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WAR WAGON

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I'm building a new truck and decided to get 48x31x20 flotation tires, mainly because they were a good deal and different. I may not like them in the mud, but they'll be good for cruisin' around the ranch in the South Texas mesquite.

4 tires came mounted on home-made wheels. Whoever made them, widened stock deuce split rims. Problem is, I need to replace 2 of the tires with better ones. The split rims are welded solid, and I'm not thinking I can get the beads over the lip of the wheels. It doesn't look like there is enough drop in the rim to dismount them. That brings up another thought; if the split rims were stil able to come apart, would they even hold air on these tubeless tires? The way it looks to me, they finished welding the wheels together on the tires. That scares the crap out of me, and also means I'd have to cut them off. And I highly doubt any shop would even touch these wheels to attempt to dismount them.
My last tires were on beadlocks, that was easy.

What is the best set up for running these tires? I am thinking about widening my old beadlocks to make my life easier, but if a one-piece wheel is cheap enough and easy enough to mount I'll buy new wheels. I'm planning ahead in case I do like these tires. If I'm going to spend $2,000 on new wheels for them, I'd rather invest in regular tractor tires.

Just trying to hear some tips and tricks from the guys that have dealt with these tires before.

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There are steel wheels that are 2 or 3 piece. Some shops sell just the wheel sheel and you mount your center where ever you need. Last I knew a single wheel shell was 4-500 bucks. Think theres a place in virginia but dont remember the name of shop.
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Just sell the wheels and tires to me
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Most of those tire I have seen, 4-5 sets including my own have been split ring. A buddy of mine, "goose it" built some of his own wheels out of two sets of wheels, but I don't know if he will ever get them off. The split ring has a big o ring that is supposed to seal the air in but mine doesn't have them anymore. The tubes are about $140 a piece. I think all the wheels for those size tires are widened wheels. Also, split ring wheels have no drop.
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Most of those tire I have seen, 4-5 sets including my own have been split ring. A buddy of mine, "goose it" built some of his own wheels out of two sets of wheels, but I don't know if he will ever get them off. The split ring has a big o ring that is supposed to seal the air in but mine doesn't have them anymore. The tubes are about $140 a piece. I think all the wheels for those size tires are widened wheels. Also, split ring wheels have no drop.


Wrong. The ones I did that to are regular steel wheels. The split ring wheels have my dad's 48's on and the ring is still remove able. Only thing we did to those was cut the 5 ton centers out and weld in new centers.
And who is this "spark knock"
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Thanks for all the info. Goose it, I was about to PM you about your dad's. Do you have any pics of how you widened them?
I think im going to widen my beadlocks, and leave the others mounted for spares.
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The widest wheel shell available in a 20" is 16" so they will have to be widened. Longs wheel and rim quoted me $300 a piece i believe
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Thanks for all the info, I ended up getting rid of them. I heard that they ride really rough and aren't that great in the mud.

I got a set of 23.1's, and now I need centers for them. I have seen a couple trucks that looked like they removed the split ring from a deuce wheel, and set the deuce wheel in the 26" tractor rim.

Like this.



I'm guessing this was an easy, (and very heavy), way of getting wheel centers before everyone started cutting custom centers.
I know wheel centers are not that expensive, I'm not sure what I'll do yet. What are the pro's and con's to welding in deuce wheels, other than weight?
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Sorry for the mistake Trent.
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Man had to go back damn near 5 years for any info on rims for 48's!!No-one "current" on here seemed to know anything.
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The widest wheel shell available in a 20" is 16" so they will have to be widened. Longs wheel and rim quoted me $300 a piece i believe
Actually this size will work for me,cause my 48's are 25" wide....agree??Longs wheel and Rim...where??Anyone...??
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Wow....

Long's Wheel and Rim Inc

 
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Sweet!!OK more info...Longs Wheel & Rim is now OTR Wheel Engineering We are pleased to announce that on February 1, 2017 , Long’s Wheel & Rim will become OTR Wheel Engineering , Jacksonville, Florida.
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