Wheel rim rivets (On vulcanised tyres)

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Wheel rim rivets (On vulcanised tyres)

Post  Frostie on Mon 30 Jan 2012, 6:36 am

Hi guys,

Just a note to let you know of my small problem with the main wheel kit.

Whilst fitting the decorative wheel rim rivets I noted that the vulcanised tyres prevent the rivets from going fully home, (Actually the rivets do go fully home, but are then pushed back out a bit by the spring of the rubber, I think this is beacaus e the rivets are slightly deeper than the metal of the wheel rims.
I got over the issue by drilling out the rubber a bit to allow the rivets to penetrate the holes fully.

Its a pain if you dont notice this, as it takes a few minutes for the rivets to creep out, and there are no spare rivets supplied.

Frostie.

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Drilling the rims

Post  Steve Traill on Mon 30 Jan 2012, 7:47 am

One should take care when drilling the rubber out of the decorative rivet holes as the rubber is quite soft and grips the drill bit quite a lot. If you weren't careful the drill could end going right through! I found just twisting a drill bit between my fingers was enough to remove any rubber fouling the rivet hole. Better safe than sorry!

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Re: Wheel rim rivets (On vulcanised tyres)

Post  lynnr on Mon 30 Jan 2012, 11:16 am

Also twirl the rivet as you put it in. It breaks the pressure seal and allows it to stay down

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Re: Wheel rim rivets (On vulcanised tyres)

Post  IanL on Mon 30 Jan 2012, 12:27 pm

The rivets have a small radius between the shank and head, which will hold the rivet head slightly proud of the rim. A small countersink on the hole will allow the rivet head to lie tight to the rim, I used a larger drill bit to create the countersink if you do not have any other way of doing it. It really only needs a slight touch if you can see the countersink stop going any further.

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