Wheel Tips

Wheel Tips

MERCEDES is going green … Electric Vehicles coming 2020

Daimler has set its sights on introducing at least four Mercedes-Benz electric vehicle models going to 2020.  Telsa  Motors and other manufacturers  of Electric Vehicles pushing Daimler to jump into the game. Based on the lessons learned by Tesla Motors from Tesla’s Model S, the high cost of the development, parts and production of standalone electric vehicles do not make it very profitable at volumes under 50,000 units annually in the first generation, even in more costly vehicles.

According  to UK’s  Autocar, Daimler board member and head of its Research and Development Thomas Weber made the announcement after the German government revealed that it will begin offering sales subsidies on all electrical vehicles costing under $60,000

Based on an insider information, the plan includes two electric saloons and two SUV models. The electric cars and SUVs will basically follow the design of their petrol-fed and diesel-powered base models. However, the EVs will reflect a minor unique element in their designs in order for them to be easily recognizable as zero-emission autos.

The fruition of the program will put Mercedes-Benz as a direct competition of Tesla Motors. The article also noted that it is in response to Audi’s announcement that it will be offering a production version of its e-tron quattro concept in 2018.

Although there are no other details available as of yet about the models included in the electric vehicle offensive of Mercedes, the statement of Weber hinted that the EV cars will come from the C-Class and S-Class. On the other hand, the EV SUV models will probably be offered under the GLA and GLC range.

 

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POWDER COATING! Let’S Change It Up!

Bored with your current rims? What to make a statement with your tired OEM Wheels without spending a vast amount of money. OEM Wheel Plus, has joined forces with powder coating expert Kent Cimrmann, who is the owner of Anocote Powder.

OEM Wheel Plus took a basic powder coated OEM Land Rover silver wheel and brought it to a new brilliant finish! Using Anocote Powder’s techniques the wheels are sand blasted to their natural metal finish. The sand blasted wheels are hand sanded and prepped for powder coating. The powder coating baking process is configured by weight, density and volume. Once the baking is finished the wheels are hung to dry. After the wheels have dried they are ready for mounting or shipping.

Powder coating is a great way to change the color of your wheels to make your vehicle shine with a new look! Affordable and inventive!

OEM Wheel Plus takes pride in our wheels and our partnerships. We have an experienced sales team of skilled employees who understand fitment and product quality. Call today at 858-877-0816.

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BEFORE-AFTER

Roll on 24’s!

Roll out on 24 inch chrome wheels.  Our replica designed  Chevy wheels are made of alloy and are triple plated chrome finish and will give your ride that extra shine. OEM wheel plus replica 24 inch chrome rims will provide your Chevy with a smooth ride.

OEM (Original Equipment Manufacture) 24 inch Chevy wheels are available in two distinct spoke designs. The replica 24 inch Chevy Colorado wheels  are 24 inches and a width a 10 inches.  The six hole bolt pattern has a center hole of 78.1. The offset is 30 millimeters. The factory 24 inch Chevy Colorado wheels have six Y shaped spokes.

This stock 24 inch Chevy  wheels can also be fitted to other Chevy models such as the Silverado, Avalanche, Tahoe, and Suburban. The second 24 inch wheels and rims has seven spokes. The offset for this model is 31 millimeters.

While the chrome 24 inch Chevy Colorado wheels are designed to fit the Chevy Tahoe perfectly.  OEM Wheel Plus offers  wheel and tire packages which are mounted and balanced with a Hunter Road Force Balancer. Call today and mention this blog for an additional discount!  858-877-0816.

 

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Our Wheels Help Win Competition!

OEM WHEEL PLUS sells a Replica Wheel that Mercedes enthusiast love. Mr. Parker an OEM Wheel Customer sent us a thank you with this message:

“Here’s a few photo’s over the last couple of years of my 2007 Mercedes SLK350 that I told you about. I ordered these 19 Mercedes inch wheels from you after I started entering Fastdawg in cars shows. It’s done well since the change over and has won 23 awards in limited showings. The wheels has allowed me to complete with Vettes, Mustangs, Camaro’s, and Mopars at local shows, it gives the car a better profile. The old Alloy (silver) just didn’t give the car much of a side presence. Can’t say that now. The picture with the trophies show less than the 23 but it was an earlier picture. The car also has won SLKWorld.com ‘s Ride of the month (February 2014) since the switch over for the world. The car is known world wide as “Fastdawg” and is generally a big hit at shows as few people see SLK’s running around. The chrome wheels were everything I wanted them to be and enable me to complete against the classics. I look forward to my new wheels for my 2005 E500 4matic. By the way, it’s white too and called Snowball! :)”

Sincerely,

Bob Parker

Hub Centric Wheels vs Lug centric wheel

Don’t settle for just lug centric wheels!

A hub centric wheel is predominantly found in the OEM market, where as a lug centric wheel is most commonly found in the aftermarket sector. Fortunately for you as a customer of OEM Wheel Plus we have genuine hub centric wheels or the proper spacers to turn your hazardous lug centric wheels into hub centric wheels that inspire confidence and control as you lay down many miles in your prized ride for years to come. Here at OEM Wheel Plus we understand the importance of a customer’s need for unwavering safety and dedicated reliance on a product that is certified to withstand the harshness and punishment of a diverse plethora of road conditions you may face. The more respective and trustworthy wheel retailers don’t ignore their customers’ needs to properly turn their dangerous lug centric wheels into safe, reliable hub centric wheels that make your ride glide down the pavement with no disruptions. This is a hallmark trait of OEM Wheel Plus to take care of our customer’s concerns regarding safety and to provide the necessary equipment to promote safety by allowing your wheels that you purchase from us to be fitted one hundred percent correctly. The reason for this distinction of market sectors mentioned above is because OEM wheels are designed specifically for a precision wheel hub to mounting plate relationship that creates a precise fit to the car under a wheel to axle relationship that is reliant on the lug nuts to stop lateral forces from pushing the wheels off during driving. The lugs hold the wheel to the mounting plate on the car and with a hub centric wheel the size of the wheel hub perfectly marries up with the axle with no gaps that cause the wheel to “float” upon mounting of it. On a hub centric wheel the wheel to axle relationship takes care of the massive forces exerted in an upward and downward direction, while again the lugs stop lateral movement of the wheel that could cause catastrophic failure under that kind of load in that specific direction.

This tight relationship of wheel to axle fitment on the mounting plate is not present with a lug centric wheel. With a wheel that is designated to be lug centric is going to be most commonly a wheel that is targeted by aftermarket companies, where the wheel needs to fit a wide range of vehicle models and makes to effectively target a large market with a narrower range of wheel designs. If the wheel hub that is produced by the aftermarket manufacture is too small then a proper axle fitment will be absolutely impossible. This is where the center bore diameter most likely won’t allow this lug centric wheel to perfectly have a snug fit to the axle of the car that a hub centric wheel has. This is because aftermarket companies are producing a wheel with a center bore that is large enough to allow the wheel to be fitted to a wide range of vehicle models. This can be achieved by applying the proper hub centric spacers that have varying inside or outside diameters that drop into the wheel’s hub effectively changing the center bore the correct value to ensure a proper, snug fitment to the mounting plate that surrounds the axle of the respective vehicle. With a hub centric wheel the center bore is engineered to have a perfect fit to the axle of the specified vehicle that the factory car company is producing so hub centric type spacers are not necessary for a proper fitment of the wheel to the mounting plate that allows the wheel to marry up with the axle of the vehicle perfectly. People will sometimes try and rationalize that they do not in fact need to utilize hub centric type spacers to transform their usually aftermarket lug centric wheel to a wheel that is now characterized as being fully hub centric. People will say that if you use special lug nuts that are cone type which are supposed to be self-centering then you can get away with using a wheel that is strictly lug centric. This however is not the case because even if you are using cone type, self-centering lug nuts the wheel that is lug centric will still have free play for movement against the mounting plate, which will cause significant vibrations to be felt while rolling down the road. Not only will the uncomfortable vibrations become noticeably obnoxious, but also eventually your lug studs will become warped over time. This is because the lug nuts are designed to prevent lateral forces from ripping your wheel off. The lug nuts do a great job at ensuring this, but what they can’t help with is a longitudinal shearing force that is now being enacted upon your wheels as a result of there being free play and enough movement in a upward and downward motion to cause the insidious vibrations that could actually shear your lug studs off leading to a potentially fatal, catastrophic failure of your precious vehicle that trust and depend with your life everyday. It doesn’t matter that you used conical type, self-centering lug nuts, lug nuts are lug nuts and therefore they only are designed to handle forces acting in one direction not multiple that would be present because you failed to turn your typically aftermarket lug centric wheel into a hub centric that guarantees a seamless fitment to the mounting plate allowing no free play longitudinally to evoke shearing forces that are perpendicular or ninety degrees offset of the direction that all lug nuts are only designed to handle. The simple beauty about hub centric wheel spacers is that any problematic lug centric wheels can be remedied and converted into wheels that are classified as hub centric allowing for the smoothest and safest ride to be achieved. There is simply no excuse for buying aftermarket wheels and keeping them in lug centric form that compromises your safety and ride stability. It is never too late to fully enjoy and appreciate our premium quality rims here at OEM Wheel Plus that exudes an unfaltering dedication to the finest details and craftsmanship. Our quality rims either are designed right off the bat to be hub centric like our line of Mercedes Benz OEM replica rims or if you purchase another type of precision crafted rim from us that is lug centric initially for universal fitment purposes. We will be more than willing to promise that you as the customer receive the proper hub centric wheel spacers to keep your ride rolling in the most elegant manner conceivable!

Chrome Rim Care

Chrome Rim Care

Here at OEM Wheel Plus we take pride and dedication to our customers’ needs, which is why we can’t stress enough on the importance of maintaining a mirror-like finish on your chrome rims that you purchase from us. We have the passion for quality automotive performance and care, which is why you came to us to purchase rims in the first place. Don’t let improper or inadequate wheel care ruin the brilliant finish on your newly acquired chrome rims. Let us teach you proper, routine cleaning, claying, polishing, and waxing procedures to ensure that your rim’s finish stands the test of time. Chrome is inherently a soft material that is susceptible to the abrasive properties of brake dust that when left to accumulate over long periods of time will ruin the soft chrome finish on your rims through pitting and abrasion of carbon fibers that are deposited on the rim through deterioration of the actual brake pads themselves under braking. Don’t allow your glistening new chrome rims become a victim through neglect. By following this quick and simple procedure you will be on your way to learning how to effectively clean and clay your chrome rims in order to properly prepare them for our polishing and waxing procedure that will ultimately bring out that desired sparkle in your chrome rims. Here is easy to follow break down of the cleaning procedure:

  1. Start by giving each of your four wheels a respectable rinse down for a solid minute with a low-pressure jet stream of water to effectively remove as much accumulated brake dust and grime from the chrome surface that will come off from the bombardment of the water alone.
  2. Next step is to break out your favorite choice of chrome wheel cleaner and individually coat your wheels down in a uniform fashion with the cleaner. The important thing to remember here is that you remember to always use a non-acidic wheel cleaner to prevent your wheel’s chrome finish from being eaten away by improper cleaners.
  3. After dousing the rims down in a proper non-acidic solution, it’s time to move to the fun part, which is getting closely intimate with your chrome rims by giving them a little tender love and care by using a rim cleaning brush that has non-abrasive bristles to remove caked on brake dust and grime that wasn’t eliminated by the initial rinse down. It is crucial during this step to keep the rims wet continually to keep the brush from scratching the chrome finish. During your scrubbing routine never forget to get behind the spokes to ensure that the fronts and backs of the rim are evenly and properly cleaned. Just as equally important is to clean the nooks and crannies of the lug nuts themselves as brake dust will be residing inside there as well. Finally since you are already busy getting down and dirty you might as well get to the wheel wells and clean those too as you are scrubbing your rims in the meantime.
  4. The final step to the cleaning procedure is to adequately dry your rims down completely; this will prevent water spots from developing in the rims themselves. Do so with a non-abrasive microfiber cloth that will not induce scratching and create water streaks both of which will spoil your hard work.
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The next procedure we will be laying out is prepping the wheels for polishing by claying the rims. This will properly remove other types of grime and caked on residues and containments along with remaining brake dust that survived your well-executed and proper cleaning procedure.

  1. Start by spraying your rims down with a high quality clay lubricant of your choice.
  2. Then take your clay bar and form it into a circle roughly 3 inches in diameter. Now it’s time to gently rub your rims with the clay circle until all the nooks and crannies are covered including behind the spokes and in-between them as well as touching up the lug nuts.
  3. Finalize the claying process by spraying the rims with the clay lubricant one more time, then wipe off any residual clay remnants left behind from your initial clay rubbing.

Once you have taken the time and care to clean and clay your rims, you can move onto the polishing procedure to start making your hard work and dedication translate into that mirrored-finish that you crave out of your chrome rims.

  1. Evenly apply your choice of metal wheel polish on your rims that is designated as safe to use on chrome surfaces.
  2. Take a polishing ball that is not wool and attach it to a electric drill and start sweeping over your rims gently with the polishing ball to integrate the metal polish into the rim uniformly starting off with a low speed initially then graduating to a higher speed setting as the polish dries and gets evenly distributed over the chrome rim.
  3. Bring back your microfiber cloth to wipe down the rims softly down and complete the process.

The final step to bring out that glossy, mirror finish that you have been working so hard to ensure all this time is to top off your rim care with a much needed touch of wheel wax. This procedure fights to keep your chrome finish shielded from brake dust, dirt, and debris on your next outing with your cherished chrome rims. Simply apply your favorite wheel wax with an applicator pad and follow through with a sufficient buffing. The wheel wax is designed to dry clear so as to not tarnish the shine that you expect out of your chrome rims. The waxing process needs to be kept up weekly to provide your rims with the daily protection they need to resist grime and brake dust accumulation on the chrome surfaces of your rims. By staying dedicated to your wheel waxing you will save time down the road by noticeably making cleaning times shorter by having less grime to remove overall because of the wax’s grime repelling properties.