alloy wheel

A generic term used to describe any non-steel road wheel. The usual alloys are either aluminum or magnesium; the latter material led to the common usage of the term "mag wheel," often referring to any non-steel wheel.
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  • Alloy wheel — on a passenger car Alloy wheels are automobile (car, motorcycle and truck) wheels which are made from an alloy of aluminium or magnesium. They are typically lighter for the same strength and provide better heat conduction and improved cosmetic… …   Wikipedia

  • alloy wheel — noun a) a wheel rim made from an aluminium alloy b) mag wheel …   Wiktionary

  • three-piece alloy wheel — A type of forged alloy wheel with a wheel spider or wheel disc and a divided rim consisting of an outer and an inner rim well; the rim is bolted to the spider or the disc …   Dictionary of automotive terms

  • forged alloy wheel — See two piece forged alloy wheel …   Dictionary of automotive terms

  • light-alloy wheel — See alloy wheel …   Dictionary of automotive terms

  • two-piece alloy wheel — A wheel which consists of the rim and the wheel disc or spider bolted together. The word forged is optional, since multi piece alloy wheels are always forged and not cast …   Dictionary of automotive terms

  • two-piece forged alloy wheel — A wheel which consists of the rim and the wheel disc or spider bolted together. The word forged is optional, since multi piece alloy wheels are always forged and not cast …   Dictionary of automotive terms

  • Minilite alloy wheel — A true magnesium wheel, developed for the mini in 1962 by nuclear engineer Derek Power on the basis of experience gathered with magnesium components in nuclear power plants. The Minilite started the boom in alloy wheels …   Dictionary of automotive terms

  • wheel — A circular device, thin in relation to its face area, usually able to rotate about a central axle or pivot, with a durable but elastic rim or with regular teeth cut on the rim and for lightness often supported by spokes joined to the hub instead… …   Dictionary of automotive terms

  • Alloy — This article is about the type of material. For the specification language, see Alloy (specification language). For lightweight auto wheels, see alloy wheel. Steel is a metal alloy whose major component is iron, with carbon content between 0.02%… …   Wikipedia

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