Wheel and overlay assembly to accommodate balance weights

  • US 5,564,791 A
  • Filed: 06/06/1995
  • Issued: 10/15/1996
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/06/1995
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A wheel and overlay assembly comprising:

  • a wheel having an outboard surface and a flange formed at an outer peripheral region thereof, said flange having a flange wall thickness in an axial direction relative to said wheel, said flange having an axially-extending flange lip circumscribing said outboard surface, said flange lip defining a radially inward surface, a flange lip thickness in a radial direction relative to said wheel, and a flange offset dimension between an outboard distal end of said flange lip and said outboard surface as measured in said axial direction, said flange and said flange lip defining a wheel balance weight area on said wheel; and

    an overlay secured to said wheel, said overlay having a substantially uniform thickness body portion and an outer peripheral edge portion circumscribing said overlay and having a thickness varying from said substantially uniform thickness, said outer peripheral edge portion extending up to said flange lip such that said outer peripheral edge portion of said overlay covers at least a portion of said wheel balance weight area;

    whereby said flange offset dimension of said flange lip is a predetermined dimension to accommodate a balance weight and said outer peripheral edge portion of said overlay such that said outer peripheral edge portion of said overlay is between said balance weight and said flange.

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