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    Custom Wheels

    Hi, just wondering if anyone has ever had any custom wheels made for them? Just looking for a rough idea of costs and any companies who can do this in the UK. Cheers

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    A good way for us was to use Keizer shells and design a wheel center within the team that could be milled/lathed. So you can have the offset and what every you want. Specified to your car weight and performance requirements.

    Or are you looking for a 100% buy solution? If so, why?
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    Benashcroft,

    And you are?

    Would you jump into the conversation of a real face to face meeting without introducing yourself? I guess you agree it would be rude, correct?

    I guess is is not different here. It is just a question of being courteous and polite to simply introduce yourself and tell us from what school you are.
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    Please accept my apologies Claude. I'm a 4th year student at Newcastle University and I'm currently in charge of the wheel package of our latest design

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    Thanks for the reply Julian.

    We're currently evaluating our options on this front. We're actually looking to use an epicyclic gearbox, and mount the wheel directly to the output of that. I am currently looking at a Keizer rim and adapting the design around that. I was just curious if anybody had any experience in having custom wheels produced for them

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    Benashcroft,

    Apologies accepted though it is not about me but about all the readers of this forum and there are a lot of them

    Newcastle where? The is a University of Newcastle in the UK and one in Australia.... Come on guys, can't you be just a bit more worldly and fully introduce yourself?

    Speaking about your wheels, (I guess you mean rims) what are in your opinion the characteristics of a rim which make it a "good" rim? Can you present them in a priority list? That will open a useful (and hopefully not too long) debate.

    Let me give a start (without priority): weight, inertia, stiffness, price (or cost of manufacturing), availability, ....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Claude Rouelle View Post
    Benashcroft,

    Apologies accepted though it is not about me but about all the readers of this forum and there are a lot of them

    Newcastle where? The is a University of Newcastle in the UK and one in Australia.... Come on guys, can't you be just a bit more worldly and fully introduce yourself?

    Speaking about your wheels, (I guess you mean rims) what are in your opinion the characteristics of a rim which make it a "good" rim? Can you present them in a priority list? That will open a useful (and hopefully not too long) debate.

    Let me give a start (without priority): weight, inertia, stiffness, price (or cost of manufacturing), availability, ....
    Claude,
    I understand why you're doing it, but your constant harping on people to fully identify who they are and where they are from on this forum is getting to be an order of magnitude more obnoxious than posters not identifying themselves properly. In this case, you even doubled down on your whining even after the poster identified himself and apologized. If you were that worried about distinguishing Newcastle UK from Australia, you could just take a look at his first post in the thread and use some reading comprehension and context clues to sort it out.

    If you really cared about this you would have made it an addendum to forum rules years ago.

    Ben,
    Custom wheels for FSAE have ranged all the way from off the shelf shells with student made centers to full custom cast mag wheels or custom laid up carbon jobs. The early end of the range is cheap and pretty easy to pull off but you'll find that some of the manufacturers have fairly inconsistent weight and stiffness characteristics.

    The custom wheels I've worked with tended to be a lot lighter and stiffer than the Keizer, etc. setups but a lot of work went into them. The mag wheels Akron was running a couple years ago for example were a two year project. They found a sponsor that helped them out with the rough casting, but the final machine work was pretty involved. I've also noticed that some of the student built wheels tended to screw up the rim to tire interface. I saw at least one team at Michigan running silicone on the rim in order to get their tires to hold air. I also heard about one German school having to run their tires with an innertube because their carbon wheels wouldn't hold air.

    There are probably some really good threads on the topic here if you dig around a bit.

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    And who are you, Zac C?
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    I am sure Claude (and I) would change the forum rules if we could. But what a waste of time that would be as no-one ever reads them anyway!

    So, unless someone cares and is prepared to say so, this forum will degenerate into a bigger cesspool than it already has!

    The potential of this site is immense, so it is worthwhile that someone takes the time and effort to maintain some decorum here!

    And I am with Claude here, who the heck are you Zac?

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    Introducing your self when you join a conversation is simply much more a rule of life (a "rule" that helps all of us to have pleasant conversation) than a rule of this forum (rule I have no influence on). If your parents did not teach you that, and/or you did not see on your own the importance of it, it is good that somebody else finally does.
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