We're smitten with the Vintage Series three-piece wheels from HRE. The hardware is about as cool as it gets in our opinion, and you can bet we'd rock a set if we had a vehicle worthy of the rollers. If you've ever wondered how the company goes about putting the wheels together, you're in luck. HRE and StanceWorks have collaborated on a video documenting the ins and outs of crafting "investment grade" wheels.

The manufacturing process is set to a suitably epic soundtrack, and the high-def images of aluminum being milled from soulless blocks to three-piece glory are mesmerizing. Take a second to hit the jump and check out the clip for yourself.

HRE Wheels: The Birth of the Vintage Series from StanceWorks on Vimeo.



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      Luke Colorado
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow! So they're made just like every other CNC'd wheel ever made for the last decade? Amazing.
        LifeLongCarGuy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Luke Colorado
        That is exactly what my thoughts were as well. In my previous career I was very close with the machine shop owner and the meticulous work they did for us (Semiconductor manufacturing tool sub-assemblies) makes wheel making look easy.
        JayP
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Luke Colorado
        Just in slow motion.
      Streak
      • 2 Years Ago
      I almost cried during this
        poppopeyes
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Streak
        you realized your life sucks after watching this, too? i sure did
      ilmhmtu
      • 2 Years Ago
      That music was really throwing me off. It was really epic. Was I watching the making of a wheel or an episode of Game of Thrones?
      Candy White
      • 2 Years Ago
      Very well put together video. Would of like to have seen the forging process though.
      snap_understeer_ftw
      • 2 Years Ago
      the BBS RS is and will forever be the sexiest wheel model ever made.....I haven't seem a car made ugly by the addition of RSs
      lasertekk
      • 2 Years Ago
      Vintage Series. Yes. Usable on an actual vintage car? No. Nothing under 18" I believe. A Porsche 912 or Alfa Guilietta will look 'not right' on wheels that big in diameter.
        Moreno636
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lasertekk
        This isnt designed for Vintage cars...they are designed for modern cars with a vintage "look"
      bleexeo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice. But then again any custom wheel that costs at least $1500 each should be pretty damn nice.
      nearprairie
      • 2 Years Ago
      Set to "a suitably epic soundtrack"? Talk about over wrought and overblown. They're just making wheels, for crying out loud, not saving humanity from god knows what.
      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      And that is why HRE makes the best wheels in the world.
        rjwollin
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        They make their wheels the same was as all other "boutique" brands like DPE, ADV.1, D2, MORR, iForged, Modulare, CCW, Kinesis, etc, etc... Step one: purchase forged 6061-T6 billet discs, shaped to spec, from the lowest bidder. Step two: purchase rolled barrels and lips, sized to spec, from the lowest bidder. Step three: purchase steel & titanium fasteners in bulk, from the lowest bidder. Step four: turn and machine billet discs into wheel "faces" with cnc milling and turning centers, from low end brands like Fadal and Haas. Step five: clean, surface finish & clearcoat or powdercoat. Step six: assemble with barrels and lips and hardware. Step seven: mount wheels on fancy cars in parking lot, take photos for flashy website. Step eight: sell for massive profit claiming industry domination and all kinds of approvals (JWL, VIA, ISO, TUV) but when asked for proof, tell customer you don’t show certs because you fear competition will copy them and put their name on it. Step nine: Profit. Step ten: Try to stay in business (if you fail this step miserably, like 360 Forged, lay low for a while, then start again (ADV.1) and make sure you talk a lot about how the experience has made you better. Best wheels in the world? Try RAYS or even BBS.
          Dan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @rjwollin
          Wow, jrwollin is either a troll or displays a stunning lack of knowledge about the wheel industry. 1. Unlike nearly every other brand you mentioned, HRE does all of its design, engineering and manufacturing in-house at their facility. ADV.1, iForged and rest all farm it out to the same private label shop, they just swap the bit in the machine and change the label. 2. HRE is one of the only American wheel manufacturers with true TUV certification. You are correct that others claim to have certs they don't HRE will prove it. Anytime. 3. When talking about fasteners, pretty sure ARP is not the "lowest bidder." In fact, I'm pretty sure they're the highest. But they make stuff for NASA... so you know... 4. Wheels of this caliber are not for everyone. But some people buy a Timex, others want a Rolex or a Panerai. Nothing wrong with a Timex, I wear one myself. But for those that can buy the Submariner, I certainly don't hate them for it.
          AP1_S2K
          • 2 Years Ago
          @rjwollin
          sniff... I smell industry person. Thanks for sharing
          Dan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @rjwollin
          Wow, jrwollin is either a troll or displays a stunning lack of knowledge about the wheel industry. 1. Unlike nearly every other brand you mentioned, HRE does all of its design, engineering and manufacturing in-house at their facility. ADV.1, iForged and rest all farm it out to the same private label shop, they just swap the bit in the machine and change the label. 2. HRE is one of the only American wheel manufacturers with true TUV certification. You are correct that others claim to have certs they don't HRE will prove it. Anytime. 3. When talking about fasteners, pretty sure ARP is not the "lowest bidder." In fact, I'm pretty sure they're the highest. But they make stuff for NASA... so you know... 4. Wheels of this caliber are not for everyone. But some people buy a Timex, others want a Rolex or a Panerai. Nothing wrong with a Timex, I wear one myself. But for those that can buy the Submariner, I certainly don't hate them for it.
          microboy3
          • 2 Years Ago
          @rjwollin
          That is literally only ADV.1's story.... Not HRE. They make it all in house.
      larshafner
      • 2 Years Ago
      epic video and it´s great to see why wheels of that kind are so expensive, so much effort and work goes into it.
      bugzy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Here's another great video on the HRE factory. HRE does all their engineer, design, powder coating, finishing in-house. Their factory is TUV certified. http://www.egarage.com/videos/hre-wheels/
      WindsWilling
      • 2 Years Ago
      Incredibly well shot and designed film. That said, HRE wheels have been overpriced forever, and their style is lacking imho. I'll take BBS or Rays any day of the week over these.
        larshafner
        • 2 Years Ago
        @WindsWilling
        can`t agree. i am german and over here BBS wheels are iconic, BUT they are much heavier than HREs, cause most of them are not forged. HRE wheels are not cheap but they have a great reputation, no matter in which part of the world.
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