Review: Volk TE37 RT

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Review: Volk TE37 RT

Postby Zissou » Tue Nov 26, 2013 11:06 pm

Prepare to get nerdy. A friend of mine recently got some TE37 RT's for his S2000 fresh from the factory and agreed to let me take a look.

So this is going to be a little different than a normal review because I used the industrial measuring machinery I use at work every day. The machine used is a Mitutoyo CMM, it rides on air bearings so it feels like an air hockey table, it also costs as much as a new car and uses an incredibly flat piece of granite as it's table surface. It uses a probe tipped with a small ruby and records its movement in the 3D environment of X, Y, and Z axes. Whenever the tip gets moved by bumping into an object it records the direction and distance of travel. It can reliably record down to the .0001" and reasonably measure down to .00001", as reference, the average human hair is .003" and the thin plastic that seals up cigarette packets is .001".

I should also say that I can only get so accurate of a reading with the wheel having been painted, at these tolerances slightly thicker paint and clear coat in one area can dramatically affect the readings. Also, these aren't my wheels, so don't break in here expecting to find them.

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So, the results.
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CIR-1 is the lip near where the bead sits, I couldn't measure where the bead of the tire sits because on these wheels it's knurled to prevent slippage. The variation from the smallest to largest part of the diameter is only .00246", so less than a human hair, and if you consider that's from high to low, the average variation is probably much less than half that. At this point I set this circle as the X and Y zero, so in addition to everything I check past this point, we'll also see how close these features are centered to the "middle" of the wheel.

CIR-2 is the diameter where a hubcentric ring would contact the wheel, the variation I measured in this diameter, again from high to low, is was only .00062", so a fifth of a human hair total, again, less than that on average. In addition, in X it was off by .001" and .0002" in Y, if you spin this wheel with it only being supported on the hub area, there would be about a third of a human hair of variation total. Amazing considering the variation paint thickness provides.

CIR-3-7 are the intersection of the holes the wheel studs go through and the chamfered seating area a lug nut presses against. The variation in diameter on these doesn't matter much, but still only ranges from .51073" to .51100"

CIR-8 is a circle I made out of the previous five circles, to get the bolt pattern. These wheels are destined for a S2000, and so they're 5x114.3. If you take the 4.50054" diameter and put it into the google calculator for inches to mm what do you get? 114.313 millimeters. Again if we look at the difference in X and Y back to the bead diameter we see that there is .0019" and .0089, two and one third of a hair respectively.

So whats this all mean? The wheel is round. In all seriousness though, considering that these wheels are mass produced by machines, aren't cut from billet, and have a layer of paint on them, all introducing variables, I'm amazed with the findings. The range of variation found is less than I've seen on parts my company has made for rocket engines, machine guns, and medical equipment, I wouldn't expect less from a company approved to make wheels for Formula 1. Unfortunately I haven't taken the time to do this with a brand new Rota, XXR, or the like, but if I can find some one with a brand new wheel, I will.

If you have any questions or comments, I'd love to hear them, this is my first time doing a write up like this.

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Re: Review: Volk TE37 RT

Postby maxpham » Wed Nov 27, 2013 1:46 am

Holy cow! SCIENCE!!!

I'm definitely curious in a comparison between Rota, SSR, and Works.

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Re: Review: Volk TE37 RT

Postby ronny » Fri Nov 29, 2013 9:35 am

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Re: Review: Volk TE37 RT

Postby RuizXIII » Sat Nov 30, 2013 8:22 am

High tech tomfoolery. Very interesting.
So not only do they look cool, they are a true TRUE quality piece =)
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Re: Review: Volk TE37 RT

Postby herro » Fri Dec 06, 2013 12:03 am

Mind blown,

I cannot comprehend how much engineering that goes into making wheel art!

I am glad to have some TE37s! Hope to get some 37V

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Re: Review: Volk TE37 RT

Postby rix86 » Mon Dec 23, 2013 12:17 pm

Awesome
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