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Old 11-30-2011, 12:50 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Is this my solution easy enough?
Cover can be also clear plastic...



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Old 11-30-2011, 09:16 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Arrow View Post
There's the DrivE "Libra" wheels.
These are so heavy (11.9kg in 16" - 1,5 times the weight of another Volvo rim) they are costing fuel every time you accelerate.

You can feel the weight of the Libra rims through the power steering, so that's also costing a bit more fuel.
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The reason for using "alloy" wheels is light weight, but you can get light weight from other materials. The Edison2 14" wheels are about 6 pounds each, and they are quite low aero drag, too.

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Here's a site I found online that may help choosing the lightest wheel for your car.
WheelWeights.net - Database of Wheel Weights
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Old 11-30-2011, 04:04 PM   #15 (permalink)
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AMG aero wheel

Originally Posted by NeilBlanchard View Post
The Edison2 14" wheels are about 6 pounds each, and they are quite low aero drag, too.
Are these wheel available somewhere at a reasonable price?

One good suggestion might AMG Aero wheel, with Mercedes bolt pattern.
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I would look at the junk yard for wheels such as the ones on this 1999 Mercury Mystique.
I know the bolt pattern is not right for your car, but there are others like this that you may find with the correct bolt pattern.

Lots of cars from the late '80s had wheels that were designed to be aero, like this late '80s early 90's Sable :

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Hey all, thanks for the input, got busy with work and lost track of the thread... but you all have gotten along fine without me.

Anyway, I have a 2011 VW Jetta Sportswagon (TDI). I guess with the feedback so far I'm thinking I'd get some lighter alloy wheels and then screw in some Moon-eyes. I was under the impression that it might not be safe to drill and tap into Aluminum wheels to install the wheel covers... but I guess if that's what everyone does, it must be OK.
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Originally Posted by aerohead View Post
BD,Renault did this with their Vesta II concept.It's a really elegant solution for brake cooling and stem access.
The periphery of the hole might need to be 'weighted' to compensate for the material removed,allowing a nice high speed dynamic balance.
Just cut the same hole on the opposite side

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