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    feedback on new wheelchair measurements

    I am interested in ordering a Ti Lite wheelchair but I wanted some feedback on measurements (and other issues) before making any big (and pricey) decision.



    Ti Lite TR

    Natural Titanium-Satin
    Color Anodize Packet-Black
    Seat Width: 15 inches
    Front Seat Width-No Taper
    Seat Depth: 15 inches
    Custom Frame Depth: +1"
    Front Seat Height: 17.5"
    Rear Seat Height: 14.5"
    Front Angle: 85 degrees (current Ti is at 90 degrees but with 5 inch caster wheels, 90 is not an option)
    Seat to Footrest: 13.5" (current Ti is at 14 inches)
    Angle Adjustable Footrest
    V Front End-11" footrest width
    Seat Back-Folding Titanium Adjustable Height
    Ti Shaft Back Release Bar-Titanium
    Bolt on Push Handles
    Seat Back Height: 18.5"
    4" deep backrest rigidizer bar
    Seat Back Angle-Folding Back: 95 or 98 degrees
    Center of Gravity-1"
    Rear Wheel Spacing; 0.75
    Camber: 2 degrees
    Titanium Camber Tube
    Performance 5 spoke 2 piece billet aluminum wheel with soft roll tire 5" by 1"
    Rear Wheels 24" (540) (old TiLite has 24" (540) Mako Tires, low flange hub but TiLite doesn't have Mako tires as an option. Are treaded Spinergy LXs-standard hubs with airless inserts identical to Makos ?)
    Titanium Quick release Axles

    Aluminum Handrims, Plastic Coated, Long Tabs
    Extension handles for compact composite push to lock
    Back upholstery tension adjustable by straps
    Seat upholstery tension adjustable by straps
    bodypoint 2 inch push button buckle auto-style
    User friendly anti-tippers

    I have a 11 year old TiLite TR that I'm satisfied with but its shortcoming is that it does not handle uneven surfaces well (I've had a few instances when my chair toppled forward when I hit the uneven surface you typically find at elevator thresholds). My old chair has 4" billet aluminum caster with urethane but I think I should go with 5" by 1" soft rolls. The last time I spoke to a technician, he let me know that soft rolls are easily breakable and get caught in cracks but based on what I've experienced, soft rolls handle cracks better.

    I want the extra 1 inch of frame to give me more stability and something to grasp on for lifting and transfers. But, even now, with a 90 degree angle and 14 inches seat to footrest, my legs are too short by 1 inch. With a 85 degree angle and extra 1 inch frame, will my feet be positioned ok?

    My newest wheelchair (Quickie GT), paid for by my insurance, has been a nightmare from beginning to end. It toppled forward just from my leaning forward and was simultaneously tippy in the back. At 85 degrees, my feet refuse to stay on the footplate and falls rearward regardless of the adjustments (Maybe 85 degrees is not a good fit for me but I want 5 inch casters which don't come with 90 degree front angles). The COG was 1 1/2 inches and was adjusted to 1 inch, which got rid of the instability. The thing is, I can barely go down the length of the hallway without being exhausted and having achy shoulders/arms. What I don't understand is that the seat to footrest and dump measurements on this Quickie is identical to my TR, but the rear wheel is much lower in relation to my leg/hip (so I can't get a good bend in my arm to propel my wheelchair effectively).

    By the way, every wheelchair I've gotten has seat to footrest lengths that are too long for my legs. I am curious to know why specialists don't take into account the cushion depths.

    On a side note, I want to order this chair through a vendor and be held financially responsible but I was informed that I need to get a prescription for a new wheelchair and go through the appropriate billing channels before I pay out-of-pocket. Is this info correct? *There's no way my provider will sign off on a prescription since my new Quickie "should" be sufficient to fit my needs.


    I would appreciate any feedback...thanks in advance!

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    Why would you need a prescription for a wheelchair you are paying for yourself? That is BS, you can go to any number of online sites and buy a wheelchair right now, you vendor is incorrect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by t8burst View Post
    Why would you need a prescription for a wheelchair you are paying for yourself? That is BS, you can go to any number of online sites and buy a wheelchair right now, you vendor is incorrect.
    I don't get the logic either....I've explained that I want to pay with cash.

    I will probably end up ordering online.

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    Yup, find a different vendor, e.g., sportaid.com.

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    TiLite

    Excellent choice of a 'chair manufacturer.

    Why not a fixed back instead of a folding back? It's like going from a folding 'chair to a rigid frame 'chair. Once you change, you'll never go back.


    Ti
    "We must overcome difficulties rather than being overcome by difficulties."

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    Quote Originally Posted by -scott- View Post
    Yup, find a different vendor, e.g., sportaid.com.
    I will probably go with sportaid.com after 1 more attempt to get the facts straight with the vendor.

    But, the advantage of ordering from a vendor is that a technician is available to make adjustments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by titanium4motion View Post
    Excellent choice of a 'chair manufacturer.

    Why not a fixed back instead of a folding back? It's like going from a folding 'chair to a rigid frame 'chair. Once you change, you'll never go back.


    Ti
    I really do like my old Ti Lite TR. I think TiLite is the gold standard in wheelchair quality.

    It's hard going from a Ti to a Quickie...

    The reason for choosing the folding back is that I need the chair to be as compact as possible for car/airline storage.

    I've always wondering why I see a lot of folding chairs (even Ti Lites) whenever I travel overseas...what is the advantage of having them??

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    Quote Originally Posted by underthesun View Post
    I will probably go with sportaid.com after 1 more attempt to get the facts straight with the vendor.

    But, the advantage of ordering from a vendor is that a technician is available to make adjustments.
    FYI, a TR will have very few adjustments that are even possible, and you'll save significantly by ordering through Sportaid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by underthesun View Post
    I really do like my old Ti Lite TR. I think TiLite is the gold standard in wheelchair quality.

    It's hard going from a Ti to a Quickie...

    The reason for choosing the folding back is that I need the chair to be as compact as possible for car/airline storage.

    I've always wondering why I see a lot of folding chairs (even Ti Lites) whenever I travel overseas...what is the advantage of having them??

    I went the other way around (FROM Quickie TO TiLite) 5 years ago (2007-2011), and DO NOT regret it one bit. I am now on my second TiLite, and do not see myself going to any other brand of manual wheelchair ever again.

    The advantage of foding chairs over rigid is that they are more compact for storage. All of my chairs, up until my Quickie GP (POS) were folding chairs. The GP and both of my TiLites have been rigid chairs. The TiLites have required WAY LESS maintenance than any chair I had prior to them. I only had one ball bearing go bad on my EVO (4 yrs old and still in use when I can't, or don't want to, use the e-motion power assist wheels); and so far, NO PROBLEMS with my ZRA2 (I just got it 3 months ago).

    If you're satisfied with your Ti chairs, I see no reason to switch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EricaBold View Post
    I went the other way around (FROM Quickie TO TiLite) 5 years ago (2007-2011), and DO NOT regret it one bit. I am now on my second TiLite, and do not see myself going to any other brand of manual wheelchair ever again.

    The advantage of foding chairs over rigid is that they are more compact for storage. All of my chairs, up until my Quickie GP (POS) were folding chairs. The GP and both of my TiLites have been rigid chairs. The TiLites have required WAY LESS maintenance than any chair I had prior to them. I only had one ball bearing go bad on my EVO (4 yrs old and still in use when I can't, or don't want to, use the e-motion power assist wheels); and so far, NO PROBLEMS with my ZRA2 (I just got it 3 months ago).

    If you're satisfied with your Ti chairs, I see no reason to switch.
    I'm completely with you on the Ti Lite. I would have gone with a Ti Lite but because ti Lites don't get funding from Medicaid (or even my private insurance), I had to go with a Quickie by default.

    As pricey as TiLites are, I'm willing to pay up.

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