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Old 05-10-2004, 09:01 AM
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Cutting wheels in half?

This is going to sound like the stupidest idea you've ever heard, but I was just wondering if it could be done. Has anyone ever done or is there a way to narrow the size or a car wheel, like removing a section of material to narrow the width of the wheel?

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Umm.. the closest thing to that might be swapping parts on a 3-piece wheel where the inner and outer halves are interchangeable to achieve various wheel widths and offsets.

I would advise against trying that on your own. Concentricity is critically important, and it's possible you might remove or damage the effectiveness of features that are important to the cross section. Wheels have the shapes they do in order to properly seal and retain the tires, I've heard stories of tires popping off wheels and rolling down the road back in days where wheel design was not as advanced.. Recall that there was a time when tires used inner tubes.

Also, consider tire availability.. It is possible you might be looking to go to a width for which you may have difficulty finding tires, or in which the only available profile is not what you had in mind.
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Old 05-10-2004, 10:37 AM
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I remember way back in Hot Rod an article about somewhere that
sections wheels, thinner or wider.Used mainly for the sleeper look.
Hereīs one,www.stocktonwheel.com/wheel_widening.htm
itīs what your browserīs for
and thereīs a place called The Wheel Shoppe.
Tech stuff, www.kw-enterprises.com/WHEEL.pdf

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The Stockton wheel store uses the term "center" in the first sentence to describe the portion of the wheel where the face is (the location of the lug stud holes) and may do that just to not confuse any non-car oriented web surfers. The "center" is commonly referred to as the "spider" and often times the fabricator will cut your spider out and weld it onto a new rim of your sizing choice. It is very rare to section your old rim and add a "piece of pipe" like the old misnomer that is often passed around claims. Remember in the old days the old timers would knock the rivets out and spin the spiders around which later led to the chrome reverse rim?
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Not dumb at all. I am doing that for my Mysterion front wheels like Ed Roth did for the original (see picture below). The front wheels need to be 3 1/2" wide to mount 3.25 x 16" motorcycle tires, yet have a steel web, not motorcycle spokes. Only option is to modify a car wheel. I got tow 16" x 4 1/2" rims (no central web) from Stockton Wheel That was the narrowest passenger car rim they have. I am going to have my machine shop cut the inch out of the middle of the rim to get it down to 3 1/2", then take it home and weld in a 1/4" plate that I will drill for the Ford lug pattern.
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Well, I know it's an off the wall idea, but I was trying to think of a way to cut 2 car wheels in half, narrow them, and weld 2 halves back together to use as a rear motorcycle wheel. Obviously a ton of measuring and figuring has to go into it as far as getting the cut and welds exactly right, figuring out a way to mount the hub, etc. But I was just concerned about safety reasons. It definitely won't be as strong as the original cast part, but would it theoretically work?
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how about a space saver spare?There are many different styles and you can have the machine shop cut the windows in it,Just my 2cents
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Back in the days before space saver spares. I used to widen and narrow rims. I have a lathe (old Worthington) with a 32" swing. I used to cut the wheel center with a parting tool and narrow or widen to specs. For wide material i used to roll 1/8" sheet stock and cut to the correct length. Then weld this in between the halves mounted in the lathe. Short spot type welds at first then penetrating welds after everything was in specs.

I have done many this way with different centers and widths with no problems.
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theres a aspen in my dads shop and the owner had the stock steel rims widened to fit 305's, keeps the origional look.
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