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View Poll Results: Wheels or Rims
Rimz, I be hip, rimz be pimpin out my whip 10 27.78%
Wheels, I know what they are, and I know how to spell. 26 72.22%
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      12-14-2005, 08:18 AM   #1
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Wheels or Rims

Those round parts that connect the tire to the wheel hub, What do you call them?
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When the California members wake up I think we will see a dramatic change in the poll results.
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      12-14-2005, 10:04 AM   #3
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When the California members wake up I think we will see a dramatic change in the poll results.
That, and the slackers on either coast
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Doh! Its not a public poll, can't tell who choose what... too bad
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Damn. No option for both? I usually use both to mean different things.

Rims: what the tyres are mounted on

Wheels: rims and tyres together (ie, tyres mounted on rims)
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I vote for hubcaps. NOT!
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I vote for hubcaps. NOT!
Ha ha. Very funny. :finger:
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Damn. No option for both? I usually use both to mean different things.

Rims: what the tyres are mounted on

Wheels: rims and tyres together (ie, tyres mounted on rims)
No.

Wheels - what the tires are mounted on.

Rims should not even be used to describe anything on a car IMO. Leave it at "rim - the thing you try to reach when slamming a basketball."
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Wheels - what the tires are mounted on.

Rims should not even be used to describe anything on a car IMO. Leave it at "rim - the thing you try to reach when slamming a basketball."
Then how do you distinguish between a wheel without a tyre and one with a tyre on it? When a tyre comes off a 'wheel', what do you call it then? Still a wheel? What about when you put a tyre on a wheel? Then it's also a wheel?
What happens when you go into a tyre shop and you want to distinguish between a wheel without a tyre and wheel with? Do you always say 'wheel without a tyre' or 'wheel with a tyre'?

Your own Merriam-Webster's dictionary defines "rim" as:
2a: the outer part of a wheel joined to the hub usually by spokes
b: a removable outer metal band on an automobile wheel to which the tire is attached

and wheel as:
1 : a circular frame of hard material that may be solid, partly solid, or spoked and that is capable of turning on an axle

The dictionary I use whenever I need to look up a word (The Oxford English Dictionary) defines rim as:
2 (also wheel rim) the outer edge of a wheel, on which the tyre is fitted.

and wheel as:
1 a circular object that revolves on an axle, fixed below a vehicle to enable it to move along or forming part of a machine

So essentially, it's six of one, half a dozen of the other.
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why not shoes or heels or spinners or ....?

i think i would call my rims heels. "she got some new 19" heels"
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