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#1 usadar

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Posted 07 December 2015 - 11:49 PM

Has anybody tried these BB fronts which have become available recently?
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Posted 08 December 2015 - 12:25 AM

Hi Haruki,

 

Yes, they are the cat's meow here in Retro East. The quality is second to none. And black is the new chrome.


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Posted 08 December 2015 - 02:31 AM

I tried them on one car, they are nice but much firmer than other fronts, so it does affect the way the chassis works. At least that's what I have found.


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Posted 08 December 2015 - 03:22 AM

Are they lighter than Hudson Valley's?
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Posted 08 December 2015 - 06:40 AM

Who sells them and how much?


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Posted 09 December 2015 - 06:09 PM

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Noose told me about their Facebook page cited above.
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Posted 09 December 2015 - 11:06 PM

Are they lighter than Hudson Valley's?


I actually weighed both last night... about the same. Approx. 2 grams lighter than Samson, a few tenths heavier than standard JK fronts.
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Posted 09 December 2015 - 11:25 PM

Who sells them and how much?


I just picked up a pair of SC fronts. $25 at The World Famous Port Jeff Raceway. Your raceway should be able to order them from their distributor.
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Posted 09 December 2015 - 11:46 PM

I ordered a set into the raceway to check out. They look like a really nice piece.

Agree with John rubber felt harder then a JK, but it could be due to the really big hub. I will say they have a really nice thick bead to keep the wheel from deforming.

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Posted 10 December 2015 - 05:10 AM

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Posted 10 December 2015 - 12:07 PM

Hudson Valley's work well for me.


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Posted 10 December 2015 - 12:43 PM

Open face bearing will be fast, but will require regular cleaning.


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Posted 20 December 2015 - 10:16 AM

An ARP Can-Am front weighs 1.86 grams, while a Hudson Valley aluminum Can-Am front with lightweight NSK BBs is 1.5 grams. (With their original B's, HVR's front weighs similar to ARP's.)

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Tony P. told me Bud Bartos' BRP Can-Am BB front weighs 1.5 grams.

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I have asked Bud to send a couple of them for testing.

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Posted 20 December 2015 - 11:01 AM

I was told by ARP  the best way to true these is sandwiched between two crown gears!! :)


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Posted 20 December 2015 - 10:21 PM

BRP's are going on all my new builds. Ran them in the USSCA Nats on the Chicagoland Raceway flat track in November and set race lap fast time record. They are true and light. I was two laps off Sano Dave's lap total record set in 2014 at the monthly GLISRA race.

I need to try those lightweight NSK BBs.
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Posted 21 May 2016 - 12:31 AM

As for ARP BB fronts, how do they fix BBs onto the wheels?

When BBs fall off, what is good for gluing them back to the wheels?

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Posted 21 May 2016 - 09:14 AM

Mine have no glue. They are just snapped in and they are good to go. I replaced the outer (open bearing). They bust easy in wrecks compared to a sealed one..

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Posted 21 May 2016 - 09:31 AM

I ordered a set into the raceway to check out. They look like a really nice piece.Agree with John rubber felt harder then a JK, but it could be due to the really big hub. I will say they have a really nice thick bead to keep the wheel from deforming.


Is a harder rubber better? Also, is a lighter tire better?

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Posted 21 May 2016 - 11:23 AM

Loctite is what I use for any bearings.  TOO hard rubber creates vibration--as long as they are hard and quiet seems to be the key. And lighter is also good-- :)


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Posted 22 May 2016 - 09:53 AM

Food for thought, I looked at all the podiums for this years IRRA Retro East. JK had 32 podiums ,HVR 11,Bruce 9, APR 9 Samson2.I myself have tried all, and I'm not sure which one is best.

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Posted 22 May 2016 - 11:15 AM

Food for thought, I looked at all the podiums for this years IRRA Retro East. JK had 32 podiums ,HVR 11,Bruce 9, APR 9 Samson2.I myself have tried all, and I'm not sure which one is best.

Which ever one doesnt wabble and runs true !!!!


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