are the lugs replaceable on 21" split rims? thanks. Ken
They can be replaced if missing or broken.
What is the procedure for replacing a lug? thanks. Ken
I knocked some lugs out of a rim that was otherwise not salvageable. I did this by using a hammer and punch with the lug sticking down between the jaws of my vice. This supports the rim metal and allows for a good solid blow which drives the tabs of the lug down through the rim. This is better than grinding because it leaves all the metal on the lug you are going to re use. I grind the tabs off smooth on the inside of the rim that I want to repair. This leaves the rim metal un damaged when driving out the damaged lug. Now insert the new lug in the rim. You can place the lug in a vice such that the rim can be set down on it with the tabs sticking through the rim. At this point you can go one of two routes to secure the lug. You can heat the lug red hot, place rim on it with the tabs sticking through the rim and peen them over, just like riveting. I believe they were originally installed by swageing them in a similar manner. I welded the tabs to the rim from the inside of the rim and used a rotary file and fine grind stone to smooth the edges of the weld so as not to puncture the tube. I have a couple old bad rims with good lugs if you need them.
Chester L has it. The last one I fixed I brazed the lug into place. It also took a little grinding and fitting to get the replacement lug into place. You want a snug fit no matter which way you choose to attach it.
Drive carefully, and enjoy the holidays! W2