Why would you want lathed wheels?
BSA Lathed Speed Wheels
When a race can be won by a fraction of a second, it is important that your car has every advantage.
outside and inside treads are lathed
Why lathe the treads?
Wheel Tread is "Trued"
What is a "trued" wheel?
Precision lathing "trues" the wheel tread to the axle center line,
hubs are squared
Why square the hubs?
Wheel hub is rounded, resulting in wobble when it meets car body
Wheel hub is squared, reducing friction and wobble
Wheels are Lighter
Why do you want lighter wheels?
Wheel bore is reamed
Why ream the wheel bore?
Outside wheel rim is trimmed
Why trim the rim?
Wheels are a Matched Set
All wheels are not created equal. There are many slight differences between each mold when they are made. To achieve optimal performance, your wheels are matched as a set, giving you perfect balance.
Lathed Speed Wheel Options
BSA Lightly-Lathed Speed Wheels
.2g lighter............fast start, faster speed!
BSA Ultra-Lite Lathed Speed Wheels
.5g lighter............faster start, faster speed!
Want the fastest wheels on the market?
Look at our friction-free
PRO Speed Wheels
You get all of the above precision lathing,
Wheel Tread is "Trued"
to Gain Speed
Just like the wheels on your family car,
your pinewood derby car wheels need to be
balanced and tuned for optimal performance.
Imperfections in your wheels cause your car to bounce, vibrate and turn to one side or the other,
resulting in lost speed.
To increase your car speed,
we have precision lathed, tuned and mold matched your wheels,
resulting in increased speed.
Helping Pinewood Derby Racers
...for over 15 years.
Tips & Hints
If you have a bad wheel and you don't have time to replace it, Raise that Wheel so it doesn't touch the track. Since it doesn't touch the track, it won't have any negative affect on your car's speed.
Tungsten weights are ideal for pinewood derby cars. Tungsten is about 1/3 smaller than a zinc piece with the same weight. Therefore, you can pack Tungsten weights in a smaller area to optimize your center of gravity to maximize inertia giving you greater speed at the finish gate.
A warped block is ok, as long as your axles are square to the block. Use the PRO Driller Tool to drill perfectly straight axle holes which insures your car will roll straight.
Thanks to your detailed instructions, speed tips and parts, we won 1st place! Thanks so much.
- Joe from ME
Great tips in your Winning Secrets book! This was our first year and my son was the overall District Winner. There were 250 racers at the District race so I'm guessing we have something like 1,000 scouts in our district. With that type of competition you need these tips to be competitive.
- Mike from FL
Thank you for your help, my grandson took first place in his pinewood derby race!
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Using these axles and BSA speed wheels, we set a track record, went undefeated and won the pack championship. My son is thrilled to be heading to districts and let me tell you, a winning scout is a happy scout. Can't recommend these enough!
- Natalie from CO
Thank you for all of the information. We had fun making the car! We're going on to the Regionals, as our car to 1st place in our den!
- Lou from IN
My son's car won every heat it raced. Thanks again Joe. Your info is the best out there!