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What Wheels Should You Get?

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Forged vs. Cast
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Forged vs. Cast                                                                                                                                                                                                           INTERIOR| EXTERIOR | WHEELS & TIRES| ENGINE | SUSPENSION CURRENT DEALS & PROMOTIONS WHAT WHEELS SHOULD YOU GET? One of our favorite mods to perform to our BRZ, FR-S, or 86 is adding a set of custom wheels. The right set of wheels changes the exterior dynamic aesthetically, while the right offset, and a little extra width allows us to run a more aggressive tire for better grip. However, there are several key decisions that you must discuss in your head. You have forged wheels, and then you have cast wheels. What is the difference? Why are forged wheels double, triple, and beyond the P A e A e stronger. The long answer is the manufacturing methods. FORGED WHEELS Forging is the process where a manufacture takes a giant [ T T R e o R R e ] with other advanced tooling robotics will carve the block into a shape of a wheel. A lathing process further defines the shape before it can enter the next phase of the manufacturing process. The same methods are used with smaller components such as centers for multi-piece wheels. [ Ry L LR e R L R U A e machined, and thoroughly cleaned using the manufacturer’s suggested process before getting them shot-peened, or several media blasting treatments for polishing, or preparing them for powder-coating. CAST WHEELS The manufacturing of cast wheels is essentially described as L L L R R e I Y et et above 700 degrees Celsius where it is a melted state where it is mixed with argon gas to further solidify the aluminum. Other metallic materials will be added along with blended flux to add more strength. The wheel mold is made using high-strength steel. Molten metal will then flow into the mold where it takes 7-10 minutes to solidify. Once cooled, the casting will go through multiple heat-treating processes to strengthen the metal. It is then submerged in water, then re-heat treated again at a higher temperature before getting trimmed from any P T R R R R e e LT ey making sure there are no cracks, that it’s air-tight, making sure that it is ready for powder-coated. FLOW FORMING \ CAST WHEELS Many advanced cast wheels are flow-forried which'is_ a process where pressure is applied to the inner barrel during the spinning process. This will stretch and compress the aluminum which will provide the wheel with more tensile strength. By flow-forming cast wheels, this process slrengmens cast wheels to similar levels that can be found in during the forged processing. Flow formed wheels provide the consumer with lh best balance of strength and affordability when” compared to forged wheels. OUR FAVORITE BRANDS 2 el (/] AR ] - || D FIND OUT MORE: T Specd WedsSport VOLK Work Wheels Enkei Shop Remark Shop Invidia Shop Tomei OLM Motul MBRP T 2X POINTS HAPPENING EVERY SATURDAY!LOYALTY MEMBERS = LN IV Te T CURRENT PROMOTIONS CHECK OUT WHAT YOU CAN SAVE ON NEW PRODUCTS CURIOUS? CHECK THEM OUT NOW! 1= BLOG POSTS WANT MORE? CHECK OUT OUR BLOG! REWARDS PROGRAM EARN REWARDS FOR YOUR PARTS. i O O ON ORDERS OVER $199 SOME EXCLUSIONS APPLY, JOIN OUR COMMUNITY Facebook YouTubeInstagramTwitter © 2023 FTspeed.com All Rights Reserved. 2101 Hull Ave, Des Moines, IA 50317 USA  
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