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I've done a little web research to figure out whether a forged 1-piece wheel is any different in strength from a 3-piece wheel. However, most of the discussions compare stock cast 1-piece wheels to forged 3-piece wheels.

So, does anyone know whether or not a FORGED 1-piece wheel is stronger/same/weaker than a forged 3-piece wheel? I realize the 3-piece are easier and cheaper to repair, but does the 1-piece make up for it in added strength?

I like the looks of both, but I'm wondering which one will hold up to the horrible pothole prone roads that I often drive on. I also have to cross the train tracks to get to my job (in the ghetto!!).

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I'm hearing crickets.......

Bump.

No one has anything to share on this topic?

I don't really have much, but the link below is the best thread I've found on the net on this topic. I'm still wondering how forged 1-piece and 3-piece wheels compare in strength. I was hoping some of the experienced folk would have some information to share.

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=258385
 

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I'm not an expert, but...

One-piece forged wheels can be made stronger than two or three piece wheels, hence why ALL rally wheel and the majority of track racing wheels are forged one-piece.

Weight-wise, they can both be made light compared to typical 'stock' wheels. The forged wheel using it's inherrent strength and strong materials and the three-piece using the ability to have different materials specialised for each part of the wheel. Ultimately, forged can be made the lightest.

Three-piece wheels are popular with manufacturers of 'bling' wheels, because they have a lot of detail and can make more interesting shapes with large lips (no not Mick Jagger - happy 65th bitrthday Mick!). Furthermore, it's easy to make three piece wheels in a variety of designs and fitments by using the modular design. This means manufactureres can both provide 'custom' wheel fitments and combinations of design and shave cost by having fewer parts in stock and building the spec of wheels from a small inventory rather than having to stock many tens of different sizes and designs of forged wheels.


...In summary, if you're looking for absolute performance... go forged. If you want a choice of looks and more bling... go three-piece.
 
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