BUILDING A CUSTOM TWO PIECE WHEEL FROM SCRATCH
June 1, 2016

BUILDING A CUSTOM TWO PIECE WHEEL FROM SCRATCH

June 1, 2016

With so many wheel size options available with different lug patterns and backspacing it only makes sense to build them to order. Every custom wheel that is built in-house in Buena Park, CA does not start being assembled until the order is placed.

Barrels-Story

With an order placed, the components for the wheel are gathered together and put into the wheel assembly area with the work order.

American-Racing-Shelby-Center

Once the machined center section is complete the proper barrel is selected, we use 6061 forged aluminum barrels from Indiana. Since the barrel is a blank the valve stem hole is punched in the proper location and cleaned up.

Valve-Stem-Punch-Machine
Valve-Stem-hole-punched

From the valve stem punch the barrel is then heated to expand it making it easier to slip over the center section.

Heating-Barrel

From the valve stem punch the barrel is then heated to expand it making it easier to slip over the center section.

Wheel-Center-Backspaced

The barrel is then placed on the center section and a fan is turned on to cool the barrel around the center section. You can see the gap between the two in this photo.

Barrel-Center-Gap

After the wheel is cooled enough for the center section to be locked into place, the wheel is then checked for runout or alignment, any issues need to be addressed at this point before it goes to final welding.

Wheel-Runout-Inspection

Once the wheel has passed the runout/alignment check it goes into staging to be welded.

Wheels-Staging-For-Welding

Wheels are machine welded.

Wheel-Assembly-Welding
Wheel-Assembly-Welding-During

Now that welding is complete the wheel will be polished and and inspected for any defects. A final runout check will be done with a printout included with the wheels showing the test results and inspectors signature.

Wheel Polishing

The custom wheels are now complete and will be boxed and shipped out to the customer.

These products can expose you to chemicals including chromium, nickel and lead which are known by the State of California to cause cancer, or birth defects, or other reproductive harm. For more information please visit: www.P65Warnings.ca.gov