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richardchan2002
11-03-2005, 05:35 PM
Saw this while browsing the internet. Not sure if it's a repost, but it looks pretty damn cool. :)

http://img311.imageshack.us/img311/3835/dorsetoinvisiblerims17hk.jpg

http://img311.imageshack.us/img311/3654/dorsetoinvisiblerims29cr.jpg

retro-steve
11-03-2005, 05:36 PM
looks like plexiglass...hahahaha kind of cool

BerserkerCatSplat
11-03-2005, 05:38 PM
Yeah, looks like some sort of polymer.

rage2
11-03-2005, 05:38 PM
In the 2nd picture, there's a reflection, so it looks like a clear plexiglass or something similar clear material? What's out there that's strong enough?

One of the biggest issues with this though is there's zero brake cooling / ventilation available.

retro-steve
11-03-2005, 05:40 PM
lexan (bullet resistant glass) would definately be strong enough to support the wheel. well really any thing can be strong enough if engineered right...remember the popsicle stick bridges that could hold 600lbs? it's all in the design.

infected
11-03-2005, 05:40 PM
Holy deep dish!! :eek:

JAYMEZ
11-03-2005, 05:41 PM
LOL wierd , but you think if you are showing off your brake rotors , you would get some after market ones :D

jaysas_63
11-03-2005, 07:52 PM
its original, thats for sure....but i'm not a fan ^^and word to the after market rotors

cman
11-03-2005, 08:00 PM
those look pretty good IMO.
i would sport them, but only if i had brake rotors first, and reasonable cooling like you guys mentioned already.

finboy
11-03-2005, 08:08 PM
ouch, not even a track package :thumbsdow

illeagle
11-03-2005, 08:13 PM
drift wheels!

Blue-Wolf
11-03-2005, 08:20 PM
I bet those rims are a bitch to keep clean tho. :) Look neat enough, but I don't think I'd buy them, just me tho. :)

Mikey_008
11-03-2005, 08:23 PM
Looks alright!! I wouldn't put them on my car tho...:dunno:

1-Bar
11-03-2005, 08:29 PM
I'd be worries about scratch and scuff marks....but like Jamez said, upgrade the brakes if your gonna do such a thing. Maybe the owner ran out of money after the wheel purchase.....

snowboard
11-03-2005, 08:29 PM
for cooling they could just put some scoop that directs air underneath and into the area of the rotors haha

snowboard
11-03-2005, 08:30 PM
Ooops fucked up haha.

JAYMEZ
11-03-2005, 08:59 PM
Lol ,I bet he can brag he cleans his rims with Windex LOL

ryder_23
11-03-2005, 09:00 PM
Originally posted by snowboard
for cooling they could just put some scoop that directs air underneath and into the area of the rotors haha

still, you would need some area to put all that heat, it could only go one way with those rims...you can play a bunch of cold air through there, but it wont be able to cool fast enough just going out the back side...

And yes, it needs way bigger brakes..they look like the size of mine :rofl:

l8braker
11-03-2005, 09:01 PM
Originally posted by JAYMEZ_STi
LOL wierd , but you think if you are showing off your brake rotors , you would get some after market ones :D

haha, i was thinking the same thing... the rotors look rediculous there, but I think the rims are kinda cool :dunno:

Sorath
11-03-2005, 09:13 PM
that would be cool :P

djayz
11-03-2005, 09:13 PM
looks sweet
like something out of the future

arian_ma
11-03-2005, 09:31 PM
that's hot!

iceburns288
11-03-2005, 09:36 PM
First thing I thought when I saw this... need the Brembo Big Reds!:D

1-Bar
11-03-2005, 09:39 PM
Originally posted by JAYMEZ_STi
Lol ,I bet he can brag he cleans his rims with Windex LOL

See avatar, I can clean those w/ windex, mirror finish mmmmm....!!

finboy
11-03-2005, 10:08 PM
two words, brake dust :D

lastprodigy
11-03-2005, 10:37 PM
those looks dope....mad dish :D

richardchan2002
11-03-2005, 10:46 PM
Apparently those rims need to be changed every once in a while because the clear material begins to yellow and crack from all the heating and cooling. Definitely a bling wheel.

WWJAI
11-04-2005, 12:27 AM
so hot!!!:drool:

Redlyne_mr2
11-04-2005, 12:43 AM
Maybe next time I see those rims they wont be on some car rocking weaksauce brakes.

Raz2
11-04-2005, 01:08 AM
boo @ rims.

1-Bar
11-04-2005, 01:08 AM
Originally posted by richardchan2002
Apparently those rims need to be changed every once in a while because the clear material begins to yellow and crack from all the heating and cooling. Definitely a bling wheel.

Daymm, so you would need to order like 2 sets to play safe...haha

7thgenvic
11-04-2005, 01:12 AM
4 sets to be safe! daym

RickDaTuner
11-04-2005, 01:20 AM
i'd worry about them melting from the heat the brakes produce, or if not melting, turning cloudy, after all brake dust is pretty corosive stuff

lastprodigy
11-04-2005, 01:33 AM
if its strong enough to do it like that, then they should jsut make clear spokes!

/////AMG
11-04-2005, 05:15 AM
Looks alright, but cooling issues :thumbsdow

inline6turbo
11-04-2005, 05:42 AM
that sure would be trippy to see driving by you...

:thumbsup: for the visual effect but :thumbsdow for the practicality and cleaning

GoChris
11-04-2005, 08:59 AM
good for show, bad for practicallity imo.

looks a couple inches thick so its probably strong enough...until you smack a curb good, then haha bye bye wheel.

seer_claw
11-04-2005, 12:19 PM
It looks kind of cool, but not a style that I would put on my car. And werd to the installation of aftermarket brakes...it would look a heck of a lot better. :thumbsup:

ACS-e36
11-04-2005, 12:30 PM
thats gay
you cant clean the inside of the wheels and the brake dust will just get caked on

Teggy2nr
11-04-2005, 07:42 PM
Originally posted by richardchan2002
Apparently those rims need to be changed every once in a while because the clear material begins to yellow and crack from all the heating and cooling. Definitely a bling wheel. ya thats what i thought too, i think they deafeat the purpose of getting rims

Supa Dexta
11-04-2005, 08:09 PM
Hardly^ the main purpose of rims for a lot of people is the added attention,and those would def. get some attention...

and yes, I know all about added strength, reduced weight.. etc.. But looks has a lot to do with it..

:)

Rathmar
11-06-2005, 05:12 PM
If you're going for looks I think a clear rim is really lacking in that department, I mean yeah, you'll get a lot of attention at first but after they turn yellow that's just ugly.

luderollup
11-06-2005, 06:44 PM
hmm u could tint the plastic to look like the rest of ur car too.. kinda a cool idea,

Ven
11-06-2005, 10:59 PM
They're made of transparent aluminum.

twentyfive
11-01-2006, 08:54 PM
1/16th of an inch clear tin actually.

nismodrifter
11-01-2006, 09:01 PM
Perfect timing for the bump. Here's new pics from SEMA....has big brakes this time around..

http://news.windingroad.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/10/600004radura.JPG

http://news.windingroad.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/10/600002radura.JPG

http://news.windingroad.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/10/600006radura.JPG

http://news.windingroad.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/10/600003radura.JPG[/

crazydriver
11-02-2006, 12:31 AM
:eek: wow, looks so much better with the upgraded brakes

HiSpec
11-02-2006, 02:29 AM
imagine those wheels on a track car and glowing brakes!!!!??!!?

Crymson
11-02-2006, 01:18 PM
Even got a mention on Engadget!

http://www.engadget.com/2006/11/02/clear-polycarbonate-car-wheels-hit-for-2-000-apiece/

Pretty neat.

/////AMG
11-02-2006, 01:59 PM
We need some shots of that s-class from a distance

gp36912
11-02-2006, 02:09 PM
Originally posted by 7thgenvic
4 sets to be safe! daym


if you make a rim like that it has to be a 3 piece, all you need is just a stack of those lexan centers and your good to go :D