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Using 5 inch Colson Performa Wheels

For our robot's drivetrain this year, we were looking into using Colson wheels, specifically the versions found on Vex's site with integrated hex bores for live axles. The problem we ran into was that the 4 inch wheels are slightly smaller than we'd like, 5 inches would work better.

Unfortunately, Vex doesn't offer a 5 inch variant of the Colson wheels, so we would have to buy them from Colson directly. The problem with this is that Colson doesn't sells these wheels with hex bores in them. Is there a way by which these wheels can be modified to work on hex shaft without too much effort?
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Re: Using 5 inch Colson Performa Wheels

https://www.vexrobotics.com/vexpro/m...sonhubs-g.html
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Re: Using 5 inch Colson Performa Wheels

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For our robot's drivetrain this year, we were looking into using Colson wheels, specifically the versions found on Vex's site with integrated hex bores for live axles. The problem we ran into was that the 4 inch wheels are slightly smaller than we'd like, 5 inches would work better.

Unfortunately, Vex doesn't offer a 5 inch variant of the Colson wheels, so we would have to buy them from Colson directly. The problem with this is that Colson doesn't sells these wheels with hex bores in them. Is there a way by which these wheels can be modified to work on hex shaft without too much effort?

that ^ or

Make a press in hub that fits in the stock bore of the 5 in colson. Its what most teams did before VEX started selling them....
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Re: Using 5 inch Colson Performa Wheels

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I was under the impression that the Vex Colson hubs only worked with the Colson wheels Vex sold. Am I mistaken?
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Re: Using 5 inch Colson Performa Wheels

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I was under the impression that the Vex Colson hubs only worked with the Colson wheels Vex sold. Am I mistaken?
Yes.

+1 on those hubs.
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Re: Using 5 inch Colson Performa Wheels

We have a decent collection of old Colsons in a bunch of sizes (including 5") with the press fit hubs. We still use them, they work great.
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Re: Using 5 inch Colson Performa Wheels

Banebots sells 5" Colsons WITH hubs already on them for several different types of shafts. If you want HEX you just gotta broach them.

http://www.banebots.com/product/WC2-5.html
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Re: Using 5 inch Colson Performa Wheels

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I was under the impression that the Vex Colson hubs only worked with the Colson wheels Vex sold. Am I mistaken?
We successfully used the vex hubs with 6" Colson wheels last year.
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Re: Using 5 inch Colson Performa Wheels

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We successfully used the vex hubs with 6" Colson wheels last year.
Do you have a part # on which 6" colsons you used last year?
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Do you have a part # on which 6" colsons you used last year?
I believe they were CO5-6-456
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Re: Using 5 inch Colson Performa Wheels

were they the 6inch colsons from http://www.robotmarketplace.com/prod...co4-6-446.html
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Re: Using 5 inch Colson Performa Wheels

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I was under the impression that the Vex Colson hubs only worked with the Colson wheels Vex sold. Am I mistaken?
They only work with Colsons that have a 1 3/16" bore size, which Banebots does not sell. Various other sites have them on backorder. Anyone know of a supplier who still has some?
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They only work with Colsons that have a 1 3/16" bore size, which Banebots does not sell. Various other sites have them on backorder. Anyone know of a supplier who still has some?
If someone here really needs those 5" wheels my team has some. I don't remember how many, but it was at least 6. Send me a PM and maybe we can figure out a way to get them to you. Ours already have the hex hubs pressed into them, I'm pretty sure.
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They only work with Colsons that have a 1 3/16" bore size, which Banebots does not sell. Various other sites have them on backorder. Anyone know of a supplier who still has some?
Look for a local Colson distributor, not a website. That's how we got them in 2016.
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