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Old 07-07-2004, 10:20 PM
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altering centerline rims

I'm curious if I would come across problems removing the studs, or rivets (?) from some Centerline solid aluminum rims, and replacing them with stainless steel bolts ? I'm mostly curious if something like that might cause balancing problems... The reason I want to change them is because I only have two with studs/rivets, and two with bolts, so I figured it would be alot easier to change from studs to bolts.. Any insight would be appreciated!

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Old 07-07-2004, 11:05 PM
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alter Centerlines

I cant see how it would hurt ; your going to balance whole package when ever your through with tires , tubes etc. Ive taken apart some old Auto-drags solid Centerlines with rivets to polish the outside easier ; they were bolted together and are 15 by 14 s . They are rivets facing or showing and nuts on the backside ; I believe I held the front of rivet from turning with an allen wrench or similar tool . Are any of yours riveted solid , some of the narrower rims are . If so what would you do ? drill them out and use bolts and nuts ! and does anyone know if you can buy the center section only , because all the ones I find have the small Ford and small Chevy centers and I need to go to the larger 5 on 5 Chevy truck wheel pattern . thanks
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The ones I have are solid, and 15"x8", and the rivets are rounded tops, and on the back there is a ring, then the rivet is punched as to the ring locks the rivet in place .. so I shall drill them out!
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altering Centerlines

Do you mean that you have 4 15 by 8 s ; and two are bolted and two are riveted? The Centerlines Ive seen up to ten inches were riveted and wider ones were bolted . I guess you can take different size rims and off-set ; back-spaces to make different combinations , that is if you use bolts and nuts and if you have some extra rim laying around . Ive got some 15 by 14s laying around and they are just too wide to use or be a good set-up for the street so I might try to get them down to at least a 12 inch rim . I found some front pieces only at the scrap yard with the bolt holes , so if I bolt those on the wide rim after taking off the wider front , then Ill have the narrow , useable rim . I know there are guys running huge wheel and tire combos out there but I think going on long trip etc. a narrower and maybe taller tire will give a smooter ride . I love the look of huge tires and Ive always over done things in that department but theres a place and time for the monster tires . At this time Im running 12. 50 Mickys on 10 inch wheels and I think Im going to switch to more of a street tire like l60s . There should be no problem bolting your wheels together.
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