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Old 02-24-2009, 04:36 PM
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Building custom Wheels

Hey Everyone,
I was going to just go buy some Cragar SS rims or maybe some Torque Thrust rims, but then i came up with a idea that i wanted to build my own rims from scratch. 14 or 15 inch by 8-10 wide. I currently have all the machines at work to perform the machining as well as the software and knowledge to use them.
So heres my main question where could i get my hands on wheel blanks or billet bar stock that big?
I figure it will have to be two piece rim, so how would i attach the two? weld, press fit, both?

Any input would be great.

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Buy the inner and outer wheel shells from Weld, Centerline, Streaker, etc. Mill your own centers to match their bolt pattern, true them up and bolt together with stainless button head allen cap screws and nylock nuts. Press fit is not good enough!! Bolt or weld. I used to work for a company that built stock car, sprint car, midget and late model modified wheels and beadlocks. To try to make them one-piece, you don't want to know what a 10" long chunk of 16"(or bigger)aluminum billet will cost you .
Oem specs for run-out is .050", we were told not to assemble anything over .020" run-out.
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He's not lying about the aluminum billet. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
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Buy the inner and outer wheel shells from Weld, Centerline, Streaker, etc. Mill your own centers to match their bolt pattern, true them up and bolt together with stainless button head allen cap screws and nylock nuts. Press fit is not good enough!! Bolt or weld. I used to work for a company that built stock car, sprint car, midget and late model modified wheels and beadlocks. To try to make them one-piece, you don't want to know what a 10" long chunk of 16"(or bigger)aluminum billet will cost you .
Oem specs for run-out is .050", we were told not to assemble anything over .020" run-out.
Thank you so much for your input, i have bin researching this 4 quit some time but all i seem to pull up is motorbike rims . I'm going to send out some emails to those companies and see what i get for some prices. I'll post the prices once i get them.
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when you get your wheels made show us some pic. cole
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Speedway motors has the wheel shells..all you need to do is come up with a center section..

http://www.speedwaymotors.com/Wheel-Shells,218.html

just a sample..others have these as well..

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Speedway also lists Weld and Sander aluminum rim halves.

Thanks OneMoreTime, I never thought of Speedway, and I've got their catalog.
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So both Centerline and Mickey Thompson both will not sell wheel blanks or do any custom work for public and still have not herd back from American Racing, but my ges is it will be the same answer.

I did look into speedway and i think thats the way im going to go. $40 for the outside shell is pretty good.
For the inner im going to buy a piece of flat plate and turn it down to fit in the shell with a good interference fit (+ either bolts or weld it in for extra support). Currently I am working on making a program for a five spoke flame style center. I'll try to upload some 3d drawings once i get the design finished.
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Make sure you take into account what it has to clear on the back side when installed. The inner half shells are formed much differently than the outer half because it has to clear a brake drum or rotor and caliper. You may find it an easier and better choice to buy both the inner and outer shells and then mill your own centers.
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