How Are Aluminum Wheels Made?

Many vehicle wheels that you see are made of cast aluminum due to the alloy in them being light and strong. Aluminum alloys used for wheels usually contain 97% aluminum. A second metal is added to provide durability since pure aluminum is too soft.

There three processes for making wheels from aluminum.


This is a process that shapes a solid piece of metal with force or compression. High-pressure machines will change the shape after the aluminum is heat treated. A wheel frame is forged multiple times to achieve the final shape. When the final shape is made, machining smooths and buffs the wheel.

Rolled Forging

This process is similar to the above except the aluminum is run between heavy stamps or wheels. The pressure from the rolling forces the raw material into the shape and thickness needed.


This process uses molten aluminum and mold. One from relies on gravity for the molten metal to fill the mold. Another form uses suction to force the melted to fill the mold. The metal cools and is removed from the mold. The desired shape is made from the one piece of metal. Computers monitor the process to check for pockets during the pouring and cooling stages. Gas pockets will make the frame weak.

Both methods of forging produce high-performance wheels that are commonly used for competitive racing. Most high-quality sports cars like Porsche and Lamborghini use forged aluminum wheels.

Wheel frames that are created as one solid piece are usually more expensive and very durable. Some wheel frames are comprised of separate parts that are welded or bolted together. Generally, there are three parts: an outer rim, inner barrel, and inside rim. The outer rim will have the decorative design. Regardless of the process, aluminum wheels are corrosion resistant, strong, and light.

If you're looking for an aluminum wheel manufacturer, contact Superior Industries Inc today. From advanced aluminum wheels to various automotive wheel technologies, we have a solution for you. 

How to Get Light Rust off Aluminum Wheels

If your car’s wheels have become rusty, taking care of the problem before it permeates through the metal is imperative. Rust can not only harm your wheels’ appearance, but also their ability to safely carry your vehicle! Luckily,...

3 Tips For Cleaning Your Aluminum Wheel Rims

Aluminum wheel rims, can be a challenge to keep clean and shiny. It doesn’t take long for the dirt and grime to accumulate; your car picks up a lot of the dirt and grime from the highways and your cars brake pads. Sure, you can...

How To Keep Your Aluminum Wheels Looking New

No matter what type of vehicle you drive and where you may be located, keeping your wheels in good condition can be quite a task. Moreover, when you have aluminum wheels, there is quite a bit of maintenance involved for those who want to keep their...

How To Clean Oxidized Aluminum Wheels

The aim of cleaning the oxidized aluminum wheels is to prevent pitting which is hard to fix or restore. You need some hard work to change the look of the wheels. This cleaning method is very effective and reliable. Things you require: Several...

Are Aluminum Wheels Worth It? Yes!

Aluminum wheels are up to seven times more expensive than wheels made with steel. For this reason, alone, it is easy to see why so many auto manufacturers choose to produce their products with steel wheels- and also why so many people will replace...

The Best Way to Clean Aluminum Wheels

Aluminum wheels can shine like chrome when they are cleaned and polished to perfection. Since aluminum is one of the softer metals, it responds quite well to polishing. If you want to keep your aluminum wheels in good condition, you should clean and...

Advantages and Properties of Aluminum

Aluminum is now the second most widely used metal in the world following iron. Aluminum is a silvery-white ductile metallic element. It is the most abundant metallic element in the earth's crust although it is not commonly found in concentrated...

The Benefits of Aluminum Wheels

Stronger and Lighter Aluminum or alloy wheels that are made with mostly aluminum can definitely be higher in price than other options, but you're getting something that's both stronger and lighter weight. While you're not likely...

Aluminum Wheels vs Carbon Wheels

When looking at cars, you often see various different wheel types - steel, alloy, aluminum, and magnesium (magnesium alloy). This article will talk about the pros and cons of the latter two. There are, of course, a number of reasons why you might...

ISO 14001 Key Benefits

The environment may be a hot-button issue, but that doesn't mean that people quite understand the best ways to protect what's around them. To complicate matters, companies may forego standards because what it may do to their bottom line. The...
Supplying the Industry:
bmw fca Ford General Motors mazda Nissan Subaru Tesla Toyota Volkswagon