• Dec 6th 2006 at 10:44PM
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Rays Engineering
makes some of our favorite wheels. They're clean, simple, stupid light and are more than willing to take the abuse of both day-to-day driving and track assaults. All those attributes come at a price, however, and our last set of TE37s took a significant toll on our bank account. Now that we've seen how Volk makes their exotic rollers, we feel a bit more justified in dropping that amount of coin. Forged wheels rock and this video explains why.

[Source: TechEBlog]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      RM forging = forging technique proprietary to Rays Manufacturing

      The process end to end is a lot quicker for the cast procucts. The inspections would take as much time or longer, particularly if they are 100% testing, as opposed to testing 1 out of every 19 wheels.

      (As a Materials Engineer, i am more interested in their RF cooling personally.)

      The spinning of the rims out to shape is a cool thing to see in action. Its done a lot slower than other products ive seen spun (mostly things like the aluminum shields on heat lamps, same process, different variables).

      I always wondered what alloy the rims were... 6061 according to the video, same alloy is used in bikes, airplanes, etc theres a fair ammount of it in space as well, i believe.

      Very cool, good post!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Makes Discover Channel's "how it's made" program
      look very good. I found that I had more questions than
      answers after watching this. What's RC forging? NC?
      is that like cnc? Why is that done?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Mr. Heater - I'm sorry, but you're mistaken. I got this post from the TechEBlog. Here's the link: http://www.techeblog.com/index.php/tech-gadget/how-its-made-alloy-wheels

      For the record, we pride ourselves on citing our sources. In this case, I didn't think our readers needed a link to a site that wasn't car related. I'll be sure to cite ALL my sources to appease readers like yourself.
      • 8 Years Ago
      That's pretty incredible. Coming from an industrial design perspective, watching this stuff is so enjoyable.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Damon, why do you refuse to attribute sources you pull information from? It's clear you got this video from Autospies, so why not a "via" link like the other bloggers on Autoblog do?
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