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#1 Harry P.

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 02:11 PM

http://www.foxnews.c...intcmp=features



#2 martinfan5

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 02:33 PM

Cant say I am shocked, welcome to the future ;)



#3 Joe Handley

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 03:26 PM

Wonder if those will go as far as the Fiberglas wheels on the Shelby CSX-VNT did.



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Posted 27 December 2012 - 03:32 PM

Is that what Gregg is getting for your Mustang for all of your dedicated work Harry????



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Posted 27 December 2012 - 03:35 PM

Is that what Gregg is getting for your Mustang for all of your dedicated work Harry????

 

Wonder how well Carbon Fiber wheels would tolerate a Chicago winter :lol:



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Posted 27 December 2012 - 03:36 PM

Considerably cheaper in 1/25 scale.

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 03:48 PM

Could always get normal rims decaled instead



#8 Harry P.

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 04:39 PM

Is that what Gregg is getting for your Mustang for all of your dedicated work Harry????

 

:lol:



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Posted 27 December 2012 - 04:43 PM

A buddy of mine put a set of BST Carbon wheels on his Ducati 999 a few years ago. Cost him $8000. They were amazingly light, even compared to Magnesium wheels and made an incredible handling bike that much better. It was an absolute dream to ride, but $8000!!!!!!!!!!!



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Posted 27 December 2012 - 04:47 PM

Isn't carbon fiber made of carbon fibers?

 

Isn't carbon one of the most abundant materials on earth?

 

So why the sky-high prices?



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Posted 27 December 2012 - 05:00 PM

I`ve made a lot of Fiberglass bodyparts for bikes and vehicles in the past and when I ventured into Carbon my research floored me as to how pricey it is even for raw Carbon Sheet. I found this which explains it all. In a nutshell.......... its a pita to make

 

http://ca.gizmodo.co...er-so-expensive



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Posted 27 December 2012 - 05:19 PM

I`ve made a lot of Fiberglass bodyparts for bikes and vehicles in the past and when I ventured into Carbon my research floored me as to how pricey it is even for raw Carbon Sheet. I found this which explains it all. In a nutshell.......... its a pita to make

 

http://ca.gizmodo.co...er-so-expensive

 

Thanks for the link... yeah, that puts it into perspective.



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Posted 27 December 2012 - 05:41 PM

$15K?  oh um.  i think the painted on carbon looks so much better... and cheaper!



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Posted 27 December 2012 - 07:03 PM

Isn't carbon fiber made of carbon fibers?

 

Isn't carbon one of the most abundant materials on earth?

 

So why the sky-high prices?

actually aluminum is the most abundant.

 

Still not as stupid expensive as a 996 GT3 R engine rebuild which can virtually only be done at Porsche Motorsports for a small fee of $45K, and there is only about 100 floating around in the world.

 

1 valve is $350.00 and there is 24 of them.


Edited by CAL, 27 December 2012 - 07:11 PM.


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Posted 27 December 2012 - 07:45 PM

I wonder if these wheels could be repaired if you were careless enough cosmetically damage one ? 

 

I guess the cost of them would be enough to ensure you brushed up on your parking skills.

 


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Posted 27 December 2012 - 08:39 PM

First speed bump or pot hole on a real road and there done.



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Posted 28 December 2012 - 02:59 AM

I think that's pretty expensive for a set of aftermarket model car wheels. I'll stick to Modelhaus.

 

 

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 11:19 AM

 

I wonder if these wheels could be repaired if you were careless enough cosmetically damage one ? 

 

I guess the cost of them would be enough to ensure you brushed up on your parking skills.

 

 

 

 

First speed bump or pot hole on a real road and there done.

 

 

I'm not sure.....here :

 

 

Australian manufacturer Carbon Revolution claims they're responsible for the world's first one-piece carbon fiber wheels, and the weight specs are nothing short of breathtaking: their 19 x 8.5 CR9 wheel tips the scales at only 15.2 lbs, while a 19 x 12 rear comes in at a featherweight 17.8 lbs. The hitch? Equally breathtaking is the CR9's price-- about $15,000 per set.

 

Carbon Revolution says their wheels were developed at Opel's Dudenhofen proving grounds in Germany using an "extended durability program to OEM procedures" involving impact strips, potholes, and cobblestone. But the real question inevitably circles back to two eternally conflicting values: form and function.



Read more: $15,000 Carbon Fiber Wheels Beg the Question: Form or Function? - Popular Mechanics



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Posted 28 December 2012 - 12:56 PM

They're unshiny :mellow:  so I don't like them.



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Posted 28 December 2012 - 01:04 PM

They're unshiny :mellow:  so I don't like them.

 

???  :blink:

 

Did you look at the picture?