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Old 10-12-2008, 02:52 PM   #1
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Question Is this a split rim????

sorry to jump in here. can someone look at the pic below and confirm with me one way or another if these rims and in fact split rims? i see no outer ring. i want to be for certain before i get new tires for the rims. also i want to stick with the vintage baby moons that i have that are just waiting to get shined up. thx
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Old 10-12-2008, 02:53 PM   #2
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Old 10-12-2008, 03:36 PM   #3
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Picture is inadquate because it doesn't show all 360*. Look at the rim where it meets the tire. A split rim will have a gap somewhere in the circumference-hence split rim. No gap? Not a split rim.
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Old 10-12-2008, 04:31 PM   #4
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It is hard to tell fom the picture. This is what you are looking for.
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Old 10-17-2008, 07:58 PM   #5
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Yours looks like a standard rim, not split rim, to me.

Split rims were used for heavy duty truck tires, with sidewalls so stiff it was impossible to pry them over the rims. They can only be used with inner tubes.

Would suggest you take your rims to a tire store and have them sandblasted and painted. They can also inspect for damage, and true up the rims in other words straighten them. This is money well spent for a smooth running rig.

Even though it will cost more than buying new modern rims it is worth it to keep the original appearance.
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Old 10-17-2008, 08:09 PM   #6
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Standard rim for sure.
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Old 04-13-2009, 09:27 PM   #7
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How about these rims? Can anyone tell if these are split rims? This is the best pic I have now, but should have better tomorrow. I'm inclined to just replace them out of an abundance of caution as a friend of mine is about to tow this 1,200 miles for me.
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Old 04-13-2009, 09:42 PM   #8
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Look at the rim of the wheel where it is retaining the tire bead. If it has a break in it, it's a split rim (two piece wheel). If there is no gap, it's a regular wheel.
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The first pic looks like a standard 1 piece wheel. These will last indefinitely if not bent in an accident, or rusted through.

Tire stores can true these wheels up, beadblast and paint them and they are good as new.

Azflycaster shows a split rim. Notice how the rim comes apart in 2 pieces. It is held together by a ring made of steel rod bent in a circle.

These were invented so as to make it easier to install very stiff 8 ply truck tires with no fancy machinery. They work well on farm and construction equipment.As long as they don't fly apart. They cannot be used tubeless, they must have an inner tube. Tubes do not disperse heat as well as tubeless tires which means more chance of a blowout or tire failure.Most people replace them with more modern wheels.

Once you know the difference you can look at a rim and see instantly if it comes apart or is made in 1 piece.
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Old 04-14-2009, 11:34 PM   #10
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How about these rims? Can anyone tell if these are split rims? This is the best pic I have now, but should have better tomorrow. I'm inclined to just replace them out of an abundance of caution as a friend of mine is about to tow this 1,200 miles for me.
They are one piece wheels, but they look "off". Do you know what diameter and width they are?
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Old 04-15-2009, 04:57 AM   #11
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Several points to remember when dealing with split rims..
1.NEVER, deflate the tire without the tire "FIRST" being enclosed in a safety cage~!!
Fact~it been known that these split rims can and do fly off, causing deadly injuries~
2.Forget this original looking "theory", this is one case where SAFETY comes first~
Fact~while they are not totally outlawed, you are not gonna find very many places that are willing to deal with them because of the safety concerns.
3. That picture showing the rims being pried off chills my blood..That is precisely how you should never do it~!
You had to have had "angels" watching over you that day..
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Old 04-15-2009, 06:07 AM   #12
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We have split rims and they required a tube with an extra long stem.
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It's inflating, not deflating, that is dangerous. Once the rim is properly seated it cannot be taken apart until fully deflated.

Putting them back together is when the fun starts. If the parts do not go together properly the rim can fly apart like a bomb when the air pressure gets high enough. This is when you need a cage or at least a chain wrapped around the tire and bolted together.
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They are one piece wheels, but they look "off". Do you know what diameter and width they are?
Terry, they were 14.5 x ? with 14.5 7 MH tires. I just replaced them with 15 x 6 Dexstars and 225 75 15 tires. Unfortunately, one of the new tires was rubbing against what appeared to be a replacement shock mount and we had to remove the shocks. I may yet have to move down to a 205 75 15 before the long journey up I-5 starts.
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