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Narrowed XR10 Rims and Tires

Discussion in 'Comp Mods & Fabrication' started by jaloos, Apr 28, 2013.

  1. jaloos

    jaloos Mod, Staff Member and Ghetto Fabricator
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    Narrowed up some stock XR10 rims. I took 0.40 inch out of the rim.
    The tires are HB Rovers that have had the sidewalls shaved and have 6.26 inch foams in them.

    The offset of the rim is much better and the width of the tire is a fair bit narrower. As a plus the tire is bigger in diameter overall from the overstuffed foams.

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  2. Crankbait

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    Wow!
    That is a huge difference.
     
  3. jaloos

    jaloos Mod, Staff Member and Ghetto Fabricator
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    Well sold the set I just did to the kid. He is replacing the tires and rims with the same kind and throwing some cash into the RC fund.
    Not too shabby since I knew I would be doing 2 sets anyway LOL.

    So on this next set I will do a how to (or at least a how I did it) and be posting pictures. Keep in mind my tittle of "Ghetto Fabricator" when ya see how I cut the rims LOL.

    Prolly start a set tonight so should have some pics up for that.
     
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    Alright time for the ghetto XR10 wheel narrow mod.

    A word of caution this involves using a sharp blade and there is potential of serious cuts and all that legal stuff.

    Normally I can't lay out the same measurement more than once lol. The reason I did it this way was for consistency and certainly not for easy. It was what was hanging around the workshop so its what I used. I am sure there are much simpler ways to do it but this cost me 4 olfa blades, CA glue, epoxy and some gauze. In 2 hours I had narrowed rims.

    To start I made a little jig to keep my cuts straight and the same rim for rim.

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    The white piece of plastic is 0.23 inch and the blue piece is 0.38 inch.

    The olfa blade is screwed through the plastic and in to the table. The second screw is there to stop the blade from moving and wit light pressure on the blade will keep it from rising up. Feel free to swap it in for a new one anytime lol. Perhaps the serrated version would work better I don't know.

    Told you it was ghetto.

    So your first cut will be the combination of the 2 thicknesses of plastic, so 0.61 inch.This cut is done with the inner sleeve in place (not screwed) and on the bottom.

    Now spin the rim on the blade keeping it flat on the table till it parts the outer ring.

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    Do this with all 4 rims.

    Now remove the white piece of plastic and set the blade back up again.

    The next cut is the outer rim piece. Roll it as pictured until it separates. Note you are taking the cut off what used to be the inside of the rim.

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    Next cut is the inner ring. Cut it the same way with the un flanged side down.

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    When its done clean up the edges if required and give the rim a quick tack weld with a soldering iron.

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    Now here I use some thick CA glue for the joint. After that dries I add 3 layers of simple gauze to the center section and wet that with a medium CA glue. Once that dries I mix up a little 5 minute epoxy and fill the guaze with it. The epoxy is probably overkill but what the hey.

    Walla narrowed wheels.
     
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    Very cool!
    That cutter looks medieval!:ka boom:
     
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    And I still have most of my fingers LOL.
     
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    For the record the cutting jig also works real well at narrowing foams if you bring the blade out 90 degrees from the plastic blocks.
     
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    Kid has tested out the tires on his little indoor course and says he is happy with them. Much improved clearance and increased turning radius. He was a little leary on the foams and figured they would be a bit bouncy but it turns out they work real well. So it looks like the Walmart 7 buck foam is going to work out for these, beats the hell outa paying 20 bucks plus shipping for a set of 2.
     
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    Thanks mate for the info,I`ve just done my XR10 tyres and rims
    this morning.
     
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    Very coo how did they work out?
     
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    love the cutter,i may have to try that instead of buying rims
     
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    Works like a hot dam with the stock XR10 wheels. I love the narrowed wheels.
     

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