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After seeing the pic I agree. I don't know why they panicked when they saw it.This isn't really what I'd call a split rim. Most small lawnmower type tires air made like this. They are so small that you can't hardly get the tire over the rim without the rim coming apart. With good bolts and the low pressures involved, I'd say these are fairly safe. My newer Kubota lawnmower has bolt together rims.
In the shop I used work in if someone didn't use a cage for a tube type tire they probably would have been fired, it is serious stuffI had a tire shop mount a 9:00-20 tire on a deuce wheel for me. I noticed the tech not using a safety cage (they had one), so I went into the waiting room and watched wrestling on their tiny TV. I was half expecting to hear a big boom, but the guy got away with it somehow.
This is the wheel that instills all the fear about tube type tires. While split ring tires can and have come off and killed people, the split rim is the one that has the most casualties. These things are very dangerous any time air is in the tire.I found this split rim in with my other tires . this rim that just hooks together and is the rim that is banned .
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