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Want to design a drop down wheel system

Postby integrated design » February 9th, 2005, 11:35 am

I am doing a senior design project that will be dropping wheels down to protect skis while crossing roads. Any feedback, ideas, problems that anybody can come up with would be greatly appreciated.

Please post here or directly email us integrated.design[at]gmail.com

Thanks!!
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Postby Long time cat man » February 9th, 2005, 11:52 am

Somebody out there is already marketing them!
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Postby sledwrench » February 9th, 2005, 12:06 pm

Actually there are quite a few. I personally wouldn't want them even if they were free. Carbides last quite a while. If you cross THAT many roads, you might need drop down skiis on your ATV. Now THAT would be a neat idea.
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Postby pullngo » February 9th, 2005, 1:35 pm

Sledwrench's idea rocks.
drop wheels are old...
O.K. dumb***, where did you put that wrench?
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Postby vwbuggyman » February 10th, 2005, 8:53 am

They are already on the market. I think they are called ReTrax wheels or something like that.

Wear rods will last through a lot of pavement, carbides even more. The only advantage to having wheels would allow better steering on the pavement or at gas stations instead of getting off and spinning the back end around.

But if you are going across so many roads that you find wheels are necessary, then do so.
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Postby fusion rider » February 10th, 2005, 1:53 pm

Good luck, I have a set of re-trax on my Fusion and they kick up a TON of snow. My sister had a set on her Fusion and the right side re-trax caught a log and caused over $300 in front end damage. My re-trax are coming off this weekend, I will sell them to you so you can HOPEFULLY design them better. Let me know if you do, might be interested to see.
Signed, $200.00 lesson learned.
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Postby mtu kid » February 11th, 2005, 1:51 pm

Think light, get them to be light and outta the way. O yeah, they gotta be cheap or else no one will bother with them. Humm, I might change projects if I were you.
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Postby reelrazor » February 11th, 2005, 3:12 pm

what about rollerblade wheels, right in the ski?
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Postby sledwrench » February 11th, 2005, 4:11 pm

Roller skag's, with roller hyfax
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Postby xcsp » February 14th, 2005, 12:33 am

Best of luck to design a wheel kit that can be up and out of the way w/o interfering with the front suspension. I have a set of Retrax and they work well-I don't use them for road crossings, but for gas station/parking lot driving or if a snowmobile route runs the edge of a road and it's bare.

Haven't had any issues with them. Yes they can kick up some snow(can easily be removed if need be), but they sure work good at the gas stations.
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