KMC alloy wheels are making huge strides in the 4WD wheel industry. With the toughest designs in wheels including the beadlock look, deep dish and solid spokes in the latest finishes, a lot of people are asking “where are KMC alloy wheels made?”.
KMC designs are made straight from the US with inspirations drawn from the 4WD competitive scene. Based in Colorado, KMC wheels have been participating in the world 4WD events such as the Baja 1000, Dakar and Stadium Super Truck programs and even premiering their wheels for the Hyandi Tucson concept car in SEMA 2015.
Since 1996, KMC wheels having been pushing the 4WD look and have been a driving force in the aftermarket industry. KMC distributes worldwide including the USA, Russia, Canada, Australia and more. Now gaining huge traction in Australia, these KMC wheels are pushing the boundaries with their American truck designs.
KMC alloy wheels have several manufacturing plants across the world including several in Asia. Every custom wheel is built to order and is made in house in Buena Park, California, in the United States. They ensure that all KMC wheels meet Japan Light Alloy Wheel standards (JWL) and being Vehicle Inspection Association of Japan (VIA) certified.
Their high standards of quality assurance makes sure that every wheel meets the strictest demands. With load ratings of upwards of 1.5 tonnes, KMC wheels were designed with 4WD enthusiasts in mind.
Where can you buy KMC alloy wheels?
AutoCraze are the authorized dealer of KMC wheels in Australia. With the biggest range of wheels, tyres, lift kits and accessories. Find 4WD brands including KMC, Fuel, Ballistic, Tuff, Black Rhino, CSA, King and lots more. Save up to 50%* when you pair any of your wheels with tyres including BF Goodrich tyres, Nitto, General, Hankook, Federal and more.
Our in-house experts have over 30 years combined industry experience, so they really know their 4WD. Call 1800 099 634 today! Enjoy free shipping Australia-wide*, free installation kit with every package*, free fitting and balancing for packages and up to 12 months interest free.
To get started use the wheel and tyre selector Here are just some of the range of KMC wheels options available;
► Over 900 KMC wheels available
► Sizes available: 16″, 17″, 18″, 20″, 22″
► Widths available: 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5
► Finishes available: Beadlock Machine Lip | Black Machined Face | Chrome | Gloss Black | Gloss Black Milled Accents | Matte Black | Matte Black Machined Face | Matte Grey with Black Ring | Sating Black | Satin Black Machined Face | Satin Black Milled Accents | Silver Machined Face
With hundreds of happy AutoCraze customers across Australia, KMC wheels have been tried and tested to handle anything you throw at it.
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What methods does KMC use for making wheels?
The manufacturing processes for each of their wheel can differ but here is the breakdown on how they manufacture their wheels;
One-piece cast wheels: Their line of cast wheels are made by pouring molten aluminium into a mold. The mold then takes shape and hardens. We won’t go into too much detail of the 3 types of casting methods but manufacturers will select a particular method according to the weight, strength and finish. The more sophisticated their casting process, the lighter and stronger the wheel, but it comes at a higher price. KMC wheel carefully selects its casting method to ensure reliability when off-roading.
FlowForm wheels: You might have heard of FlowForm wheels in some form or another. It may be called rotary forged or semi-forged but they use similar techniques when casting a wheel. During the casting process, the barrel is spun, heated and then pressed between steel rollers that pull the rim to its final width and shape. This process creates a much lighter and stronger wheel than regular cast wheels, yet are much more affordable than forged wheels.
Forged wheels: Forged wheels are considered the cream of the crop manufacturing process. When manufacturing a forged wheel, KMC wheels uses a forge that exerts tonnes of pressure on billets (dense aluminium material) which basically presses or rolls the billet into a fundamental form. The forged wheel is then machined to a final finish. Because of it’s advanced manufacturing process, they also come at a much higher price. The quality is undeniable however and will perform better while being much more reliable and lasts much longer.
Multi-piece wheels: Multi-piece wheels are the ultimate customisation choice. Using a combination of any of the wheel manufacturing processes above, multi-piece wheels were designed are made so that you can customise strength, weight and offsets. For example, some of their range of wheels can come with a cast aluminium centre, welded to a steel outer or barrel.
Steel wheels vs Alloy wheels
If you’re looking at KMC wheels and where they are made, you’re probably looking for a reliable wheels when you go off-roading. KMC wheels uses alloy in their wheels and have been stress tested in harder off-roading racing environments. KMC wheels are engineered solid, with build quality to match the style. Our own customers have tried and tested KMC in environments all over Australia, and have been happy with the result.
Alloy wheels have become a more viable choice for off-roading with new technologies and manufacturing processes however have come at a cost of a higher price. In comparison, steel wheels are much cheaper but comes at a price. Steel wheels are extremely limited in styles and only come in very few colours.
Steel wheels Pros
► Easily repairable – able to bend back with a hammer
Steel wheels Cons
► Structurally weaker than alloy wheels (bends easily)
► Heavier than alloy wheels
► Limited range of styles and colours
Alloy wheels Pros
► Huge range of designs, styles and colours
► Stronger and lighter than steel wheels
► Wider range of sizes, offsets and fitment options
► Possible improved vehicle handling
Alloy wheels Cons
► More expensive than steel wheels
When deciding between steel and alloy wheels, it really depends on what you’re looking for when off-roading. If you’re not too worried about too much about having the latest unique designs, then steel wheels are a solid choice. It’s cheaper price point is really attractive when you’re going deep into the bush.
For off-roading and the best designs, alloy wheels are a still a fantastic choice. With a wide range of fitment options, possible improved handling and lighter yet stronger wheels, alloy wheels won’t let you down.
Alloy wheels are all about customisation and style.
KMC wheels are a reliable choice even when going hard yakka off-roading. Best of all you can look good while doing it.