What Makes WORK Wheels Strong
Many often wonder what makes WORK Wheels so strong? WORK focuses much of its technology in rim forming. Our rim barrel is what really sets us apart. Many companies focus on the phrase "Forged", but that only pertains to the center disk construction.
The rim barrel is what takes most of the load of the vehicle; having a forged center disk with spun rim barrel really doesn't make much difference in the strength (this applies to two and three piece construction wheels).
WORK Wheels is one of the only companies in the world to develop and utilize a "Solid Rim Flange." Our rim barrels are highly regarded by other wheel manufacturers as well. Many other wheel makers have requested to purchase our rim barrels for their wheels.
The photo is a cut-away view of our two piece rim barrel. As you can see the rim flange is solid and our barrel thickness is thicker than most of our competitors.
Maintenance and Storage Condition
Here are some of our recommended tips regarding wheel care.
- Aluminum alloy wheels are susceptible to corrosion when they are expose to salt or mud. Therefore, wash them with water after driving the vehicle on the beach or on a snowy or unpaved road. The use of soft-cloth is suitable when wiping the wheel.
- Do not use chemicals that include abrasive compounds, strong acids or high alkaline content. To select the right cleaning products, please read their product labels and instruction carefully.
- Using car wash equipment could potentially scratch the wheels. It is the best way to wash by hand. When doing so, be careful with sharp edges, which could be hazardous to your hands.
- When storing these wheels/tires for a extended period of time, protect them from direct sunlight, rain, oil, moisture, humidity and high temperature.
- When storing a tire that is mounted on a wheel, you should only keep 1/2 of the air pressure. When re-installation, always check the tire pressure to the recommended level by the tire manufacture.
- Whenever possible please limit or refrain usage of tire shine products, as we have noticed a correlation between the oxidation of wheel lip surfaces and these products.
As shown in the image above, here are some recommended tips for proper cleaning of our wheels:
Step 1) First, rinse the wheel lightly with water to remove debris and brake dust.
Step 2) Second, use a microfiber or soft towel while using generous amounts of water to clean the surface of the wheel.
Step 3) Third, once the surface is clean, use a microfiber or soft towel to dry the wheel to avoid water spotting. Be careful that you have completely cleaned the surface, otherwise debris could scratch the surface during the drying process.
Step 4) Lastly, if you maintain this washing process on a normal and consistent basis, your wheels will keep its clean appearance.
WORK Wheels Wheel Safety Standards
In 2003, WORK Wheels Co. LTD. achieved ISO9001 Quality Management certification. This allows WORK Wheels to take on private labeling contracts for many other top brands from Japan. Due to this certification, each and every one of WORK Wheels are produced under the strictest quality control process.
WORK Wheels is also a member of JAWA, also known as the Japan Light Alloy Wheel Association. This organization is made up of various wheel companies, whose goal is to improve the quality of automotive light alloy wheels through the research and development of manufacturing processes and techniques. These companies collectively work to improve the level of quality amongst wheel manufacturers in Japan.
As they are based in Japan, there are wheel testing requirements the wheel must meet in order to be sold within the Japanese market.
WORK Wheels meet and exceed the standards of Japan Light Alloy Wheel (JWL) or Japan Light Alloy Wheel Truck & Bus (JWL-T) standard, and have passed the tests conducted by the Vehicle Inspection Association(VIA). Here is an explanation of the details of each designation:
Japan Light Alloy Wheel standard is the safety standard that applies to light alloy wheels for passenger cars (excluding cars carrying 11 or more people, motorcycles, and motorcycles with side cars). The tests prescribed by this technical standard are carried out at the responsibility of the manufacturer themselves and wheels that confirm to the standard are labeled with the JWL mark.
Japan Light Alloy Truck & Bus standard is the safety standard that applies to light alloy wheels for trucks and buses. The tests prescribed by this technical standard are carried out at the responsibility of the manufacturer themselves and wheels that conform to the standard are labeled with the JWL-T mark.
A Third-party entity called the Vehicle Inspection Association verifies whether a product meets the requirements prescribed by the JWL or JWL-T standard. This association permits a product to bear a VIA mark if it passes rigorous quality and strength verification tests conducted in accordance with the JWL or JWL-T standard.
There are three tests which the wheels go through, which are the following:
Dynamic cornering fatigue test:
The transverse forces which affect the wheel during driving through bends are simulated.
Dynamic radial fatigue test:
The stress to the wheel going straight or cornering is simulated.
The strength (center disc, rim flange, assembled part) against breaking and air-leak is simulated.