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Old 08-15-2013, 09:29 AM   #1
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Did anyone keep their split rims?

I have 65 Boles Aero with new tires on original split rims- PLEASE do not bother telling me why they are so horrible. The tires are on, i am keeping them.

I've researched it pretty well, all over the world people use splits on modern vehicles when they don't live in a place with a tire store on the corner.

My question is, am i the only one here?
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Old 08-15-2013, 10:07 AM   #2
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Yes, you are the only one.
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I have 65 Boles Aero with new tires on original split rims- PLEASE do not bother telling me why they are so horrible. The tires are on, i am keeping them.

I've researched it pretty well, all over the world people use splits on modern vehicles when they don't live in a place with a tire store on the corner.

My question is, am i the only one here?
The rim on split rim wheels, especially as they get older, have been known to simply fly off and kill someone, without the trailer even being in motion.

If you insist on keeping them, I would very strongly suggest that you make sure you carry several million dollars of liability insurance on the trailer.

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Old 08-15-2013, 02:06 PM   #5
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Get new rims, keep the tires
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Old 08-15-2013, 06:51 PM   #6
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I have what I believe are the original split rim wheels on my 1975 Tradewind. Can someone confirm that my wheels are indeed split rim? Sorry if that seems like a stupid question.

If my wheels are indeed split rim, then no herfordnc you are not the only one!

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Old 08-15-2013, 07:14 PM   #7
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No, they are not split rims.
As for why people in other countries continue to use split rims, first, they already have them, so they don't have to buy a safer wheel, and second, most countries do not have the top-heavy legal, sue-happy court system we have here, with all its attendant liability laws.
And be advised, if something happens to those rims, and someone gets hurt or their property is destroyed because you are using wheels you know are unsafe and illegal to use, they will sue you, and they will win.
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Old 08-15-2013, 07:41 PM   #8
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Thanks overlander63! That makes me feel better, I was told previously that my AS would have had split rims from factory and I honestly didn't know exactly how to tell. Either I was misinformed or the originals were replaced.

Sorry didn't mean to side track the discussion.
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Per your request I wont tell you how horrible split rims are but I will advise you to learn how to do your own tire changes and flat repairs safely because tire shops that will work on split rims are few and far between. Probably wont be around when you need one.
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One of my early jobs was changing tires. No one in the tire store (a big one) liked doing split rims. They were just too dangerous and unpredictable. I actually witnessed one come apart on the changer and broke the installers arm. Split rims for big rigs have been outlawed for years due to their record of accidents and damage. If anyone reading this thread thinks the should keep them for authenticity, they should seriously reconsider.
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Mine were replaced before I moved the trailer one block. Not a safety gamble I was willing to take.
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Thanks overlander63! That makes me feel better, I was told previously that my AS would have had split rims from factory and I honestly didn't know exactly how to tell. Either I was misinformed or the originals were replaced.

Sorry didn't mean to side track the discussion.
You were misinformed.

Airstream last used split rims, as I recall, in the very late 50's.

A split rim has an outer ring that is removeable, so that the tire can easily be removed.

There is a definite split in that ring with about a 1/4 inch gap.

Check out your axles, since you have a 75.

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I have 65 Boles Aero with new tires on original split rims- PLEASE do not bother telling me why they are so horrible. The tires are on, i am keeping them.
47 year old split rims are an accident waiting to happen. Get rid of them.

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I've researched it pretty well, all over the world people use splits on modern vehicles when they don't live in a place with a tire store on the corner.
There are many places in the world where life and limb are not held in as high esteem as they are in the United States. That doesn't make it OK. It is possible to mount and dismount tires on drop-center rims using only hand tools. I've done it.

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I hope so.
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I have what I believe are the original split rim wheels on my 1975 Tradewind. Can someone confirm that my wheels are indeed split rim? Sorry if that seems like a stupid question.

If my wheels are indeed split rim, then no herfordnc you are not the only one!

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The rims shown in your photograph are not split rims.
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