wheels

Dexstar makes a trailer wheel that looks like the your original wheel. See:

Dexstar Wheel Company Trailer Rims and Wheels

Look at the "conventional" wheel. I used the part # 017-118-25 which is a 15x6JJ wheel rated at 2600#
They also have a baby moon for this wheel. The last ones I bough were about $50 per wheel and $10 per hubcap.


You should be able to but them at a NAPA auto parts store from Redneck Trailer Supply or from Lowcost Trailer Supply.

They are gray. I painted mine black. See below
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Old 11-19-2007, 07:43 PM   #4
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Split rims are a little scary. A local farmer was putting air in his trailer tires a couple of years ago. Split rim blew apart and nearly took his leg.

(Yes, I'm one of those people. "You'd better not do that because my cousins second husbands daughter............." It's good to learn from other's mistakes and triumphs, right?)
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Old 11-19-2007, 09:06 PM   #5
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Assuming that Danger is your middle name.

Buy the tires and take them and your split rims to a truck tire service place. They'll use the cage and put the tires on the rims for you.
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Old 11-19-2007, 09:15 PM   #6
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Split rims are lethal.
Tire shops that still service split rims place the wheel/tire in a metal tube cage to protect the service man in case the retainer is not seated properly and blows apart. Countless injuries have happened over the years.
Do follow jbond's advice and go for new as it looks like you could be all set at approximately $ 120.00 and some paint. it's not worth the chance of loosing an arm or a worse fate.
Take care.
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Old 11-19-2007, 09:21 PM   #7
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Save the paint. The Dexstar wheels also come in factory black.
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Old 11-19-2007, 09:22 PM   #8
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Or follow Goin camping's advice if you can acess a truck service shop.
My initial caution was for someone who may try to inflate a split rim on their own without a cage for protection.
Also, you may want to consider what would happen if you needed a flat repaired out on the road someday and you could not find a shop that would take on a split rim.
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Old 11-19-2007, 09:47 PM   #9
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Save the paint. The Dexstar wheels also come in factory black.
I got mine at Trailer Tire & Wheel, but they don't show them anymore. They sold the black wheels and baby moons as a set, $12.46 for the hubcap and $43.62 for the wheel. They show the hubcap if you search on item C15BM. I was pretty suprised when the wheels turned out to be good old american made Dexstars instead of cheap asian imports.
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I got mine at Trailer Tire & Wheel, but they don't show them anymore. They sold the black wheels and baby moons as a set, $12.46 for the hubcap and $43.62 for the wheel. They show the hubcap if you search on item C15BM. I was pretty suprised when the wheels turned out to be good old american made Dexstars instead of cheap asian imports.
Thats cool Mark, Thanks I will be needing a couple of these pretty soon.
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Old 11-19-2007, 10:54 PM   #11
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Split rims have their uses. They allow you to repair the tube on the road without special tire machines. As others have noted, they can be dangerous if not treated properly. You should have an air chuck that locks on so that you can lean the tire against a wall or rim down on the ground in case it doesn't seat properly. You don't want to be standing in front of or over a rim while the tire is inflating and seating the rim in the hub. If you decide to keep them, get qualified instruction. Many auto tire shops no longer have the training or the equipment to service split rims
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Old 11-20-2007, 07:22 AM   #12
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Thumbs down Hubcaps are not well made

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Thats cool Mark, Thanks I will be needing a couple of these pretty soon.
I boucht rims and baby moons from Trailer Tires and Wheels - trailer tires, boat trailer tires, trailer wheels, boat trailer wheels, aluminum trailer wheels - the rims were great; the baby moons were impossible to put on without denting (including just by using my hands).

The staff at tralersandwheels were great and sent me a new pair without me asking when I mentioned that but the new one are the same way; thin and cheap.

Wish I know of a place to get good quality baby moons!

Good luck!
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