Never worked on a large TT tire before The rim seems wider, stronger thicker rim metal with a different tab. Can I use a spreader or take it to a tire shop? It does NOT appear to have another rim keeper? on the inside of the wheel?? rim This is the tire that the metal core of the valve stem blew out
David, Yes, you can use a T rim spreader on a 23" TT split rim like you've pictured above. I've done it, but be careful since you'll be spreading the rim spreader tool out to just about the max. I understand that there are larger rim spreaders out there, but I've never seen one.
I have a Hercules rim spreader goes from 19 to 36 inches I use it on the model T and a friends fire truck
Short answer: probably. Some of the rim spreaders for the 21" rims won't extend enough to "reach" the 23" rim. Others will and some spreaders have adjustable arms to allow use on really large rims.
All of the 23" TT rims I have seen are of the style which you have. The TT rims with the lock ring are the 20" , but not all of the 20" TT rims are the lock ring style, some are a split rim style.
The two lugs with the slot are made that way to allow the rim to be put on and removed from the wheel without the need to push back the rim bolts. Do not "fix" those slots.
Exercise caution when using the rim spreader as many a rim has been twisted or otherwise damaged by an improperly applied spreader.
Good luck with your project, Bill
it seems since rim is so wide I would need tire spreaders on each side???
Aw come on now...Mr. Thrifty would have used two blocks of wood, a piece of all thread, bailing wire, duct tape, and a monkey wrench. What's with you guys and your fancy tools! Get with it
tntil I got my spreader, I used a turn buckle and two eye hooks that connected into the lub bolt holes and it worked fine on my t rims. the lug bolt brackets are not all the way out at the edge, so it spread the tension better, imo.
the wood blocks might work to spread them back out, but not to ollapse them.
just a thought