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Old 04-22-16, 05:52 AM
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Replacement wheel on travel case?

One of the wheels on my 26 x 26 x 10 travel case has seen better days. The rubber or hard plastic is falling apart, which makes it difficult to pull around at the airport. Where can I purchase replacement parts for these cases? I know a lot of custom frame makers sell the case itself, but I honestly don't know who makes the cases to ask. Thanks.
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S and S Machine makes the couplers and also sells cases to framebuilders. You may want to contact them. https://www.sandsmachine.com
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Inline skate/Razor scooter wheels? Really IDK,since you hide any specifics on the wheel in question .. 42.

buy a rolling suitcase at a charity shop & cannibalize it for its just like yours wheels?
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Hardware stores?

There are lots of odd ball things on ebay and amazon, perhaps a few searches? For example, the bearing on my cooling fan in my DVR quit working, I found a new fan on Ebay for only a few bucks.

Fietsbob comments on parts from a suitcase from a charity shop might be the best option.
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We travel with flightbags that have no wheels. Unpleasant at times. (wheeled model do not fold neatly)

I am considering DIY removable wheels. The idea would be to have a pair of wheels bolted to a small (acrylic) platform, held to the flight bag by a 3 inch nylon webbing and a Fastex buckle (i.e. repurposed shoulder strap). OR by a (large) velcro patch glued/sewn to the top of the platform and under the flightbag.

Inspired by this. Certainly not elegant, maybe not even practical. Maybe an idea to try on a rainy Sunday.
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Originally Posted by gauvins
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I am considering DIY removable wheels. ....
I still have one of those two wheel luggage carts that everybody used before they started putting wheels on luggage. But it does weigh a bit. I flew a LOT a few decades ago, used that cart quite often.

My duffel that I often fly with has shoulder straps, can wear it like a backpack. But unfortunately that is of no help to the OP with an S&S case.

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Depending on how far the wheel is gone, I wonder if you could top it with a thin layer of either Shoe Goo or silicone caulk.

If it needs to be too thick, that would create a right mess as you'd have to keep the wheel turning for an hour or so to prevent sagging.
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