If you don’t know the name Wheel Pros, you will immediately recognize its wheel brands. Such iconic brands as American Racing are well known to the general public, and a name that any car enthusiast feels right at home with. The American Racing Torq-Thrust wheel has been a classic for 50 years, seen on rods and customs ever since the days of drive-in movies.
Other brands under the Wheel Pros wing that you may not have seen are Vintage Forged, an off-shoot of American Racing, that specializes in classic styles that are built strong and light, and 100-percent made in the U.S.A. Custom finishes and backspacing are available in this line of wheels.
Custom Shop is another wheel line that can deliver personalized wheels, specialty two-piece fitments, custom forged wheels, unique finishes and drill-from-blank services. Lorenzo wheels are crafted with fitments and styles that complement a high-end street look; this line also offers the fully customizable Lorenzo Forged products.
There are many others, but for the rod and street custom market this year, few Wheel Pros wheel lines stand out more than the two-piece American Racing Vintage Forged, with 11 new styles released for 2014, ranging from the dramatic motion-swept look of the VF489 to the two-tone mod look of the VF499 with its satin-black spokes and polished chrome rim.
Across the board, our two faves were the VF490 and VF491, that at the time of this report, come in sizes 17, 18, 19 and 20, and 15, 16, 17, 18 and 20, respectively. The VF490 features a sculpted-five spoke design that flare out as they extend from the center toward the rim, and it comes in a five-lug pattern. The VF491 is also a five-spoker, but a flat-flared design with hard-carved edges on the spokes, and also a 5-lug pattern.