FYI, the equipment industry (i.e. tractors) still use split rims and they are common. Also, I have a friend who runs a truck dealership. About 4-5 years ago they had a mechanic killed by a split rim. Literally cut his head off, well, most of it. He filled the tire in the protective rack that you describe, then rolled the tire over to be mounted. While he was putting it on the truck the rim blew and killed him. OSHA ruled that all safety rules had been followed and it was unavoidable.
Originally Posted by gnm109
Dan from Raleigh, NC
If it's stupid but it works, it's not stupid.
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