Split rim wheels are a popular choice due to their distinctive look and endless finish possibilities. They are easily identifiable by a series of small bolts around the rim of the wheel. Many wheel restorers do not offer split rim restoration due to the complexity of the work involved.
To restore split rim wheels, first the wheel must be dismantled into its separate pieces. Each piece is then fully restored individually, using our full restoration process. Split rims offer the possibility to finish the barrel and faces in different colours to give a unique look.
The appearance of a split rim wheel can change massively by using unique colour combinations. When each piece of the split rim has been restored, our technicians fully re-assemble the wheel ensuring each bolt is torqued to the manufacturers settings.
2 piece split rims are the most popular form of split rim wheels. The wheel consists of a separate barrel and face, held together with multiple bolts.
These bolts are always fully cleaned during restoration. Alternatively we can supply replacement bolts to give the ultimate ‘new wheel’ look.
Similar to 2 piece split rims, 3 piece wheels have a separate barrel and face, only with 3 piece split rims, the barrel also separates into 2 parts.
3 piece split rims are the most complex form of wheel configuration and are therefore typically found on high performance or high value cars.
Also very popular are imitation split rims. These are single piece wheels with a series of false bolts to give the appearance of split rim alloys. Imitation split rims are popular as they offer the split rim look without the hefty price tag.
Imitation split rims typically use plastic false bolts. These cannot be restored but replacement Stainless Steel false bolts can be supplied from any We Restore Alloys facility.