There you go pointing out my poor choice of adjectives and taking issue with
my objectionable use of the word sharp to describe the usable condition of
used wheel splines. How about we settle on "edges that are something less
than obtuse"? And I thought I got away with it this time!!
While we're in such close proximity to the word obtuse let's reiterate that
Mike was talking about used wheels and not factory fresh ones. As such can
one assume that the "wear a bit" has already occurred and searching for the
splines in "start out (without sharp edges)" condition (pronounced groves that
taper to narrow but flat peaks) is not going to lead anywhere other than
perhaps getting rid of a few wheels that still have another 50,000 plus miles
in them? Cause, if this is the case then - Mike, make sure the spline edges
have that certain "something less than obtuse" feeling/look. However, if you
find one or two where the edges are in "start out " condition well, go and get
a lottery ticket as it will be a low probability event come true day and you
should capitalize on the good karma.
OK, I figure I'm pushing the envelope but I'm a risk taker.
Some 69 MGs huddled in the garage looking something less than obtuse.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org On Behalf Of Phil Bates
Sent: Wednesday, September 17, 1997 9:43 PM
To: doug russell
Subject: RE: The truth about wire wheels
There was a lot of fairly good information in the previous post. I deleted
most of it to save bandwidth. I do take issue with the comments below. The
splines start out without sharp edges. Once they wear a bit, the become
sharp and pointed. Further wear will result in very dull (spun) edges. It
is sort of like chain gears (for timing chains, bicycle chains, etc.) They
start off with dull points. If the points become sharp, it is still usable,
and in fact still fairly good, but a lot of wear has occurred. Forget to
oil the chain and gears, and sooner or later the boints will be gone, thus
inducing a spin of the chain.