Alloy Wheel Specialists

Alloy Wheel Specialists Information

Alloy Wheel Specialists are essentially a person and/or company who would specialise in the sale or supply of alloy wheels. With thousands of alloy wheels to choose from, alloy wheel specialists can help advise you on what alloy wheels will look best on your vehicle.

A lot of vehicle manufacturers will offer a range of alloy wheels to choose from when purchasing a new vehicle. Alloy wheel specialists will generally specialise in what's known as 'aftermarket' wheels.

Style, size and what conditions the alloy wheel will be used are some of the major factors the alloy wheel specialists will look at when advising you.

Large selections of alloy wheels are available to vehicle owners who are after a more visually appealing vehicle, by changing the style, finish or size of the alloy wheel. Changing standard steel wheels with lighter alloy wheels can result in increased performance and handling, this is not always stand true when increasing the alloy wheel size. Research shows that both 0-60 times and fuel economy suffered with larger alloy wheels. This research also confirmed that the ride comfort and noise were affected by fitting larger alloy wheels, as a lower profile tire has to be fitted to the alloy wheel in order to fit correctly onto the vehicle.

There are many ways of producing alloy wheels, some of the methods are as follows:

  • Forging:

    Forging is done by a one or multi-step process forging from various magnesium alloys. Alloy wheels produced this way are usually of higher toughness and aluminum wheels. However, the cost of this type of alloy wheel can be considerably more.

  • High pressure die casting:

    This production method uses a die arranged in a machine that has a high closing force to clamp it shut. Then molten magnesium is poured into a shot sleeve. Metal is the pushed into the die using high speed and high pressure. The magnesium is then allowed to solidify, the die is then opened and the new alloy wheel is produced.

    Alloy wheels that are produced using this method offer reductions in the overall price and improvements against corrosion but they are less ductile and have a lower strength due to the nature of HPDC.

  • Low pressure casting:

    This process uses a steel die; it's arranged above a crucible filled with molten magnesium. The crucible is sealed against the die and pressurized air/cover gas mix forces the molten metal up a filler tube and into the steel die. Low pressure casting wheels offer an improvement in ductility over HPDC magnesium wheels and any cast aluminum wheel.

  • Gravity casting:

    This method has been used since the early. Producing wheels using this method offers wheels with good ductility. They are cheap to produce as the overall tooling costs are much cheaper. This has allowed production to be made in smaller batches, design flexibility and a shorter time to develop.

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