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Stainless steel vs.
Chrome steel

  • Q: What are the differences between stainless steel spokes and nipples and chrome steel spokes and nipples?

  • A: Stainless steel spokes and nipples do not rust while chrome steel does. Stainless is also stronger than chrome steel and is better suited for heavier cars or where the horsepower and handling of the automobile have been improved. Sadly, without expert polishing, stainless steel is not as shiny as chrome steel and has a satin-type patina to it that some owners find objectionable. 
    For owners who are not able to keep the spokes and nipples as dry as possible or who live in a high humidity locale, stainless steel is a good consideration. However, the wheel cannot be ignored simply because stainless steel spokes are in-place. It does little good to have rust-free spokes if the chrome surfaces are rusting away. The wheels will still demand attention and the need for drying away water and keeping the surfaces clean. The nipples will trap water and are a starting-point for rusting to begin. Stainless steel nipples will prevent rust.
    Please be aware that in all applications, the wheel hub and outer rim are still chrome steel and must be maintained to avoid rust or corrosion.
     

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Above: The Roadster brand wire wheel on the left has stainless steel spokes and chrome plated steel nipples. The Truespoke wheel on the right uses chrome plated steel spokes and nipples.

 

Above: Close-up on left is of a Roadster brand wire wheel with stainless steel spokes and chrome plated steel nipples. On the right is a Truespoke wire wheel with chrome plated steel spokes and nipples.
Below: Our new Truespoke Premium Stainless Spokes and Nipple Upgrade. Using American-made, hand-cut and threaded stainless steel. Stainless steel grade: 302 with added carbon for high strength.
The surfaces are highly polished to minimize the stainless patina. Closest to chrome-like shine. The nipples are also made from polished stainless steel material.

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Telephone: 760-731-8303 (all calls returned)
email: sales@hobbycar.com

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Wire wheels for your Thunderbird, Cadillac, Ford or Chevrolet. Hot rod wire wheels, steel wheels and more. Artillery wheels

Motorspot, Inc. is pleased to offer wire wheels for vintage cars. Our rims are triple chrome plated over a nickel base. We can supply wheels for your Thunderbird, Cadillac, Chrysler, Edsel, Ford and Packard. Roadster brand wire wheels are made in California of the highest quality materials. The rims are similar in appearance to the original Kelsey Hayes wheels. You will be very pleased with these hand built wire wheels that should give you years of motoring pleasure. Whether your T-Bird, Cadillac, Packard or Chrysler is used for show or street, you couldn't make a better choice for wire wheels. Please call or email us for friendly advice. We hope to ship you a set of wire wheels.