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How did the term "mag" come to be for rims?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Zumo, Apr 25, 2008.

  1. Zumo
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    We used to say "Check out my new mags." Is that short for something? Where did it originate from?
     
  2. Probably derived from the material from which they we made. HRP
     
  3. old beet
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    Think Halibrand!!!.............OLDBEET
     
  4. Foul
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    how did the term "rims" become a lazy way of saying "wheels?"
    dan
     

  5. Clark
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    "MAG"nesium
    Clark
     
  6. Back in the 50's and 60's, the wheels were made of Magneseum, hence the term "mag's".
     
  7. Magnesium,,was the what the first material used to cast wheels .

    and the fact that the word don't look right! HRP
     
  8. Mooseman
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    some wheels were made from magnesium years ago , the nickname must of stuck
     
  9. Bruce Lancaster
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    Magnesium wheels go way back, but were really for well funded racers only...then marketers figured out that aluminum and aluminum/steel rim look-alikes would be cheap and saleable, about 1962 or so, and suddenly mag-looking wheels became the dominant aftermarket wheel overnight. They were briefly referred to as "fake mags" by rodders, then just accepted as the norm and called mag wheels despite the lack of actual mag.
    Real magnesium remains in the province of expensive racing stuff.
     
  10. Zumo
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    No I feel dumb. Of course it's from magnesium, haha. Seems so obvious now. Very cool.
     
  11. meteor
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    Hey man, don't feel dumb. I knew 'mag' was for magnesium but didn't know the connection with racing or how the term came about.

    Thank you Mr. Lancaster, that's the great thing about the HAMB - you learn something new everyday.
     
  12. rustyford40
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    Isn't magnesium flamable. I think it catches fire an is very hard to put out.
     
  13. Bruce Lancaster
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    I think 1962 is pretty close...til then, chrome wheels or fancy hubcaps; after, everyone wanted mags. When musclecars took over everything about '64, you NEVER saw one without mags of some sort. Stock wheels were just to roll the thing to the speedshop.
     
  14. slopchop
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    Indeed it is! Changing from magnesium was a big safety improvement as well. Just imagine the sparks that fly when you blow a tire on the highway...now picture that when you wheel catches fire that looks as bright as welding...
    A blowout could really become more of a blow up!
     
  15. It's spelled RIMZ...
     
  16. Dubzz
     
  17. Gigantor
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    It's something I still want more of, regardless of safety ...
     
  18. RugBlaster
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    It would make sense to assume "mags" is a contraction for the material they are made of, but you don't don't hear other wheels called "alums"...so, I discount that theory out of hand. A lot of cars sporting "racing wheels" were featured in MAGAZINES during that period, thus the coined term "MAGS"

    I'm bullshiting.
     
  19. LANCE-SPEED
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    A bike has RIMS, A car has WHEELS???????????
     
  20. RancheroMan
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    i think in early 60's that was about the time cragar was introduced or became a name for wheels.
     
  21. Whatever you want to believe,,It WAS because of the material the were
    made of....continued to use after Alum because everyone wanted to impress you that they were Magnesium...not really alum...
     
  22. Gotgas
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    I've heard of guys burning a few dozen VW engine blocks (made from magnesium) at big parties back in the '70s. Sounds like fun!
     
  23. Pir8Darryl
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    Quote:
    <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=6 width="100&#37;" border=0><TBODY><TR><TD class=alt2 style="BORDER-RIGHT: 1px inset; BORDER-TOP: 1px inset; BORDER-LEFT: 1px inset; BORDER-BOTTOM: 1px inset">Originally Posted by rustyford40 [​IMG]
    Isn't magnesium flamable. I think it catches fire an is very hard to put out.

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    Magnesium powder or wire will burn,,, so will aluminum,,, so will steel [wool]

    A magnesium ingot, like a wheel WILL NOT catch fire and/or burn. This is a reduculous old myth based on poor assumption and mis-information.

    Personally, I'd be MUCH more concerned about the tires on your car, which WILL burn quite easily, and use [an average] of 23 gallons of oil each to manufacture.

    Or maybe the plastic fuel tank on your ride with 15 gallons of gasoline in it on your daily ride.

    The magnesium wheels on my ride spuntaniously bursting into flame are the least of my worries here in the real world :rolleyes:

    Google "magnesium flamability" and learn for yourself.
     
  24. burl
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    I have never seen large chunks of magnesium catch on fire.We machine magnesium in our shop and the only thing i have seen go up in flames is the dust or small chips.PS do not use water to put out.
     
  25. Its not "rims" its "wheel Rins" :D

    Mag is short for magnesium, then it just became the slang for about anything pre billet that wasn't a stamped steel wheel.
     
  26. creepyjackalope
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    A RIM is the outer hoop that holds the tire. When a RIM is connected to a HUB with SPOKES it becomes a wheel. When a RIM has a center in it that attaches it to a car it becomes a WHEEL.

    Pet peeve, sorry.
     
  27. loudpedal
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    You can go to the bend in the road and watch a VW fire at B-ville... we should all wear bellbottoms and and have a flashback!!
     
  28. Atwater Mike
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    <<Isn't magnesium flamable. I think it catches fire an is very hard to put out.>>

    Yeah. Where do you think they got the term "Hot Wheels"? (k-Boom! Tssss...)
     
  29. 63_nova_ss
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    it's a pet peave of mine when people call wheels "rims".
     
  30. Dan10
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    Alot of newer cars have transmission cases made out of magnesium alloys. Being a Volunteer Fire Fighter I have personally witnessed the ball of fire that ensues if you try to use water to put it out. This is of course after it got hot enough from the engine fire to make it burn.
     

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