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New AME/Fatlace Wheels

6 Aug

Everything old is new again! Fatlace recently teamed up with AME Japan to resurrect 2 classic JDM style wheels while stepping up fitments to more modern levels.

First up is the FZero1, which comes in 15×8.5 and 15×9.5 sizes in both 4×114.3 and 4×100 bolt patterns with a very classic mesh spoke pattern. 15×8.5 4×114.3 features offsets of -6 or +15. 15×9.5 with 4×114.3 features offsets of 0 and +15. 15×8.5 and 15×9.5 in 4×100 bolt pattern both feature offsets +16 or +25. All sizes and offsets feature a 2 inch lip. They are available in a Nickle finish or Asphalt. Each wheel includes metal valvestems and stylish center caps, adding a very upscale touch despite their low price.

AME-Fatlace FZero1 and Fzero2

AME-Fatlace FZero1 and Fzero2

The FZero2 is a very 70’s inspired slotted disk face. These come in 15×8.5 and 15×9.5 sizes in both 4×114.3 and 4×100 bolt patterns with a very classic mesh spoke pattern. 15×8.5 4×114.3 features offsets of -6 or +15. 15×9.5 with 4×114.3 features offsets of 0 and +15. 15×8.5 and 15×9.5 in 4×100 bolt pattern both feature offsets +16 or +25. All sizes and offsets feature a 2 inch lip. They are available in a Nickle or Granite finish, and again metal valvestems and center caps are included.

amefatlacefzero2

Squared setups (same width all around) are $780 for the full SET in 15×8.5, $820 for the full set in 15×9.5. Staggered setups (15×8.5 front, 15×9.5 rear) are $800 for the set of 4 wheels!

To order, just drop us a line at z1sales@z1auto.com

Hardparking

7 Oct

Even one of the world’s top of the foodchain Evo’s has to come to a stop at some point.

The Cyber Evo, shown with it’s AME TM02’s 18×11 +10 offset. Contact us to get yourself a set at z1sales@z1auto.com

VIP Rollers

27 Jul

Brand new from AME Japan! The Shallen Signature Series The XF-55, XS-20, XG-23 and the XV-77 are available in 18″-20″ diameter, 8″-10″ width, Super Low Disc to Hi-Disc, and any offset combination you can think of. Standard color shown, enquire within about custom colors.

Contact z1sales@z1auto.com to get your hands on these very rare, amazingly styled wheels for your ride.

AME FS01 and TM02 Availability + New Colors!

18 Jul

Currently have a very limited quantity of the AME FS01 and TM02 Lightweight Sport wheels available for many popular cars. The TM02 now is available in limited sizes in gold and in a new size (18×11 +10)!

TM02 sizes include (all 5×114.3 bolt pattern):

17×9 +44, 17×9 +54 in gunblack (gunmetal grey) or hypersilver
18×9 +15 in gloss black, gunblack, hypersilver white or gold
18×9.5 +22 in gunblack or hypersilver
18×10 +15 in gloss black, gunblack, hypersilver white or gold
18×10.5 +22 in gunblack or hypersilver
18×11 +10 in gloss black, gunblack, white or gold
19×9.5 +22 in gunblack or hypersilver
19×10.5 +22 in gunblack or hypersilver

FS01 sizes include (all 5×114.3)

18×9 +25 in gloss black
18×10 +25 in gloss black or hypersilver
19×8.5 +40 in hypersilver
19×9.5 +40 in hypersilver

These are a very limited run so don’t miss out – often the wait time can be months on these! Why wait, get ’em quickly.

Contact z1sales@z1auto.com for all your AME Japan wheel needs

What’s in a Wheel?

28 Jun

We get this question all the time, and figured this would be a good opportunity to shed some light on what goes into making an aftermarket wheel. Most tend to think a wheel falls into 2 categories – forged and cast. While this is generally true, there are variations that make a very big impact in the finished product.

At the bottom of the pyramid you have Gravity Cast wheels. This is a fairly simple production technique whereby molten aluminum is literally poured into a mold. Because of the simple process, the mold can be quite complex and intricate. This affords the manufacturer a wider range of styles to play with, and offers the greatest flexibility of design. The downside of course is the technique itself. Since you’re relying on plain old gravity to fill the mold, it’s not perfect. The net result is a wheel that has more empty space between the molecules vs. more involved manufacturing processes. They also tend to be on the heavier side of things, as the goal is style in design vs all out strength. The upside is the price for these wheels can be downright cheap. But so can the quality. Often times, the wheels are made in plants of dubious quality, and attention to detail is sometimes shoddy. You can tell the el cheapo stuff by casting flash on the backside of the spokes and hub.

Next up you’ve got Pressure Cast Wheels. As the name implies, this technique relies on external pressure to fill the mold. As you can probably guess, the result is a wheel where there is far less empty space between the molecules. This method is a bit more limiting in overall style, but the strength to weight ratio is much higher compared to plain gravity cast wheels. This is the most common method used by the larger OEM manufacturers, because it affords them a good compromise between design and strength. Within the Pressure Cast family you have both higher pressure and low pressure. Differences are as stated – the amount of pressure exerted on the aluminun in the mold.

The next technique is relatively new compared to the above, and is employed by several manufacturers such as SSR, Enkei, etc. It’s called Flow Forming, or Spun Form, Hybrid Forged, etc. This process employs a pressure cast technique at first, to achieve a general shape. Rollers are then used to literally pull, or press, the material to shape the final design. Many high end OEM manufacturers use this technique on their wheels. While it’s still technically a casting technique, the process allows a wheel to be incredibly strong (since the molecules are very densely packed), and light weight at the same time. While the production costs are the highest among the cast methods, it still allows the wheel to be about 50% less costly than a forged variant. SSR Type F, Type C RS, several designs from Weds and BBS and several in Enkei’s Racing series employ this technique. Enkei has licensed the process to several other traditional cast manufacturers such as Konig and AME over the years as well.

The pinnacle of the wheel production pyramid is of course forging. In this process, a single, billet hunk of aluminum is literally stamped into a design using very high pressure applied to a die. Because of the costs involved from the raw materials, to the production equipment, these are far and away the most expensive types of wheels. However, they also tend to have the best weight to strength ratio. The designs are often quite limited because of the cost to produces the dies. These tend to be simpler overall designs (aka Volk TE37, BBS LM and LMR, etc.).

From there you get into a variety of materials. Aluminum and Magnesium are the most often used metals. In recent years, we’ve also seen hybrids employing both carbon and aluminum bonded together. The cost of these more exotic materials is high, but it’s done in the pursuit of the lightest weight, and highest level of strength.

When you begin to examine the above in greater detail, you also begin to see that the process is only part of the equation. There are bad quality cast wheels and good quality cast wheels. There are wheels who’s designs are based on a forging model, that are replicated in cast models. There are wheels who’s design is based upon a low or high pressure, or spun technique, and some company turns around and does a low pressure cast version. From the outside, it all looks the same. The price is certainly more attractive. Sometimes it works well, sometimes it doesn’t. This is why the better cast manufacturers don’t replicate every wheel under the sun – because they know it’s an accident waiting to happen. Another important consideration is who is making the wheel in the first place. Some firms own their own factories, some simply come up with a design and broker manufacturing out to the lowest bidder. The problem is the consumer never sees this side of the market, they only see the finished product. When it arrives to you new in the box, it can look all shiny and pretty. Turn the wheel over and examine the spokes, and you can begin to see the origins, and the quality of the wheel. The better quality wheels tend to be finished in very great detail even on the backside, and no casting flaws can be seen, and no extra flashing. The cheap stuff looks…well, cheap.

Hopefully that helps shed some light on what some differences are between the various wheel manufacturing techniques.

Final Clearance Sale on AME FS01

27 Jan

We have 3 pieces that need a new home

They are brand new in the box, never mounted, balanced or installed

2 x 18×9 +25, sapphire black
1 x 18×10 +25, sapphire black

We are letting the 3 wheels go for $1000 total shipped in the 48 states. A 4th wheel can be special ordered from Japan. Lead time is approximately 3-4 months right now and cost is $$675 for the 1 wheel. For an additional $175, it can be air shipped in assuming Japan has stock. But either way, these 3 are here, and ready to go. Includes center caps

To order, just give us a call, email z1sales@z1auto.com or pm us here

Prognosis Negative (Camber)

22 Mar

One of our good customers out west just forwarded me some pics of his latest setup. Steve’s been a good customer for awhile now, and this past winter, we set him up with a bunch of new stuff. First was a deal on a set of AME Circlar Spec R’s in blue (19×9.5 +15, 19×10.5 +15). Then just after the new year, we sent out a new box of goodies, including SPL Front Adjustable A Arms, Eibach Rear Camber/Toe Kit, Powergrid Front/Rear Endlinks and 15mm Project Kics Spacers. The car is lowered on Zeal Function Xs Coilovers. The Ings hoods are just dead sexy on the Z’s too.

The camber? Yeah, there’s alot. Not quite sure exactly how much just yet, since this was the trial run, but it’s a work in progress. As Steve put it “As for the camber, unfortunately, running an aggressive stance is a trial and error type of deal. This is my first attempt at it, so I had to make it fit with tires that are too wide. I’ll probably go with something like 245s or 255s in the rear next time (prob in 2 weeks when these wear out ), which will allow me to dial out some of that neg camber. As it is, I had to raise the car a full inch in the rear, and roll the s*** out of my fenders just to get the car to move!”

Stay tuned here for the final pics once everything is fully setup!

AME Wheel Fall Closeout Part I

11 Nov

In order to make room for new inventory, we’ve got the go ahead by AME Japan to do clearance sale going on for all in stock AME wheels. AME is a division of Enkei Japan, and they make a variety of sports and VIP oriented wheels for a wide range of cars. All prices include shipping in the 48 states. For points outside the contiguous 48 states, please contact us via email or PM with your full complete address. All details are listed. No other sizes/colors/offsets are available, sorry. Once they are gone, they are gone for good!

1. AME Circlar Spec R, 19×10 +15 offset all around, matte black with polished lip and blue with polished lip available. MSRP is $3580.00, we’re blowing them out for $1699 shipped!!!



2. Circlar Spec R 18×8.5 +30 all around, gold with polished lip. Great for a G35/G37 sedan, or if you don’t mind running spacers (we have those in stock too!) MSRP is $3080, we’re letting them go for $1498 shipped!!!


3. FS01 18×9 +25, 18×10 +25 – bronze. One of the 18×9 is a display piece (had a tire mounted on it), the other 18×9 and the 18×10’s are brand new. MSRP is $2880, we’re letting them for $1145 shipped





4. FS01 18×9 +31, 5-114.3 – bronze and hyper silver available. MSRP is $2880, letting them go for $1250 shipped

Bronze:


Hyper Silver

5. TM02 19×10.5 +22 all around, gunmetal – MSRP is $3340, these are being blown out for $1940.00 shipped


Orders can be placed via credit card (just give us a call at 631-863-3820) or paypal to z1sales@z1auto.com

First come, first served only

Thanks!

For Cheston… Another Voltex Wing Photo

6 Mar

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Speaking of which… WTF Voltex, whats really good with your brake kit?

They need to step it up with their brake kit with such an over the top body kit and the open design of the TM-02s. That carbon front piece is dope as hell though.

voltex-1

Beat the Price Increase Sale on all AME Wheels!!

12 Nov

All AME wheels are going up on November 15, so there are just a few days left to get a great deal on an awesome set of wheels for your car

AME TM02: This split 6 spoke wheel comes in 18 and 19 inch fitments, and combines a slight lip with a nice concave curve to the spokes. Offered in dark gunmetal, silver, and matte black.

AME FS01: A uniquely styled wheel that looks great on a wide range of cars

Don’t have another “me too” setup – step it up with something quality, unique, and save $$ at the same time!

Sti Meets TM02

31 Oct

Heavily Modified Subarau WRX STi fitted with Matte Black (Limited edition) Ame TM02s

AME TM-02…

9 Sep

Kent from AME just sent us some more photos of these wheels installed on different vehicles. The name of the wheel “TM-02” stands for Tracer M.A.T. Version II. These wheels are made using Enkei’s proven proprietary M.A.T. wheel forming process. which improves the material properties of the wheel and its overall performance characteristics.

I really like these wheels, especially on the Invision EVO.

Here is some more information the M.A.T. process used to make these wheels:

http://og-made.com/archives/1587

http://og-made.com/archives/1681

If you have any questions regarding general information on these wheels or any other lines we carry please feel free to e-mail me at Kwame@z1auto.com or shoot me an IM at my AIM screenname “Kwamez1auto”; or contact Adam at z1sales@z1auto.com or at “z1auto” on AIM.

The Real Dark Knight

19 Aug

Why… so… serious?

Seriously, because this EVO X goes hardddddd. Black on Black (if someone even dares uses the phrase “murdered out” I will kick them in the balls) the total opposite of something Rick Ross would drive but who cares?

Another vehicle courtesy of one of our customers and really good friends, Paul. This is Paul’s second black on black Evo build. This car is barely a month old and its already got a set of Eibach springs, AME FS01s,  an AMS Intake, Black AMS Intercooler Pipe. an HKS EVC VI Limited Boost Controller, an HKS Exhaust and  to quote Adam “a bunch of Kansai and Ralliart goodies on the way!”  Dammmmmnnn Homie! Not bad… Feed the addiction Paul, feed it!

Just like Batman always shows up again on the big screen you can bet money that you will see this car up here on our blog with updates in no time. (Oh and BTW Paul we are shipping out your new HKS midpipe out to you today.) 🙂