Does anyone know anything about the "Ultimate" wear rings they show at Hi-TechPerformance.com? In the pictures they are orange, which makes me think that they're some kind plastic, maybe Teflon or something like that. I'm just curious, personally I use the bronze ones. Just want to see what you guys think or know about them.
Give Duane a buzz. He's a cool guy and will answer any of your questions.
He's also on here as DuaneHTP......
I'm not actually in the market to buy one right now. I have a brand new bronze one right now. I just saw a picture of one today and got curious about them, so I started this thread. But, next time I need a new ring I will probably get one. They act like an actual wear ring, right? The ring gets worn down instead of the impeller, right? Because I just run an aluminum impeller. Now I know more about them so I'm not as weary about buying one, thanks everyone. But keep it going, every little bit I can find out about them helps.
At least it has got out that people figured it out not to run it dry or else. rondane
You had to find this out the hard way, didn't ya.
I on the other hansd listened when Duane told me to NEVER run it dry, even for a few seconds.
HawianJet, you will net ever find a tighter seal than a UWR, because all metal wear rings are spaced away from the metal impeller some distance, while the UWR literally rubs against it, making a nearly 0-clearance fit, with far less contact friction than any 2 pieces of metal.
Even though it may look similar to plastic, there is no plastic content in the Ultimate Wear Ring. It is made out of upper echelon urethane polymers that have been vacuum boiled, baked at a controlled temp for a period of time, and them ran through a cyrogenic anile process. This process produces a product that has no measurable cofficient of friction to water, as metal wear rings do. This allows the pump to spin freely and use more HP for thrust. This product also produces a much better seal than metal does. It is also a very abraision resistant material.