Originally Posted by saahieb
........ Spoke with previous owner today and he mentioned that he is buying 3 new tires and tubes (2 on road plus spare) for the original split wheel rims. As I understand it, there is an interior and exterior piece to these rims and if one needs to get a tire repaired in the event of a flat/blowout/whatever it must to taken to a 'not-your-average' tire center to be repaired. So, I'm thinking about telling the p.o. to order up some 'newer' rims and a different type of tire and I'll reimburse the difference. Are there any advantages to the split rim? Any thoughts or recommendations for a new set-up would be appreciated!
One HUGE advantage to the split rim - ease of field repair!!
THe split rim can't be beat for "do it yourself" side of the road repair.
If the tube developes a puncture, take off the tire, deflate totally, remove the lock ring, and you have almost instantaneous access to the tube.
This system could not be beat in the years past when it was necessary for the owner/driver of a rig to make "field repairs". With todays infrastructure and tire reliability it may not be the best way to go.
The split rims really got a bad rep when inexperienced (interpret that as "low paid") workers attempted to reseat the tire with air pressure without having the lock ring properly seated between the tire bead and the rim - and then put their faces right in front of the tire as the bead "popped" into place. Chalk up one more win for Stupidity, Lawyers, the Court System, and increased Consumer Costings.
It truely is (was) a beautiful (easy) tire mounting system that made it a "one man job" to pull the rim, remove the tire, repair the tube, and be on your way in minutes - without having to carry huge tire mounting equipment. I bet every one of the International Travelalls pictured in the early WB Caravan pictures were equipped with split rims -- The "good old days" - gotta love 'em.
Today is easier - carry a spare, get it changed at the ever present "MeglaMart".