Consensus on OEM Split Rims? (1 Viewer)


I'm fake news
Sep 2, 2003
Metro NY
If you were to score a truck with them already on it would you keep them or swap them out?

1. πŸ‘Ž Too much danger to bother with.
2. πŸ‘Ž Too much trouble to bother with.
3. πŸ‘ For expedition travel you can carry tubes to deal with flats with less weight than a second full "spare"
4. πŸ‘ Cool factor
5. πŸ‘Ž Limited tire selection available to fit rims

What else?


Joel, TLCA #21509
Aug 11, 2005
Phoenix, AZ
Toyota splits aren't that dangerous... I've taken them down myself with no issues/concerns. They aren't like a giant CAT loader split rim. Tyre pliers and a tire spoon and takedown/reassembly is pretty straightforward and dangerous. @JohnnyC will back me up on this I think.

I run them on my imported FJ40... and my only concern is eventually finding a tire shop to do them for me if I don't want to bother. That said, I can just buy my own tires, mount them myself, and have them balanced somewhere.
Feb 4, 2006
Raton, New Mexico
I was a truck stop tire repairman in the 70s and worked on 20" and 22" truck tires with what are called multi-piece wheels. There are flat based wheels with a lock ring.

Toyota wheels share the same design - they are not split rims. True split rims have a completely different design.

True split rims were inherently dangerous and were banned by the feds. Tire shops correctly refuse to service true split rims.

So long as the wheels and lock rings are in good condition I did not consider multi-piece wheels inherently dangerous. Worthy of a lot of respect, but safe if you were careful.

The only time I got hurt was a tubeless semi-truck tire on a drop center wheel that blew off the rim while I was airing it up. It was a brand new but defective tire.

If I still had an FJ40 I'd run the multi-piece wheels. Reasons being having a tube makes them easy to repair and I have to admit, the cool factor plays in. The 7.50-16 is a good enough choice for tire size that the Camel Trophy Land Rovers used it for some of the worst driving ever.
May 20, 2007
Riyadh and Auburn
They are pretty common in the middle east. My 1994 FZJ75 pickup has brand new ones and I plan on keeping them when I ship it back to the US. They definitely look "right" for that vehicle.

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