Every wheel listed in our assortment for Subarus meet or exceed the world's most demanding standards of quality, such as ISO 9001&9002, JWL, and VIA to ensure that we are providing you with the highest level of quality and safety. In addition, practically every wheel we offer features a durable clear coat finish to ensure that your new wheels can stand up to the abuse of all the less-than-perfect roads out there dish out.
We invite you to talk our experienced Modification Experts today at 714-582-3330 if you have any questions about any wheels for nearly any make or model. Our guys have the expertise to guide you to exactly the right specs for your new set of wheels - from fitment, backspacing and offset to what tire we recommend.
Frequently Asked Questions about Wheels for Subaru Models
When you're spec'ing out the wheels for your Subie, the details may feel like an overwhelming wall of numbers, but believe us, they sure do matter, so it's important you suck it up and pay more attention than you did in highschool Algebra. The specifications from the backspacing to offset, width, diameter, amount of possible concavity and what tire you use - from model of tire to actual width spec - it has a serious impact on how your wheels will look mounted on your Subaru and how they perform. Here are some of our most Frequently Asked Questions about Subaru Wheels.
What is the difference between different styles of manufacturing wheels?
There are a few different methods used to make wheels, each with its own perks and compromises. The most common methods of manufacture used today are: Gravity Casting, Low Pressure Casting (LPDC), Flow-Forming, and Forging. Listed below is an explanation for each type of wheel. Remember today's streets are not smooth like Japan or Germany. Thanks to aging infrastructure in the US, the reality is that the majority of Urban US roads are pockmarked with potholes that can easily ruin your wheels, so it is advisable that you look for a wheel that's stronger rather than simply choosing the lightest wheel possible.
What Are Gravity Cast Wheels?
Gravity casting wheels (also called Permanent Mold or Sand Casting) is the simplest way to make a wheel, and as such, most factory wheels are gravity cast.
A crucible is filled with molten aluminum alloy, which is then poured into a mold. Alloy is poured into the mold until it is filled with the molten alloy. Since gravity is the only force pushing the metal into the mold used, the alloy is not as dense as a low pressure cast wheel might be. Thanks to the reduced density, it requires more metal alloy to attain the same structural strength characteristics as a Low Pressure Cast wheel, meaning a Gravity Cast wheel will be heavier than a wheel Low Pressure Cast or Forged wheel. Since the casting process is uncomplicated and doesn't require much equipment, Gravity Cast wheels are less expensive than wheels produced by other means, and because the tooling costs are so low, it allows for small batch production, flexibility in design and shorter development times not possible with more complex methods of manufacturing. Klutch Wheels, Niche Wheels are a good example of Gravity Cast wheels.
How Are Low Pressure Cast Wheels Made?
Low pressure casting is very much like gravity casting, however LPDC adds pressure to forcibly push the molten alloy into the mold and pack it into the mold, creating higher density metal inside the structure of the wheel. The denser material used in its construction results in a wheel that has greater structural strength than gravity casting.
The process works like this: Using a mold, the crucible is sealed against the die, and then the molten aluminum alloy is injected into the mold using pressurized air to push it into the mold. Low pressure cast wheels generally cost more than gravity cast wheels, and are almost always stronger. This is the most popular production method in use today. While there are also High Pressure Die Casting production methods in use, they are less common because the end product is lower strength than Low Pressure Casting.
What Are Flow Formed Wheels for Subarus?
Flow Form Casting differs from gravity casting and low pressure casting as the barrel is created in an entirely different way. The blank ingot that makes up the barrel of the wheel is mounted to a rotating shaft on a special machine. The ingot is then spun, often with an open flame hitting the ingot to keep it hot, while two special shaped rollers apply pressure on the wheels from the side to shape, sort of like a lathe. The pressure, combined with the turning motion of the wheel, gradually forces the soft, hot wheel ingot blank to form against the mandrels, creating the shape and width of the wheel's barrel. During the flow forming process, the wheel's barrel actually "flows" down out of the ingot to create the full width of the wheel. The pressure applied to the wheel actually changes the physical properties of the aluminum, so its strength and internal strength traits become more like those of forged wheels. This added strength means that the material doesn't have to be as dense, which provides up to 15% weight reduction over a low-pressure cast wheel. Flow Forming is the style of manufacture utilized by such manufacturers as Forgestar Wheels.
What Are Forged Wheels for Subaru?
Forged wheels are the strongest and lightest type of wheel, superior to wheels produced by other methods. Aluminum is shaped under extreme pressure, creating a high strength, lightweight wheel. To forge a wheel, the process works like this: a billet ingot is hot forged - it takes the billet ingot and stamps it roughly into shape on a hot press. Then a second Forging process is used to create the face and "designed" parts of the wheel - the wheel face and barrel are still separate at this stage in the process. Next, another process called Cold-Spinning, creates the barrel of the wheel by spinning the wheel barrel ingot and using hydraulic rollers to exert force on the barrel ingot to shape it into the final contour of the barrel, similar to flow-forming. Then, the wheels strengthened by heating the wheel to extreme temperatures, then immediately dunking them into a special cooling solution. At this point, machine work is done to the wheel face and barrel to create the final shape of the wheel. Lastly, they do all the finishing work on the wheel and also improve its roundness, then the components are shot blasted to prep them for final surface finishing, then the two or more pieces of the wheels are bolted together, cleaned up and then the wheel is finished.
Since manufacturing a forged wheel requires expensive specialty forging equipment, Forged Wheels consequently command a much higher price on the aftermarket than Wheels manufactured utilizing any other method. For example, BC Racing Forged Wheels for Subaru, SSR Wheels for Subaru and select Niche Wheels for Subaru are produced in this manner.
We offer Forgestar Wheels, BC Racing Wheels, Klutch Wheels, TSW Wheels, SSR Wheels, Niche Wheels, VMR Wheels, WedSport and Incurve Wheels in fitments for Subaru, but many more options are available. Just let a Modification Expert know what you're looking for and we can find an option that's right for you. Give us a call at 714-582-3330
Can modbargains install my Subaru's new wheels?
Yes! It doesn't matter what sort of wheel or what kind of fitment - when it comes to wheels, we can do it. If you’re in SoCal, we’re located in La Habra, CA, barely 20 minutes away from world-famous Disneyland. We are aftermarket specialists and have the experience with high end wheels to mount your new wheel and tire package correctly. modbargains is a full-service installer with three lifts (Coming Spring 2014), an Alignment Rack (Coming Spring 2014) and even an AWD Dynamometer, we're able to tackle nearly any project. Give us a call today at 714-582-3330 to make an appointment!
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