Frequently Asked Questions
What do the finishes described on the web and on the tech data sheets mean? How do I maintain them?
Finish descriptions by coating type:
Canyon Black: a gloss black finish powder coating.
Raven Black: a matte black finish powder coating
Nissan Silver: a metallic silver liquid paint with a powder clear coat
Textured Metallic Gray: a metallic gray powder coating which cures to produce a texture to resemble an “as cast” finish
Ice Clear: a Semi transparent powder clear coat formulated to appear as if it were a beaded pane of glass.
Argent Silver: A metallic silver powder coat, less brilliant in color than Nissan silver
White: a neutral white powder coating
PVD COATED COLORS
Black Pearl: A dark pearlescent physical vapor deposition coating (pvd)
Eco Chrome: a chromium looking physical vapor deposition coating ( pvd )
Chrome plating: an electrolytic process where the casting is first sanded, then nickel, copper and chromium plated resulting in a bright “chrome” finish
Non Painted Finishes:
Machined finish: produced by machining a wheel in a lathe with a carbide or diamond cutting tool, medium brilliance, not clear coated unless indicated.
Polished finish: machine polished to a bright luster, not clear coated unless indicated.
Milled finish: raw machined aluminum that has been cut with a milling cutter, not clear coated unless indicated. Superfinish: produced by machining a wheel on a specialized lathe using a natural diamond with very slow feed rates, producing a polished like luster, not clear coated unless indicated. As cast finish: uncoated and unclear coated cast aluminum finish.
CARE AND MAINTENANCE:
Like the paint on your vehicle, all wheel finishes require periodic maintenance. In general, all painted and pvd coated surfaces should be washed weekly, with mild soap and water. Machined / Polished / Superfinished / Chrome Plated finishes: wash weekly with soap and water, then use (as required) the BOSS Superfinish and Chrome Polish, and then BOSS Superfinish and Chrome Protectant
Can I have a certain wheel drilled for my application?
We attempt to offer most bolt patterns when a wheel is released . No, if we don’t offer the bolt pattern , it most likely wont fit in the wheel. Feel free to ask.
Can I purchase wheels online?
Not directly from us, but certainly from one of our online retailers or bricks and mortar retailers. Please use our “find a dealer” process located on each product lines website.
Can I purchase as a retail customer buy directly from American Eagle Wheel Corp
Answer ( yes check out our on line store )
How much do your wheels cost?
Please contact your retailer for pricing on wheels, accessories and wheel maintenance products.
Can I check inventory online?
Coming Soon !!!
Why are there wheels on the web which are not available in inventory?
There are a number of reasons:
We are temporarily out of stock.
We have pre-launched the wheel style and the wheel is still in development.
Using Tech Data:
How to understand an American Eagle Wheel Corp part number (8 digit part number):
Digits 1-3 are the style number, the 4th is the finish code, 5th and 6th are the diameter and width code, and the 7th and 8th are called the part number code which describe the bolt pattern and possibly the offset. Note that the digits used for finish and part number code may be unique for a specific series/size.
What is the definition of offset, BSM, and bolt pattern:
Bolt pattern is the number of lugholes placed on a certain bolt circle diameter. Please refer to the diagram below for the descriptions of BSM and offset.
What is load range?
The load carrying capacity of the wheel.
What is lug type?
Lug type refers to the lug seating geometry and possibly the head style. Please refer to the wheel warranty and installation document supplied with your wheels or on this site for reference.
What does hubcentric mean?
Hubcentric is a wheel term which refers to the centering of the wheel from its rear centerbore and the vehicles hub.
What does lugcentric mean?
Lugcentric is a wheel term which refers to the centering of the wheel from its lug seats.
When should I use a hubcentric ring and what should the effect be?
Hubcentric rings are used locate a wheel by its rear bore when it was originally machined to accept a ring, or was lugcentric, where the rear centerbore was not machined specifically for the year /make /model vehicle. Please refer to the wheel warranty and installation document supplied with your wheels or on this site for reference and proper use.
What type of lug nuts are required for my wheels?
Please refer to the wheel warranty and installation document supplied with your wheels or on this site for reference.
How do I find out the bolt pattern of my vehicle?
You can: use the internet, measure it yourself, or call/email a dealer for the information.
How do I know what wheels fit my car?
There are a number of solutions:
Electronic (Online) fitment guides, which have limited accuracy.
Paper fitment guides, which also have limited accuracy.
Look at gallery photos for styles and sizes that someone else has already installed.
How do I become a dealer?
Please use the section on our website to locate one of our distribution outlets.
Where is the nearest retailer of your product?
Please use the section on our website to locate one a retailer nearest you.
How do I buy a replacement center cap?
Online replacement center caps - BUY CAPS HERE.
By calling or e mailing your local retailer with your wheels’ part number, or cap part number, or the style of the wheel, along with any details you have about the cap