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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Magfiend, May 25, 2020.

  1. Magfiend
    Joined: Sep 11, 2019
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    Magfiend

    I just heard something about Real Rodders Wheels having gone under? Anyone know anything?
     
  2. flamedabone
    Joined: Aug 3, 2001
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    This is my surprised look.

    I loved the wheels and Pat seemed to be a decent guy, but the last 5 years or so, you could not get a set actually delivered no matter how hard you tried.

    The last few sets I have bought have come from American Rebel. Very nice, American made wheels shipped in a timely fashion.

    -Abone.
     
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  3. Roothawg
    Joined: Mar 14, 2001
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    Yep what he said. I think more will follow unfortunately.
     
  4. flamedabone
    Joined: Aug 3, 2001
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    Speedway Motors has been stocking Real Rodders Wheels the last year or so. Not sure if they are still made in the US or not, but they seem to have a good supply of them. Hope everything worked out well for Pat.

    -Abone.
     
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  5. That’s unfortunate, I speak with Pat from time to time. Our last conversation was a couple weeks ago. He did not mention closing. I’ve bought wheels from Pat and Eric for years and love my last set of Indy Mags.
     
  6. gnichols
    Joined: Mar 6, 2008
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    from Tampa, FL

    Hopefully, it is only temporary? I had planned on using them on my A build.
     
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  7. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
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    Lets hope he is at worse having a supply chain problem. The raw aluminum to cast the wheels may be in short suppl;y right now.
    If the casting or part of the machining is farmed out that may be an issue at the moment too.
     
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  8. rooman
    Joined: Sep 20, 2006
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    The operation appears to be a little "shoestring" to me. If you want a wheel drilled in a pattern that is not part of their regular stock you get to pay for someone to deliver the wheels to Eric and then again to have them picked up after they are drilled. Not too hard to do with a mill equipped with a two axis DRO and that is not a big investment if you are "manufacturing" wheels.

    Roo
     
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  9. If you know Eric, as nice a guy as he is, you know that's the weak link in the supply chain. "Timely" is not in Eric's vocabulary.
     
  10. Fogger
    Joined: Aug 18, 2007
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    If you really know Eric you're aware that his main business after selling Real Wheels is repairing and modifying aluminum speciality wheels. I've know Eric since the mid '80s and a finer craftsman you won't find. He has told me that manufacturing wheels is dependent on outside suppliers, foundry, polisher, transportation, etc. I would think that he is in a better financial position with his current business. He supplied the wheels on my 3W in '85 and repaired them when my car was wrecked in '99. He's the go to guy for wheel repair and widening or narrowing. I don't understand why he is still considered to be a part of Real Rodders Wheels.
     
  11. Spoke with Pat yesterday, Business is still open.
     
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  12. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
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    That,s god to hear. People have to understand that right now the whole supply and manufacturing process is pretty well non existent in some parts of the country. In some areas a small low profile locally operation might function but when it relies on larger higher profile suppliers there comes the issue.
     
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  13. Fortunateson
    Joined: Apr 30, 2012
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    Lots of Aluminum up here in Canada but "somebody" down there doesn't want it!LoL
     
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  14. Rice n Beans Garage
    Joined: Dec 17, 2006
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    AMERICAN REBEL, great service and quality
     

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