Wheel support assembly and method

  • US 6,042,194 A
  • Filed: 06/16/1998
  • Issued: 03/28/2000
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/16/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A wheel support assembly adapted to bolt to an axle of a vehicle for supporting a tire, said assembly comprising:

  • (a) an outer annular rim having an outer annular surface configured to support a tire and an inner annular surface;

    (b) a plurality of spoke arrangements, each of which includes (i) at least two elongated spokes respectively including inner ends and outer ends and (ii) a cross-bar connecting together the inner ends of the spokes and configured to bolt to said axle for connecting the inner ends of said spokes to said axle, whereby said cross-bar serves as part of a hub of said wheel support assembly, all of said spokes and said cross-bars making up the wheel support assembly being integrally stamp formed into a single unit from a single piece of sheet metal, said single unit serving as the only strength imparting structure between said rim and the hub; and

    (c) means for connecting the outer ends of said spokes to said rim.

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