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Old 04-15-2013, 01:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Ian M Greer View Post
...our birds came with solid welded rims for safety sake to safely handle the heavy weight of our birds...
Ian, I'm trying to understand your question without reading too much into it. Of course, wheels are of the highest safety priority. (We call these, 'inverted delta' parts. Every one must flawlessly meet or exceed the standard with no exception.)

Ford rims were all two piece steel construction. They started out as coiled sheet steel. The rim blank was cut, rolled, butt-welded, skived, then rolled into shape. The spider (center) was simply cut into a blank, drawn, trimmed, pierced, then flanged, all in stamping presses.

The two tubeless wheel parts are clamped in a fixture then spot welded, using huge spot welds (about the size of a US quarter). They were mostly made in Monroe, MI, but Ford did buy from Budd Wheel and KH. For some reason, Monroe couldn't keep up with the demand of 50,000+ rims per day. (Yep, each car has 5, each shift makes 500 cars, and there are 20 assembly plts.)

As far as 'strength of the wheel' goes, you will destroy your tire before bending an OEM rim. I have never heard of a wheel coming apart, not even in a collision. I have heard of them rusting through but it takes many decades in Michigan, when left out with no tire mounted. (Sorry if this is too much info.) - Dave
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