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Old May 1st, 2008, 07:35 PM   #1
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Default Wheel Mods, USARS legal?

When I visited Doc, he had some modified wheels. Of course that got my gears turning as to what can be done to (possibly) improve the wheels.

Can wheels be modified and still be USARS legal? Or do they have to be 100% stock?
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Old May 1st, 2008, 08:13 PM   #2
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That is a good question... I just went thru the rules and I don't see anything that mentions modifying wheels. Here is the link to the rules: http://www.usarollersports.org/vnews.../442c0b170f252

Specifically it just says that you have to use wheels on their approved list, they can't be metal or wood, and that you can't apply any special coatings to the wheels.

I know regrooving the wheels is acceptable, so it would lead me to believe that something like cutting down the wheels or adding your own speed groove would be OK also.
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Old May 2nd, 2008, 01:12 AM   #3
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As long as they are wheels on the list you should be able to modify them. The problem with that is then you may have a hard time convicing the officials that the wheels you are skating on are wheels that are on the list.
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Old May 2nd, 2008, 02:00 AM   #4
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it would depend on the mod! grooves and size are fine. narrower might be an issue! but it really wouldn't matter if you cut them narrower like a figure wheel. you won't keep up anyway so know one would bother you. but if you win they may start looking. but on lincolns floor you want a real wheel! not some frankenstein. it's even fairly hard to modify the hubs any more! it could cause the wheel to spin on the hubs and then they'd be junk! so i would'nt think there's really anything you could do to a certified wheel that would make it better. excet holes in some of the heavier one's! like power's you could drill holes to lighten them but for the money just buy plus's.
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Old May 7th, 2008, 06:41 PM   #5
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but it really wouldn't matter if you cut them narrower like a figure wheel. you won't keep up anyway...
And what has width got to do with speed? How wide a wheel is, I assume, is for grip. You know I used cut to all my wheels to be narrow, to the point where any more would cause them to slip. Seems to me that the less plastic on the floor and don't slide the faster they should be.
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Old May 8th, 2008, 01:04 AM   #6
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Question narrow

theres nothing wrong with a narrow wheel but if the floors good you loose the edge of your wheel. hence less push! less push less power and less speed. did you cut your woods down too! i don't think so,lol. it does take a learning curve though to get used to the width. the old plastic wheels had a real hard or sharp edge. the newer wheels because there softer flex and you don't have the same issues you did with plastic jim cooks and the wider rannali's.
how did those blue cannibles skate at pratice! you didn't seem to have any problems with the width!
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Old May 9th, 2008, 05:37 AM   #7
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And what has width got to do with speed? How wide a wheel is, I assume, is for grip. You know I used cut to all my wheels to be narrow, to the point where any more would cause them to slip. Seems to me that the less plastic on the floor and don't slide the faster they should be.
You're right in that less wheel surface on the floor equates to less rolling resistance. Problem with that is that it also means there's less resistance to movement across that surface. The real power is in the crossovers, and if you can't hold the corner and transfer that energy onto the floor, you'll get mauled by those who can.
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Old May 9th, 2008, 07:44 PM   #8
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to that. nascar doesn't run narrow street tires for a reason. you need some surface area when you going 10 thousand miles an hour!
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