A forged wheel is created from a billet, which is a large square piece of solid metal. The billet is heated to extreme temperatures and pressurized to take its shape. This thermal cycle process results in forged wheels that are stronger than cast wheels due to grain refinement. Consistent forging produces stronger structural integrity with less material compared to a cast wheel, making forged wheels the more expensive but superior option.


Forged wheels offer numerous advantages. The manufacturing process eliminates cavities, porosity, and shrinkage, resulting in a stronger wheel. Due to their tighter grain structure, forged wheels are mechanically stronger, ensuring better wear resistance over time. This process also enhances performance and handling.


The cast wheel manufacturing process involves heating aluminum until it reaches a molten state. The molten aluminum is poured into a mold and cast into its final shape with the help of a vacuum. After cooling down, the cast is trimmed and drilled to perfection. While the casting process is quick and inexpensive, it produces a weaker material than a forged wheel.


In addition to being the less expensive option, cast wheels offer other advantages. Casting wheels provide a wide range of alloys to choose from and have no limits on casting weight, making it easier to produce complicated parts. Contrary to popular belief, a properly cast wheel can weigh more than a forged wheel and the build quality is more than enough for street and light track use.