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While all cars and trucks such as Acura and Altima use wheels, their design and construction can vary greatly, from inexpensive stamped steel to high-tech forged aluminum alloy.

Steel wheels are cheap and easy to produce and passenger cars come with them as original equipment (OEM).

Aluminum alloy wheels, sometimes referred to as Mag wheels or mag's have some advantages over basic steel wheels.

They are lighter, stronger and dissipate heat better. Alloy wheels also tend to look pretty cool.

Custom Wheel Construction Techniques

Most Alloy wheel manufacturing processes include casting, forging and billet. Plus some are made in one, two or three piece construction. Two piece wheels are made with a center and barrel and usually welded or bolted together. Three piece wheels use a center inside rim half and a outside rim half.

Cast, Forged and Billet Wheels

Casting is an inexpensive way to produce a high-quality, fairly strong alloy custom wheels. Gravity casting, negative pressure casting are two techniques used in casting.

Forging uses intense heat and pressure to form the alloy material into a wheel. This produces a wheel that can be up to 300% stronger and lighter than a cast wheel. Most forged custom wheels are two or three piece units.

Billet custom wheels are machined from a solid piece of material.  Billet custom wheels are extremely expensive to produce because of all the wasted material.

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Which wheels or rims fit your vehicle? Technical articles on custom wheel backspace, center bore, measuring lug bolt patterns, offset, plus sizing, torque, wheel construction, wheel spacers and adapters.

Wheel Backspace
Wheel Backspace! Understanding custom wheels and rims backspacing.

Wheel Bolt Patterns
Wheel lug bolt patterns! Understanding custom wheels and rims bolt patterns.

Wheel Centerbore
Centerbore, hub centric wheels, lug centric wheels and hub rings! Understanding center bore, hub centric wheels, lug centric wheels and hub rings.

Wheel Offset
Offset of a wheel! Understanding custom wheel and rim offset, FWD and RWD.

Wheel Plus Sizing
Plus sizing your wheel & tire combination! Understanding custom wheel and tire plus sizing for your car or truck.

Wheel Spacers and Adapters
Wheel spacers and adapters! Understanding custom wheel and rim spacers and adapters for your car or truck.

Wheel Torque
Proper wheel lug nut Torque! Proper lug nut torque specifications for your custom rims.

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