Split rims and tire compatibility.

Discussion in '40- & 55-Series Tech' started by Bolifart, Aug 10, 2018 at 12:06 PM.

  1. Bolifart

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    Hello,

    I am new to this Forum. I have a set of 15 X 5.5 split rims. These rims require an inner tube and an inner tube boot/ guard/ liner. I have not been able to find tires here in the USA that will accommodate these rims. All the tires and places I have contacted only sell tubeless tires. My question is:
    Can I mount tubeless tires fitted with inner tubes and tube liner on split rims??? 20180810_110935.jpg
     
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    7B3DFD49-8FDC-4700-B50B-E7253BAB9C4E.jpeg Yes, tubes will work with any tires, here are my bias 7.50x16 on splits.
     
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    WOW, nice. I need to paint my wheels that dark gray.
    So, are those tires tubeless and they accommodate to the splits?
     
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    Yes, you can use tubes in 7.00-15 tubeless tires on your 15" split rims.
     
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    I did contact Coker tire and they tell me that tubeless tires won't fit my split rim even if I use an inner tube.
    In other forums I've read that the tubeless tires bead is not compatible with split rims and is a risk issue.
     
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    If you are dead set on running the split rims, then you will be fine with a regular tubeless tire. Thousands upon thousands of them have been used with split rims since the tubeless tire took over the market. I am certain there are differences in the beads that the manufacturer can identify but for the average layman, they work fine. I'd be a whole lot more skeptical of a set of 40+ year old split rims than any modern tire you put on them.

    Personally, I don't run split rims on anything anymore. After 40-50 years, the machined surfaces that keep the ring on, as well as the metal fatigue in the ring from being taken on and off untold number of times can be reaching the level where a failure is a real possibility. Having grown up around the damn things, I can tell you that we ran them forever but I've seen several of them fail and it's never a pretty thing. Especially under way or if you happen to be standing next to the thing when it comes off. If you are lucky, you get the crap knocked out of you and live to tell about it, still possessing all of your body parts in a functional manner. The options go down hill from there with a dirt nap being at the bottom of the list. Personally, I don't want my kids within 100 feet of a split rim.

    As for liners, try looking at 7:00 - 15 TL tire size. That is a heavy duty lowboy type bias split rim tire. You won't like the price. Last one I bought was $40 or more and the valve stem hole might not be in the right spot depending on how your rims are set up. Otherwise, you can get along without a liner, just make sure your wheels don't have any rough spots or sharp edges where the tube will ride. The liner is mainly meant for protecting the tube and keeping it from coming out of the big holes that the lowboy type wheels have for the valve stem. Some of them are 1/2" wide and 2" long. With that style, you have to run a liner.
     
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    you can do what you want but i welded all my split rims except the ones on my 6x6x trucks and i use my tire machine to take them off and put them on .we do car shows and i dont want one to come apart and injure some one 'im sure there is a down side to this but after many years i havnt found it yet .other people on the power wagon and dodge 1/2 ton sites have done this also
     
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