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#1 OFFLINE   BaseGTR

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Posted 03 March 2019 - 02:44 AM

How do I cut them off to turn them into an inlet so that they can be put into aluminium barrels? The red line marks the groove where I'd need to cut them but is there a good way to do this?

I don't have a lathe or any other specialist tools, just the usual car/house tools. Looking for advice before I try freehanding it with a dremel and potentially make a pigs ear of it.

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Posted 03 March 2019 - 02:47 AM

Free handle is no bueno! The only way I can think of is some kind of super fine saw and glueing the wheel (with the part that is coming off being glued) down and the using something like styrene sheets to guide the saws height? Might work, lol

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Posted 03 March 2019 - 09:45 AM

I'm not sure if you plan to use only the center disk and discard the barrel, but I would try and cut around the flange from inside the barrel, then sand the excess material down to that red line.

Just an idea, never done that myself... :twocents:

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Posted 03 March 2019 - 10:22 AM

Oh boy. I would not attempt lol
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Posted 03 March 2019 - 12:18 PM

i dont think you will end up with a round wheel if you free hand dremel it. you could maybe attach the wheel to some kind of a electric screw driver and sand the outer piece away carefully.
it should end up round that way, but im not sure if the resin is strong enough for this, the outer piece could be too thin and fragile, and break easily.

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Posted 03 March 2019 - 08:02 PM

Scale Motorsport Stainless Steel Saw Blade Set

If I were to attempt that type of project, I would consider using one of these blades, in an Exacto Knife holder.

My approach would be to run the blade around the line you have drawn, slowly trying to cut into the resin, maybe applying a little more pressure each pass.

If you have a drill motor that you can set to run at a very slow speed, if you can chuck the wheel up squarely, that might also be an option.

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Posted 08 March 2019 - 02:03 AM

Cheers for your input everyone, I think I'll leave this as just an idea for now and look into some other options.

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Posted 09 March 2019 - 01:44 AM

If you give up Hobby Design has TE37`s where the inlet is a seperate piece.

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Posted 09 March 2019 - 02:09 AM

View Postlateapex, on 09 March 2019 - 01:44 AM, said:

If you give up Hobby Design has TE37`s where the inlet is a seperate piece.

Really? Is that the 18" or 19", or both?

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Posted 09 March 2019 - 09:35 AM

Both I suppose.  I have the BBS RS GT and he Meisters in 18", and its like Uli, just resin barrel + higher quality inlet. Just be aware that sizes might not be the same. (Uli wheels are famously big, etc)

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Posted 09 March 2019 - 01:45 PM

I don't know, see there's no pics of the TE37's showing the inlet seperate from the barrel, yet there are of the BBS LM, RS GT and Meisters. The 19" TE37's look like they might have a removable inlet, but the 18's look 1-piece. Might have to buy a set and see.

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Posted 11 March 2019 - 11:54 AM

Rob might know mate.

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Posted 11 March 2019 - 01:35 PM

18" are one piece, all larger sizes of the TE by Hobby design are two pieces.

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Posted 11 March 2019 - 05:17 PM

View PostCraig, on 11 March 2019 - 11:54 AM, said:

Rob might know mate.

Might do, I have something else in the works now so if that comes to fruition, I'll post it in another thread, maybe the tuner contest one.

View PostTK-Diecast, on 11 March 2019 - 01:35 PM, said:

18" are one piece, all larger sizes of the TE by Hobby design are two pieces.

Aah as I thought, and the 19" inlet would be too big. Cheers Lars.

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