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I have a '79 Ford with 2.5 ton rockwells and a set of tubeless 48x31x20 Goodyears, but no wheels. It is strictly an off-road vehicle, that will never see over 30mph, unfortunatetly sitting on 40" military tires (skinnies) and snap ring wheels currently. I am considering building my own wheels. I can get 20in pipe, so run 20in OD pipe (what ever width I decide, 22-24" or so) and weld the snap ring section of the military wheels to one side and weld a lip to the other side that I can bolt a flange to, basically a bead lock wheel. What do you guys think? Anybody ever done this? I figure it will cost me around $500-600 to build. 20in pipe is pretty expensive and I have to get it cut. A local machine shop can machine the lips and flanges for me, so they will be perfectly round. The tires are so stiff I doubt they will ever need much if any air pressure, and I can drill and tap a valve stem as well. The tires are rated for 26in wide wheels, but that is for co-op trucks and a 8000lb load, which the tires will never see, so I will make mine a little bit more narrow so I will never pop a bead (come off the wheel). The truck sees all terrains, but mainly mud and trails in my area. I would post pics but the truck isn't worthy yet. It is under a lot of construction..lol.
 

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How about just getting shells made then cutting the centers out of your stock wheels and welding them into the shells. Thats how I made my wheels. And I dont recall any sticker shock on the shells so they cant be that expensive. Gotta be cheaper and easier than completely fabbing up complete wheels.
 

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Where can you buy wheel shells at ?

I need to bulid some for a terramite
 

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Hey where are you at?Up here by Ft Worth I can get the pipe in 12" sections for around $26 or $30 when I priced this for a friend a couple of months ago.You can draw your line and cut it to whatever size you need with a sawzall also but it just takes alot of time and about 2 blades to get all the way around.We were going to weld the lip of the stock rim's on one side.Then just have BTF or someone cut some round pieces to weld to the inside of the rim and have holes cut in them so we could bolt another ring to the that one to make them a double beadlock if you use the stock insert.And if you use that insert you want your rim's 10" wide.
 

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Hey where are you at?Up here by Ft Worth I can get the pipe in 12" sections for around $26 or $30 when I priced this for a friend a couple of months ago.You can draw your line and cut it to whatever size you need with a sawzall also but it just takes alot of time and about 2 blades to get all the way around.We were going to weld the lip of the stock rim's on one side.Then just have BTF or someone cut some round pieces to weld to the inside of the rim and have holes cut in them so we could bolt another ring to the that one to make them a double beadlock if you use the stock insert.And if you use that insert you want your rim's 10" wide.
I am here in College Station, little south of you. If I can't find any better deal in this area I will keep that in mind. That is really cheap for 20" pipe.

As far as the pricing I have here locally, it is going to run $500 or $600 for all 4.
 

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Trango on the board built some wheels using Dayton bare shells and cut his own centers. You might try PMing him about the shells.
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One of the local guys built a set of 20's for 49" iroks by using a set of tractor wheels and building centers for them. Might be an option.
 

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Yeah, I've been following the thread.

The shells I used were r22.5. I am sure you could find some 20" radius shells... although, I'd call up Stazworks and see how much they'd charge you for custom rims.

One idea dude, is to go to a place that services tires and wheels for implements, and see what they have floating around the back. Old iron, if you can find it, makes a great starting point.
 

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Try some of the outer city tractor tire shops. You can find 20" shells it just takes a little work. Dont try to build them from scratch they will end up to heavy.
 

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jandoaudio said:
One of the local guys built a set of 20's for 49" iroks by using a set of tractor wheels and building centers for them. Might be an option.

Could you post a link to that thread?
 

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I have a '79 Ford with 2.5 ton rockwells and a set of tubeless 48x31x20 Goodyears, but no wheels. It is strictly an off-road vehicle, that will never see over 30mph, unfortunatetly sitting on 40" military tires (skinnies) and snap ring wheels currently. I am considering building my own wheels. I can get 20in pipe, so run 20in OD pipe (what ever width I decide, 22-24" or so) and weld the snap ring section of the military wheels to one side and weld a lip to the other side that I can bolt a flange to, basically a bead lock wheel. What do you guys think? Anybody ever done this? I figure it will cost me around $500-600 to build. 20in pipe is pretty expensive and I have to get it cut. A local machine shop can machine the lips and flanges for me, so they will be perfectly round. The tires are so stiff I doubt they will ever need much if any air pressure, and I can drill and tap a valve stem as well. The tires are rated for 26in wide wheels, but that is for co-op trucks and a 8000lb load, which the tires will never see, so I will make mine a little bit more narrow so I will never pop a bead (come off the wheel). The truck sees all terrains, but mainly mud and trails in my area. I would post pics but the truck isn't worthy yet. It is under a lot of construction..lol.
Pics please, I would love to see the prgress pics of your rig, and good luck with your build.
 

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The link bigun posted is for the 16" insert beadlocks.

As far as getting a machine shop to cut stock rims up, thats a waste of money IMO. Just bolt the wheels to a wheel hub and spin them by hand while keeping the torch clamped still. I did this to my rim and it worked GREAT...
Look at all the pictures in the thread bigun posted.

I also built 4 24x16" rims for some 52x19" tires. They were double beadlock using clamps. They don't have any beadseats. Only flanges and rings. I made the drums out of 10ga rolled steel, not pipe. Everything else was 1/4. You can buy ag wheels for about your 500--600 budjet anyway. Have you looked into that? I would have bought ag wheels probably...but its a learning experience. Just because it looks good in a drafting program doesn't mean its cool to have a 175lb rim. :grinpimp:

Here are pictures of the 24x16 clamp double beadlock rim:















 

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Try some of the outer city tractor tire shops. You can find 20" shells it just takes a little work. Dont try to build them from scratch they will end up to heavy.
A 20x18 rim blank shouldn't be more than 150. He can weld the center, mount, and play with little effort. Unlike what I did.

Clamp style beadlocks just aren't cool. They collect a bunch of garbage. Especially if you do mud stuff.

I like insert rims much better.
 

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yeah, but those alaska guys build stuff out of pipe, so it just cant be cool, see it says right here in dirt sports
not cool!


HAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAA

peace,
Dave
 

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I'm not doubting the skills of all the fine mechanics mentioned above, but why not build your own wheels??? You may mess up at first but eventually (if you have any common sense at all and can read a short book) you will get the hang of it. I've built about a dozen now and I'm still not an ace, but there is a sense of freedom you feel when you don't need a LBS to do your wrenching for you. Just my .$02
Building wheels is not rocket science.
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