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Old 04-04-2013, 12:57 AM   #176
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still waiting to hear about the advantage of the billet wheel.
Do your own research.
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Old 04-04-2013, 01:28 AM   #177
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still waiting to hear about the advantage of the billet wheel.
Its a process that allows custom turbo manufacturers to more easily make custom turbo configurations. Casting a wheel takes a lot of R&D up front to design the wheel and even more time and money to make the tooling to cast the wheel. For custom turbo manufacturers like FP, Kamak, etc. they often don't have the capital or the production volumes to justify the expense of a cast wheel unique to each of the various turbos they make. Machining the wheel from a solid piece of material is more expensive, but allows the manufacturer to more easily change wheel designs as the market moves and the technology develops. Often, rather than choosing an off-the-shelf cast wheel from one of the major manufacturers like Mitsubishi or Garrett, they can customize the wheel to their unique hybrid turbo.

The videos of the 5 axis CNC's making these wheels is really neat to watch.


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Old 04-04-2013, 11:00 AM   #178
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i've tried holding it in my hand to do that, but it's harder than it looks and then you end up with coolant in your pockets

simple answer to a simple question, thanks kpluiten

those final passes are sooo deft, how it doesn't catch on the top of each fin as it goes over is beyond me
5 axis ftw!
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Old 04-07-2013, 01:26 AM   #179
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Ken and I worked on the car some today. Here is some more pics










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Old 04-07-2013, 01:39 AM   #180
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Should have done the hubs in the red.
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Old 04-07-2013, 01:44 AM   #181
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Should have done the hubs in the red.
haha, Dick
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Old 04-07-2013, 11:32 AM   #182
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Looks great man! Glad to see you were able to make those blocks work!

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Old 04-07-2013, 12:44 PM   #183
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sick!
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Old 04-07-2013, 04:28 PM   #184
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Teh sex.. looks great man!
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Old 04-07-2013, 10:08 PM   #185
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Wicked, nice job!
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Old 04-08-2013, 09:49 PM   #186
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Wow, amazing attention to detail Jay. I'd love to build something to that level, but don't have the time or patience.
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Old 04-09-2013, 12:14 AM   #187
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Wow, amazing attention to detail Jay. I'd love to build something to that level, but don't have the time or patience.
Coming from the guy with one of the nicest Grand Nationals around.
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Old 04-09-2013, 12:46 AM   #188
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Looks great!
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Old 06-03-2013, 03:21 PM   #189
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I need to finish this POS, had the car for almost a year, almost time to sell
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Old 06-03-2013, 05:38 PM   #190
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yeah how come you're not out there in this ideal weather?
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Old 06-03-2013, 07:40 PM   #191
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Yeah, you should finish this. What type of guy leave a nice car sitting around in pieces for months on end?
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Old 06-03-2013, 10:14 PM   #192
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Hey we pushed it back out front. Time to get wrenching son.

Then when you finish it, you can then sell it.
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Old 06-11-2013, 08:11 AM   #193
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Its a process that allows custom turbo manufacturers to more easily make custom turbo configurations. Casting a wheel takes a lot of R&D up front to design the wheel and even more time and money to make the tooling to cast the wheel. For custom turbo manufacturers like FP, Kamak, etc. they often don't have the capital or the production volumes to justify the expense of a cast wheel unique to each of the various turbos they make. Machining the wheel from a solid piece of material is more expensive, but allows the manufacturer to more easily change wheel designs as the market moves and the technology develops. Often, rather than choosing an off-the-shelf cast wheel from one of the major manufacturers like Mitsubishi or Garrett, they can customize the wheel to their unique hybrid turbo.

The videos of the 5 axis CNC's making these wheels is really neat to watch.

Impeller machining on five axis Starrag machiningcenter - YouTube
thanks. I always hear about "billet wheels", then I ask what the advantages are, and people shrug. I figured the profiles were different, because that's a lot of work to make a standard wheel.

loving the detail put into this build btw. can't wait to see the finished product!
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Old 06-17-2013, 10:56 PM   #194
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No botox bolts? I'm in the middle of almost the *exact* same build, just no powdercoating
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Old 06-17-2013, 11:33 PM   #195
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No botox bolts? I'm in the middle of almost the *exact* same build, just no powdercoating
The sti subframe has solid mounting points rather than the bushings the wrx and forester have, so those aren't really going to add anything.
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Old 06-18-2013, 02:23 AM   #196
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Anymore updates on this build?
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Old 06-18-2013, 12:06 PM   #197
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Anymore updates on this build?
Its just sitting in my driveway with cats laying on it all the time, we have been working on the PC oven, so i kinda just stopped caring, about to change the motor in my 05 STI then i will get back on this soon i think
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Old 06-18-2013, 12:36 PM   #198
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we have been working on the PC oven,
Good news! I wanna PC just about everything I own..lol
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Old 06-18-2013, 08:01 PM   #199
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thought for sure you'd be going catless
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Old 06-18-2013, 08:03 PM   #200
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