SSR Wheels 3-Piece Technology: Why should I get three piece wheels?

Why buy a three piece wheel?  Why not buy a one piece wheel.  There are several reason to by a three piece wheel instead of a one piece wheel.  Here is a little bit of SSR Wheels three piece technology explained:

SSR Wheels three piece wheel is made up of an outer rim, inner rim, and center disc.  The inner rim of the wheel is heat treated for strength, using the HTM (Heat Treatment Manufacture) process which allows for the use of a thinner material to save weight. With weight and high strength in mind, each section of the wheel is engineered using separate grades and thickness of aluminum according to its purpose. SSR’s racing heritage and manufacturing innovations have allowed the creation of a 3 piece wheel that is both super lightweight and high in strength.

Having a three piece wheel allows manufacturers like SSR Wheels to offer a wide range of offsets and ensures proper fitment specific to your vehicle.  They typically also have a deeper outer lip (big lip) to give it that impact look of depth.  It also allows for flexibility if you want to change wheel widths down the line.  If you happen to damage the inside or outside rim portion, then your repair bill might not be as costly since you are only replacing a portion of the wheel and not having to completely replace the wheel like a one piece wheel.

One piece wheels are not bad since they are typically lighter and the stronger if it is a quality forged compared to three piece wheels.  Not to be confused with cheap cast wheels.  There are plenty of racing series that only use one piece wheels.  For example Formula 1 wheels are mainly made by BBS, Enkei, O.Z Racing, and Rays aka Volk Racing Wheels.

 

 

 

MR2 with Enkei RPF1 Wheels Swap for the Track

Nice track stance MR2 with Enkei RPF1 wheels.

Nice track stance MR2 with Enkei RPF1 wheels.

Nice front wheel spec on these Enkei wheels

Nice front wheel spec on these Enkei wheels.  17X8.5 +22.  Needs a center cap though to finish it off.

The wide mouth side vent complements the design of the RPF1 wheels.

The wide mouth side vent complements the design of the RPF1 wheels. Rears are 17×9.5 +18

Nice rolling shot showing this black MR2 Turbo on Enkei RPF1 wheels.

Nice rolling shot showing this black MR2 Turbo on Enkei RPF1 wheels.

Photo credits to KSaengPhotography for shooting this MR2 with a clean Enkei Wheels swap.

Stanced MR2 on Work VS-SS Wheels Swap

This is sexy on wheels.  Work VS-SS wheels with an uber stance.

This is sexy on wheels. Work VS-SS wheels with an uber stance.  Very nice wheel swap for those in the stance game. Front specs are 18×10 +12.  Photo credit to KSaengphotography.

Rollin nicely on Work VS-SS in a rare Crimson Red 91 MR2 Turbo.

Rollin nicely on Work VS-SS in a rare Crimson Red 91 MR2 Turbo.  Photo credit to KSaengphotography.

The fronts of these Work VS-SS wheels are 18x10+12 and the rears are 18x11.5 +18

The rear specs for these Work VS-SS wheels are 18×11.5 +18.  Time to setup your stance game people. Photo credit to KSaengphotography.

How HRE Wheels are made at HRE Wheels Open House

HRE Wheels shown in different stages of production from start to finish at HRE Wheels Open House.

HRE Wheels shown in different stages of production from start to finish at HRE Wheels Open House.

HRE Wheels barrels and faces waiting for their turn to be custom built for its new owner.

HRE Wheels barrels and faces waiting for their turn to be custom built for its new owner.

More HRE Wheel Barrels.

More HRE Wheel Barrels.

More materials for building HRE Wheels

Materials for building HRE Wheels

 

More materials for building HRE Wheels

More materials for building HRE Wheels and some HRE Wheels already made for some customers.

 

HRE Wheel face in the beginning stages.

HRE Wheel face in the beginning stages.

 

HRE Wheel face moving along.

HRE Wheel face moving along quite nicely.

Four faces almost done for somebodies HRE wheels.

Faces almost done for somebodies HRE wheels.

 

HRE Wheel Face being cut on the vertical machine.

HRE Wheel Face being cut on the vertical machine.

2 sets of HRE Wheels sitting on the production floor waiting to be completed.

2 sets of HRE Wheels sitting on the production floor waiting to be completed.

 

Why buy aftermarket wheels?

There are several reasons to buy quality aftermarket wheels for your car.  One of the most popular reasons is that it can represent 25% or more of how your car looks to people.  You can take an ordinary looking car and transform it into something special with the right fitment and wheel specs.

As a wheel enthusiast, the best thing about getting quality wheels like CCW, HRE, SSR, Volk Racing (Rays Engineering), etc. is they are typically lightweight due to the materials and manufacturing process of them.

Why should you care about the wheels being lightweight and how they are made.  Lightweight wheels that are made properly have two important advantages/benefits to your car.  The first is handling.  A function of the unsprung mass in a lighter wheel that hits bumps or other road disturbances will put less force into the vehicle and upset the handling less making the car more planted to the road in comparison to a heavier wheel such as your OEM cast wheel.  The second advantage is rotational inertia in a lighter wheel.  A function of how much mass is distributed around the wheel from rotational center.  By minimizing rotational inertia, your going to increase acceleration and decrease stopping distances since it requires less energy to get the wheels going and to get the wheels to stop, which helps both performance and safety.

Happy quality aftermarket wheel shopping.

Miata with Enkei RPF1 Wheel Swap

Why do people like the RPF1 wheels? It is developed to be light weight, strong, and rigid in a wheel design that looks good on various cars.

Why do people like the RPF1 wheels? It is developed to be light weight, strong, and rigid in a wheel design that looks good on various cars.  This is one clean Miata with a solid wheel swap.

Something you rarely see in the RPF1's. 15" wheel size. Most people tend to opt for the 17's.

Something you rarely see in the RPF1’s. 14″ wheel size. Most people tend to opt for the 17’s.