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Long story short. My Bud buys a 21" Reinforcer from Sport Chrome in Cali. A post goes up on another forum describing problems of all sorts with the same wheel. Guy claims the wheel is China made and believes that to be the root of the problems.

My bud calls Sport Chrome to make inquiries before installing his. They assure him that the wheel is high quality and not to worry.

Sport Chrome does tell him however, that his wheel is made in either Italy or China... in one of the two very same factories that produce wheels for Harley Davidson itself.

I am taken back that my sweet new FLTRXS :grin: might be riding on Chinese rims, so I start looking around on the web. The only things I can find indicate that Harley has their wheels made in Australia... but what do I know.

I'm hoping that someone here may be able to shed some light on the subject. Thanks much!
 

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a lot of GM wheels are chromed in china, too.
our good ole EPA makes it expensive to manufacture them here.
lotsa chemicals that need to be disposed of properly...
 

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Long story short. My Bud buys a 21" Reinforcer from Sport Chrome in Cali. A post goes up on another forum describing problems of all sorts with the same wheel. Guy claims the wheel is China made and believes that to be the root of the problems.

My bud calls Sport Chrome to make inquiries before installing his. They assure him that the wheel is high quality and not to worry.

Sport Chrome does tell him however, that his wheel is made in either Italy or China... in one of the two very same factories that produce wheels for Harley Davidson itself.

I am taken back that my sweet new FLTRXS :grin: might be riding on Chinese rims, so I start looking around on the web. The only things I can find indicate that Harley has their wheels made in Australia... but what do I know.

I'm hoping that someone here may be able to shed some light on the subject. Thanks much!
I bought a laced wheel for my 00 FXR from the MoCo a couple of years ago, and it says made in Italy right on the rim.
 

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I am rolling on a 21” reinforcer wheel from Sports Chrome for a year now without any issues. I don’t know where they are manufactured but if by chance it is China that doesn’t automatically mean they sure junk. Stuff being manufactured in China now days are often times better than the same product manufactuered in other parts of the world including the US. I have construction type equipment (Scaffolding & other related components) manufactured in China and have been for almost 20 years now. China simply builds to their clients specifications using raw materials of their clients choosing. Junk in, junk out. Although Chinese manufacturers have their own testing facilities, quality controls and R&D in place, those controls are dictated by their clients tolerances. We random test our products as they are received here in the US to confirm the quality and those dictated specifications are maintained and I have never found any deviations from what was prescribed. There are a few companies that I know of that are selling this same wheel and I sure they are all coming from the same factory. I would be more interested in documentation confirming the manufacturing standards and that those standards are in line with those adopted by ANSI here in the US, more than I would worry about where the manufacture is located. It’s that documentation you should be asking for and should be made available upon request. The manufacturing processes itself will be proprietary but they should have documents stating there product meets or exceed certain US standards. Honestly, I hadn’t thought about it or considered looking into this stuff on my wheels myself but, since you brought it up, maybe I will now.
 

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I am rolling on a 21” reinforcer wheel from Sports Chrome for a year now without any issues. I don’t know where they are manufactured but if by chance it is China that doesn’t automatically mean they sure junk. Stuff being manufactured in China now days are often times better than the same product manufactuered in other parts of the world including the US. I have construction type equipment (Scaffolding & other related components) manufactured in China and have been for almost 20 years now. China simply builds to their clients specifications using raw materials of their clients choosing. Junk in, junk out. Although Chinese manufacturers have their own testing facilities, quality controls and R&D in place, those controls are dictated by their clients tolerances. We random test our products as they are received here in the US to confirm the quality and those dictated specifications are maintained and I have never found any deviations from what was prescribed. There are a few companies that I know of that are selling this same wheel and I sure they are all coming from the same factory. I would be more interested in documentation confirming the manufacturing standards and that those standards are in line with those adopted by ANSI here in the US, more than I would worry about where the manufacture is located. It’s that documentation you should be asking for and should be made available upon request. The manufacturing processes itself will be proprietary but they should have documents stating there product meets or exceed certain US standards. Honestly, I hadn’t thought about it or considered looking into this stuff on my wheels myself but, since you brought it up, maybe I will now.
Interesting points. Good luck procuring that documentation if You choose to do so. Better luck to the US companies getting Chinese manufacturers to adhere to the specifications stated in those documents. After all who will regulate, and who will hold the Chinese responsible for non compliance?

Drywall, pet products, children's toys, toothpaste, food, cosmetics... the list goes on and on. A quick google search reveals the unstable quality and dangers of Chinese imports.

If You're good with trusting a Chinese wheel on the front of Your bike... that's cool with me. Are You running a Shinko or Cheng Shin tire with that Reinforcer?:grin:
 

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Interesting points. Good luck procuring that documentation if You choose to do so. Better luck to the US companies getting Chinese manufacturers to adhere to the specifications stated in those documents. After all who will regulate, and who will hold the Chinese responsible for non compliance?

Drywall, pet products, children's toys, toothpaste, food, cosmetics... the list goes on and on. A quick google search reveals the unstable quality and dangers of Chinese imports.

If You're good with trusting a Chinese wheel on the front of Your bike... that's cool with me. Are You running a Shinko or Cheng Shin tire with that Reinforcer?:grin:
If you are the importer, the us legal system considers you the manufacturer because your right, how do you hold the Chinese or any other overseas manufacturer responsible. It’s up to you the importer to regulate what you are manufacturing by conducting your own testing and quality control here in the us. It’s pretty simple really and not any different than manufacturing here in the us or any where else for that matter. If the product doesn’t comply its send it back and not paid for. If the factory can’t comply or for some reason doesn’t care to, then you move on because there are many that can and will. For the most part they get it and work had to conform because they want and need your business. I’ve been to China to visit the factory that manufactures for us and I can honestly say I was very impressed with the workers training, disciplines, quality control efforts and overall opperations in a state of the art factory. But, like any where else there are good factories and bad factories in China.

No doubt there are some bad products coming out of China and else where but, it’s the lack of controls and concerns of those companies that are bring those products in under their name that are the problem. It’s more about buying from a reputable company, with a reputation to protect, than where that company does its manufacturing. Again, junk in junk out. It’s not that I trust China, it’s that I do trust Sports Chrome.
 

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...again all good points, and I would be very interested to know exactly what extent Sport Chrome and other companies go to insure a safe quality import.

That being said, history (especially ours with China) leaves me skeptical...
 

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...again all good points, and I would be very interested to know exactly what extent Sport Chrome and other companies go to insure a safe quality import.

That being said, history (especially ours with China) leaves me skeptical...
Yea I hear ya, and can’t sayI blame you ether. They certainly earned their reputation early on in their manufacturing history. There are other countries (India, Vietnam) now earning their own reputation of putting out shit products. Seems those are the places companies that looking for cheaply made stuff without any standards to comply are going.

I would be interested in reading some of those posts you referred to, to find out what issues people are experiencing with the Reinforcer. You got my curiosity up and since I don’t live to far from Sports Chrome I plan to go by there when I get the chance to talk with them. It would be good to let them know what peoples issues and concerns are and why I am asking the question. I sure hope they have done their due deligents and things are in order. I like my front wheel and don’t want to be pulling it off and turning them into yard art.

But Cheng Shin tires😳 Even I have my limitations😁
 

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Don't know if it's cool to post a link to another forum, so I won't. But if You go over to Streetglidedotcom and look for "Heads Up 21" Reinforcer Front Wheel sold by Eastern Performance Cycle BAD EXPERIENCE" You'll find the thread I'm referring to...

Cheng Shin :grin: funny stuff! I don't think they're made in China anyway!
 

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Btw... To anyone doing a tire and/or rim change on a later model Glide... much appreciated if You could check for a Country of manufacture stamp on the wheel, Please. Mine's not gonna need rubber for a while yet...
 
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