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    Quote Originally Posted by HiJackZX1 View Post
    Its illegal to have lighting in your rims?
    In most states, it's illegal to have lights anywhere but factory ones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HiJackZX1 View Post
    Well it looks like its been done, but in this one they used LED instead. I wonder if there is a pro and con between EL and LED. EL seams to have a shelf life. Most being at 12,000 hours. But looks more seamless. LED lasts almost a life time it seems! But it isnt seamless.

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    led all the way.

    http://www.hidplanet.com/forums/show...hlight=el+tape


    and i want to see video's of that wcc car light up while in motion-- until then, i don't believe that is anything more then a expensive trailer queen...



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    i believe that is a disc behind the wheel...

    i saw that a while ago on youtube, and furiously looked around for info-- which all of this stuff seems to lack... all i need to know is how they get power and/or data to the wheel past all the moving parts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by soundman98 View Post
    led all the way.

    http://www.hidplanet.com/forums/show...hlight=el+tape





    i believe that is a disc behind the wheel...

    i saw that a while ago on youtube, and furiously looked around for info-- which all of this stuff seems to lack... all i need to know is how they get power and/or data to the wheel past all the moving parts.
    It's probably a metal strip that's mounted to a stationary surface, and when the rim makes contact with it (as it spins), the current is transferred to the lights. Something like this:

    http://www.lightningwheel.com/index.php/how-to.html

    That particular product doesn't move at all, but I'm guessing it's the same type of setup if there's a lighted disc actually mounted inside of the rim.
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    thanks!! that perfectly explains the effect on the bmw.

    but there are other methods that still confuse me.

    like this:
    http://www.metricfats.com/product-p/pp1spyder.htm

    i can see that they are using the basic 12v led strips affixed to the inside of the wheel, but getting the power to the spinning wheel is what gets me

    or like this:


    i saw these a couple years ago at a car show's wheel booth, and neglected to look at how it was done.. a similar concept, i just need tofigure out how they got power and/or data to the wheel..

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    My assumption would either be inductive power, or a lipo battery pack affixed to the inside of the wheel that requires recharging. You could probably fit a battery large enough to run those lights for several hours on a charge. It looked like they were editing them from a laptop, which leads me to believe there is no wireless communication, but you have to plug in to make changes. That would be the simplest interface.
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    There's nothing to it, really. There's a ring (non moving, mounted to the frame/brake assembly/etc) that is connected to the power supply and a ring (or electrical contacts/brush assembly) on the rim that gets the electricity from the non moving ring.

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    I think the best route to go would be the wheel spacer route. I just have to find a wheel spacer for a truck..... It looks like the Pimpstar Rims are hard wired and have a wifi device. Here is the article.

    http://gizmodo.com/162990/pimpstar-led-car-rims

    For some reason though I am not liking the LED. 1. They are way to bright. 2. They make the surface light up by shinning light on them. With the EL it looks like its more of a Tron look. Plus Im thinking of maybe running this more then just on the rims. I literally want to design it similar to the vehicles in the movie.
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    You know, I trying to find the wheel adapters. Seeing the motorcycle one, wouldnt it be easy to make it? Just maybe two contacts that come out of the rim? Then on the car behind the rims a disk with two bands that the contacts touch.
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    OMFG Kegobeer.... It looks like I can use the Puc that linked to. Its universal, to fit any motorcycle. If the rings are too small I should be able to make larger ones but still use the bushing on the Puc.
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    Here is the one I am thinking of. http://www.metricfats.com/product-p/pp1yam.htm. Its not like the one that you linked to Kegobeer. I just wonder if that coil is wide enough.
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