Custom Forged Monoblock Wheel Rims.
Custom Forged Monoblock Wheel Rims.
Custom Forged Monoblock Wheel Rims with TrackSpec® Technology by LOMA means that you get not only the most lightweight rims available on the market, but you also get a 24-month warranty for your forged wheels even if you attempt track-days on the weekend. The LOMA Custom forged wheel rims are made to your specifications and needs in no-time.
But what are Alloy Wheels Characteristics?
Lighter wheels can improve handling by reducing unsprung mass, allowing the suspension to follow the terrain more closely, and improving grip; however, not all alloy wheels are lighter than their steel equivalents. Reduction in overall vehicle mass can also help to reduce fuel consumption.
Better heat conduction and a more open-wheel design can help dissipate heat from the brakes, which improves braking performance in more demanding driving conditions and reduces the chance of diminished brake performance or even failure due to overheating.
An aluminum alloy wheel designed to recall the crossed spokes of a wire wheel
Alloy wheels are also purchased for cosmetic purposes, although the cheaper alloys are usually not corrosion-resistant. Alloys allow the use of attractive bare-metal finishes, but these need to be sealed with paint or wheel covers. Even if so protected, the wheels in use will eventually start to corrode after 3 to 5 years. Still, refurbishment is now widely available at a cost. The manufacturing processes also allow intricate, bold designs. In contrast, steel wheels are usually pressed from sheet metal and then welded together (often leaving unsightly bumps). LOMA must paint them to avoid corrosion and hidden with wheel covers/hub caps.
Alloy wheels are prone to galvanic corrosion, which can cause the tires to leak air if appropriate preventive measures are not taken. Also, alloy wheels are more difficult to repair than steel wheels when bent. Still, their higher price usually makes repairs cheaper than replacement.
Alloy wheels are more expensive to produce than standard steel wheels. They thus are often not included as standard equipment, instead of being marketed as optional add-ons or as part of a more expensive trim package. However, alloy wheels have become considerably more common since 2000, now being offered on economy and subcompact cars, compared to a decade earlier where alloy wheels were often not factory options on inexpensive vehicles. Alloy wheels have long been included as standard equipment on higher-priced luxury or sports cars, with larger-sized or "exclusive" alloy wheels being options. The high cost of alloy wheels makes them attractive to thieves; to counter this, automakers and dealers often use locking lug nuts or bolts, which require a unique key to remove.
Most alloy wheels are manufactured using casting, but some are forged. Forged wheels are usually lighter, more robust, but much more expensive than cast wheels. There are two types of forged wheels: one piece and modular. Modular forged wheels may feature a two- or three-piece design. Typical multi-piece wheels consist of the inner rim base, outer rim lip, and wheel center piece with openings for lug nuts. All parts of a modular wheel are held with bolts. BBS RS is one of the most famous three-piece modular forged wheels.
The Definition of Aftermarket wheels.
A sizable selection of alloy wheels are available to automobile owners who want lighter, more visually appealing, rarer, and/or larger wheels on their cars, going from standard 14 and 15-inch wheels to 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24, 26 and 28-inch wheel sizes. With the larger alloy wheels came alloy Tru-Spinners that were integral to the alloy wheel that would free-spin and continue to free-spin after the alloy wheel itself came to rest. Some Tru-Spinner alloy wheels would also spin backward as the alloy wheel was rolling forward. Although replacing standard steel wheel and tire combinations with lighter alloy wheels and potentially lower profile tires can result in increased performance and handling, this doesn't necessarily hold when increasingly large wheels are employed. Research by Car and Driver conducted using a selection of differently sized alloy wheels from 16 to 19 in (41 to 48 cm). All outfitted with the same make and model of tires showed that acceleration and fuel economy suffered from larger wheels. They also noted that ride comfort and noise were negatively affected by the larger wheels.
Magnesium alloy wheels (MAGS).
Magnesium alloy wheels were the first die-cast wheels produced and often referred to as "mag wheels." Magnesium wheels were originally used for racing, but their popularity during the 1960s led to the development of other die-cast wheels, particularly aluminum alloys. The term "mag wheels" became synonymous with die-cast wheels made from any material, from modern aluminum alloy wheels to plastic and composite wheels used on bicycles, wheelchairs, and skateboards.
However, pure magnesium wheels are no longer produced, being found only on classic cars. Pure magnesium suffers from many problems. Vintage magnesium rims were very susceptible to pitting, cracking, and corrosion. Magnesium in bulk is hard to ignite, but pure magnesium wheels can be ignited by a burning tire or by prolonged scraping of the wheel on the road surface following a puncture. Alloys of magnesium were later developed to alleviate most of these problems. US Federal Aviation Administration has conducted wide-ranging tests over the past decade. It has been concluded that magnesium's potential flammability is no longer deemed a concern. Modern surface treatment technologies protect from corrosion and significantly extend magnesium rims' average lifecycle.