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    Article: Miranda Lightstone
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    It all started in an abandoned shoe store with empty car-part boxes and a dream. Nearly 30 years later and Glen Chaplin now runs one of the most succesful wheel and tire companies in Canada. Who says positive thoughts and manifestations don't work?

    Located in a brand new 80,000 sq/ft facility in Vaudreuil, Fascto is a homegrown business that's on the brink of worldwide greatness. Focused on wheels and tires, Fastco has taken their business to a whole new level by building their national clientel as well as their business technology. And where better to do that than in the car-loving city of Montreal?

    As we sit surrounded by Fastco wheels on the walls, I can't help but be distracted by the designs, shapes and colours.

    What sets Fastco apart from the other wheel manufacturers out there is their technology. They are set to completely change the way customers find and purchase after-market wheels for their cars. Equipped with a machine that digitally maps the wheel well of the desired car and then the wheel on an XYZ plane, the system could be revolutionary. Interest in the program has already been shown in Asia, and Fastco is hoping to launch the search program online in the coming weeks (you'd just have to enter the make, model and year of your vehicle and the corresponding wheels and rubber that match will be shown).

    This might not seem so amazing, but when you think about how companies usually test for the right fit (lift the car, remove the wheel, try and fit the other one on, oops it doesn't fit, lower the car, move on), this system really is extremely forwardthinking and clearly the way the after-market industry wants to go.

    Add to that Fastco's latest aquisition, a qaurter-million dollar Mazak 3-axis CNC machine that can modify a wheel fitment for a specific model if need be by shaving down the plating in the back and boring the appropriate bolt holes as designated by the computer, and Fastco is on the fasttrack to aftermarket automotive greatness.

    But wait, there's more. Fastco doesn't just do great-looking wheels, they do great-looking wheels that are actually functional on the track. How do they know that? They run their wheels on their very own Hyundai Tiburon track cars registered and racing in the CCTC tour. While some companies might claim track capabiities, Fastco claims it and does it.

    Equipped with a full garage and a full inventory of wheels and tires, Fascto is a one-stop shop for anyone interested in changing up the look of their car. And if you're in the market but really unsure of the change you want to make, make an appointment to stop by and speak with one of Fastco's wheel experts. Check out the showroom and really get a feel for the Fast Wheel look and what it can do for the look of your vehicle.

    Remember, your car is an extention of yourself and you wouldn't leave the house everyday with ratty old running shoes now would you?



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    thing with fast wheels is like, annnnnnyone can just buy them. not exclusive enough
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    half their wheels are ugly and half are riped off.

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    The owners over at fast wheels are actually pretty cool.

    Let's face it, there is more money selling to walmart and canadian tire than to brand snob 'tuners'.

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    could be worse, at least it takes a bit of the chinee market, sure they're tacky stupid wheels, but some people like that

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    Meh. Not everyone can afford to dish out $3k for wheels, not including tires. Myself included. Good for them for being part of an oversaturated market and keeping their ground. Especially for a Canadian company.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ImPuLsIvE.ca View Post
    Meh. Not everyone can afford to dish out $3k for wheels, not including tires. Myself included. Good for them for being part of an oversaturated market and keeping their ground. Especially for a Canadian company.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ImPuLsIvE.ca View Post
    Meh. Not everyone can afford to dish out $3k for wheels, not including tires.

    agreed. so they shouldn't bother. myself included.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scottxkillyou View Post
    thing with fast wheels is like, annnnnnyone can just buy them. not exclusive enough
    comin from the guy with stock rims on his car...

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    i bet they sell the most wheels before winter

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    Forged or don't bother.
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    holy old thread.

    who the hell cares..
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    We're going to have them at our store in the spring for a big wheel/tire sale to kick off the season. The new account rep we're dealing with seems like a pretty cool guy and is really going the extra mile for us in terms of the promotions side of the event, including bringing the Fast Wheels big rig down for the event along with their 'race car' too. Should be lots of fun!

    All in all, they're a great company to deal with and we have never had any issues with them - just a helpful bunch of people who care about what they do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KGCCS View Post
    We're going to have them at our store in the spring for a big wheel/tire sale to kick off the season. The new account rep we're dealing with seems like a pretty cool guy and is really going the extra mile for us in terms of the promotions side of the event, including bringing the Fast Wheels big rig down for the event along with their 'race car' too. Should be lots of fun!

    All in all, they're a great company to deal with and we have never had any issues with them - just a helpful bunch of people who care about what they do.

    When's the event? I'd love to come down for that.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jdc View Post
    Forged or don't bother.

    I actually have a set or forged Fast wheels on my ITR. The problem is they don't offer them anymore.

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    Fast made forged wheels?!?! I always bug my buddy about his cast Fast...
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