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[*] posted on 10-22-2017 at 06:28 PM
Axle Adapters


I got a set of sysmic rims on the way with 20mm bearings. My flexi has 12mm bolts so I am looking for 20mm to 12mm axle adapters. After checking online I found ss adapters but got sticker shock at $20 per each wheel so decided to see if i could turn them on my little sherline lathe.
Well, today i learned that my mini lathe and the hss cutting tools that I have do not stand a chance against 314ss.
Anybody has used either brass or nylon to make axle adapters? If yes how have they worked for you?
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[*] posted on 10-23-2017 at 03:41 AM
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[*] posted on 10-23-2017 at 07:56 AM


Thanks Rich.

Do you use just plastic bushings with a washer installed on the bolt or can you find top hats at Lowes.

I will check lowes out today anyaways.

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[*] posted on 10-23-2017 at 11:30 AM


My Black Widow uses 3/4 " bolts ('Murican!), roughly 19 mm, and Van suggested a bit of electric tape to make up the difference. I built up only the areas 'under' the bearings.

You have much further to go.

I'm a fan of PVC pipe - if you used 1/2 " ID, you're 12.7 mm ID, but looks too big in the OD at 21.3 mm.

How would that lathe do at turning some PVC pipe?




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[*] posted on 10-23-2017 at 11:58 AM


That would work out perfect because i could turn the pvc down to 20mm and still have a slight shoulder on it. I was mainly concerned if plastic woukd be OK and it sounds like it is. This gives me many options. Thx.
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[*] posted on 10-23-2017 at 11:59 AM


I had some cut from aluminum.



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[*] posted on 10-23-2017 at 12:48 PM


Thanks Cheezy. I can work with aluminum, brass, plastic, mild steel. Just was not certain if I had to use stainless. Looks like a lot of you guys are using materials other than stainless, so I think i am all set with turning them myself with either pvc, nylon or aluminum.
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[*] posted on 10-23-2017 at 01:49 PM


PL sent out aluminum spacers when they went to 20mm in all the new wheels. Might see if they have more to sell.



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[*] posted on 10-23-2017 at 05:31 PM


Well I can't see it but I guess you did
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Yes lowes had everything I needed was done in a jiffy and did several wheels for others this way with no issues
They were of the top hat variety in those little fold out drawers in hardware
Not sure I would be a fan of nylon for this application as there is a lot of side load and possibly heat build up for a quick replacement indeed






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[*] posted on 10-24-2017 at 08:26 AM


They are available in SS and nylon for Sysmic rims.

www.buggykiteshop.com/index.php/wheel-spares/wheel-accessori...




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[*] posted on 10-27-2017 at 08:45 PM


Thank you guys. Already made top hats with aluminum stock and the wheels are installed on the buggy. Hopping for some wind tomorrow so I get to try them out.
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[*] posted on 10-29-2017 at 02:39 PM


Thank you guys for the advice. Today got to try the buggy with the aluminum top hats and it worked perfectly. Wind was about 12-14 mph coming directly from the water and I got up to 29.8mph (my best speed to date) with a soulfly buster 4.4. Thought about putting up the 6m Century so I could beat 30mph but at that point I had been strongarming the kite for about 1.5 hours and could barely control the brakes from fatigue.
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[*] posted on 10-29-2017 at 02:55 PM


The Lowes here doesnt seem to have them. Any pictures of the said items?



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[*] posted on 10-29-2017 at 03:38 PM


Sorry rtz was not clear on the response, Lowes has some brass bushings that I might have been able to make work but instead I choose to turn them out of aluminum so I got very tight tolerances to both the 20mm bearing and also the 12mm bolt.
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[*] posted on 10-29-2017 at 07:11 PM


Ok. I was under the impression something was bought and didnt realize you had to turn down some aluminum stock.



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[*] posted on 10-30-2017 at 04:03 PM


Great job on the new PB!





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