Sunday, July 24, 2016

How a Volk Racing TE37 is Made. In short, BUY REAL.

If you follow JDMphasis, you know that I believe in saving money and buying authentic parts. There are a number of reasons I believe in doing this. I believe the end result is worth the wait. I believe that a sense of pride in your ride is conjunct in buying authentic parts; as opposed to buying the replicated version. Quite simply, you feel more satisfied, content, and/or gratified about your project when you know you have not cut corners. (Of course, the replica part buyers will argue with this statement, but I stand by it regardless.) I believe in supporting the true innovators and pioneers of the industry - those companies that put the time, research, money, and effort into designing, building, and testing the authentic parts. I believe in quality.

On the short list of the most popular Japanese wheels of all time, the Volk Racing TE37 is timeless. Having owned a few sets myself (including the current sets on each of my respective projects), it is easily my favorite wheel. The popularity and enduring, classic nature of this wheel make the design ripe for the leeching replica companies to copy. Something they have not copied (and will not copy), however, is the construction process.

I recently came across a great article in Super Street detailing the process by which the iconic Volk Racing TE37 wheel is made. The article is most definitely worth a read. It sums up all the reasons that the authentic is far superior to any replica on the market.
…Japanese Samurai swords and Space Shuttle parts are typically forged from aluminum. Ice cream scoopers and yard tools are often cast.

Be the Funk. Don't Fake It.

 Because this post is lacking photographic content, I will throw in a few shots of my TE37 wheels, past and present.

19" TE37 in Mercury Silver

19" TE37SL

18" TE37SL

18" TE37 Large PCD

JDMphasis… Innovation over Imitation

2 comments:

  1. i just invested in Volk/RAYS TE37 MARK-V 18"inch (deep dish) for my R34/GTR .... going to swap out by TE37 TTA's for that tomorrow

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    1. Amazing, Ken. I have always loved your R34. I cannot wait to see the finished product!

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