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PostSubject: NEED harder wheels for my bigger meltys   Fri Oct 15, 2010 10:28 pm

My 12 melty wore 2 1/2" Colson performas (measured 2.45" new) down to the nub in almost no time whatsoever on wood. after maybe 2 minutes of running, they measured 2.3" or smaller.

I need a much highr durometer material for those wood floors.....any suggestions? perhaps roller blade wheels? in that they are used on wood???

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PostSubject: Re: NEED harder wheels for my bigger meltys   Fri Oct 15, 2010 10:32 pm

Depending on how much effort you want to put into it, you could make some custom hubs and cast your own polyurethane wheels. McMaster also sells rods of polyurethane in various hardnesses, so you could get a few and play around with what works.
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PostSubject: Re: NEED harder wheels for my bigger meltys   Fri Oct 15, 2010 10:39 pm

Bingo

sometimes I can't see the forest for the trees.

I've been kindof tunnel vision on this. I guess I could look into getting some rod and making my own.....hmmm

Colson has some 90 durometer wheels, but possibly not in the size that I need....might as well just make some out of something a bit harder....

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PostSubject: Re: NEED harder wheels for my bigger meltys   Sat Oct 16, 2010 11:29 am

Alex Udanis wrote:
How did the wheels grip the wood?

they must have had some grip, cause I wore out a new set in 1 minute during the only test before the event...also destroyed my little test arenas walls.

At the event, we did not change wheels, and from 2.45" diameter new , they wore down smooth and flat to just over 2 1/4"

Contrary to popular belief (at least in my 12) performas might be a little too soft and wear out rather quickly.

The Colsons on the beetle wore down as well, but not as badly..I would say they're ok. The ant wheels wore a bit as well, but least of the 3.

It might have something to do with the width as well,...maybe some differential type scrubbing going on, but they did wear evenly across the whole face of the wheel...

that's why we need you and some others to pick uo the flag and move this melty stuff forward...I haven't got things down to a science just yet..kind of still in the infant stages..in certain ways

as stated in another post...on a 2 wheel melty with wheels diametrically opposed, balance is critical...

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PostSubject: Re: NEED harder wheels for my bigger meltys   Sun Oct 17, 2010 7:34 pm

as far as custom polyurethane goes, sunray is a great source. They may not be the cheapest place, but I've worked with them before and they'll pretty much do anything and work with you to make sure you've got the right material choice for your application.

http://www.sunray-inc.com/

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PostSubject: Re: NEED harder wheels for my bigger meltys   Sun Oct 17, 2010 7:57 pm

Thanks Dan I'll look into it when I get some time

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