Getting To Know Steeda Wheels

August 27, 2008 12:29 pm

It is no secret that upgrading your vehicle’s wheels is one of the simplest ways to change the look of your car and also to improve its road manners. However the wheel marketplace can be very confusing today as to what is the choice one should make, as there are literally thousands of options available to consumers today and even thousands more opinions from others on what to buy. At Steeda Autosports, we take the guesswork out of the process by producing a comprehensive line of wheels that are designed and manufactured under the highest engineering and manufacturing standards today. When combined with our performance tire selections from Nitto, you are guaranteed the best wheel and tire combinations available today – PERIOD!

[nggallery id=64]

We do not take our wheels and tires lightly at Steeda. Not only does the wheel have to look “just right” – but it must perform, and perform like no other. The key Steeda difference is that our wheels are specifically designed, engineered, and manufactured for a specific intent and for a specific vehicle using 3d CAD software and analyzed with FEA software. Key factors we look at in our wheel designing /engineering process include (but are not limited to):

  • Correct wheel/hub offsets
  • Clearance for OEM and most aftermarket brake kits
  • Brake clip clearances
  • Optimized weight and strength with optimized pocketing design
  • Brake cooling optimized for operation under harsh race conditions

Realizing that weight is the enemy of speed and handling, we use some of the finest materials in our wheels (A356.2 grade Aluminum), and then low pressure cast them for increased strength and reduced weight. Many others gravity cast their wheels – a far cheaper process that adds weight and result in a weaker wheel. After being cast, our wheels are heat-treating to 82.5 Rockwell E and then precision CNC machined with CAD/CAM software before receiving a specialized coating under a German Wagner paint line.

Next our wheel designs are then thoroughly tested for both track and street use under a variety of industry and proprietary testing techniques that includes (but are not limited to):

  • 13 degree impact resistance
  • 30 degree impact resistance
  • Cornering fatigue
  • Radial fatigue
  • X-ray inspection
  • Air leak inspection
  • Rockwell hardness

The end result – wheels that are made under some of the highest standards and are certified for use under the most aggressive street, track, dragstrip conditions you will experience. All of our wheels are produced under strict certifications / standards including: ISO9001, ISO 7141, QS9000, TS16949, JWL, TUV, and the US Department of Transportation (DOT).

Once you get your wheels, then you must have the best tires on the market to complete your performance package. We have tested all of the high performance brands in the market today, and recommend only Nitto tires for those that want the best performance for their vehicle. Check with your Steeda Sales Professional for their recommendation of the specific Nitto tires for your purpose.

Steeda wheels + Nitto tires = maximum performance !

Steeda Autosports is an ISO 9001:2000 Certified Global Manufacturer of Ford performance products and the largest manufacturer of high performance components for Ford vehicles in the World.