Originally Posted by phunk
actually... the engineering, manufacturing, and quality control between the top Japanese wheel brands is second to none... and makes a lot of the American wheel companies look pretty amateur. and yes they are used in real racing series, including F1 and JGTC, and used in OEM applications for sport packages etc and have TUV certification.
What you get for your money out of wheels like Volk/Rays, Advans, etc... far far exceeds what you are getting for a set of bling'n made in america wheels.
TUV in EU, and other Certs that are used here in the U.S. mean something. Yet some "knock-off wheels have been found to have fake ratings on them before. Hell even fake Volk's are out there now that look exactly alike unless you know every tiny detail.
Jap wheels second to none, in no way, shape or form.
BBS and O.Z.
Lets just look at the TOP racing series in the world, F1 for now.
I have looked before, but never really spent more than a few mins looking at F1 wheels. I see 2, no make that 3 wheels with names on them. BBS, O.Z., Enkei. This is easy to find with a F1 car pic search.
Looking at these 3 name I know/can find the following:
BBS makes their own wheels, street and race.
O.Z. makes their own wheels street and race.
Enkei make their own street wheels, the F1 wheels "saying Enkei" on them are made by O.Z. They state as much in their own ads.
So that says alot about Enkei and their brand, having to have O.Z. make "their" F1 wheels.
BBS also makes wheels "branded" other names, and also in other countries besides Germany. ASA is just one brand.
O.Z., the same. They make ProDrive, Sparco, etc., etc.
Now once again, I still have yet to any see any other wheel today on an F1 car besides these three name/ 2 manufacturers.
Indy Car, I see 2. BBS and O.Z.
Nascar, they don't count as far as I know they are still running steel wheels
Other Formula cars, have not looked yet.
JGTC, well I would expect them to push Jap wheels in that series.
GTC, German wheels also being "pushed" or used more.
So maybe there are some Jap wheels "worth" 1k a pop, but I don't know just who they are.
Rays, Volks, "insert any of 100 names here" etc etc and any other Jap "name brand", well they are mostly BBS and O.Z. knock-offs. Yes, knock-offs. Mostly.
SSR/Speed Star Racing, some nice wheels, but again knock-offs from years gone by.
HRE, hmm...... no longer go by their original name, Hayashi Racing Equipment (sp) Wonder why, maybe to get away from being associated with having a Japanese name?
Anyone remember when HRE wheels were not allowed in a few racing series due to some braking? Wasn't ones something like the VRL? Now today, I know some HRE are "racing approved", but which ones exactly.
Buy what you like, but if you buy cheap, you get what you pay for. One can argue cost/quality all day long, but that would be the cheap bastard/jooboy.
Me and my $$$ will go to O.Z. and BBS long before any Jap wheels, and never
for a Chinese one.
Anyone want to buy some ROTA's?