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Old 07-08-2006, 09:24 PM
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Been trying to make up my mind between American Racing Chrome Torque Thrust D's, or Chrome Cragar SS wheels for my 34. Well today i was in the Goodyear tire store and they had both wheels on display. I flipped them both around and on the back of the Cragar was "Made in China" . I had emailed American Racing earlier to ask them if their wheels were made in China and they got back to me pretty quickly. Their wheels are made in various countries (not China), but are polished/finished or chromed in the U.S. So when I saw where the Cragar SS was made, my mind was made up.

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one way or another the money is gonna wind up in japan or China or Taiwan!














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I used to work for a goodyear store and I would have to say stay away from ar and crager chrome wheels. sooner or later the chrome peels off inside the rim and it starts to leak. It seems to be mostly the newer stuff. Ive seen some of the older ones and they looked brand new inside still. ive seen so many chrome wheels go bad I will only recomend the polished aluminum to anyone that would buy wheels.
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That is unfortuate. It's getting harder and harder to find anything NOT made in China. That's why I hate Wal Mart. Every now and then I have to go to that place to buy something because they are the only place within 30 miles that has what I need. Damn them!
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I will take the risk of the chrome coming off, in order to NOT have to constantly polish aluminum. I personally know of several sets of American Racing chrome wheels that are at least six years old and still look good.

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My Cragers started losing chrome after a few weeks of use.
Itīs the center section which is chromed aluminum, I never thought aluminum could be chromed successfully.
I did get three replaced by Summit but they went the same way .
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I want a set of Halibrands ... ... for my current 3W project.
BUT ... now they are made in China too ...

SO ... I guess it will be RED RIMS for the Three Window ...

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That is unfortuate. It's getting harder and harder to find anything NOT made in China. That's why I hate Wal Mart. Every now and then I have to go to that place to buy something because they are the only place within 30 miles that has what I need. Damn them!

Unfortunately the products coming from over there are for the most part a better quality {I'm no expert}

Its getting damn near impossible to get a high quality priced reasonable product from the USA & chances are somewhere in the production line involves something somewhere from over seas

Were going to hell in a bucket here



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Its getting damn near impossible to get a high quality priced reasonable product from the USA & chances are somewhere in the production line involves something somewhere from over seas
Or if it is manufactured here, it will usually involve either illegal immigrant labor or labor that is not compensated as to labor and comp laws.

You also have to lookout for a lot of counterfeit items. If CRAGAR is really made in ONE-HUNG-LO. then they will never have to worry about me purchasing a new set. And I guarantee the price didn't go down either...
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If CRAGAR is really made in ONE-HUNG-LO. then they will never have to worry about me purchasing a new set. And I guarantee the price didn't go down either...
Say's it right on the backside.

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[QUOTE=malc]I never thought aluminum could be chromed successfully.
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Aluminum can be chromed successfully, but it involves several more steps than ferrous metal. If the chrome is coming off aluminum it is because the process was short changed.

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Next door neighbor has late model Chevy Impala and he had a wheel off and I looked and was shocked to see made in (Communist) China.
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When I was shopping for wheels this spring I was looking at AmericanRacing Hopsters. I try hard to avoid buying made in China whenever possible. I E-mailed American Racing & asked. The reply from them was that there Vintage wheels(including the torque thrust & Hopsters) are made in the USA. Later, someone told me that isnt true, so I called American Racing & asked again.
The first answer was that they are made in the USA, but I pressed & than he admited the centers, & the rings are made in China...than the pieces are put together here. So technically the "wheel" is made in the US....from Chinease cast parts.
I did not buy them, I bought Centerline Telestars instead...made in the US.
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Big Problem.

Lots of stuff made by the Commies is top quality stuff.
Trouble is our stock holders' demand for increased corporate profits has killed our jobs in this country.

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true, but also American workers often times demand wages & benefits that cant be justified , not to mention insurance, workers comp, OSHA, EPA, vacations, retirement etc etc. that the employer is expected to pay.
A perfect example is Eagle Cranks & rods. they are good products, at a reasonable price, if that same product was made here, it wouldnt be sold at a reasonable price, it would be priced like a Crower or Callies.
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