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Hogzilla 08-03-2021 01:38 AM

Any interest in after-market TSW wheel clips?
 
I have been communicating with a retired machinist about making some replacement TSW clips for my, recently acquired, S-121 in his home shop.
He works T/M and is reasonably priced for his experience but still aint cheap!

As it turns out, the cost of having him make 4 or 5 (always nice to have spares) is about half the cost for making molds to produce many. Thus I am curious if there is enough interest to risk funding said molds and having him crank them out many at a more affordable cost..win win for me and the remaining 280 some owners.

My plan is that I would ship him (He is state-side) one of my clips for a template then fund the cost and hope to recoup my investment, and take one more part off the endangered species list.

So I would ask for feedback regarding the following 4 Qs:

1) Would you be interested in aftermarket clips?
2) If yes, how many do you think you would be interested in acquiring?
3) What is your maximum price to pay for 1 clip?
4) what is your maximum price to pay for a set of 4 clips?

The reason I ask about maximum price is because I know we all want to get one for a buck fifty, so no point asking lowest desired price. By understanding what the market will pay, drives how many I would need to have produced. IE if only 10 people are interested at paying $10 each, then its a losers game. But if there is a potential commitment for 200 at $15 or $25, or more, then it becomes worth the risk that I wont end up with a box of these in my garage and eating Ramen Noodles for a month. Plus, the cost can go down if there is heavy interest.

I'll try to check in every few days to see how its going.

CaveTechDiver 08-26-2021 12:52 PM

They are available

https://www.centercapsdirect.com/TSW...ps_p_8683.html

Hogzilla 08-28-2021 05:37 AM

waiting list
 
"Possibly available" is a more likely answer...
I would be curious how long anyone has been on the waiting list.

Thanks for the reply but it appears there is no interest so I will likely commission my own set or modify a lynch pin to fit.

CaveTechDiver 08-28-2021 08:45 PM

Yeah, I don't know how long that list is. Just sharing the link. I'm actually interested in a set if you get them made for under $100 for 4. I would powder coat them red though.

Hogzilla 08-29-2021 05:32 PM

Ooh, not a bad idea. I didn't even think to PC to match the car.
I plan to chat with the guy a bit more about his process and if he will need to locate a 'base' lynch-pin then mod a new spring, or if he plans to mfg the entire piece.

I'll post with updates that may be a long way out, but I gotta think there are at least a fair number of Focus, and TSW owners who would be seeking these. I plan to remove these rims and store them until a show or such. Owning a 2nd gen Saleen Mustang for 25+ years, I understand the value of impossible-to-replace original equipment.
thanks for the reply

CaveTechDiver 09-02-2021 11:23 AM

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Originally Posted by Hogzilla (Post 151993)
Ooh, not a bad idea. I didn't even think to PC to match the car.
I plan to chat with the guy a bit more about his process and if he will need to locate a 'base' lynch-pin then mod a new spring, or if he plans to mfg the entire piece.

I'll post with updates that may be a long way out, but I gotta think there are at least a fair number of Focus, and TSW owners who would be seeking these. I plan to remove these rims and store them until a show or such. Owning a 2nd gen Saleen Mustang for 25+ years, I understand the value of impossible-to-replace original equipment.
thanks for the reply

I was noticing on my racecar this weekend, that the hood pins (Sparco slide type), not the removable clothes pin style, are extremely similar to the locks on the wheels. Also, tractor supply had trailer hitch pins that may work as a starting point instead of machining the thing from scratch. I will keep looking.

Hogzilla 09-04-2021 01:20 PM

Yep, these are a classic lynch pin design with a custom ring clip. There's a site that specializes in selling them but dont recall name.
I could mic the dimensions to see if the pin is standard, I suppose, then buy and try to modify.

I am sending one of my pins to the machinist and he will evaluate and estimate what best option to make about 50. ... we shall see...
Thx!


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