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    August 31, 2022 10:29 PM EDT


    A three-piece wheel consists of three distinct parts, a forged center, spun aluminum inner barrel and a spun aluminum outer barrel (lip). These three components are sealed together creating the final product. So, what’s so special about that? This manufacturing process allows for an almost infinite selection of fitment configurations. Because these wheels are almost always custom orders, they can be designed to accommodate any modification to suspension, brake size, bolt pattern etc. to ensure the wheel is a perfect fit for a specific vehicle. That’s an important consideration for any vehicle but critical for high-performance rides.To get more news about Steel wire wheel, you can visit official website.

    For us, fitment is everything. It doesn’t matter how slick a wheel looks if it doesn’t fit right. However, for many owners of six figure rides, correct fitment is assumed and what really counts is enhancing the appearance of their vehicle with some awesome rims. Because they are custom made and multiple part, three-piece wheels are ideally suited for unique designs and finishes. Each piece can receive a design element and that means each piece can bring a unique contribution to the total design. Outer rims (the lip) can have stepped lips or double stepped lips. Inner rims and cores can support any kind of spoke and cap design from traditional five spoke, to blades, to floating spokes and more. Even the style and placement of bolts can be customized. And colors…the rainbow is your guide. Because each piece can be finished before assembly, multiple finishes are routine.
    The strongest, lightest, stiffest, most durable three-piece wheels with low rotational inertia are forged models. Most three-piece wheels are manufactured using the time consuming and expensive forging process although there are a few reputable brands that use a hybrid casting process. Forged wheels start out as a block of aluminum alloy that is heated and placed under tremendous pressure to create the desired shape. The extreme pressure (think a blacksmith heating and pounding metal) actually changes the molecular structure of the aluminum making it much stronger. A stronger metal means less is needed to create a wheel which in turn means a lighter wheel with a lower rotational mass.

    Cast wheels also start out as a block of aluminum alloy. The aluminum is heated until it melts and is then poured into a mold to get the desired shape. The metal is allowed to cool and that’s when air pockets can form actually weakening the aluminum. Because they are weaker than forged wheels, they require thicker components making them slower off the line and taking longer to brake. The advantage of a cast wheel is its price. Cast wheels are less expensive to manufacture but the old adage you get what you pay for applies.
    In an effort to make quality three-piece wheels more affordable, some brands have modified the casting process. The cast component is placed on a mandrel and spun while extreme pressure is applied compressing the metal and forcing air pockets to collapse creating a stronger, stiffer and potentially lighter wheel than the original design. This hybrid technique is less expensive than forging but more expensive than straight casting.