BSA Wheels and axles

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BSA Wheels and axles

Post by Speedster » Sun Nov 11, 2018 4:46 pm

I'm going to take a guess. It appears wheels change about every 10 years. Somewhere near, 1986, 1999, 2009, and we are now very close to 2019. Someone always seems to know something. Are we going to get some new wheels that come out of new molds, lighter, more streamlined, and I'll be able to buy them before we race in February 2019?

I'd like the BSA to give the scouts a nice clean axle to help level the field. Who can I write to?
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Re: BSA Wheels and axles

Post by Loud2ns » Sun Nov 11, 2018 7:16 pm

Tell them you want AWANA axles(they are actually small hinge pins). They polish up real nice!

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Re: BSA Wheels and axles

Post by Vitamin K » Sun Nov 11, 2018 11:46 pm

An improved axle would be aces!

Also, I'd like them to start putting some kind of witness marks on the inner tread of the wheel, so as to better detect people removing material with a lathe or similar.



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Re: BSA Wheels and axles

Post by Speedster » Mon Nov 12, 2018 6:37 am

All good ideas.

Maximum Velocity already has the perfect nail (for me) with his 4094 nail. Unfortunately, the head is not a perfect match to the BSA nail but if that were the BSA nail everyone would be the same. Let me quickly say, "I do not like the blunt end of anyones nail". I know, I know, Randy Davis is going to get on here and say they're easy to install. He already told me that but they were not easy for me when I had to install a bunch of them.



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Re: BSA Wheels and axles

Post by Vitamin K » Mon Nov 12, 2018 8:44 am

I know not everybody's rules allow for it, but slotting the head of the axle makes installation sooooo much easier.

I do like MV's axles a lot, but if they could just get a little bit thicker (e.g. like Awana axles), I'd love them even more. :)



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Re: BSA Wheels and axles

Post by MaxV » Tue Nov 13, 2018 8:28 am

The reason for the size of our speed axles is to fit in BSA-size slots and holes. If the diameter was larger then they would be too tight. Awana axles are larger, but so are the slots on the Awana block.

A better solution would be for BSA to reduce the diameter of the wheel bore to better fit it axle.



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Re: BSA Wheels and axles

Post by Vitamin K » Tue Nov 13, 2018 8:44 am

MaxV wrote:
Tue Nov 13, 2018 8:28 am
The reason for the size of our speed axles is to fit in BSA-size slots and holes. If the diameter was larger then they would be too tight. Awana axles are larger, but so are the slots on the Awana block.

A better solution would be for BSA to reduce the diameter of the wheel bore to better fit it axle.
That'd be even nicer!

Since you raised the possibility, why aren't the Max-V wheels made with tighter bores, then?



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Re: BSA Wheels and axles

Post by Speedster » Tue Nov 13, 2018 2:11 pm

Reducing the size of the wheel bore would actually work against some of our builds, though I suppose I could grind the axle down.
We are required to have the wheels sit straight up and down and square to the block. Our rear wheels and Right Front wheel are riding on a nail with 1 1/2 degrees of camber. Because of the clearance between the nail and the bores the wheels sit straight enough to get by all the inspectors - So Far. Also, I've got over 500 Walgreen cotton swabs and I like using the shafts to polish the bores. We also use them at our workshops. It wouldn't be so bad but my wife insists on using the Q-tip brand and both brands would then not work for bore polishing.

OK, I'm willing to go along with everybody. I'm sure no matter what changes might be made there will be a way for builders following science to make it work to their advantage.
I'm looking forward to an exciting racing year and I hope everyone else is too.
I wish you all the very Best.



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Re: BSA Wheels and axles

Post by MaxV » Wed Nov 14, 2018 8:35 am

Since you raised the possibility, why aren't the Max-V wheels made with tighter bores, then?
I set the bore size to the smallest it could be and still fit the Pro-Hub Tool.



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Re: BSA Wheels and axles

Post by Vitamin K » Wed Nov 14, 2018 1:09 pm

MaxV wrote:
Wed Nov 14, 2018 8:35 am
Since you raised the possibility, why aren't the Max-V wheels made with tighter bores, then?
I set the bore size to the smallest it could be and still fit the Pro-Hub Tool.
Ah, hadn't thought of that.

Sadly kind of forces everything down to a lowest common denominator, but what can ya do, right? :)



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