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      12-15-2012, 12:03 AM   #1
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New HRE Flow Form Wheels

What do you think of the new P40 style HRE FF01? Looks great to me.

Question: Does HRE have its own manufacturing facility or is it sub-contracted to someone else?

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      12-15-2012, 12:09 AM   #2
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Hmmm the p40sc still take the win for me. Hre does its own manufacturing if I'm not mistaken
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      12-15-2012, 01:28 AM   #3
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I love HRE wheels I just wish they weren't so darn expensive
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I believe these are their new cast wheels. They're starting around 2900 I believe
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      12-16-2012, 06:49 PM   #5
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Kinda expensive for cast wheels. The new HRE CF2's now those are raw.
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I believe these are their new cast wheels. They're starting around 2900 I believe
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      12-19-2012, 11:17 AM   #7
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      12-19-2012, 12:01 PM   #8
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Thats for the full set.
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P40 still looks good compared to this. The details are not visible like the P40s.
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Thats for the full set.
Oh I guess he thought it was for one. I get it now. Ya it is for the full set.
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      12-19-2012, 02:03 PM   #11
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They look like a mix between the P40 and J12.
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If they are "flow formed" that would make them better than just plain old cast wheels right? It's kinda semi-forged right?
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Flow forming does result in a much stronger wheel than a standard casting process might allow for. The HRE flow formed wheels will have a very high strength, while maintaining a price point that is in line with other flow formed wheels on the market and much lower than the rest of the HRE line. It's a great move on HRE's part, in my opinion.
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They don't look like they have much concavity
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hre does everythin in-house, i believe only their rim halves r outsourced.
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Flow forming does result in a much stronger wheel than a standard casting process might allow for. The HRE flow formed wheels will have a very high strength, while maintaining a price point that is in line with other flow formed wheels on the market and much lower than the rest of the HRE line. It's a great move on HRE's part, in my opinion.
Could your elaborate on the production procedural differences between FF and cast wheels?
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      12-20-2012, 07:24 PM   #17
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Could your elaborate on the production procedural differences between FF and cast wheels?
It's like pottery!

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They don't look like they have much concavity
That will depend on the specifics of the wheel.
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Flow forming does result in a much stronger wheel than a standard casting process might allow for. The HRE flow formed wheels will have a very high strength, while maintaining a price point that is in line with other flow formed wheels on the market and much lower than the rest of the HRE line. It's a great move on HRE's part, in my opinion.
It may end up being a good business move, but it also lessens the exclusivity of the brand. Just depends what your main goal is. HRE still sits at the top of the wheel food chain, but I find this move a bit questionable. Kinda like BMW creating their "M sport" line. It cheapens the M namesake a bit.
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It may end up being a good business move, but it also lessens the exclusivity of the brand. Just depends what your main goal is. HRE still sits at the top of the wheel food chain, but I find this move a bit questionable. Kinda like BMW creating their "M sport" line. It cheapens the M namesake a bit.
what food chain is this?
Brands that I consider actually top of the food chain consist only of Rays, BBS, Advan, OZ and Enkei. All of which makes certain wheels using "flow form forging". HRE is not even in any of those leagues of wheel manufactures.

HRE is good for a custom wheel brand, but its not even remotely in the same league as "REAL" wheel manufactures. I own a set of HREs, as well as Rays and BBS and Enkei, and its just not the same, good but not the same.
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what food chain is this?
Brands that I consider actually top of the food chain consist only of Rays, BBS, Advan, OZ and Enkei. All of which makes certain wheels using "flow form forging". HRE is not even in any of those leagues of wheel manufactures.

HRE is good for a custom wheel brand, but its not even remotely in the same league as "REAL" wheel manufactures. I own a set of HREs, as well as Rays and BBS and Enkei, and its just not the same, good but not the same.
Of the brands you mentioned, I have owned BBS, Rays, OZ, and HRE, of course. The other brands make both cast as well as forged wheels and are top quality. HRE has had a huge boom in the past 6-7 years. This started with their forged monoblock line. What they do not have is the motorsports heritage of some of the others, but they are the real deal in terms of current product offerings for street use. They still have their "boutique" type of wheel, which is historically what they offered, but they now also offer much much more, and have really surpassed the others.

I say they are at the top of the wheel food chain for the following reasons:

1. forged construction
2. fully customizable fitment
3. phenomenal customer support
4. good product availability

Again, this is for street wheels and not for racing products.
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It may end up being a good business move, but it also lessens the exclusivity of the brand. Just depends what your main goal is. HRE still sits at the top of the wheel food chain, but I find this move a bit questionable. Kinda like BMW creating their "M sport" line. It cheapens the M namesake a bit.
I don't buy HRE cause there exclusive, I buy them cause they make a great product in custom figments and I can have rims that give me the prefect look for my needs.

All of the other brands that get mentioned on this board as better then HRE all make wheels on different levels including OEM for car makers and sponsor major racing and have been in business for a lot longer. The cheap wheels ans OEMing pay for the racing efforts, that gets them credibility.

I just look at this as a natural evolution for HRE and growth of their business, they are sponsor some forms of racing now and moving towards one of those top spots in more people's eyes.
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