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Making your own "wide 5" racing wheels/hubs


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#1 roadhawg

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 11:04 AM

I've seen several people who are building short track race cars ask about "wide 5" wheels. There's several different sources for these, but if you don't want to order them and have a few tools and supplies, it's easy to make a basic set. Here's what you need:


Materials needed:
.010 sheet styrene
3/8" styrene tubing
.060 and .030 Plastruct hex rod
5/8 nylon washers from the hardware store
Deep open wheel backs from parts box

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Tools needed:
Hobby knife
ruler
tweezers
Micro mark punch set

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Start by finding some suitable open wheel backs from your parts box. An alternative would be to cut away the centers from a set of deep wheels, as shown.

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Next, cut a 3/8" long piece of the styrene tubing. This will become your hub.

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Cut a disc from the .010 styrene sheet slightly larger than the inside diameter of the wheel. As you can see, it doesn't have to be perfect. Glue the piece of tubing to the center of the disc, as shown.

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Next, punch out some discs from the .010 sheet using the punch set. I have no idea what the sizes are, but the biggest holes on each side of the punch set look good to me. Glue the larger disc to the top of the hub, then glue the smaller disc on top of that in the center.

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If you don't have a punch set, an alternative way would be to slice off pieces of appropriately sized styrene rod.

Next, slice off some pieces of the .030 hex rod and glue them evenly spaced around the top of the hub plate. For the front hubs, use 4. For the rear hubs, use 8.

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This completes the hub assembly. Paint it the color of your choice, in this case aluminum. Now we move on to the rim itself.

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 11:05 AM

Take the hardware store nylon washer and mark off where the lugs go. I use a template, as shown. The washers came from Ace Hardware and cost about 15 cents each.

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You can print out this template to use if you want.

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Now, cut 5 pieces of the .060 hex rod and glue on the washer as shown, to represent lug bolts. If you want to add more detail, you can drill a hole in the center of the bolts and add a stud...or use model railroad nut/bolt/washer castings.

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Now, glue the open wheel back to the washer and paint the color of your choice, in this case, white. You can also paint the lugs steel. Add valve stems too if you like.

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Now, center your completed hub assembly from the rear and glue in place.

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And there you have it, a basic wide-5 wheel/hub assembly. Once you get the hang of it, this takes about 5 minutes per wheel and costs less than $1 for a set of 4.

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Now go build some short track cars!

Edited by roadhawg, 28 March 2013 - 11:08 AM.


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Posted 28 March 2013 - 01:42 PM

A great tutorial! Very nicely done.  B)



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Posted 29 March 2013 - 04:47 PM

Awesome tutorial.  Thanks tons.



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Posted 29 March 2013 - 05:16 PM

Roadhawg, any idea on how long to cut the.030 & .060 hex rod ?  Thanks again for this tutorial.  I plan to utilize this a ton in my nascar builds :D



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Posted 29 March 2013 - 06:00 PM

Roadhawg, any idea on how long to cut the.030 & .060 hex rod ?  Thanks again for this tutorial.  I plan to utilize this a ton in my nascar builds :D


I just slice it about the same thickness bolts should be in that scale. It's not exactly rocket science, so if it looks close enough, it probably is.

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 07:44 PM

Tommy thank's for the tutorial, I know I always comment about your wheel's so now I can make some.



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Posted 30 March 2013 - 12:16 PM

That is a great tutorial.

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 02:06 PM

I just slice it about the same thickness bolts should be in that scale. It's not exactly rocket science, so if it looks close enough, it probably is.

Hooterville75 = OCD LOL.  Thanks for the info man.



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Posted 30 March 2013 - 02:22 PM

Well presented, thanks for sharing........



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Posted 17 May 2014 - 06:00 AM

Pretty convincing detail there. I may have to build me some now....... Now I have to run to the hobby store and pick up some hex shaped tubing!!!!!

Thanks for the info!!!



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Posted 17 May 2014 - 07:00 AM

Cool!   Thanks.



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Posted 17 May 2014 - 07:43 AM

Great tutorial! I am working on a different type project and the "5 piece pie" template will save me a lot of time and grief. Thanks for including it.