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The Anatomy of Alloy Wheels and Ways They Affect Performance

Alloy wheels can add a distinctive look to a car, improve handling, shorten braking distance and increase acceleration. But to achieve these goals one has to look beyond design and compare technical specs, production methods and performance characteristics of the wheels. The wrong set of wheels may cause a lot of disappointment and bring the exact opposite desired effects. But before you decide let’s talk about how alloy wheels are made. (more…)

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Automotive Wheel Glossary – Common Wheel Related Terms

  Size, Width, ET, Bore and PCD are the key parameters which characterize every automotive wheel, and are responsible for proper wheel fitment. Familiarity with these terms will help buyers better understand the wheel selection process. Wheel Size Wheel size refers to a wheel’s diameter and is specified in inches. This is the rare case where an imperial measurement system is accepted worldwide. Wheel diameter is usually provided in inches, even in countries that otherwise rely on a metric system. Appropriate wheel sizes may vary from one modification of the same car model to another. They are specified by the manufacturer, but in some cases auto tuners may choose to step away from the official requirements and opt for a larger (or smaller) size--please refer to the article on choosing wheel size for more details.  (more…)

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Properties of Magnesium Alloy Wheels

  Why do racers prefer magnesium alloy wheels and what makes these wheels superior? Let’s have a detailed look at the unique properties of magnesium, the lightest metal used in the automotive industry. Although magnesium wheels have been around since the middle of the previous century, the potential of Mg remained largely untapped for decades after. Among all metals used in production magnesium shows the best strength-to-weight ratio. Components made of magnesium alloy weigh on average 30% less than aluminum ones, for example, while maintaining equal strength. Of course, such wheel weight reduction makes a noticeable impact on a vehicle’s performance, but this is not the only factor to consider when you are shopping for alloy rims to be used in daily driving. Safety, overall look, quality of a ride and longevity are equally important.  (more…)

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Forged wheels vs Cast wheels

The major differences between forged wheels and cast wheels can be easily discerned not only by a professional engineer, but also by a knowledgeable auto enthusiast. Forged wheels provide an ‘edgy’, more expensive look and feel. Forged alloy wheels, and especially forged magnesium wheels, signify luxury and style and are often chosen as an aftermarket wheels upgrade for supercars and racing cars. But the differences go deeper than design. Forged wheels weigh around 30% lighter than cast ones. And as we’ll see, when it comes to mechanical properties, high quality forged wheels outperform cast wheels in a number of respects. (more…)