Wheel Care

 

GENERAL CARE

Custom wheels will provide years of pleasure and service with the proper care. Preserving the appearance and functionality of wheels may be impaired if negelcted. Our wheel care guideline will aid in the prevention of premature wear on the wheel's finish an structural components.

 

  • Clean your wheels regularly to keep brake dust, road film, salt and contaminants (which retain moisture) from accumulating. Pitting of the finish

    may occur If wheels remain dirty for prolonged periods of time.

 

  • Do not spray water on wheels while still hot from driving. This will shock the finish and can cause spotting or cracking. Allow wheels to cool to

    the touch prior to cleaning.

 

  • Do not use abrasive cleaning medias such as wire brushes, steel wool or scouring pads. A soft sponge or towel is recommended.

 

  • Do not use strong acidic detergents, degreaser or alkaline products. Wheels should only be washed with mild soap and water.

 

  • Apply a paste wax or polish to add a protective layer to chrome, painted and powder coat finishes after each cleaning. Dirt and brake dust will stick

    to the wax/polish rather than the wheel's finish. This will also make future cleaning easier.

 

  • Uncoated polished aluminum finishes require more periodic maintenance than other finishes. Aluminum naturally oxidizes so re-polishing

    frequently is required to maintain high luster.

 

  • Use of wheels is not recommended throughout sever winter climates. If you choose to use your wheels through winter months, it is very important

    to exercise a regular maintenance program. Salt and strong chemical deicers are commonly used during snow and icy road conditions. These

    elements can be very caustic and can corrode the finishes on your wheels. For optimal winter protection against corrosion, rinse wheels with water

    after each use and thoroughly wash weekly.

 

  • Use of fix-a-flat or other liquid sealing products are not recommended as a permanent fix and should only be used in an emergency situation. Tire

    imbalance and further damage to the wheel's silicone seal will occur if not properly repaired in a timely fashion thereafter.

 

  • If wheels are used for competitive racing, a visual inspection for signs of stress cracks or fatigue wear is required after each use. Immediately

    discontinue use of the wheels and contact Forged Distributing if any wheel failure is observed.

 

  • Wheels in which tires are mounted and dismounted frequently, require re-sealing and re-torquing of assembly fasteners regularly.

 

 

AIR LEAKS

3 piece wheels can be a challenging to mount tires onto. Improper installation of tires is the leading cause of leaks and normally due to damage of the wheel's silicone seal. Tire technicians must use a tire lever for positioning tire onto the wheel. In the process of handling the tire, the tire lever comes into contact with the barrel of the wheel and if done without care, the lever can rupture the wheel's silicone seal. Excessive strain and friction by the tire onto the seal area throughout the tire mounting process can also displace the seal and disable air retention. In the event of a leak, follow the procedures noted below to detect the source of the leak.

 

  1) Inflate tire to 50 psi, even if it is above the manufacture's recommended tire pressure.

 

  2) Spray soapy water along the tire bead seat, assembly fasteners, assembly register, valve stem and TPMS sensor.

      Note: If a leak is confirmed within the assembly register or any of the assembly fasteners, the wheel's seal is damaged and needs repair.

                If a leak is confirmed along the inner or outer tire bead seat, the wheel may be bent or the tire's bead may be torn.

                If a leak is confirmed from the valve stem or TPMS sensor, a valve core may be loose or a gasket may be pinched/damaged.

 

  3) Contact 360 Forged after determining location of leak for technical assistance.

 

 

WHEEL SERVICE

Service to wheels should only be done by a qualified professional with extensive knowledge of wheel repair. Contact Forged Distributing for assistance in locating a repair facility near you.

 

  • Re-torquing assembly fasteners:

    Proper torque on an 8mm reverse/blind fasteners is 18 ft / lbs. Proper torque on exposed fasteners with nuts is 28 ft / lbs. A calibrated tour wrench must be

    used.

 

  • Re-sealing wheels:

    1. Dismount tire.

    2. Do not attempt to disassemble the wheels. Take a utility blade and cut away as much of the old seal between the assembly joint as possible.

    3. Use a light grit sand paper to remove remaining silicane residue. Mineral Spirit / Lacquer Thinner can also be used.

    4. Apply a new bead of high grade Clear 100% silicone sealant in the assembly joint. Press your finger along the assembly joint to assure it's completely

        andtightly filled. Remove excess overflow outside of the wheel's assembly joint.

    5. Visually inspect to see if there are any air bubbles within the newly applied seal.

    6. Let cure for 24 hours before mounting tire.

 

 
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