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Widow maker rims #1306820 Fri Apr 12 2019 01:38 PM
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can216 Offline OP
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Looking to change a few tires. How crazy do I need to be to try this myself. 59 3800 Apache. Obviously I have never taken apart a split rim aka widow maker. Thanks

Re: Widow maker rims [Re: can216] #1306824 Fri Apr 12 2019 02:01 PM
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Show us a photo of the rims. All multi piece wheels are not "widow makers". You can do them yourself with the proper tools.
George


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Re: Widow maker rims [Re: can216] #1306830 Fri Apr 12 2019 03:05 PM
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Some info on the split rims and pictures from catalogs of the many types in this tech tip.
https://www.stovebolt.com/techtips/wheels/


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Re: Widow maker rims [Re: can216] #1306845 Fri Apr 12 2019 04:44 PM
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Cool I will checkout the tech tip . I haven’t tried to put photos on this site yet but will get on it. Thanks

Re: Widow maker rims [Re: can216] #1306848 Fri Apr 12 2019 04:52 PM
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The rims are the 2 piece rim with the rounded front shoulder or collar and also a lock ring which looks to be a 1/2 “ wide sitting to the inside of the collar. I hope this helps. Thanks

Re: Widow maker rims [Re: can216] #1306851 Fri Apr 12 2019 05:32 PM
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Hi can216,
You said two piece but then described a three piece rim,
Does it look like the attached photo ?
If it does that’s a firestone type AR three piece rim I think.
I’m pretty sure the widow maker is a two piece rim that locks in the center of the wheel.
I have a diagram of all the common types somewhere, if I find it I’ll post it here.
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Re: Widow maker rims [Re: can216] #1306852 Fri Apr 12 2019 05:37 PM
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Google image found something good enough
Attached, bottom right is the widow maker that gave all other multi piece rims a bad rap.
If I’m mistaken someone should chime in and correct me
-s

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Re: Widow maker rims [Re: can216] #1306858 Fri Apr 12 2019 06:49 PM
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The above diagram is also in the further above linked tech tip.

Re: Widow maker rims [Re: can216] #1306898 Sat Apr 13 2019 01:22 AM
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Yes mine is like the type ar . Some what like it. 3 pieces yes. The large rim the smaller rim lip and the square rod . Now the second piece I describe the middle sized rim lip . This piece is not shaped as in the sketch. It is shaped like the bottom right of the type r. Like a round bulb. Also the photo I believe is the type ar. My rim is an 8 bolt with a center hole and 8 roughly 3” holes around the outer edge. I will try adding a photo

Re: Widow maker rims [Re: can216] #1306908 Sat Apr 13 2019 02:02 AM
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Ok found a photo in the gallery. Under 55-59 .medium to heavy trucks. Mike 69 cuda gramanns 1955 Chevy 2nd series two ton flatbed. This is the same rim style as I have. Thanks when my kids get home they will need to set me up for photos.

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