Aftermarket Wheels & Tires
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Toy Motorsports specializes in aftermarket wheels and tires – we offer a wide range of wheel types, styles, and sizes and a knowledgeable staff who can help you select the perfect wheels and tires to give your vehicle the look you desire! One of the hardest parts of choosing an aftermarket set of wheels and tires is that there are so many options to choose from – let Toy Motorsports’ wheel and tire specialists work with you to narrow down the options and help you make a decision. We offer wheels and tires from hundreds of brands and can accommodate almost any design request and fit within a wide range of budgets!
When selecting a set of aftermarket wheels, it’s important to understand the differences between the different types of wheels that are available. The most common wheel types are either forged wheels or cast wheels, descriptions of each and the difference can be found below:
Forged wheels are the lightest and strongest wheel type available. They begin as a solid aluminum billet, and are then cut, heated and pressed into the shape and design of the wheel at extremely high pressures. This process imparts a significant amount of energy into the aluminum and changes its internal grain structure, which is what gives the forged metal additional strength over the original billet in which it was created from. This process allows manufactures to design wheels that are lighter, more durable, and less susceptible to cracking under impact from severe road conditions such as potholes.
Cast wheels are made from molten aluminum which is poured into a mold at high temperatures. Once the aluminum has cooled and solidified, the wheels are removed from the mold and finished in accordance to their design (painted, powedercoated, etc). OEM alloy wheels that come on your vehicle from the factory are typically cast wheels, as this method of production is inexpensive and can be replicated quickly and in large quantities. The disadvantage of cast wheels is that they have a lower material strength than forged wheels, and as a result they are heavier and not as strong as forged wheels. Cast wheels are produced through two methods:
Gravity casting is done by pouring the molten aluminum into the mold and allowing the earth’s gravity to fill the mold. This is the least expensive casting method and its low production costs are a good fit for wheels that are visually oriented and when weight reduction is not the most important factor of the wheel. The downside to this process is that due to relying on the earth’s gravity to fill the mold, the aluminum is not as densely packed into the mold as in other casting processes such as low pressure casting (described below).
Low Pressure Casting
Low pressure casting uses positive pressure to inject the molten aluminum into the mold quicker and more densely than in gravity casting. Most OEM wheels are cast using low pressure casting, and many aftermarket cast wheels are as well. Although the production cost of low pressure cast wheels is slightly more expensive than gravity cast wheels, low pressure cast wheels generally offer greater strength than gravity cast wheels.
One-Piece Cast Wheels
One piece cast wheels are wheels that are made through either of the two casting methods described above (gravity casting or low pressure casting). These are typically the most affordable types of wheels, and they are made with similar materials and finishes as OEM alloy wheels.
Forged Monoblock Wheels
Forged Monoblock wheels are also commonly referred to as “one-piece” wheels. They are created from a single piece of forged T6-6061 aluminum alloy (see “Forged Wheels” above), and are the lightest kind of forged wheel because they use the least amount of parts. These wheels are desirable due to their strong durability and light weight. Performance minded vehicle owners often desire forged monoblock wheels because the reduce weight at the wheel hub, which will improve the overall performance of the vehicle.
Multi-piece wheels are composed of two of three wheel components which are assembled together to create a wheel. Each section of the wheel is bolted together, and the components of the wheel can be either forged or cast. The outer rim section of the wheel is typically spun from disks of aluminum. Costs for multi-piece wheels vary greatly depending on the size of the wheel, finish(es), and the number of pieces used in the construction. Generally a two-piece wheel is less expensive than a three-piece wheel; however, there are many production factors that determine the pricing, such as if the components are forged or cast.
Concave wheels have a concave face design which gives a deep, three-dimensional look to the wheel. The spokes of the wheel begin towards the center of the wheel at the hub, and protrude outwards towards the outer edge of the wheel’s barrel. This creates an appearance of depth, and is particularly noticeable on cars with staggered wheel fitment, where the rear wheel is wider and has a deeper look than the front.
Luxury wheels are designed to with finish and design being the top priority, over weight and durability. Many luxury wheels are available in chrome, brushed, and painted/powdercoated finishes, and many are able to be customized to the buyer’s specific requests in terms of fit and finish.
Racing wheels are known for their durability and light weight, which helps increase a vehicle’s performance and handling. For this reason, many racing wheels are forged monoblock wheels – as this offers them the greatest durability with the lightest weight. Racing wheels come in a wide variety of colors and finishes – though many are powdercoated to make the finish as durable as possible and the least likely to chip from road debris when used on the track and at high speeds.
OEM Replica Wheels
Ever tried to buy a replacement OEM wheel for your vehicle at a dealership? If so, you know that OEM wheels are extremely expensive! OEM replica wheels are available at a fraction of the cost of dealership priced OEM wheels. These wheels are perfect for replacing a damaged OEM wheel, or for upgrading your vehicle’s wheels current wheels to another OEM wheel which you like more. Typically OEM replica wheels are always cast aluminum wheels.
Brushed Aluminum Wheels
A brushed aluminum finish is a great looking alternative for those who want something different than a chrome, painted, or powdercoated finish. Brushed aluminum finishes look luxurious, and offer a low maintenance design that hides small imperfections which may appear over time from road debris. The brushed design is typically created with a very fine grit sandpaper on the aluminum, which gives the metal a distinctive look with a pattern of very fine lines.
Polished Aluminum Wheels
Polished aluminum finishes offer a reflective chrome-like finish that is created through polishing (rather than plating). This is an attractive alternative to chrome wheels, as the plating processing in chroming adds weight (but polishing does not). Polishing is completed by sanding the aluminum to be completely smooth, then machine polishing the finish with a polishing compound to give it a shine. Careful attention needs to be taken when cleaning polished aluminum wheels, as wheel cleaners which are not safe for aluminum wheels will deteriorate the finish. It’s important to always use a specified aluminum wheel cleaner when using chemicals other than soap and water to clean polished aluminum wheels.
Chrome Plated Wheels
Chrome wheels are plated in a multi-step chroming process that involves applying several layers of metals, nickel, and often copper – then a final layer of chrome plating. Chrome plating gives wheels the brightest, most brilliant shine of all finishes. The advantage to a chrome plated finish is that’s easy to clean with soap and water – and can be easily shined with a chrome polish. The disadvantages of chrome plated wheels is that the chrome plating process adds weight to the wheels – and also that if the chrome is not properly cared for, its finish will chip and peel over time.
Painted wheels allow the most customization options for any wheel design. Many vehicle owners choose to paint their wheels a color that is color-matched to their vehicle for a sleek, customized appearance. Painted finishes allow you multiple customization options such as combining both chrome and painted surfaces (with the paint being applied after the wheel is chromed). The advantage to painted finishes is the amount of customization options available and its low cost; however, the main disadvantage for painted finishes is that they are more susceptible to chipping from road debris or rock chips. A powdercoated finish (see below) is a similar alternative to painting that offers greater durability, when available.
Powdercoating is a durable finish that is applied electrostatically in powder form, and then cured under heat to allow the coating to evenly form a skin over the surface. The result of this process is a finish that is harder and less prone to chipping than conventional wheel paint. Additionally, powdercoat finishes are able to be applied thicker than painted finishes, without the risk of running or sagging. Powdercoating is the most durable finish of the colored finishes available.
Wheels are measured in two directions – diameter and width. An 18″x8″ wheel has an 18″ diameter, with a width of 8″. These measurements are important factors in determining the tire size(s) that will fit on the wheel. Fitment for a wheel is determined by these factors, as well as offset and bolt pattern (described below).
Bolt pattern is the diameter of an imaginary circle formed by the centers of the wheels lugs. This varies between vehicle brands and all passenger vehicles are usually either 4, 5, 6, or 8 lug holes. A bolt pattern of 5×120 would indicate a 5-lug bolt pattern on a circle with a diameter of 120mm. It is not possible to fit a wheel with a different bolt pattern onto a vehicle with a different bolt pattern, unless using an adapter (which is not recommended).
A wheel’s offset is the distance from its hub mounting surface to the centerline (center of the width) of the wheel. The offset can be either zero offset, positive offset, or negative offset. A zero offset is when the hub mounting surface is even with the centerline of the wheel. A positive offset is when the hub mounting surface is between the centerline and the front or wheel side of the wheel, and a negative offset is when the hub mounting surface is between the centerline and the rear or inside side of the wheel. Offsets are measured in millimeters, and an offset abbreviation of +30 would indicate a positive offset of 30mm (the hub mounting surface would be 30mm past the centerline in the direction of the front of the wheel).
Summer/High Performance Tires
Summer/High performance tires are designed to perform at high speeds, and have a stiff, sporty handling. These tires are made from a soft rubber compound which improves traction, particularly with cornering. The downside to the soft rubber compound is that the tread life of a high performance tire is less than tires with harder rubber compounds.
All Season Tires
All season tires offer a compromise between tires that are designed for use on dry and wet roads (high performance summer tires), and tires that are designed for use in the winter for snow and ice (snow tires). Although all season tires are neither as good as snow tires in icy winter conditions, nor are they as well performing as high performance tires for traction in warm dry conditions, these tires offer a great all-around compromise for vehicle owners who are looking for the best value and convenience. As a result, most vehicles come equipped from the factory with all-season tires.
Snow tires are designed to offer excellent performance in cold and icy winter conditions. They are composed of a soft rubber compound, which is softer than summer/high performance tires and therefore offers better grip on ice and snow, but as a result the tread wears more quickly at higher temperatures. For this reason, it is not recommended to use snow tires throughout all 4 seasons (unless your climate is cold throughout the whole year).