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Posted: 11/2/2006 8:59:07 AM EST
check dees rimz, they the shizzle. I bets that I could see my neon lights from under me ride thu deez.

I bet that they dont get much ventilation to the calipers though

"They're two inch thick polycarbonate, and are available in 20, 22 and 24 inch sizes for around $2k each."

blog.cardomain.com/blog/2006/10/clear_wheels.html





Link Posted: 11/2/2006 9:00:28 AM EST
Trick!
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 9:01:22 AM EST
[Last Edit: 11/2/2006 9:04:14 AM EST by schwindj]
I like them. Not because they look that great but because they are very different from anything on the market.

James
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 9:01:34 AM EST
Not as kewl as Pimpstars

Link Posted: 11/2/2006 9:02:19 AM EST
clear colored and Id get them
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 9:02:50 AM EST
You know that this technology is a direct result of the Crew of the Starship Enterprise giving the technology for clear titanium to manufacturers back in the 1980's. At least they saved a whale.
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 9:03:26 AM EST
That is kinda cool.
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 9:03:46 AM EST

Originally Posted By Tacberry:
You know that this technology is a direct result of the Crew of the Starship Enterprise giving the technology for clear titanium transparent aluminum to manufacturers back in the 1980's. At least they saved a whale.
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 9:04:00 AM EST
It seems like those would get scratched and filthy very quickly.
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 9:06:18 AM EST

Originally Posted By Tolip:
It seems like those would get scratched and filthy very quickly.


Not to mention cracked if you hit something with a raised elevation at high speed I would think?
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 9:07:05 AM EST

Originally Posted By DzlBenz:

Originally Posted By Tacberry:
You know that this technology is a direct result of the Crew of the Starship Enterprise giving the technology for clear titanium transparent aluminum to manufacturers back in the 1980's. At least they saved a whale.


transparent Al is real.

although, very scarce and only one or two images of it were on the net, and mysteriously disappeared from the net within a week or so of them being published. /
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 9:09:05 AM EST

Originally Posted By Tolip:
It seems like those would get scratched and filthy very quickly.

silly Tolip... you're assuming theyd actually drive the car and get them dirty. Most of the ricers these would go on are trailer queens that never see the open road.

Give me a set of 15-17 inch mag wheels any day.
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 9:09:41 AM EST
fo shizzle
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 9:11:07 AM EST

Originally Posted By KeenEdge:

Originally Posted By Tolip:
It seems like those would get scratched and filthy very quickly.

silly Tolip... you're assuming theyd actually drive the car and get them dirty. Most of the ricers these would go on are trailer queens that never see the open road.

Give me a set of 15-17 inch mag wheels any day.


true... true...
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 9:12:27 AM EST

Originally Posted By KeenEdge:

Originally Posted By Tolip:
It seems like those would get scratched and filthy very quickly.

silly Tolip... you're assuming theyd actually drive the car and get them dirty. Most of the ricers these would go on are trailer queens that never see the open road.

Give me a set of 15-17 inch mag wheels any day.



15"? Geeze, what do you drive, a Yugo?


I couldn't fit my brake rotors in a 15" wheel
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 9:13:11 AM EST

Originally Posted By Tacberry:
You know that this technology is a direct result of the Crew of the Starship Enterprise giving the technology for clear titanium to manufacturers back in the 1980's. At least they saved a whale.


Hello fellow geek...thought the same thing...lol
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 9:18:16 AM EST
As Tolip fears, polycarbonate (Lexan) is fairly soft andscratches easily. Imagine washing off road dust and grit. They'll change from transparent to translucent in no time!
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 9:20:18 AM EST
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Originally Posted By KeenEdge:
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Originally Posted By Tolip:
It seems like those would get scratched and filthy very quickly.

silly Tolip... you're assuming theyd actually drive the car and get them dirty. Most of the ricers these would go on are trailer queens that never see the open road.

Give me a set of 15-17 inch mag wheels any day.


Uh the term "ricer" typically applies to the Japanese car crowd. I don't see wheels that are larger than 20" being to popular with those guys I would say this is more toward the rappers and people with SUVs that put big ass wheels on thier cars.
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 9:25:40 AM EST
[Last Edit: 11/2/2006 9:33:11 AM EST by KeenEdge]

Originally Posted By fight4yourrights:

Originally Posted By KeenEdge:

Originally Posted By Tolip:
It seems like those would get scratched and filthy very quickly.

silly Tolip... you're assuming theyd actually drive the car and get them dirty. Most of the ricers these would go on are trailer queens that never see the open road.

Give me a set of 15-17 inch mag wheels any day.



15"? Geeze, what do you drive, a Yugo?


I couldn't fit my brake rotors in a 15" wheel


showoff.
im just a poor college student. i cant even afford to get it running again, much less upgrade the brakes.
besides, who cares about stopping?

I originally just wrote 17, but put in 15 because i know there are a lot of old school guys that think anything bigger is a travesty.
My baby (an El Camino, not a Yugo) is actually on 15s now, but like i said, "give me some 17 inch mag wheels any day."


Originally Posted By ralphie14:

Uh the term "ricer" typically applies to the Japanese car crowd. I don't see wheels that are larger than 20" being to popular with those guys I would say this is more toward the rappers and people with SUVs that put big ass wheels on their cars.


You're right... my bad. The 20"s might go on ricers, but the 22s and 24s are for pimped out hoopties and SUVs.
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 9:27:16 AM EST
For the love of all that is holy, are they lightweight or not?
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 11:47:00 AM EST
If they made them in 17" and 18" five spokes, they didn't become brittle or crack over time, didn't stain, and were decently strong and close to as light as an aluminum wheel, I'd roll them. I think they'd look cool with some big fat Baer's sticking out behind them. Maybe add some black trim around the spoke cut out edges.
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 11:54:11 AM EST
At $2k each, we are talking about $8k for a set of rims?
Am I completely out of touch...or am I missing something?

I have owned several vehicles (entire functioning relatively new and nice vehicles) that cost less than $8k.

I dont know what people see in all these accessories.

I understand a couple of hundred bucks worth of 'stuff' on a $1000 AR15.....but when you are dropping the same or more on bolt on goodies as you did on the original car (or rifle)....its no longer a tool...its a toy.

Link Posted: 11/2/2006 11:55:28 AM EST

Originally Posted By legalese77:
For the love of all that is holy, are they lightweight or not?


NOT
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 11:55:58 AM EST

Originally Posted By legalese77:
For the love of all that is holy, are they lightweight or not?



2" polycarbonate? Probably not. Compared to aluminum.

I think they should have made the rims also out of poly. That would make the tires look like they were mounted on nothing.
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 12:01:32 PM EST
oh great, now I have to pimp my rotors and calipers, yo
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 12:11:00 PM EST
I would just rent a set for a while.
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 12:20:33 PM EST
Bet they wouldnt last muddn
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 12:34:05 PM EST
I miss going to the SEMA Show
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 12:36:51 PM EST
I'm down wid dat



Link Posted: 11/2/2006 1:39:55 PM EST
For the sake of argument, I'll just figure out how much the Polycarbonate(Lexan) weighs.

I will also assuming that the polycarb cylinder is about 2 inches less then the total diameter of the wheel, which seems close based on the photo. I can't account for the weight of the hub insert or the weight of the metal rim it's self. If it's steel, it's going to be hefty.

Lexan has a density of .043 lb/in^3. Thats a little less then half that of aluminum (.098). The cylinders volume would be about 509 cubic inches. That yields a weight of roughly 22 pounds. Thats about what the stock 16 inch wheels on my Miata weigh, with a tire mounted.

I'm just guessing that the total weight of the rim is between 35 and 40 pounds, maybe more. Thats not something to brag about, but it is a lot lighter then many steel wheels of comparable size. But then, when has weight saving ever been a concern of an SUV?

They do look cool though. But eight thousand dollars? I've never owned a car that cost eight thousand dollars.
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 1:42:53 PM EST
Word up yo.

They be perfect for ma riiiide.
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 4:28:30 PM EST
screw it, I'm waiting for the "tweel"
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 4:34:09 PM EST
I see no practicality on plexiglass centered rims, except on car shows, wher eyou can show your custom brake rotors and calipers on your riced out "Blingmobile".

But if you want to have an $8,000 set of plastic rims, be my guest.
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