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Well, it is official. I am finally on board as a representative for Signature Wheels and DCT Motorsports. I had the pleasure of meeting with several members of the Signature team at SEMA as was graciously offered an opportunity to head up the Mustang sales of their product line. After hearing what they were about, the focus on customer service, and desire to remain affordable I gladly accepted. Per forum rules I cannot post pricing here. Contact me for forum pricing, and check out the web page to see the full product line and retail pricing www.Signaturewheel.com







Background

Signature is a newer brand of wheel company, but the owner Eric has experience in the industry with previous brands. Signature was launched and is one of the fastest growing fully forged wheel brands in the market. The company is full of enthusiasts from Porsche, Lamborghini, Mustang, GM, and more. All of the reps for the company are based here in California where the wheels are designed, then built at our production facility in Taiwan. The beauty of the business model for me as a representative is that I am the direct line from the consumer to production. I have no shop space or fees to pass onto you guys. No other intermediaries, no additional overhead, no need to charge extra money. Orders are placed, submitted, built, and shipped direct to you. This keeps our pricing low and makes us very competitive. The goal here is to provide the highest quality of wheel to our customers at a reasonable price. Particularly in the Mustang scene I want to see fully forged and lightweight wheels on our platform without you guys having to break the bank.






 

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The Wheels

Up to now I have had experience with several wheel companies on my personal cars, and other enthusiasts. I have been disappointed many times by what the market provides to us. Either a wheel with poor construction and finish at a low price, a wheel that was too expensive for the average owner to buy, or less than modern (and heavy) designs at a reasonable price. One thing I hated was going to a car show and seeing a bunch of cars all running the same wheel. Our wheel line continues to grow as we come up with new designs, and are open to hear from consumers about what they want. Development of unique designs and offering a wide array of finishes is a must, especially since we all have Signature Wheels on our own cars. One of the best features is we have almost DOUBLED clearance over OEM on the GT350 brake package at the barrel and wheel face!

** Standard GT350 models can reuse the OEM lug nuts**
** GT350R models or those with extended studs will need to run an open ended or deep lug nut to account for the longer stud length. ZL1 Addons titanium lug nuts are compatible**














Construction


All of our lineup is made from solid cores of forged 6061 T6 aluminum. All wheels are CNC'd to perfection and custom made for each application at our facility in Taiwan. These are not flow formed, rotary forged, spun forged, or any other. Changes to color, custom widths, and custom offsets (within a limit) come at no additional cost. Our faculty has 70 CNC machines so each set only takes 5-7 weeks to build and powder coat, then it is shipped directly to you. We dedicate a different machine for each part of your build process to ensure the highest level of consistency amongst your set of wheels. All the wheels are JWL and VIA certificate of Accreditation on Dynamic cornering fatigue test equipment, Dynamic radial fatigue test equipment, Impact test equipment and certified stamp on the back of every wheel made. I have personally used mine for track use, and many others have as well. We actually encourage buyers to put the wheels on track as all wheels are designed with strength, style, and a reduction rotating mass in mind.














 

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The Market

So far the brand as been extremely popular within the Lamborghini, GM, Porsche, and BMW markets. All the guys paying 10k for fully forged wheels in other markets have been more than pleased with achieving the same quality without a hike in price for the name. That is what I want to bring to the Mustang and Ford community. If you comparison shop brands that offer the same fully forged wheel you will find out why we are growing so fast. Here are some of the wheels we have placed on customer cars across the market.













My Role

For me this is simple. Up until now the GT350 and Mustang market has not received the direct attention it needed. I am here to work directly with you guys to place orders, answer questions, show off your amazing cars, and bring people into the Signature Owners Circle. I have the direct ability to adjust pricing, offer deals, and anything else you may need. I will remain active on the boars providing help where I can with my personal profile, and plan to remain an active member of this community. In any case, I am looking forward to those of you who are ready to purchase a set of wheels and join #Signaturenation. Make sure you check us out on Instagram and our web page. Anything you need just send me a PM, Email, DM on Instagram, or text for those that have my number. Thanks for your support.








I will update this thread with pictures of new wheel designs and customer cars as we move ahead. This business profile is new to me so I want to be balance getting you all information, not violating the board rules, and staying below spam level.
 

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Happy to share with you guys the release of our brand new SV501 Track Series. This is a track inspired wheel with lightweight and strength as the focus. The wheel is available in matte/gloss black, bronze, and gunmetal. GT350 spec wheels tipped the scales at 20-21 lbs!


 

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Here are a few pics of the SV108 on my car. I had the same level of clearance on the SV101 also. You can see the caliper clearance is vastly improved over the stock GT350 and R wheel. If you are considering wheels that don’t provide this, then you are tempting fate. I’m speaking from experience with the 6GR replica wheels after having the inner barrel of a wheel and caliper damaged by debris getting in there.



 

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Gents, I have been really enjoying talking to many of you about your wheel desires. Pretty cool being on this side of the ball providing customer service and discussing some of the technical aspects of wheel designs. In doing research about wheel types I came across a pretty good article on Camaro5 by a member named Nine Ball. I believe he/she works for Forgeline and broke down some technical information about different types of wheels being offered on the market. It was educational for me, and I think it will be for you also. This is not the gospel per-se, and it was written several years ago. You will see that Signature Wheels offers two of the best types of constructions in many widths/sizes, but I think it will help those that have questions about our wheels, pricing, and differences in construction.

I get a lot of emails from new wheel shoppers, asking what the differences are between cast aluminum wheels, flow-formed wheels, 1-piece forged wheels, 2-piece forged wheels, and 3-piece forged wheels. I always take my time to explain the differences in construction methods, as I prefer to educate my customers in order to allow them to select the wheels that best fit their needs.

There are predominantly 6 different methods for construction of wheels. Each one varies in quality, weight, strength, and price. There are pros and cons for each type. Hopefully after reading this thread, you gain a better understanding of each.

1. Cast aluminum wheels
2. Flow-Formed / Rotary Forged wheels
3. 1-piece "Monoblock" forged wheels
4. 2-piece welded construction forged wheels
5. 2-piece bolted construction forged wheels
6. 3-piece bolted construction forged wheels

Cast Aluminum Wheels
These are the lowest priced wheels, and are typically what are found on production vehicles. Cast aluminum wheels are created by pouring molten aluminum into a mold that is shaped like a wheel. This produces a wheel casting. Some final machining work is then done to clean up the rough surface, and paint/finishing is applied.

Pros: Lowest price, easiest to mass-produce.
Cons: More brittle than forged wheels. Spoke details and edges aren't as sharp as a machined forged wheel. Heaviest weight of all wheel construction types. Lowest quality. Limited offsets, width increments, diameter selection available. Nearly impossible to repair when cracked or severely bent - safely, that is. A damaged cast wheel usually needs to be replaced.



Flow-Formed / Rotary Forged Wheels
Flow-Formed wheels start out identical to cast poured wheels, but with different hoop thickness. The casting process above is used to create the spoke pattern only. Then the wheel castings are put into a flow-forming machine to form the outer hoops. This is done using high heat and high pressure rollers, which "flow-form" the outer hoop. This results in a stronger outer hoop, with aligned aluminum grain structure. The resulting wheel is a cast faced wheel with a hoop that has properties similar to a forged wheel. They are stronger and lighter than cast wheels.

Pros: Low Price, Lightweight, Higher strength than cast wheels.
Cons: Cast face still lacks the sharp edges and details of a machined forged wheel. Limited width increments and diameters available. Hard to repair when severely bent or cracked.

Video on Flow-Forming process:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ukBAD8IDxds&feature=youtu.be

1-Piece Monoblock Forged Wheels
The term "Monoblock" is used throughout the industry to describe the 1-piece forged wheels. "Mono" meaning one, and "Block" meaning it was created from one block of aluminum. The block in this case is actually a round bar stock of high quality, aerospace-quality 6061-T6 Aluminum Alloy. The round bar is pressed in a huge forging machine, to stamp out a wheel shaped blank. Forging is a hot working process, and helps to align the grain structure of the alloy. This results in a very strong, very lightweight wheel construction material. The wheel blank is then flow-formed to create the outer barrel shape. Following that process, the wheel blank is loaded into a CNC milling machine and there the spoke pattern is milled out.

Pros: Lightest of the forged wheel construction methods.
Cons: Priced about the same as expensive 3-piece construction. Difficult to repair when bent or severely damaged.



2-Piece Welded Construction Forged Wheels
These are considered the entry level forged wheels, as they are priced slightly lower than 3-piece forged wheels. The centers start out as a blank of forged 6061-T6 Aluminum alloy, and the spoke patterns are CNC machined with a milling machine. The wheel hoop is also a forged aluminum material. On a 2-piece wheel, the center is simply welded to the hoop on the backside of the wheel. Some manufacturers also offer cast aluminum centers, to reduce cost. Quality and weight of the cast centers is not as good as forged/machined, however.

Pros: Lowest Price of the Forged wheels. Same weight, appearance, quality as 3-piece wheels.
Cons: Limited widths increments available. Cannot easily chrome plate or paint the lip, since it has to be welded on. More difficult to repair a bent lip compared to a 3-piece wheel, as the center has to be cut out and a new hoop welded on.



2-Piece Bolted Construction Forged Wheels
These are built very similar to the 2-piece welded construction wheels above, but use a hoop that has a bolting ring already in place. Instead of welding the center to the hoop, it is simply bolted on. This is the least common method of forged wheel construction, as the hoops tend to cost more than simple welded hoops. Some manufacturers also offer cast aluminum centers, to reduce cost. Quality and weight of the cast centers is not as good as forged/machined, however.

Pros: Lips can be easily chrome plated or painted, since no welding required. Easier to replace a hoop when it gets bent.
Cons: Limited width increments available. Few brands offer this type.

3-Piece Forged Wheels
Three piece forged wheels are usually the most expensive wheel construction, mostly due to the assembly labor and components used. The wheels consist of three main pieces; the center, the outer hoop (lip), and the inner hoop. These three parts are held together with a series of perimeter bolts. Silicone RTV is used to seal between the two hoops. Some manufacturers also offer cast aluminum centers, to reduce cost. Quality and weight of the cast centers is not as good as forged/machined, however.

Pros: Most width increments available, truly perfect fitments available. Easiest of all wheels to repair if lip gets bent or damaged, as hoops are easy to replace. Easy to paint or chrome plate lip, since no welding is required. Can have different color rear hoop and outer hoop, since they are two different pieces. Highest resale value for used wheels.
Cons: Most expensive forged wheel construction. RTV silicone seal can be damaged by inexperience tire installers, resulting in leaks.

 

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Here is a quick video I shot today of the wheels while out at Thunder Hill watching the Ford Performance racing school race in the 25 hour event. First time out with the new equipment. iPhone X and DJI Osmo...

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=P5bas_1nHe8
 

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Hope you all are having a good weekend. Things have been very busy around here at Signature Wheel lately and I have lots to share. Going from enthusiast to vendor I have noticed a lot off added posts in the technical sections from wheel companies and other vendors. I will try to limit my updates to once a week so I do not take away from other discussions being had regarding our vehicles. With that said, let’s begin….

First, I want to introduce our new diamond cut wheel face option being offered. Now you can add even more customization to the set of wheels you select. This first set done was in our Crystal Orange...






Second, we released a new wheel to our lineup. This is the all new SV305 and SV305S. The two-piece version of our popular SV105 wheel. Available in any size you desire with exposed hardware (SV305S) or hidden (SV305). Deep concave just like all of our designs. Available to be cut for any platform, including your SUV!



 

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Signature Wheel SV108 just arrived for customer [MENTION=265]Dtmaso[/MENTION]. These are cut in the OEM GT350R specs and finished in the Brushed Triple Black Tinted. Also completed with anti-slip bead knurling to ensure the tire doesn't break seal with the rim under high G loads. I weighed them with the following results:

22.9 lbs Front
22.0 lbs Rear





 

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It has been a busy week at Signature. First off I want to welcome [MENTION=23430]honeybadger[/MENTION] to the Signature Owners Circle! He will be the first Mustang to debut our brand new SV502 wheel that is being released. We are finishing up the design in CAD and should have photos to reveal here soon. Kevin will be using these primarily as a track wheel, and we are definitely looking forward to him showing off their track prowess. Thanks again for joining the team brother, and I owe you a beer next time we meet up.





Next up we finally got our first set of the GT350R spec SV501 built and shipped to customers. Weights are in and we are very pleased. They are as follows:

SV501 19x11 et25 - 21.5 lbs
SV501 19x11.5 et55 - 20.5 lbs



This is one of our strongest and lightest wheels to date. This will save roughly 12lbs per wheel over the OEM 33lb GT350 setup, and only 3.5 lbs heavier that the GT350R Carbon Fiber Wheel. Again, these are able to be custom cut to fit any mustang platform


I am in the process of developing a few items to help with branding and customer appreciation. One of the items I just received was in collaboration with George [MENTION=10681]MGW[/MENTION] Scudo. I had him custom make one of his aluminum Scudo RFID wallets with our logo on it. I will be using it to carry business cards, but also want to provide it to our customers if they choose to order one.






Last but not least I wanted to show a photo of our performance center cap option that customers can choose instead of the color matched and engraved option, or they can order this in addition to the paint matched setup.



I think that is it for now. As always contact me for a quote on wheels so we can get your new year started the right way :cheers:
 

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Very exciting news to share boys! I have been working with the Ford Performance Racing School for a while now to run our SV501 and soon to be released SV502 wheels on some upcoming track cars they have. I am proud to announce we just completed an order with them to run our setup on their incoming FP350S race car! They wiill be running an 18x11 square setup with some custom offsets.

I am beyond excited to work with such a good group of guys, and show you all the performance capabilities of our wheel lineup.

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The all new SV502 is here boys. [MENTION=23430]honeybadger[/MENTION] is going to be one happy man. Get with me before the end of the year for some awesome introductory pricing! Weights are expected to be the same as our SV501 in a GT350R spec. 21.5 lbs front and 20.5 lbs rear. Remember these are available in as small as a 17” wheel, and can be cut to fit ANY Mustang, Porsche, Focus RS, BMW, Mercedes, etc platform


 

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Congratulations are in order to Dtmaso for ordering his second set of Signature Wheels. After seeing some photos of the SV501 mounted he decided to order a set for the R. Looking forward to seeing him tear it up on these at our Private Track day at Buttonwillow Raceway in April 2018.

I also received some photos from my customer, and now friend Clint over at The Snake Pit Speed Shop. This is the first and only set of 20" GT350R spec SV501 that we have built. Needless to say I am excited to see rubber mounted.










This customer wanted to eliminate the factory poke of the rear wheels in the GT350R fitment. We did a custom offset based on his desires and so far the results look promising. The ease of customization is one of the beauties of dealing with a fully forged and CNC cut wheels.




Let me know what you think.

Oh and I had to share the Signature Wheel SV104 center locks we built for our good friend Jimmy and his Porsche GT3... Where is [MENTION=15]Bossing[/MENTION]


 

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Here are some quick photoshop pics I had done to show how some of our profiles would look on the GT350

SV301


SV105


SV303


SV304


SV302


SV107


SV501


SV102
 

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Here are a couple photos of the first completed SV502. Enjoy and let me know what you think compared to the SV501. I am of the impression that I wouldn kick either of them out of bed in the morning.


 

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Hope the new year is treating you all well. I wanted to provide a couple of updates, and give congratulations to those recently joining the Signature Owners Circle.

Full Sized Spare Available

This is an option that was actually created due to the wants of the GT350 crowd here on 6G. Whenever you purchase a set of Signature Wheels you have the option of having us build a full size matching spare for your vehicle. For $725 it can be built in the same design and finish as your original wheel, and is fully customizable as to the sizing/offset you want. The spare can be built in diameters as small as a 17’ depending on the wheel profile, and as narrow as 8” wide.

jaRS

I got in contact with member [MENTION=32973]jaRS[/MENTION] through the forums. He has an Avalanche Gray GT350R that is currently in for some detail work. After speaking with him about wheel options it became clear that his main concern was having a wheel that was strong enough to handle repeated track use without failure or fatiguing. After seeing that all of our forged wheels are JWL and VIA certified he decided that the SV502 was the right wheel for him. jaRS is also the first member to take advantage of our custom full sized spare option. Definitely looking forward to seeing his R when it is all complete.




Merkyworks

Happy to announce our FIRST GT500 customer coming into the Signature Owners Circle. I had the pleasure of meeting this Merkyworks through the mustang forums. He had done a lot of research on the type of fitment he wanted for his vehicle, and basically knew the offsets/sizing that he desired. I really enjoy working with customers that have a vision in their mind, and just need us to bring it to life. We are currently building the very first set of SV103 to be placed on his platform, and look forward to working with more GT500 customers in the future.


 

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Hope the new year is treating you all well. I wanted to provide a couple of updates, and give congratulations to those recently joining the Signature Owners Circle.

Full Sized Spare Available

This is an option that was actually created due to the wants of the GT350 crowd here on 6G. Whenever you purchase a set of Signature Wheels you have the option of having us build a full size matching spare for your vehicle. For $725 it can be built in the same design and finish as your original wheel, and is fully customizable as to the sizing/offset you want. The spare can be built in diameters as small as a 17’ depending on the wheel profile, and as narrow as 8” wide.

jaRS

I got in contact with member [MENTION=32973]jaRS[/MENTION] through the forums. He has an Avalanche Gray GT350R that is currently in for some detail work. After speaking with him about wheel options it became clear that his main concern was having a wheel that was strong enough to handle repeated track use without failure or fatiguing. After seeing that all of our forged wheels are JWL and VIA certified he decided that the SV502 was the right wheel for him. jaRS is also the first member to take advantage of our custom full sized spare option. Definitely looking forward to seeing his R when it is all complete.




Merkyworks

Happy to announce our FIRST GT500 customer coming into the Signature Owners Circle. I had the pleasure of meeting this Merkyworks through the mustang forums. He had done a lot of research on the type of fitment he wanted for his vehicle, and basically knew the offsets/sizing that he desired. I really enjoy working with customers that have a vision in their mind, and just need us to bring it to life. We are currently building the very first set of SV103 to be placed on his platform, and look forward to working with more GT500 customers in the future.


 

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Hell of a week here at Signature Wheel. Still tingling with the news about the GT500 that is coming. Here is some more buzz for you.

Renzoromero

Lorenzo is joining the Signature Owners Circle after a few months of contact on Instagram. Lorenzo has a clean Mystic SN-95 Cobra, and will be the first of its kind for Signature Wheel. Excited about this project as we will also be debuting a set of the soon to be released SV701. After speaking for a while it became clear that he wanted a different look for his car, and this wheel fit the need. Congratulations again!





S550GTCS

Next up for introductions is [MENTION=28952]S550GTCS[/MENTION]. One of the cool things about the wheel rep process is that I am here to meet your needs. Often times I get PM’s from people I have never seen or met before. Sometimes it ends with one PM after a quote on pricing. On this occasion I was able to provide S550GTCS with a set of SV502 for his ride. Not until we spoke a little further did I realize this was a pretty serious track car. Once I saw the photos it really hit me that this was a sick S550. This will be the first S550 GT on the SV502 and I am excited. This member is rather local to me as well so I look forward to taking some photos of this car myself. Congrats!




 

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First glimpse of the Signature Wheel SV501 mounted on a GT350. Vehicle belongs to my friend/customer Clint. He owns a speed shop called The Snake Pit in Ohio, and can be found on Instagram @the_snake_pit . If you are in that area definitely check him out. Specs are below.

17” Lighting Blue GT350
Chassis H5588
Stock suspension with 38 miles
Signature Wheel SV501
Modified GT350R specs to reduce rear wheel poke
20x11 front 305/30/20
20x11.5 rear 325/30/20





 
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