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MPG increases via new wheel design from manufacturer

GasBuddy Blog -- Just when you thought you'd heard it all: car part manufacturers are now looking for weight savings in wheel design- heck- they're looking for weight savings where ever that may be!

According to an MLive.com article, Lacks Wheel Trim Systems LLC has developed a new lightweight automotive wheel that can improve fuel mileage.

Lacks executives said their tests show the wheel, which will be manufactured at Lacks’ factory in Kentwood, can improve gas mileage by 1.1 miles per gallon on the highway and .4 miles per gallon in city driving.

“The Lacks eVOLVE wheel technology provides a direct answer to helping automakers meet increasingly stringent federal fuel efficiency standards,” said James Ardern, director of...


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RicanChief
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2012 11:47:36 AM

Nah, I don't believe it...this is more manufacturer BS...even if it is true the tire will cost a heck of a lot more than ordinary tires...you'll never recover the cost difference.
honda0105
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 5:57:11 AM

ROI isn't worth it for me. Drive more thoughtful and keep tires properly inflated, along w/ keeping junk weight out of the vehicle gets more than 1.1 mpg highway extra.
novarce
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 12:37:11 AM

ok
SkooterG
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 2:06:57 AM

Really? Not sure I am buying those claims.
doghaulr
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 9:42:20 PM

take 18 pounds off your butt and see what it does, increases 'your' power, and gives you better performance, so cutting 18#'s in wheels would help mpg
BIGALRPH
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 2:29:29 PM

Properly inflated tires are must first. A lighter wheel will add to the overall gain in your MPG. I want to know that not being a solid aluminum alloy will there be a cost savings to the consumer? Will the metal composite resist damage from a winter pothole? I have a boat that I purchased Composite propellers over 10 years ago. I love them, they are forgiving to things when something hits your propeller in the water. This new technology might turn out to be really good in the long run. I guess we will have to wait and see.
honda0105
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 7:54:26 AM

Bill: I agree, well inflated tires already give an overall good mileage.
Bill8177
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2012 3:49:40 PM

I can increase my MPG by increasing the air from 35 p/im
To 34 it increases some 1.4 in city driving I'll look into these tires.
honda0105
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2012 5:41:23 AM

1.1 mpg change? Hmmm... not sure my ROI would be even hitting zero, more likely it'll stay in the negatives...
my2002m
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 8:34:57 PM

Will have to evaluate whether the cost outweighs the benefits.
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 6:02:01 PM

Doesn't sound economical.
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 5:02:31 PM

no way??
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 4:06:24 PM

not a great savings if used on a car that gets 35 miles per gal... Do not think you will recover the increased cost paid for the tire during its usefull life time.
Bearworld
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 2:58:21 PM

heard this yesterday.
Alfied
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 2:56:17 PM

Make believe.
bell05
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 2:34:00 PM

I don't buy this.
MAC48
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 2:26:46 PM

If Lacks new wheel design is as durable, safe and sells at or very near the cost of current OEM wheels, then dropping 18 pounds of weight per vehicle is a good thing. It matters not if one is driving a tiny car or a 1 ton dully 4x4 pickup because a drop of 18 pounds or 20.5, if you have a full size spare, in vehicle weight transported will make any vehicle more efficient in terms of fuel cost per mile driven.
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 2:20:43 PM

Only have to look to Bonnieville Salt Flats for the best design. Make them light weight you have some marginal improvement. Most of this hipe. they want you to believe the savings is there just not to high levels they are claiming
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 2:14:18 PM

OK
LtRTH
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 2:10:48 PM

Said it yesterady and will say it again. Are the mpg figures really accurate? Lately that seems to be a problem.
bouncing4fun
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 2:10:41 PM

No thanks
furiousfowl
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 2:07:40 PM

Interesting
GrumpaAB
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 2:03:51 PM

The cost of each wheel is ? and the savings in fuel seems pretty minimal. How about the engineers take a second look at all the pollution controls and see if they can't find a better way to reduce emissions other than through the complex and expensive methods they now recommend.
julius1st4
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 1:59:47 PM

Lacks eVOLVE had better be right on their gas mileage improvement[ of 1.1 &0.4 mpg].. We definately need more data to believe this. Are the numbers just lab theories or did they test this in the real world??
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 1:59:28 PM

rerun
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 1:59:13 PM

OLD NEWS
jodybull
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 1:59:10 PM

What about safety, durability, and traction? Doing away with spare tires is nothing new!
littlebigboy
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 1:58:45 PM

strength????
nskmda
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 1:58:13 PM

doesn't look too much promising...
unless those wheels are cheaper as well...
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 1:52:42 PM

OK
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 1:51:45 PM

UmHmmm
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 1:50:17 PM

We shall see...
Bud122CA
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 1:49:53 PM

Seems a lot more research is needed. Safety is the first thing I think of.
midnightsdc
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 1:49:16 PM

They probably bend easier when you hit a pothole.
dad2two
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 1:46:09 PM

I commented on this yesterday.
wdcutter
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 1:45:54 PM

How many more miles will the lack of a spare tire get you?
Kawibiker
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 1:45:30 PM

ok
kelly1016
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 1:44:49 PM

Old news
sydb7
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 1:42:53 PM

Ok. Just so long as the wheels don't come off while you are driving at a high speed!
Remotecontrol
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 1:42:46 PM

Custom builders have been doing this for years and not only wheels. As usual it takes a govenrment demand for the automakers to catch up.
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waynemustang
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 1:38:44 PM

All else being equal, lighter wheels are better, but all else is not equal.
IMLURCH
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 1:38:07 PM

This is an old story. All news stories should only be in the Top 5 Recent News for 1 day.
bridgerunner
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 1:37:08 PM

Reinventing the wheel... ;-)

I'm guessing their results are "over inflated"

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splitrman
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 1:36:05 PM

I'm guessing their results are "over inflated"
AmericaSL
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 1:31:20 PM

Reinventing the wheel... ;-)
Hugo40
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 1:26:26 PM

Old news.
HA4CNN
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 1:23:19 PM

Every little bit helps so long as it does not increase the price of the over all vehichle.
gaseye2010
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 1:20:54 PM

As long as they stand up.
eagle_scout
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 1:20:00 PM

Get savings where ever you can.
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 1:19:03 PM

joeshmo12: right

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