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The Truth About XXR Wheels

Fitment Industries Author | | October 19th, 2017 |

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    - What's going guys? My name is Alex from Fitment Inc. And today we're gonna talk to you about the truth about xxrs.

    So I know the first thing that you guys were thinking when you clicked on this video is, are xxrs good? Do they break? Are they reps? Are they junk? Or are they any good?

    - I can't call it.
    - And I want you guys to actually watch the entire video which can be a little difficult,

    because we're gonna talk about all of that in today's first episode of wheel history.
    (upbeat music) So, I know a lot of guys run xxrs and it's probably the most controversial wheel in the actual automotive industry.

    - True that!
    - You can't go onto a forum and talk about xxrs without somebody either blasting or praising the wheel company.

    So we thought we start it off simple by just talking about the history of xxrs and where they came from. So a lot of people don't know this, but xxrs was actually incorporated in 1976, and two short years later, they actually began making wheels in their original wheel factory. By 1983, they're already producing wheels for Japan.

    (cheering and clapping) Now, xxr is actually founded and based and they sell and generate most of their wheels in Taiwan, where 60% of their sales actually go to Japan, 20% to United States, and 20% to the remaining countries of the world. So honestly by the early 2000s, xxr was already producing wheels for the United States of America. So that's where almost all of your xxrs are gonna be seen in Japan. Apparently, they love 'em over there. I guess that's,
    (melancholy music) that's cool.

    That's nice. So xxrs are actually known for their low cost, I mean, you guys know this as well as we do. You can actually go on our website and pick up a set of xxr 527s for like, $430, which is absolutely insane. Buying a wheel for a hundred bucks, it's crazy and it's almost unheard of. And that's where a lot of the speculation for xxr comes from, is because of their price point. Now, if you typed in xxr right now on google, the first thing that you're gonna see in the first 10 threads is, are xxrs good or bad? And honestly xxrs are what they say they are. They're just affordable aluminium alloy wheels.

    They get a lot of their designs from, the Wedsport TC105N, the BBS LM Advan RS. The only thing that you have to consider with the xxr design is that they're a fraction of the cost for a lot of the wheels that they look like. And they're not necessarily replicas, and that's another miscommunication. So, at a fraction of the cost, it's a damn good wheel. How are xxrs made? That's a pretty good question. Xxr use something called squeeze casting to make their wheels. For those that aren't familiar, squeeze casting is when you pour everything in there, then you take a thing and you put it in the other thing, and it gets pressurized and then the metal goes everywhere, and then, you let it cool down and then you take the wheel out, and there it is.

    So then you do your small design changes and all that sort of stuff, like your drilling and all that. Squeeze casting is not just like pouring and gravity-fed, it's actually a little bit different so it helps remove the impurities or having oxygen inside your wheel. But that's generally considered why people having issue with xxrs because they use squeeze casting, instead of something that's more like billet-machining or actually forging the wheel, which is probably the nicest way that you can do a one piece wheel. However, them doing the squeeze casting is the reason that their wheels are only a hundred dollars a wheel. So if you wanna get something that's a little bit higher price, maybe that's a little bit more lightweight because they're using forging as their way of getting the wheel, then xxr is not the wheel for you.

    But, if you're looking for something that's gonna get you a daily driving car that looks nice, that has a ton of finishes and styles, and the dimensions, and doesn't weigh a crap ton, xxrs aren't a terrible wheel. They're used for autocross, they're used for drifting, they're used for pretty much everything. And you'd be able to find a set of xxrs on practically any vehicle on the road today. So I have here a number of tests that xxr does. So, they do things called like the Finite element analysis, raw aluminum test, metal spectrum analysis, coordinating measuring, wheel impact test, wheel bending test, wheel radio fatigue test, air leak test, x-ray test, and vibration test.

    High speed rotation test, corrosion resistance test, chemical resistance test, accelerated weather test, I don't even know what that means. Paint adhesion test, Finestone resistance test? What does that mean? So they check the wheel, that's all I'm gathering from that. And that was taken right off their website. Really, with our conclusion, xxrs are a great wheel. If you're looking to daily driving vehicle, that you're looking to have something nice on your car that isn't gonna break the bank, that gets the job done. So, that's our wheel history on the xxr. We hope you guys enjoyed. If we miss something or there's something you wanna talk about. If you disagree with us, let us know, we love to argue. Otherwise, drop a comment on what you would like to see next. I'm gonna finish my coffee. My name is Alex and we'll see you later.
    (upbeat music)