Automotive Forums .com - the leading automotive community online! Automotive Forums .com - the leading automotive community online!
Automotive Forums .com - the leading automotive community online! 
-
Latest | 0 Rplys
Go Back   Automotive Forums .com Car Chat > Automotive Art > Car Modeling
Car Modeling Share your passion for car modeling here! Includes sub-forum for "in progress" and "completed" vehicles.
Reply Show Printable Version Show Printable Version | Email this Page Email this Page | Subscription Subscribe to this Thread
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 03-08-2003, 11:46 AM   #1
flyonthewall
Car Mod guy
 
flyonthewall's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Manchester
Posts: 5,180
Thanks: 6
Thanked 11 Times in 9 Posts
Send a message via ICQ to flyonthewall
How to convert rims - female to male

As i'm working on these for my Celica, I thought i will put together a specific 'how-to' for future reference.

Cutting away the polycap housing is the first step, which is not easy without some sort of motor tool. A steel cutter is used for the job by steadily grinding away with the tip. Take it easy here and watch out for the cutter biting into the plastic, when this happens it will jolt and will usually damage a spoke. You will notice a small recess when the housing is removed, this is what will be used to fit the peg into.


The pegs can be taken from a Fujimi kit but chances are you won't have any, so we'll make some. 2mm styrene rod is what i'm using for this, 2mm seems to be the standard for the pegs on most rims.


The recess on the rims has a larger diameter than 2mm so you will need to widden one end of your peg to get a tight fit. By far the easiest way of doing this is to use heat and soften the tip, then press the rod onto a hard flat surface. Try to keep it as straight as possible, you could from some kind of jig but dont worry coz you can always sand the base flat.


Sizing the base is a job for the Dremel again, fit the peg straight into the chuck of the drill and use a sanding block or file. Apply light pressure and check the fitment to the rim regularly coz you want this to be a very tight fit. In the case of this how-to, i'm using 17" rims which have a smaller recess than the 18"s, so the base on these pegs is barely noticeable but necessary all the same.


Use your choice of glue to attach the pegs, i've gone for styrene adhesive coz this will weld the join together and should provide a stronger bond than CA coz of the small area we're dealing with. Either way these are still fragile so fitting and removing them to their hubs should be kept to a minimum. If you have followed everything so far by keeping a tight fit and a flat base, the pegs should stand at 90degrees and u won't have wonky rims This is infact another reason why strene adhesive is better here, coz u will have time to play with the allignment.
Do this 3 more times, cut the pegs to length and you're done



Hope u all find this useful.
flyonthewall is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-08-2003, 11:51 AM   #2
AzNySj
AF Newbie
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Posts: 47
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Send a message via AIM to AzNySj
Thnx man! These how-to guides are so helpful to newbies like me!
AzNySj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-08-2003, 11:52 AM   #3
Guido
AF Enthusiast
 
Guido's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: HerkdeStad
Posts: 2,285
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Send a message via MSN to Guido
Re: How to convert rims - female to male

Quote:
Originally posted by flyonthewall


Hope u all find this useful.
I do! thanks mate, it's bookmarked
__________________


"Flying is for Droids"
Guido is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-08-2003, 11:55 AM   #4
freakray
AF Modelrater
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Bethel, Connecticut
Posts: 12,863
Thanks: 18
Thanked 59 Times in 53 Posts
Thanks for the 'How to' Chris

Did a similar thing myself just last weekend, only difference is I added a metal pin to the pegs to add a bit more strength to the joint between the rim and the pin.

Ray
__________________
AF User Guidelines
freakray is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-08-2003, 12:08 PM   #5
flyonthewall
Car Mod guy
Thread starter
 
flyonthewall's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Manchester
Posts: 5,180
Thanks: 6
Thanked 11 Times in 9 Posts
Send a message via ICQ to flyonthewall
Quote:
Originally posted by freakray
Thanks for the 'How to' Chris

Did a similar thing myself just last weekend, only difference is I added a metal pin to the pegs to add a bit more strength to the joint between the rim and the pin.

Ray
Good idea Ray. Another idea i had for this problem is to place a thin disc of plastic over the peg therefore covering the base and sealing it in underneath. Couldn't use it in this example though coz as mention the base of the pegs is not much.
flyonthewall is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-08-2003, 12:11 PM   #6
djmr2
AF Enthusiast
 
djmr2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Vancouver
Posts: 665
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
awesome

dam dremel, i was grinding away the polycap housing with the dremel and it got it caught in the spoke... damaged slightly should still be able to fix

chris, can you post some pics of the wheels on the car so we can see the alignment?

Thx
djmr2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-08-2003, 12:16 PM   #7
Verminator
AF Enthusiast
 
Verminator's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: ASTLEY MANCHESTER
Posts: 1,073
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Send a message via AIM to Verminator
Thumbs up Good tip

Nice one Chris excellent tip from you, been scratching my head over how to get polycap wheels to fit my celica, by the way the 350z came today so ill be getting out the knife very soon:ylsuper
Verminator is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-08-2003, 12:25 PM   #8
chaos
AF Premium User
 
chaos's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Melbourne
Posts: 1,746
Thanks: 9
Thanked 12 Times in 12 Posts
Thanks for the how-to!

I seriously need to get meself a dremmel!
chaos is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-08-2003, 01:02 PM   #9
Hash_man
AF Regular
 
Hash_man's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 386
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanks Chris.... I really needed to know how to do that, I was tryin to figure it out for myself...

I got some TE37 rims for my celica and they have been a bitch tryin to make them fit
Hash_man is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-08-2003, 01:31 PM   #10
daggerlee
AF Fanatic
 
daggerlee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 2,622
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
There's a joke in here somewhere, I just can't say it :finger:

Great job Chris, I'll need to pick up a dremel soon!
__________________
Dan
Modeling Forums F.A.Q. .....Please Read Them


daggerlee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-08-2003, 03:06 PM   #11
Hiroboy
www.hiroboy.com vendor
 
Hiroboy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Cheltenham
Posts: 3,842
Thanks: 0
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Send a message via ICQ to Hiroboy Send a message via AIM to Hiroboy Send a message via Yahoo to Hiroboy Send a message via Skype™ to Hiroboy
Great How to, Chris.
I was doing the same today for the GT4 basically the same way just used a different tool in the dremel.
__________________
Steve a.k.a. Hiroboy
www.hiroboy.com - www.zero-paints.co.uk
Hiroboy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-08-2003, 03:47 PM   #12
flyonthewall
Car Mod guy
Thread starter
 
flyonthewall's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Manchester
Posts: 5,180
Thanks: 6
Thanked 11 Times in 9 Posts
Send a message via ICQ to flyonthewall
Quote:
Originally posted by djmr2
awesome

dam dremel, i was grinding away the polycap housing with the dremel and it got it caught in the spoke... damaged slightly should still be able to fix

chris, can you post some pics of the wheels on the car so we can see the alignment?

Thx
You'll have to hold tight for pics with them attached to the car, i'm still mucking about with the ride height.
flyonthewall is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-08-2003, 04:28 PM   #13
primera man
"P-Man"
 
primera man's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: Manawatu
Posts: 15,179
Thanks: 0
Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
Send a message via AIM to primera man
Great stuff Chris...i'll add it to the FAQ's
__________________

Current Build.....1/12 Scale Camaro......Almost finished!!!

View All My Models Here.
primera man is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-15-2003, 07:46 PM   #14
djmr2
AF Enthusiast
 
djmr2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Vancouver
Posts: 665
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
bump for a great thread..

here's a Tip

instead of pressing the rod against something flat, you can just heat up the rod and put it into the recessed hole inside the rim so the melted sytrene will conform to the hole and give u a great bond later. The holes on my aoshima rims were rounded so by forming the rod to the hole gave it more surface area to bond to.

djmr2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-15-2003, 08:22 PM   #15
mhpspeed
AF Regular
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Posts: 443
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Send a message via AIM to mhpspeed
so how about a male to female? is till need to buy a dremel
mhpspeed is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Reply

POST REPLY TO THIS THREAD


Bookmarks
Go Back   Automotive Forums .com Car Chat > Automotive Art > Car Modeling

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:42 PM.

Community Participation Guidelines | How to use your User Control Panel

Powered by: vBulletin | Copyright Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
 
 
no new posts