Wheels and Rims Buying Guide
Alloy Wheels are lightweight wheels with improved performance characteristics. These light wheels increase cornering and steering precision, and decrease read feedback for better braking response.
Steel Wheels are heavier wheels that provide vehicles with lower center of gravity. Steel wheels are perfect for harsh road conditions in the now or Off-road over rugged terrain, but lack other performance capabilities because of the added weight.
Chrome is an aesthetically pleasing finishing applied to both alloy and steel wheels. Chrome wheels are sought by drivers concerned with cosmetic appearance. While chrome wheels are known for their metallic mirrored shine, durability, and strength, they are required regular attention and cleaning to maintain their visual appeal.
The Manufacturing Process
Cat Wheels: Aluminum wheels are manufactured through a process of pouring molten aluminum into a mold. The shape of the wheel is formed through a process of gravity or pressure casting.
Machined Wheels: The machining process combines casting, heating, spinning, and precise pressurization to fill a mold with molten aluminum and shape the wheel.
Forged Wheels: The forging process takes a solid piece of aluminum and molds the wheel through heat and extreme pressure. The result is a light, dense, and strong wheel.