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Hello guys we are actually a wheel/rim analysts that test many different wheels and have actually tested many in the Powersports industry. There are many different wheels out there and many different thicknesses of Aluminum so when comparing you have to make certain you are comparing apples for apples. Dwt wheels are one of the few we have found that produces in different thicknesses and label them red, yellow. blue based on the thickness of the Aluminum. Then there is Aluminum that is heat treated and Aluminum that is not so when the Aluminum is properly T-6 heat treated the Aluminum becomes harder. Now I am referring to Aluminum spun wheels and not a cast Aluminum as the cast is a different process.

After testing multiple brands of Aluminum spun Atv wheels and meaning rolled lip wheels, bead lock wheels, reinforced welded ring wheels etc. we found currently only a few that show signs of being T-6 heat treated and those are all comparable in hardness and then design plays a part of what separates them from being better than one another. We have found that some brands have more features than others that makes us choose a winner in the Aluminum spun wheels but the features can be a preference and not a strength issue. Pound for pound we found the Goldspeed VL beadlock to be the best bang for the buck this brand offered features that we were really impressed with like an Aluminum nut plate that is riveted to the wheel with a steel insert, multi bolt pattern making the wheel fit 95% of todays sport quads, carbon composite colored beadlock rings or Aluminum, a chrome valve stem cover and cap, offered optional Titanium beadlock bolts and a retail of about 10% less than DWT. This was based off of many considerations like qualities, pricing, features, Options etc. then DWT wheels were second. What separated these two brands were features the Goldspeed wheels offered that the DWT wheels did not but the hardness and quality was very close. Others like OMF we found to be DWT wheels with some modifications and was a great wheel as well but felt like we were just testing the dwt wheel over with a different ring and logo.
Many of the other Aluminum spun Atv wheels we tested were a notch below these wheels in hardness and in features however were also priced well below the better wheels we found for the exception of the ITP wheel it was not as hard and was priced very high. Out of the lower priced wheels we found one to stand out and was built to be one tuff wheel but just did not have all the features of the Goldspeed or DWT but the price was the best we have seen in the industry for a beadlock option however they are also a fairly new wheel so don't know if anything will change in pricing that we were given at the time of testing. Look to see more of them as we were impressed with what the wheel was for the Retail price being offered. Sounded like this RT branded wheel will be available soon at dealers and expect to see it do well if pricing don't change.

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Rick

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