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I have 2 different sets of wheels. They both are the same 5×114.3 bolt pattern. They are both made from aluminum. They both are 18” in diameter. They both are 8.5” wide. They both are BBK friendly. They both have the IDENTICAL size tires. Yet, they are very different. It isn’t much you can say by just looking at them which would be heavier, but when we put them on a scale, it says it all.
Cast wheels are formed using a mold to achieve shape and form. Molten metal is poured into the mold. As the metal cools, it hardens into the shape of the wheel. Forged wheels are superior to cast, as performance and strength are critical requirements, where pricing isn’t. Forged wheels are formed from a large chunk of raw aluminum, where it is it machined, CNC’d, and/or milled to the desired design.
The VMR V701 came in a 43.5 pounds, where the Nismo LMGT4 came in at an ASTONISHING 36.5 pounds. That’s a ridiculous 7 pounds difference from something that looks to be the same size. Clearly, their masses are different. Its not that the VMR’s are super heavy. Just for reference, the stock 16” wheels with 205/55 tires, weight 43 pounds. So considering the VMR wheel setup is 2 inches larger in diameter, 2 inches wider in width, and has a 20mm larger contact patch, it is quite an upgrade. With that being said, the LMGT4’s are that much more of an upgrade.
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If you’re interested in how they’re made, do a simple search on YouTube, where you will be able to see not only how cast wheels are made (https://youtu.be/LCMs-7K8nLk0) , but also the process on how Forged wheels are made (https://youtu.be/Armx02_R7Y0).
If you’re in the market for some nice high quality wheels, some great companies that I would look at if money isn’t quite in mind, are the following: Rays, Enkei, BBS, Work, Volk, RS Watanabe. Most aftermarket wheels can be quite expensive, however if you’re looking for a very high quality wheel that is closer to the cheap side, do what I did with my Honda, and pick up a set of OEM forged wheels. For instance, Infiniti offered 19” forged wheels on their G35, and they can be picked up for not alot of money. Some other OEM forged alternatives are Nissan 350z Rays wheels, Nissan 370z Rays wheels, Nissan Altima SER Rays wheels, Subaru BBS wheels, Audi BBS wheels, just to name a few. You will be able to pick them up for a fraction of what forged aftermarket wheels go for, yet you’re getting the same performance and strength.
If you’re looking for forged aftermarket wheels, the sky is the limit, as many companies offer forged wheels nowadays.
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