I tried to post this in the safety forum under the split rim thread but no place to upload pictures.
I am finally pulling the Deuce apart to fix the leaky axle seal and discovered a leaking wheel cylinder as well.
When I removed the outer wheel I noticed something unusual on the bead of the inner wheel split rim ring. The ring looks like it is out (parallel to the rim) by about 1/4th of an inch (on left side in picture). On the converse it is pushed in against the tire about 3/8 of an inch. Split rims scare the bejesus outa me to start with and I want to be sure that wrangling the lug nuts and yanking the wheel off isn't going to have this tire let go.
Having not taken a split rim apart (nor do I intend to on purpose or otherwise) I have nothing to go by on lip size, location, and general rule of thumb.
Any help advice greatly appreciated as I am now in a quandry to proceed or not.
First pic is of front rim (normal).
Second is of rim in question.