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aluminum alloy centers welded to a steel hoop

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Fu-Manchu, May 7, 2010.

  1. Fu-Manchu
    Joined: Feb 19, 2009
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    Fu-Manchu
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    from az

    I'm about to start playing around with reversing wheels. Just a skill I always wanted to master. I did a search, and there are a ton of techs for steel wheels. What I am curious about, is what is the deal with wheels that are welded when they have an aluminum alloy center welded to a steel hoop? Like Keystones, are certain Cragars?
     
  2. 117harv
    Joined: Nov 12, 2009
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    I think that the aluminum center has a steel ring added to it as it was forged, and that is then welded to the rim.
     
  3. Cast - not many are forged.
     
  4. Yup...steel slugs in the mold when the aluminum is poured. Not enough heat from the welding to discolor the chrome rim.
     

  5. Fu-Manchu
    Joined: Feb 19, 2009
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    Fu-Manchu
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    from az

    That would just make too much sense.

    So, it may not be advised, but technically they could be cut apart and rewelded?
     

  6. In theory, it is possible.
     

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