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.
Nice track stance MR2 with Enkei RPF1 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. Rears are 17×9.5 +18
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.
AE86 on RS Watanabes
AE86 RS Watanabe Wheel Swap fronts closeup
AE86 on RS Watanabes rear rolling shot
Size to a ridiculous 14×9.5, -19 offset up front, and 14×10.5, -32 offset in the rear. These Racing Service Watanabes wheel swap really make the car and oh the crazy 5SGTE with ITB’s. Photo credit to KSaengphotography.
Clean 94 SMG MR2 Turbo with Racing Hart C2 Wheels swap.
The offset is the same in the front and back of the these Racing Hart C2 wheels. 17×8 +36 offset all around.
Sweet rolling shots of this 94 MR2 Turbo on Racing Hart C2 wheels. Photo credit to KSaengphotography.
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.