Frequently Asked Questions
Upgrading wheels and tires is a good way to enhance and update the look and performance of your vehicle. Using lower profile tires with larger diameter wheels allows your vehicle to provide better steering response and better cornering. Visually, the larger wheel and lower profile tires create an enhanced and more aggressive look for the vehicle. Pairing a larger diameter or wider wheels with a larger and lower profile tires while maintaining odometer and speedometer accuracy through selecting tires that are within 3% of the overall diameter of the original tires on your vehicle. Please refer to the vehicle selection page or contact our customer service department at 1-877-999-4335 or email@example.com for assistance on properly sizing the vehicle of your choice.
Note that all Velox fitments are done with vehicles with stock height. Any modifications to lower the vehicle may affect the proper fitment of the wheels onto the vehicle.
Fitment of caps may sometimes require an alternative cap, depending on the wheel and hub of the vehicle. If your vehicle is installed with our wheels and the accompanying caps do not clear the hub, we do have alternative taller caps available free of charge for specific models.
For winter sizing and plus sizing applications, we recommend checking with your tire professional for alternative tire sizes that will match your original tires' overall diameter to within 3%. This will ensure speedometer readings remain accurate.
Both the All Season and Nordica Series' wheels are constructed of cast aluminum and have a tri-phase coating that helps to prevent oxidation while also protecting against the elements. However, the Nordica Series is optimized for ease of repair to damage stemming from scratches and nicks that occur with greater frequency under snow-packed conditions, where hidden debris can inflict visible damage to the wheel. Touch-up paint for this series is readily available and can either be matched by an automotive paint shop or through parts retailers.
Most leakage from pitting is either because wheels are chrome-plated, which provides zero protection against corrosive chemicals, or the finish of the existing wheels has been compromised and thus allowed corrosion to creep under into the wheel. Velox All Season and Nordica Series are ideally suited to better combat the variables that lead to pitting and air loss. However, effectiveness may vary depending on use. Velox recommends protective maintenance and care to extend the life of your wheels.
Every order received is reviewed by our technical experts to reconfirm that all clearances are acceptable and within the industry standard tolerances. If replacing wheels on existing tire sizes on your vehicle, small variations in size are allowed since tires will fit on a range of wheel sizes.
In most cases existing TPMS sensors are transferable to your newly purchased wheels. You may use the existing sensors if they meet the following criteria:
- The vehicle and existing sensors are less than 5 years old.
- The new wheels are the only set of wheels used on the vehicle. (If you are alternating between winter and summer wheels and tires, we recommend using the original TPMS sensors for your winter wheel/tire set and new sensors for your summer wheel/tire set.)
Velox offers one-time complimentary chrome lug nuts/bolts which do not come in alternative colors. This is because most dark-colored or black lug nuts tend to highlight scratches which can occur during the tightening process. Additional selections are available either online or at your local automotive store. Check with your local automotive store professional for availability and fitment.
Chrome wheels often are an expensive option that creates mirror like luster. However, chrome wheels are not recommended because of its environmental and durability characteristics. The chroming process is often a environmentally destructive process in which chromium, a byproduct of the plating process is released. This type of process uses chrominum which is a well known carcinogen, lead, Cyanide, and Cadium which often pollutes and causes cancerous health issues. Chromed wheels also do not hold up over time since it is a metal plating process that is not protected against the elements. Salt in the air, or roads in winter usually commences corrosion processes that lead to pitting and the eventual inability of the wheel to hold air, creating potential issues that are dangerous.
Having a set of winter wheels and tires saves time and money to provide greater convenience to you. During winter seasons, tire installation centers are usually extremely busy with people trying to swap winter tires. During these times, wait times sometimes can be 2-3 hours depending on the cars. Each season, average cost to put on and take off tires is around $160 per season. By having a set of winter tires and wheels stored at home, installation can be peformed within 20 minutes and the cost of the tires and wheels often are recouped after a few seasons. This long term cost and time savings allows you to get back on the road quicker during those winter months with added convenience.
Whether ordering online or through your local Costco Tire center, each provides convenience to fit your needs. With online ordering, wheels are sent to your home to allow you to structure installation appointment along with the ability to confirm the item you selected is to your satisfaction. If you wish to return the item after you had a chance to review it from your home, simply take the wheels to the local Costco returns department in its original boxes. If you do wish to proceed for installation, simply contact your Costco tire center to schedule a tiime for installation. This will allow minimal downtime during the installation process. If you do wish to order at your local Costco tire center, wheels will be sent to that location. Once the wheels arrive, the tire center will contact you to come in for installation. Either method of ordering provides flexibility to fit your preference and needs for a successful purchase and installation experience.
If you are unsure about what you are about to order, please call our customer support so that we may assist you with choosing the right selection. Often, if you are simply changing the wheels on your vehicle, the easiest way to confirm the tire/wheel compatibility is to look at the plaque on the drivers door jam which will have the tire size. The last two digits of that tire size which ranges from 14-22 would be the diameter of the wheel size you need to select. To reconfirm the selection, look and match those numbers to the sidewall of your tires. This can confirm that the tire size is confirmed with the informaiton on the door jam.
Vehicles that have larger tires in the rear than the fronts have fitments that are staggered. These types of fitments usually are part of sport packages. To ensure proper fitment and selection, always double check tire sizes. If there are selections for your vehicle with staggered, there will be a drop down selection clearly indicating staggered.
Forged wheels are constructed with a process that places high compression and intense pressure on the material to increase strength. Similarly, forged carbon, or diamonds, are created with high intense pressure and heat to create great strength. With aluminum this process creates a tighter bond which translates to better resistance against deformation. Majority of Velox wheels now feature some method of the forging process. From our spiral forged process that's added to strengthen traditionally cast wheels to our aerospace grade 6061 aluminum wheels that are shaped under 10,000 ton pressure, Velox wheels are better suited to the heavier modern day vehicles than many wheels on the market today.
At Velox, we have always been a pioneer of forged wheels. Since 2001, we've worked with forged wheels and have created some of the lightest wheels on the market. However, our findings have concluded that the benefits of lightness are far outweighed by the benefits of a wheel that retains its form and resistance to deformation or damage. In other words, a light but bent or cracked wheel is a useless wheel. Velox wheels are intended for street use which does not require the reduction of lap times by seconds but to ensure safety and longevity of our products in real world conditions. Velox takes advantage of aerospace grade 6061 aluminum's inherent greater 30% tensile strength and applies to the overall durability of the wheel instead of reducing material that often yields weight loss but essentially reduces durability back down to cast grade strength. Velox forged wheels are at a minimum 2100lb load capacity with thicker rim and barrel sections to minimize deformation and enhance rigidity. With road conditions that have deteriorated dramatically in the past decade along with great increases in vehicle weight and adoption of low profile tires, Velox's objective is to continue to build wheels that provide the utmost value and longevity to address those areas.
In contrast to industry standards and practices, Velox categorizes street and track wheels because the needs from both categories have diverged as technology has progressed over the years. Street wheels now need to contend with increased vehicle weight, lower profile and larger diameter tires, along with a diverse range of road conditions. In contrast, track wheels focus on light weight as the primary objective in line with race cars that are to be as competitive as possible with replacement cost fairly low as a priority. These diverse objectives naturally require dedicated solutions whereas Velox solutions for road vehicles require wheels that contend with real world street conditions that focus on strength, durability and consideration of replacement costs. Conversely, a light weight track wheel when subject to street conditions have a higher probability of deformation and thus may require replacement with more frequency.
Our truck wheel fitments are optimally balanced to be wider stanced but still applicable for OE tire sizes. However, oversized tires can also be fitted depending on other variables such as if you have lift kit, absence of mud flaps and side steps etc which may influence the final fitment. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can help answer questions for your specific fitment.
Velox recommends obtaining tire size information by looking at both the placard that is located on the door jam area which will indicate the tire size for your vehicle and reconfirming the tire size by identifying the same numbers on the side wall of your tires. If both match, then the tire size is accurate and can be inputted in the order. If the tire size on the tire does not match the placard on the door jam, then the tire size on the tire should be used for the order.
Velox supplies complimentary plastic hub rings instead of aluminum rings due to the possibility of galvanic corrosion in winter climates. Galvanic corrosion is essentially the fusing of different metals with water or other agents as catalyst. This happens often in winter regions where salt or deicing agents are used. As a result, wheels often need to pounded off with rubber mallets when the corrosion causes the wheel to essentially be fused on the hub of the vehicle. The plastic hubring utilized acts as a buffer or barrier to minimize this corrosion and facilitate easier wheel take off. The rings being high temperature tolerant will not melt under normal road use.
Velox offers three grades of wheels depending the needs and budget of our customers. Best/ Better/Good. The 6061 forged wheels are the best in terms of strength durability but tend to be higher in cost due to the use of aircraft quality aluminum and 10,000 ton pressure forging process. This offers the maximum strength currently possible for wheels on the market. The A356 spiral forged is our better quality wheel which is a cast grade wheel with high pressure and heat that extrudes and forms the barrel section to enhance the strength over the traditional cast wheels for lower profile tires. Finally, the A356 cast wheels which is the good quality involves the traditional construction of pouring aluminum into molds. This grade is sufficient for most vehicle use and generally recommended for vehicles with normal profile tires.
Velox wheel center caps cannot be swapped with OEM center caps due to Velox's intention to maintain the distinction between its wheels and OEM wheels. However, custom emblem stickers that are compatible and can be affixed over the Velox center caps can easily be found and purchased online.
All wheels showing on the site are items that are immediately available to ship. However, due to processing time, the average turn around time to ready the products and package the correct wheel accessories for your vehicle to ship would be between 24-48 hours.
Our wheels do work on modified vehicles but would be dependent on the work performed. When vehicles are purchased with modified suspension or wheels, we advise you to contact us to discuss and confirm what may have been modified to ascertain application viability. Especially with spacers on the vehicle hubs, there may be dramatic differences that will yield non-fitments as our fitments are based on O.E parameters.
Alternative tire sizes if available, will still require confirmation from both our wheel technicians and the tire professional assisting you to ensure that the tire selected are load and speed compatible with your vehicle. Please contact Velox Wheels Customer Service at 1-877-999-4335 during our normal business hours for assistance.
We recommend you contact us for further confirmation, as vehicle fitment and application can vary by year. Please contact Velox Wheels Customer Service at 1-877-999-4335 during our normal business hours for assistance.
Wheel fitments are highly dependent on the tire size, similar to shoes and the range that fits. Our wheels fit a range of sizes which require your input of the correct tire information as confirmation. Therefore, if you are not sure of the tire size while you are ordering online, going out to the vehicle to confirm the tire size as denoted on the side walls can go a long way to prevent possible delays and incorrect fitments.
Our wheel search which is based on vehicle will only show items that we can send out within a 24-48 hour window. Thus, results may vary and any out-of-stock items will not appear on your search. In addition, if the drop down menu does not show your vehicle, it means that we currently do not have wheels applicable. Our vehicle application mostly covers 20-year time frame. This is to eliminate any possibility of vibration or imbalance may have resulted with the condition of the vehicle and other related subassemblies.
For certain applications, hub rings are not required since the wheel's center diameter closely sleeves over the diameter of the hub on your vehicle. This means that the wheel is already hub-centric. Prior to shipment, Velox confirms if there is a need for hub rings based on the wheel you have selected and will supply hub rings if necessary. If for any reason you still are concerned about the necessity of rings for your vehicle/wheel combination, please contact Velox Wheels Customer Service at 1-877-999-4335 during our normal business hours for assistance.
In some cases your wheels may fit other vehicles, but may require different hardware to accommodate the switch. Please contact Velox Wheels Customer Service at 1-877-999-4335 during our normal business hours for confirmation and further assistance.
As wheels are constructed of metal, the liklihood of a wheel being off balance occurs in usually in the frequency of 1/10,000 wheels. Usually balance issues occur with most frequency due to: 1. Tires 2. Installation. Tires are constructed with steel cords that are embedded with rubber which can lead to high and low spots which may lead to inbalance when paired with wheels. These occurances need to be rectified by a procedure that is required to turn the tire's high spot to be opposite of the valve stem area of the wheel. This allows a better balance to be achieved. Tires that are old also may create an issue of inbalance possibly from irregular wear when coupled with old and warped wheels. Similar to wear on the sole of shoes, tires develop a wear pattern that when paired with new wheels will create vibrations. This requires a skilled installer to idnentify and implement procedure that will rectify or minimize the issue. This type of procedure is called the 180 degree procedure and requires a installer who has been trained to identify and perform such a procedure when wheels with tires do not balance. If the installer does not know the procedure and does not perform the procedure to resolve the inbalance, the wheel and tire will vibrate when in use. These two variables are required to be addressed to properly balance any new wheels and tires.
When ordering wheels online, wheels are sent directly to the members home address. This is to allow minimal contact and provide the member with the ability to examine the wheel to confirm the selection and to ensure no damage has incurred from shipping. We recommend that all 4 wheels are examined and a photo is taken of the front face of each wheel that is visible after tires are mounted to provide yourself with a visual receipt on the condition of the wheel. Once this is confirmed, members can contact tire centers to make an appointment for installation to minimize downtime for installation. Our wheels come in 4 boxes with one clearly labelled with complimentary wheel accessories which include the necessary lug nut or bolt along with if needed the necessary hubrings. Each wheel box also includes instructions for installation which are required to be followed in correct sequence to ensure a successful and troublefree installation. (WARNING) wheel installation problems can occur if the procedure and correct sequence is not followed. Inform the installer to follow the instruction manual prior to installation to minimize any potential installation issues from occuring. If additional clarity is required, please contact us1-877-999-4335 and our customer representative will be able to assist both you and the installer before and during the installation process.
Wheels like any part of the vehicle is a wear and tear item. However, if maintained properly wheels can last for the life of the vehicle. Unfortunately, due to the deteriorating infrastructure of our freeways and roads, increasing amount of pot holes and road deteriorations are fast becoming the number reason for wheel replacements. Especially with increasingly low profile tires offered by vehicle manufacturers, wheels often can be damaged easily if care is not taken to avoid road hazards like potholes. In addition, dramatic temperature changes which dramatically alter tire pressure can reduce the tires ability to adequately protect and support the wheels. Therefore, Velox recommends to regularly check your tire pressure along with making sure to avoid road hazards such as potholes. For use in winter regions, Velox recommends using ceramic hybrid based non polish wax to be applied regularly to protect wheels against deicing agent or salt. After any drive, washing off salt or debris from the undercarriage and wheels are effective in minimizing potential corrosion.
If for any reason you experience refusal to install the wheels, please contact us immediately while you are at the location so that we may discuss with them in order to troubleshoot potential variables that may effect the ability of the tire center to correctly install the wheels for you.
During the installation process, wheel caps are usually clipped on or screwed on to ensure a secure fit. Velox wheel caps often have an optional name plate which has adhesive backing that must be removed in order to firmly affix onto the cap. In addition, there is usually a film over the name plate which needs to be removed to prevent the film from being coked onto the name plate. If the name plate has somehow flew off, most likely this is a result of the adhesive backing not being removed during the installation process to securely affix the name plate onto the cap. If that has occurred, contact the installation center and inform them that the name plate was not secured on properly during the installation process and request them to contact our support team. If during a tire rotation, the clips on the wheel cap were broken, please request the installation center to contact our support team to order replacement caps. Or, for caps that are of a screw on variant, missing screws can be ordered by the installation center.
If your wheels arrived to you damaged, first email the damage to our email: email@example.com. Once emailed, contact Costco.com to inform them of the situation and request for replacement to be sent to you.
All of our products include a comprehensive installation protocol checklist with sequences that must be correctly followed. The most common issue that occurs usually is when the installer fails to follow the specific protocols as outlined. If you and your installer are experiencing such issues, please contact our tech support specialist so that we may assist you and the installer you work with to ensure a smooth installation process.
Certain Volvo and Tesla vehicles may have either pins or nuts on the mounting hub of the vehicle, requiring removal in order for some wheel models to properly fit the vehicle. These pins and nuts have been originally secured as part of the assembly process and not necessary to be retained. If your installer is concerned and reluctant to remove the pin or nut from the mounting hub, please have your installer contact our tech support team to assist.
Due to increasingly worsened road conditions, inevitably there are road hazards that can lead to wheel damage. Fortunately, most state or local agencies have programs that reimburse damages caused by road hazard There are claim forms from the depart of transportation for $10,000 or less that is available: Form LD-0274 . You can fill out and file to claim for damages. Another alternative is to file claim with your auto insurance which does cover such damages. While this does not remove the inconvenience that the road hazard has caused, claiming for reimbursement against the wheel damage is a cost effective method over out of pocket expense. Check with your insurance and local state agency for more information.
Velox recommends examining our products after it has arrived. It is encouraged to take a photo of each wheel's front section which will be visible once it has been installed to ensure of the condition of the wheels prior to taking them to the installation center of your choice. Taking pictures of the condition of the wheel prior to installation is an effective way to have a visual receipt that the wheels are free of any scratches or damages that may occur during the installation process.
Unfortunately, wheels like all other parts on your vehicle are subject to wear and tear. In most cases, a warped wheel can occur when tire pressure have not been kept at the recommended tire pressure which reduces the tire's ability to protect the wheel from road hazards such as pot holes or road debris. In many cases, a drop in temperatures of 10 degrees or more often mean reduced tire pressure and thus less support. Therefore, it is always recommended to check with frequency your tire pressure to ensure tires are up to the suggested vehicle manufacturer's recommendations. If a wheel is warped, two possible solutions are available. 1. Wheels can be repaired through a wheel repair specialist. 2. If the style is still available, replacement purchases can be made.
Now that you have recieved the wheels, it is highly recommended if you reside in winter regions to purchase ceramic coating solutions that are readily sold at your neighborhood automotive shop. Applying such coatings prior to having the tires mounted preps the wheel with additional protection. Because ceramic coatings are heat resistant and usually last for a long time, they can provide an additional barrier against corrosive agents such as deicing agents that can corrode over time.
The wheels are painted with three layers to ensure durability and longevity. However if during the course of ownership, the wheels are subjected to acid wash, wire brushes and other surface deteriorating variables, accelerated wear can occur. It is advised to treat the wheel finishes like the paint on your vehicle to minimize polishing/sanding and to preserve the protective layers of paint to ensure the longevity of the wheels. Always use soap and water to wash the wheels. Do not use wheel cleaning agents or chemicals that can strip paint coatings.
Most wheel orders have the installation hardware kit placed in the wheel box with the packing list label. Some wheel orders will also have installation hardware kits shipped separately. On such orders, an email will be sent to you with a tracking number for the installation hardware kit in addition to the wheel tracking number.
After you have placed your order, the following can occur which may slow down the fulfillment process:
1. Your vehicle may require additional verification by our tech support team to confirm fitment which would result in an email being sent requesting information. In order to prevent delays in fulfilling your purchase, please respond to our email so that our tech support team can help expedite and confirm fitments to ensure a trouble-free installation.
2. Product may have sold out right after purchase. Our fulfillment team will notify via email of the situation and provide alternative choices. Responding to our email will allow our fulfillment team to assist you in fulfilling your order in the shortest time possible.