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Old 08-31-2014, 11:12 PM   #21
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I got tungsten myself. Hurry up OCTOBER!!!
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What is the country of origin for the 6UL wheel line?
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People's Republic of China
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When are the non-meltable center caps being released?

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When are the non-meltable center caps being released?
No plans for metal caps. I think Enkei was the last wheel company making 15's with optional metal caps but those were discontinued a few years ago. The metal Enkei caps for the 16 & 17 are $24 each wholesale distributor cost.

My guess, is that no 6UL customer is interested in paying $50/set+ for metal caps. Just pop them out when you go to the track like you would with any other plastic cap.
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makes me sad.. my tires & chassis are japanese. seats, hubs, soon to be harness all fresh italian. roll bar, brakes, engine, subframe, diff, axles, wing, bumper, ecu, wheel and shifter all american. but my wheels are chinese. :(

My trans is from mexico. i like tacos and crazy chicas so that's alright.
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No plans for metal caps. I think Enkei was the last wheel company making 15's with optional metal caps but those were discontinued a few years ago. The metal Enkei caps for the 16 & 17 are $24 each wholesale distributor cost.

My guess, is that no 6UL customer is interested in paying $50/set+ for metal caps. Just pop them out when you go to the track like you would with any other plastic cap.
I keed, I keed!
I just forgot to take them out
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And our phones, wheels on our daily driver and truck, TV etc are from China. The few companies with production facilities in the US were note interested in making our wheels. I tried, believe me. Japan is more expensive then US by quite a bit. Plenty of world class product coming out of China. One just needs on-site process control and complete ownership of the tooling, which we have now.
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...Plenty of world class product coming out of China...

Emilio, common now.
you can say you got to hit a price, and you do. nothing wrong with that. the miata market is very competitive. But come with me to an IMSA race. you won't find any products made in china... other than a pit bike, or a tv. I know you're not charging CCW prices here so i can let it slide.
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Emilio, common now.
you can say you got to hit a price, and you do. nothing wrong with that. the miata market is very competitive. But come with me to an IMSA race. you won't find any products made in china... other than a pit bike, or a tv. I know you're not charging CCW prices here so i can let it slide.
My friend, there are for more Chine sourced components, compounds, materials and products at an IMSA race than you might think. Just because it is a USA brand, doesn't mean it's made with 100% USA sourced materials or labor.

Just the same, we use plastic caps because they are cost effective. We make our wheels in China because it's cost effective and allows us to bring a top quality wheel to market and a price that folks are willing to pay. AMG makes wheels in China. The OEM forged wheels on my trusty Dodge Cummmins 2500 were designed by the same company that made the gen 2 6UL's, in China.

I delayed production for an entire year trying to get the wheels made here. The reality is that China is by far, the worlds largest wheel producer and we can make great, affordable wheels there. Hackneyed stereotypes notwithstanding.
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I for one am glad that 6uls are affordable

It would be really cool if there was a factory on mars and these were assembled by the rover, but I couldn't afford to stick them on my car if that was the case.
Is it a new thing and 6uls were not produced in china before? I don't even see why people are bringing this up as an issue.
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Nobody is really bringing it up as an issue, its just a question.

How anyone could expect a different answer than China when we are talking about a wheel like the 6UL at the price it sells for us beyond me. No other way to get it there or even close.
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Because people can't bitch about how much they weigh or how well they fit. XD

But srsly, the most important line is this right here:
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One just needs on-site process control and complete ownership of the tooling,
Every major manufacturer who has had QC problems from China has learned this lesson the difficult way. Most recently that I recall being Aston Martin and the not-quite-Dupont plastic accelerator pedals.
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It may surprise (or not surprise) people that VW DSG boxes are made in China.

However I would eat my car's interior before buying one.
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One just needs on-site process control and complete ownership of the tooling, which we have now.
^ This is true.
My former employer, Harris, very slowly dipped its feet into the world of Chinese manufacturing for certain subassemblies around 2010, after roughly a hundred years of building everything in the US. As Harris has a Chinese subsidiary, and was able to fully own the process, the results were quite good. Consistency of build quality was, in some ways, better than what I'd been accustomed to at our factory in Illinois.




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It may surprise (or not surprise) people that VW DSG boxes are made in China.

However I would eat my car's interior before buying one.
Generally speaking, I'd eat my car's interior before buying any present-day VW product. Following the saga of a friend of mine and his two Touaregs (one diesel, one V8 gas) has been a source of considerable amusement for me. I'm pretty sure those engines were made in Somalia.
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Sorry for derailing the thread with my question about manufacturing location for the wheels... The quality of the final product is what matters the most, along with price point. I would be upset if someone charged 'Made in the USA' prices for a product and advertised it as such, only to find out that the product is actually made it China. That isn't the case with 949 Racing, so no issue that I can see.
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Renamed the black to Charcoal. More satin level gloss now, not as matte.

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You know, I have never been a fan of bronze on my own cars. I set this sample wheel next to Deviate (orange) and it has me thinking hard about the combo.

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Cant decide whether I should run 15x8 or 15x9 for a track set. The tungsten color would look insanely great on my miata. The Konig's I have, have taken quite a beating, might need to upgrade to these soon
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