This Look At And Discussion Of Split Rims and Old Truck Wheel Mounting Is Pretty Interesting – Dangerous Stuff, Interesting Process


This Look At And Discussion Of Split Rims and Old Truck Wheel Mounting Is Pretty Interesting – Dangerous Stuff, Interesting Process

I have owned a couple of vehicles with split rims. Known as “suicide rims” because of the fact that the outer ring can fly off and kill the guy mounting the tires, they are not a popular item to drag to a tire shop. In fact, it took me eight tries to even find a place willing to look at them for me when I needed new rubber installed on them. It takes an old hand and an experienced one to handle those wheels, evaluate them and decide if they can even be used again, let alone safely. For those of you who have never experienced or learned about split rims, this video is neat. These guys are restoring an ancient Diamond T truck and the wheels have come back from the shop they were at with new tires on them.

Now, the wheel discussion is cool but the really interesting thing is how they mount them on the truck and get them runout right! You want to talk about something wild, even smashing the tires back on your car or truck was a pain in the ass back in the day, this is proof positive.

Knowledge like we see in this video is fading, it seems. Perhaps that is the nature of the business but there are less and less people capable of dealing with a split rim or who know how to properly mount a tire as we will see on this truck so it drives down the road nicely. Hell, there are still younger guys making steam engines work these days so maybe there will also be a small cadre of enthusiasts who still understand the ways of the past as most move on to the newer and the “better”.

This is not a slam bang video but it is one that we think gear heads will find interesting. Give it a watch.

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10 thoughts on “This Look At And Discussion Of Split Rims and Old Truck Wheel Mounting Is Pretty Interesting – Dangerous Stuff, Interesting Process

  1. orange65

    You have to pay attention working on those types of rims. Especially when reinflating them. If the ring does not seat right, they can let go. Reiflating one is best done in a tire cage.

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  2. MGBChuck

    I was a commercial tire tech for 25+ years–there are many different kinds of split rim (think I changed most–from little forklift tires to truck to aircraft, to the giant tires at the quarries and earth movers), all require patience and knowing what to listen/look for while inflating, what to look at while apart to know if you’re even going to reassemble (refused many). Even modern tubeless commercial tires require experience to do safely. Not for the faint of heart.

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  3. old guy

    A friends family ran a service station / tire business that did commercial
    business too – he used to take his frustrations and anger out
    on split rims breaking them down ….I also saw the best shelled SBC
    I ever saw there in a step van .

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  4. Adam

    Those are most definitely NOT suicide rims. The \”suicide\”rims, or \”widow makers\” have a solid ring and then the rim is split completely at the stem hole. The wheels in the video are pretty common on straight trucks clear up until the late 90s

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