Material for experimental wheel cover??

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blakemulder
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by blakemulder

I would like to have a go at making some wheel covers from flexible plastic but after much searching on the net have thrown a blank - if anyone can suggest a suitable material/supplier I would be really grateful.

Blake

crashracer
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by crashracer

foam and fiberglass? Cheap and available.

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nickl
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by nickl

Don't do the foam & fiberglass thing.

There are plenty of guides around, eg: http://forum.slowtwitch.com/forum/Slowt ... ._P3552095

http://midwesttrilife.blogspot.com.au/2 ... orial.html

makerr
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by makerr

This description of a diy cover should be useful, it's the nicest looking one I've seen.
http://forum.slowtwitch.com/forum/Slowt ... ._P3552095

odin99
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by odin99

based on the slowtwitch threads looks like ppl have used hi impact styrene and ABS.

check out this website:
http://www.eplastics.com/Styrene_Hi_Impact" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
they ship, but the shipping is way more than the plastic.

edit: i live only a few miles away... i think i might try to make a disc cover myself since its so cheap.

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MetaCarbon
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by MetaCarbon

These guys make wheel covers

http://www.raltech.co.uk/index.html

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blakemulder
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by blakemulder

thanks for all the info - went against common wisdom and fabricated a set made from cardboard so that I could get a better understanding of how to make them - just need to find a supplier of plastic sheeting in my locale - the covers I have made are black and look cool but I suspect they won't be great to ride! (how do I insert image here - dont have a web site to post from...)

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