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2 Piece Wheels? Questions? Advice?

So as some of you may have gathered, I am overhauling a nice condition early 70's 20" Ariens snow-blower. The snow-blower is model 922003, and the drive-portion is model 922006, with a Tecumseh HS-50 motor.

I am putting new tires. One reason is that it has the original tires, which are all cracked, split and dry-rotted. One of them is flat too (unknown reason) and I figured if I was going to tube them, I should replace them with better tires as the stock ones are "turf" tires.

So I got one of the wheels / hubs off tonight, and I realized that the wheel is split down the middle, with 3 bolts holding it together. If I undo the 3 bolts, the wheel will split like a sandwich (wheel half, tire, other wheel half). I would assume there is some kind of gasket down the center of the tire to make it air-tight, or the wheel already has a tube in it from the factory (can't really tell).

Anyways, I was thinking this would make my life super easy to replace the tires if I can just unbolt the wheels, as I wouldn't need to force the tire bead over the wheel.

Has anybody done this? Or am I going to make myself a huge head-ache by splitting the wheels?

If I put a tube in the new tires, then it wouldn't matter if the wheels are air-tight after I bolt them together.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated before I get myself in a bind lol.

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What have you got to lose? Try it.you can make your own gasket if it needs one but probably a tube will work fine. Google it or youtube it and see what comes up.

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have used wheels like this on racing go karts, wheel halves were aluminum, clean them well and use a big "O" ring in the inside center after you bolt them together, no tube needed.
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So I just pulled off the wheels and tires today. Luckily, the shaft's were pretty well greased, so the hubs / wheels came right off the shafts.

The wheels are actually a 3-piece design, the 2 wheels halves, and the center hub with a key-way that fits onto the output shaft of the gearbox.

I took the hub part off the wheels, and looked closer at the tires. It looked like the tires already had tubes in them from the factory. I unbolted the wheel-halves, and sure enough, no gasket between the wheel halves and the tire HAS a tube in it. I had a little trouble un-seating the bead from the wheel halves, but I got them off. Just need the new tires to come in now.
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new tires and tubes ? dont even attempt to try to make those split wheels tubeless. and be carefull not to pinch the tubes between the halves, a little bit of air in the tubes should make the job a bit easier.

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new tires and tubes ? dont even attempt to try to make those split wheels tubeless. and be carefull not to pinch the tubes between the halves, a little bit of air in the tubes should make the job a bit easier.
Yes, I'm going to do new tubes. I am not gonna try to make them tubeless.

The other thing I was thinking was to assemble the wheels on the tire, then fish the tube into the tire, this way I do not pinch the tube like you said.
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i did one on my gravely walk behind , i put enough air in the tube so it just had its donut shape, put the tube in the tire, aligned the valve stem half of the rim , then added the other rim half, it was a chore....i made up some new choice words, but it did go together and hold air. might not be the right, or best method, but it worked for me !

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