NOT ALL WHEELS ARE ALIKE
With 12 brands, 120 models, and 2,200 specifications, RAYS Engineering infuses race data and technology into each of their consumer line of wheels
With 12 Brands, 120 models, and 2,200 specifications, RAYS Engineering infuses race data and technology into each of their consumer line of wheels
Searching for your next set of wheels can be cumbersome, but as your search continues remember one thing: Some wheels may look alike, but they’re nothing alike—particularly when it comes to quality or construction. Especially in modern times where the market is flooded with an influx of cheap knockoffs, the wheel market can be hard to navigate. To help better make that decision, you’ll want to consider budget and style. But above all, be sure to find out how the wheel you want is manufactured. By now racing purists and fans of well-built wheels know all too well about RAYS Engineering, the creative force behind such brands as Volk Racing and Gram Lights. With deep-seated roots in racing, RAYS Engineering is also the powerhouse behind Volk’s infamous TE37. Introduced in 1996, the TE37 remains a timeless classic that is manufactured using only the finest materials and advanced manufacturing processes. The same stringent manufacturing process to create the TE37 are the same ones applied to every single wheel that comes out of RAYS Engineering. In fact, RAYS does not allow compromise when it comes to the quality or safety of their product.
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JWL+R Extreme Testing
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Comparison of JWL+R Testing vs. JWL
• Radial stress test: 800,000 rotations (JWL: 500,000 rotations) • Rotary bending fatigue test: 150,000 rotations (JWL: 100,000 rotations) • 13-degree impact test: Drop height 255 mm (JWL: 230 mm)
JWL+R Specific Test Criteria (A RAYS original)
• 90-degree impact (90-degree drop) test (drop height 100mm/ton) • Post-modification drum test (800,000 rotations) • Coating performance test (spraying