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    Need to new caster wheels - where to order?

    The caster wheels on my son's chair have worn out. Is there a good place to order online? I figure that's a less expensive option that going through the DME provider.

    They are 4" casters. Here's a picture.

    Many thanks
    Ugh, I've been kissed by a dog!
    Get some hot water, get some iodine ...
    -- Lucy VanPelt

    #2
    I have a pair that was used for about a month that you can have for $30. They are Frog Legs just like yours. My new chair came with 4", but I needed 5". PM me if interested.
    Don - Grad Student Emeritus
    T3 ASIA A 27 years post injury

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      #3
      Sportaid is the place you want if you dont want to take up Donno's offer

      http://www.sportaid.com/wheelchairs/...chair-casters/

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        #4
        May take you up on that Donno.

        Looked at the Sportaid site.

        Question: What's the pros/cons of aluminum vs. lexan for the Frog Legs casters? Price is about double for aluminum. Not sure about wear/tear.

        Looking at the 5" wheels now -- that's what's on his old/backup chair and they seem to rolls pretty smooth.
        Ugh, I've been kissed by a dog!
        Get some hot water, get some iodine ...
        -- Lucy VanPelt

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          #5
          I just (noon today) put 5x1.4 FL aluminum SRs (from Sportaid) on my chair. My previous were 6" TiLite billet aluminum hub SRs. I like the FLs better so far. They are much lighter, so I can keep my forks looser, and the casters don't shimmy. Regarding composite vs aluminum, I just feel more secure on aluminum - don't know why for sure.

          PS: I swap out stock bearings to Bones, which roll much better.
          Last edited by chasmengr; 7 Feb 2012, 10:31 PM.
          Chas
          TiLite TR3
          Dual-Axle TR3 with RioMobility DragonFly
          I am a person with mild/moderate hexaparesis (impaired movement in 4 limbs, head, & torso) caused by RRMS w/TM C7&T7 incomplete.

          "I know you think you understand what you thought I said, but what I don't think you realize is that what you heard is not what I meant."
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          UNKNOWN AUTHOR>

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            #6
            Originally posted by PeanutsLucy View Post
            May take you up on that Donno.

            Looked at the Sportaid site.

            Question: What's the pros/cons of aluminum vs. lexan for the Frog Legs casters? Price is about double for aluminum. Not sure about wear/tear.

            Looking at the 5" wheels now -- that's what's on his old/backup chair and they seem to rolls pretty smooth.
            I also have a pair of 5", but they are yellow tires with the aluminum hubs, and have used them for about a year...
            Don - Grad Student Emeritus
            T3 ASIA A 27 years post injury

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              #7
              At the Anaheim Abilities Expo a few years ago (the last time they had it in Anaheim) I bought a pair of FLAHSR casters and my friend got a pair of the FLCHSR (Lexan) casters. My FLAHSR casters are running strong, and her Lexan casters broke a few months after she got them. I told her to exchange them with FL, but I don't think she ever did. I later bought a pair of red anodized FLAHSR casters and am thinking about giving her my old set, but don't want to get rid of my back up casters...
              FLAHSR casters are the only thing I will run on my chair now. I ran stock casters from TiLite for all of about 3 weeks when I first got my chair, and I took a chunk of rubber off the caster in no time at all. Knowing I was going to the Abilities Expo I went to my local Sport Chalet and bought a pair of Razor Scooter wheels to put on my chair until I could get some FLAHSRs at the Expo price. I rolled from Disneyland (I have free parking as an annual pass holder) to the convention center and heard every crack in the sidewalk and every bump in the ground and when I rolled back to Disneyland from the convention center it was as quiet as it could get...I love being able to sneak around in my chair!
              ~Mandy~
              SCI as a result of spinal surgery
              TiLite Aero Z!!!

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                #8
                I just ordered FL aluminum casters with the suspension forks. I'm stoked :-) !
                www.adventuresofcolinandheather.blogspot.com !

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by chasmengr View Post
                  I just (noon today) put 5x1.4 FL aluminum SRs (from Sportaid) on my chair. My previous were 6" TiLite billet aluminum hub SRs. I like the FLs better so far. They are much lighter, so I can keep my forks looser, and the casters don't shimmy. Regarding composite vs aluminum, I just feel more secure on aluminum - don't know why for sure.

                  PS: I swap out stock bearings to Bones, which roll much better.
                  I think everyone should try ceramic skateboard bearings for thier front casters. no rust. long lasting rolls smoth. bones bearings are good but not as good as some others. go with abec 7 or higher. nice smothe rolling.

                  here's a good link for bearings http://shop.ccs.com/searchresults/?N=780+476&cm=Skate
                  Last edited by randomryan007; 8 Feb 2012, 1:20 AM.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by randomryan007 View Post
                    I think everyone should try ceramic skateboard bearings for thier front casters. no rust. long lasting rolls smoth. bones bearings are good but not as good as some others. go with abec 7 or higher. nice smothe rolling.

                    here's a good link for bearings http://shop.ccs.com/searchresults/?N=780+476&cm=Skate
                    I had no idea the ceramic bearings cost that much, how often should we change out our bearings in our casters?
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                      #11
                      WTF - we're changing the casters because the bearing wore out (after more than 4 years). The wheel part was pretty worn too - so from my experience it's about the same time as the wheels. But, in relative terms, we're pretty new to this. My son was injured in '07 and this is the first replacement part we've had to get beyond regular wheel wear.

                      This thread has been a great help!
                      Ugh, I've been kissed by a dog!
                      Get some hot water, get some iodine ...
                      -- Lucy VanPelt

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by wtf View Post
                        I had no idea the ceramic bearings cost that much, how often should we change out our bearings in our casters?
                        Cheap bearings are throw-away bearings. Pricier bearings can be cleaned and regreased. If steel bearings are not cleaned and greased before they get too dirty, they will pit and no longer roll well even after cleaning and greasing. Ceramic bearings can get dirty without pitting/rusting, so they will last along time if cleaned and greased occasionally. So, if you don't plan to clean and grease your bearings, use cheap steel bearings, and replace them when they go bad.

                        terminology: A range of price points are available: carbon steel, stainless steel, ceramic, hybrids (mixed materials). ABEC ratings also exist (e.g., 3, 5, 7, 9). The higher the ABEC number, the higher speed the bearing can handle. Speeds are irrelevant to wheelchairs (ABEC is aimed at electric motors), but high speed capacity generally means better spinning bearings. [Roller-skate bearings (i.e., 608s like in many wheelchair casters) often don't use ABEC ratings because the ratings are not relevant.] Some years ago, the term Swiss bearing became an identifier for high-quality bearings no matter the material because the Swiss used such close tolerances (e.g., Swiss watch). "Swiss" now refers to great manufacturing tolerances instead of country of origin. Thus Swiss, full-ceramic bearings are very pricey (e.g., $50/each). For high-speed, high-temperature applications, under which lesser bearings would fail frequently, full-ceramic bearings are worth their price because they last. IMO ceramic bearings are overkill for wheelchair bearings except for those who want the very best and have the money.

                        I like 608 roller skate bearings because they are designed for a use that is similar to wheelchair use (radial and lateral forces). I currently use Bones Super Reds, which I clean and regrease about once a year (more often if I get them wet or grimy). If they pit because I don't clean them in time, they are not too expensive to replace. They spin very well.
                        Chas
                        TiLite TR3
                        Dual-Axle TR3 with RioMobility DragonFly
                        I am a person with mild/moderate hexaparesis (impaired movement in 4 limbs, head, & torso) caused by RRMS w/TM C7&T7 incomplete.

                        "I know you think you understand what you thought I said, but what I don't think you realize is that what you heard is not what I meant."
                        <
                        UNKNOWN AUTHOR>

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                          #13
                          I have ceramic bearings althou I clean my bearings every 6 months. I live in arizona and its dirty as heck. being that I skate boarded as a kid. I know that bearings mean alot. on top of it I hall rear end in my chair. and I like not having the nosie from cheeper bearings. if I can't afford ceramic. I buy Abec 7 or higher bearings that are double sealed. only beacause I live in the dirtyest place on earth. I agree 100% that they maybe over kill but I haven't had to replace a bearing in my casters in 5 years.


                          Frog leg casters last for ever and ever. I would go frog leg casters 100% they last forever!

                          chase you have pics of your bearings in your casters?

                          by the way sportaid has really good prices on FL casters!

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                            #14
                            Great information Chas!

                            Like I said we're relatively new to it all. I greased the bearings and cleaned the general area, but never actually removed the bearing to clean them.

                            Learn something every day.
                            Ugh, I've been kissed by a dog!
                            Get some hot water, get some iodine ...
                            -- Lucy VanPelt

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                              #15
                              peanuts. if you go to the skateboard shop they have a tool that will pull the bearings out. alot of the time its an old skate board truck. absolutely wonderful for removing bearings.

                              heres a link explaining how to clean the bearings and lube them too.
                              http://skateboard.about.com/od/board...oCleanBear.htm

                              and the skateboard bearing remover "not a Skateboard truck" I saw one of these babys in the wheelchair shop
                              http://www.skatesonhaight.com/Produc...SS&click=34848
                              http://www.daddiesboardshop.com/skat...ing-press.aspx
                              http://www.daddiesboardshop.com/fkd-bearing-press.aspx

                              a video for the bearing press and bearing puller
                              http://www.silverfishlongboarding.co...ing-press.html


                              and one last link to help everyone with bearings
                              http://www.edsbearings.com/
                              Last edited by randomryan007; 9 Feb 2012, 8:23 PM.

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