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    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Kansas City Metro

    Default Small wheel project.

    Today while going on a call out, which was right across the street from a
    garage sale. I found 2 21x11x8 lug tread tires for a 4 wheeler or mower.
    At 15 bucks I grabbed them. The tires alone are well worth the 15 bucks.
    My plan is to cut out and weld in a new center with the correct offset to fit
    my zero turn mower. I plan to use the old bolt holes to help line up the
    new plate, When finished welding the back side I can trim out enough of
    the old bolt pattern to allow room for access to the new lug nuts.
    First is the tires and wheels of course.
    Second is the wheel center close up.
    And third is the new center set in the wheel for the pic, not squared or
    centered yet by any means.

    I plan to tack it well, then I am not sure which is better. If I should make
    four 2" welds spaced evenly, or if it should be welded all the way around?
    My first thought was that it did not need the full weld, but thats why I am
    asking for thoughts. We have a scale breaking top speed of 6 mph but I
    would still rather not have it fail.

    My plate is 1/4" with not more then 1/8" fit-up gap. I won't know the wheel
    thickness until i get the tire off tomorrow afternoon but I cant imagine it
    being more then 3/16".

    I figured I would use .030 with my 211 using c-25.

    My last question would be, should the welds be at the lug holes or
    between them? I'm probably over thinking this but I would like to do it once
    right and not mess with it ever again.

    Just in case anyone wonders, the only reason I am messing with this is so
    I can have a tire and wheel for those nice afternoons when I'm almost
    done mowing and manage to loose a tire.

    Attached Images Attached Images

    Miller 211 A.S. and Spoolmate 100
    Stickmate LX 235 AC / 160 DC.
    Clarke 180 EN Just in case
    Spectrum 375 X-Treme.
    O/A Medium Radnor Torch, Large Victor Torch.
    Milwaukee 14" Chop Saw.
    4 x 6 Horizontal Band Saw.
    Rockworth 80 Gallon 2 Stage 16 SCFM @ 175 PSI , 15 SCFM @ 90 PSI.
    Jackson Passive shade #5 for the plasma.
    I almost forgot the Hobart XVP AD Hood.

    Projects and Misc Albums Feel Free to Have a Look ( Just keep in mind I am an amateur )

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