Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I take my forged wheels to the track?
A: While our wheels are sufficiently engineered for track use, we recommend specific tire and wheels for \\\\r\\\\ntrack and alternate tire and wheels for road use. This is to ensure the wheels and tires are chosen for the specific type of use it will be subjected to.
Q: How light are your forged wheels?
A: Most of our street forged wheels will be an equivalent or nominally lighter than O.E sizes because our Street forged series wheels are specifically designed with primary objective of increasing strength over oe wheel. More often, forged wheels in the pursuit of weight savings will sacrifice strength inherently gained from the forging and material strength gains. Howevver, reducing material for lighter weight often means load capacity are often sacrificed. Weight saving benefits typically are outweighed by strength especially for road use applications. 6061-Vforged wheels are designed to have the maximum load capacity by capitalizing the material strengths over traditional cast wheel aluminum through the use of higher grade aluminum along with forging process. These strength gains aim at providing consumers with a stronger wheel than stock to ensure better durability.
Q: What does Street Forged mean?
A: Street Forged is our term for Forged wheels designed for road use. We design our wheels with consideration to not only to wheel design but also to the types of asphalt the wheels are going to be used on. Did you know that road pavings are dramatically different from track pavings in that race ways use asphalt mixed with compounds that are used in styrofoam cups? In addition, road asphalt are thicker due to the need to support large heavy commercial vehicles. These variables are all considered when constructing a wheel that is meant for real world conditions on real passenger vehicles vs that of vehicles that are on the race track that contend with side and frontal forces. In short, at 6061-VForged, these differences require different design parameters and considerations that would yield vastly different products than the norm of what is on the market today.
Q: What is the difference between a356-t6 aluminum from cast or flow formed wheels vs a6061-t6 aluminum wheels?
A: The simple answer is that A6061-T6 is the superior metal in comparison which allows the resulting wheel to be vastly superior to traditional cast and flow formed wheels. A6061-T6 aluminum has an ultimate tensile strength of 45000psi vs A356-T6 which has 33000psi. A6061-T6 has a max yield strength of 40000 psi vs 24000 psi for A356-T6 aluminum. A6061-T6 has a brinell hardness of 95 vs 70 for A356-T6 aluminum. A6061-T6 has a fatigue strength of 13923PSI vs 10877PSI for A356-T6 aluminum. Lastly, A6061-T6 has a shearing strength of 30000psi vs 26000psi for A356-T6 aluminum. In Short, in every category, A6061-T6 aluminum posesses properties superior to traditional A356-T6 casted aluminum. Adding the 10,000 forging process also ensures further the strength of wheels against traditional cast aluminum wheels.
Q: What is the difference between flow formed and 6061-t6 forged?
A: What we are seeing on the market place is the loose term of forging which often times confuse consumers. That is why we clearly indicate the material used in our wheels as A6061-T6. Flow form or any other names with forged coined to describe using A356-t6 aluminum wheels where the barrel is heated and elongated to form the finalize barrel shape may be better than traditional cast wheels. But, the material inherently is around 30% weaker than 6061-t6 grade aluminum. This coupled with the fact that the disk or spoke sections often are traditional casted means that strengths gains often are only in the barrel sections that are pressure compressed. When selecting wheels, consider the materials used and not just the process since the type of material often will dictate and have greater influence on the final strength of the wheel itself.
Q: What is the difference between your Street forged and Track forged series wheels?
A: Velox understands the difference requirements and demands placed on wheels for each type of environment. We understand that track conditions which are often in a artificial enclosed environment differ greatly than that of normal real world driving conditions. Similar to shoes, whether it maybe running shoes to cross training shoes, wheels designed to acheive different goals will also be vastly different in terms of performance. That is why Velox differentiates its products through its Street Forged Series and Track Forged Series to go beyond simply designing the lightest possible wheel to reduce seconds for track use and adapting it for streets. Because street wheels require additional longevity and strength to better cope with real world conditions, whereas track use wheels are often weight reduced to achieve ultimate performance at the sacrifice of durability and longevity. If you wear different shoes for different purposes, should the type of car and the wheels you use be the same for any purpose?
Q: Whats the difference between wheels made for road use vs track use
A: Wheels are similar to shoes that we wear. We have shoes for running, hiking, office, and cross training. Each require specific design considerations to optimize their respective performance. So why not wheels? Wheels that are subject to road use contend with constantly changing load, road imperfections, higher volumes of hot cold cycles, and real world conditions that often require added fortification to ensure consistent performance over a longer duration than that of a race wheel that will usually have a shorter lifespan with a focus on the lightest possible weight. Similar to race engines that require rebuilding in shorter intervals than street engines, a racing wheel should not be considered over a street wheel with the sole consideration of weight. In fact, weight savings of 30 lbs or less end up yielding minimal gains in performance vs the limitations it presents to the proper use of the vehicle.