Aluminum Wheels – Steel Wheels – Billet Wheels – Wheel Construction – Summit Racing Quick Flicks

Hi im mike and today we are going to talk
about wheel materials and their construction. For most of us when we go to select custom
wheels for our vehicle we are probably going to be looking at the design more than anything
when it comes to the wheel type we want to go with. That being said some other things
we probably want to consider as well the construction and material of the wheels are made out of.
I got four examples here of the most popular ones that we sell here at Summit. And they
are probably going to fall within a range of what you are looking for, for your vehicle
depending on your budget and style of wheel that you want. The first one I want to talk
about is the steel wheel here and this is probably going to be the cheapest wheel that
you are going to go ahead and be able to put on your vehicle. The thing about a steel wheel
is that because it is made out steel it is going to corrode, these are not available
in all of the vast sizes that your aluminum wheels are probably going to be available
in. You are really just going to be limited in things like backspacing and the other obstacle
with these is a lot of late model vehicles if you were to go and put a steel wheel on
there and it wasn�t even originally equipped with a steel wheel or a steel wheel was not
even an option, you may have some fitment issues with the brake calipers because of
the way the rim shell is designed as well as the way the offset of the front and back
spacing of the wheel is set up. With aluminum wheels, you are probably going to come to
find that there is a lot more options um and what that really has to deal with is the way
that the aluminum has been formed. For most of we are probably going to be looking at
aluminum wheels that are made out of cast aluminum which is like this wheel right here.
What we know about a casting is is much like casting an engine block or whatever it may
be. What you are going to have is aluminum that is poured into a mold, the mold is then
separated and then you are going to put the finished product essentially that may require
some fine tuning or some finish work but for the most part the form that it took in that
mold is what you are going to end up with. The thing about cast aluminum wheels is the
casting is more porous and typically heavier because it requires more material because
of that porosity to keep up that products integrity. The other obstacle with it is that
whatever way it came out of the mold or whatever molds were built, that is all you�re going
to have available meaning that you are only going to have set backspacing�s, set insets
as far as how deep dish the wheel looks or whatever that may be from that manufacturer.
Because every time they have to build a new mold it gets more expensive to produce more
of those wheels. A step up from that would be a billet aluminum wheel like this one right
here. Most commonly you are going to find these through centerline and billet specialties
through us. Billet aluminum wheels for the most part are probably the most versatile
of all aluminum wheels. Because they start out as one solid billet chunk and that billet
chunk is a lot more stable meaning that there is much less porosity within the metal it�s
a lot denser. And what it gives us the ability to do is it gives us the ability to go ahead
and build a very strong wheel and at the same time have all different kinds of variations
meaning that we can do custom designs we can machine it out on the CNC machine and do whatever
we want with it and get any kind of custom back spacing or whatever it may be. That being
said, this wheel here is probably going to be double the cost of that of its cast aluminum
equivalent. And then we are also going to have forged race wheels, forged race wheels
are extremely light and extremely strong but they kind of parallel the design of cast aluminum
wheels meaning that they are going to be coming from a mold. So we have a situation here to
where we have an extremely light and extremely strong wheel and its going to be lightest
out of the bunch by far but at the same time we are probably going to be limited on the
back spacing�s that are available and the sizing that is available depending on the
manufacturer that is producing them. Another wheel that is out there that I believe
some people don�t realize exists is a composite wheel. A composite wheel uses a steel rim
shell with an aluminum insert. What this does is it gives the wheel manufacturer the ability
to go ahead and build a wheel that has quite a few different offsets and different looks
as far as looks as far as the inset goes and the width of the lip and how they are going
to build this wheel is basically they are going to heat up the wheel structure like
most wheels that are a two piece wheel. Once they go ahead and do that they will go ahead
and insert the aluminum in the center, the aluminum center section that is and the then
weld it to that rim shell. One last thing to consider when selecting wheels for your
vehicle is the weight of the wheels you are looking at. What you will notice is, along
with the cost, typically the more expensive the wheel gets the lighter the wheel gets
as well. There is a reason for that. That is, the lighter the wheel is the rotating
mass you are going to have and the less unspring weight you are going to have. That almost
always leads to better breaking and better vehicle performance. Keep an eye out for our
other videos on wheels and tires. Thanks for watching.

27 Replies to “Aluminum Wheels – Steel Wheels – Billet Wheels – Wheel Construction – Summit Racing Quick Flicks”

  1. I assume there is a difference in strength between the steel and alloy wheels.
    Is one type less likely to buckle or warp after striking potholes or road debris?

  2. Due to fuel economy standards imposed on the auto makers by the government, all wheels are a compromise between weight and strength. Therefore, any wheel could be susceptible to pothole damage!

  3. Great videos.But I'm not quite understand,these 4 type of wheels,from the left side,They're steel wheels, aluminum wheels,and what are the other 2?

  4. Did he really describe a "composite" wheel as ( steel outer rim with aluminum center and there welded together?)  He's missing tons of specs. Spun outer vs butt welded outer rim. cast or forged or billet center welded to the shell

  5. do you guys provide free mounting and balancing when buying a set of 4 wheels and tires? I have my set picked out and on the shopping cart but want to know this before i buy.

  6. do you guys provide free mounting and balancing when buying a set of 4 wheels and tires? I have my set picked out and on the shopping cart but want to know this before i buy.

  7. To bad no Soft 8's in a 5x100mm bolt pattern. I did see the D.O.T. Bassett's not sure if a 4 inch backspace will fit with 7 inch wide wheel. The specs I seen were for the 5.5 wide wheels. I heard a 3 inch would fit but couldn't find em in 3 inch backspacing.

  8. My 2003 Toyota echo 1.5 4 cylinder car came with steel rims. I'm going to be moving to Idaho for the winter season. Should I keep my steel rims or replace them with alloy wheels. ?

  9. There are some official recommended standards for Rims in the US – do you follow these recommendations ? Chineese copy do not follow them and they can brake on impact making them very dangerous so don't buy Chinese copies

  10. I can't seem to find any information on the wheels I have. There by KMC and the have a steel barrel but the hub plate is aluminum…

  11. Hi, what's the name of the Billet Aluminum Wheel? I really like them and can't seem to find the Name and Manufacturer.

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