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Old 06-25-2016, 10:14 PM #1
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FN f(x) Pro Wheels – Custom Coating

I’ve been contemplating replacing my factory SR5 wheels for the last 4 years, but wasn’t able to find a rim that I truly liked. So many brands, so many styles to choose from, I keep checking each year to see if any new designs had been released, but nothing tickled my fancy. Then add color choices and finishes, chrome, PVD, black, gray, silver, polished aluminum, and bronze to name a few. I also live in the North East and have to dealer with snow and road salt, so that needed to be considered too.

I’ve searched this forum endlessly for different combinations, but again, not able to find anything [B[that I liked. I’m not bashing anyone here[/B], there are lots of awesome looking trucks here, my hats off to all of you! In keeping with my unofficial (and lightly documented) build theme, and intended use (mail crawler), I wanted something to blend/accent Blizzard Pearl White and chrome trim………….yes, I SAID CHROME! Haters start hating…………………..

Requirements: Wanted to stay with 17” rim, minimum 7.5” width since I’m running 285’s. It only makes sense that if I were to replace factory wheels, they should be wider otherwise why bother.

Material: My choice would be aluminum with hub centric hub.

Color/Finish: Personally not a fan of black wheels, seems like it’s the most popular choice nowadays. Chrome, but like mentioned above corrosion would be an issue. But I really like chrome wheels, ugh. Silver, Gray, Bronze just don’t do it for me. Decisions, decisions, what to do?

In 2012 @flying fuzz posted a picture of the new TRD Pro wheel Info on these TRD wheels , wow did they looked sweet! Followed thread ever since. Fast forward, FNW released their Pro version (8” wide), loved the look, but again not crazy with color selection.

Fast forward again, after much consideration since I really like these wheels, decided to give FNW a call (since they don’t list Pro’s on their website https://www.fnwheels.com/). Spoke to Dustin who explain the reason wheels aren’t listed on their site is they can’t keep them in-stock. We discussed available finishes and he emailed me pictures of each. I then inquired if a chrome finish was available, he advised against chrome plating, but had a local company that could coat them with a chrome like finish called “PVD”…………………

“Physical vapor deposition (PVD) describes a variety of vacuum deposition methods which can be used to produce thin films. PVD uses physical process (such as heating or sputtering) to produce a vapor of material, which is then deposited on the object which requires coating.”

Perfect, this is exactly what I’ve been looking for! He stated it wouldn’t be cheap, but would contact the coater for a quote……..sweet! Couple of days pass, then received a call from Dustin with quote. He was correct it wasn’t going to be cheap, but still within my budget. Basic process would take 5-7 days to complete because wheels had to be stripped of factory finish then coated with PVD.

One problem though, wheel center caps could not be coated because they were plastic and would melt during coating process. We discussed all options possible, he also provided a part number of a factory TRD center cap that might fit the bill (PTR18-35092). But to me it wasn’t a deal breaker, I could always come up with something.

After considering all my options decided to place order, here are the specs;

FN Wheels ƒ(x) Pro
Diameter: 17"
Width: 8"
Offset: 0mm
Backspacing: 4.5"
Load rating: 955KG (2,100lbs+)
Weight: 23.88lbs (approximate)
Certification: JWL-T, VIA, SAE J-2530, DOT approved
Colors: Matte gunmetal, dark high-gloss gunmetal, matte black and matte bronze
Toyota specifics: 106mm hub centric for Toyota hubs, lug holes drilled for 12mm Toyota wheel studs for a snug fit on all 6x139.7 Toyota hubs.

Dustin keep me apprised of status all along the way, on the seventh day he was contacted be the coater stating that the wheels did not pass their quality control process and would have to be redone. At that point I couldn’t believe my ears when Dustin called me with the bad news, he offered to refund my money in full! What company does that anymore? Outstanding customer service!

Coater completes redo a week later, they pickup wheels, upon inspection, Dustin notices one wheel has a drip on back side of rim and small imperfection on face of one wheel. They test fit three other rims on one of their own Toyota’s to ensure they fit, one didn’t. Dustin again called with bad news, and again offered me a full refund. Who does that? What excellent customer service! Although disappointed, I expressed my appreciation of his attention to detail and quality control!

Yesterday, received good news from Dustin, wheels are done and shipping today!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Expected delivery is this coming Friday by my best friend Mr. FedEx!

Dustin, thank you very much for your outstanding service! I highly recommend FNW to anyone!

More to come on plans for center caps............. can you say FUTURECHROME | THE BEST SPRAY CHROME
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Old 06-25-2016, 10:23 PM #2
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Is it just me, or do those look a lot like the TRD wheels?

(That's not a bad thing!)
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Yes they are supposed to look like TRD wheels. Difference being that they come in widths wider than 7", which has been the major gripe about the oem trd wheels.
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Sure looks sweet!
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Is it just me, or do those look a lot like the TRD wheels?



(That's not a bad thing!)


Did you even read the post? Not being rude, just saying... This entire post is about how the OP loves the OEM TRD wheels but they weren't wide enough or in the color he wanted.

I too, have an awesome customer service story with Dustin at FN wheels, but I never had to deal with multiple issues with my wheels in the process like you did. I love SCS wheels and their prices are great & perhaps they too have wonderful customer service but this is quite an exceptional story that you have... And IMO it should give FN more business because of it. Everyone makes products now a days... But exceptional customer service and peace of mind help me reach into my pockets when buying things.

Keep up the great work Dustin!



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I'll second Dustin's excellent customer service!! Wheels look awesome.
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Wow. Those look great. Almost shadow chrome looking. Any idea on what you're going to do about the center cap? You could just paint the hub black and leave it off, or maybe go with the black TRD center cap
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Those are beautiful Nice to hear they are still making them. I to, went to their web site and did not find them, sent an email and never got a response. Just assumed they weren't making them anymore. I look toward to seeing a pic of those beauties mounted up


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Very nice! Can't wait to see those mounted on your T4R.

Dustin, that is some awesome custom service and attention to detail!
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wow. way to keep on keepin' on until you found a way to get exactly what you wanted! Dustin is good people for sure.

the finished product is super unique. reminds me a lot of this:
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Not a fan of TRD wheels (real or replica) or chrome but sounds like a great person to deal with
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FN f(x) Pro Wheels – Custom Coating

I would definitely recommend those "machined looking" TRD center caps. These would look great.


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Dustin @FNWheels is the man. Great person to do business with and they have a great product.
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I'm not a fan of chrome, but those actually look really good, I want to see them on the truck!


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Wow! Those look amazing. I am not a fan of chrome either (only because of the maintenance and corrosion issues) but that might have be the best alternatives I have seen. I once saw a set of wheels that were powder coated chrome but after time it dulled and looked more like a polished wheel no matter how much he scrubbed and polished those wheels.

I also just had a great experience with Dustin. I ordered a set of Gunmetal wheels for my black T4R (I also am tired of seeing black wheels on everything & thought I would try a contrasting color) and he walked me through every step of the way. He showed me all of the color options, asked lots of questions and in the end, I kept coming back to a set of the TRD wheels. Those TRD wheels are hard to get and keep in stock. After waiting a couple of months, I should see them on Tuesday of this week. I will post pictures after they are mounted. He is definitely different than any other person I have dealt with when making a wheel purchase and believe me, I have purchased a lot of wheels.
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