Too many vehicle owners unknowingly settle for low-quality, corroding, poor-clamp-load, and potentially unsafe aftermarket replacement wheel fasteners. MacLean-Fogg Component Solutions (MFCS), a supplier of original equipment automotive components, decided to do something about it.
Introducing the Threadstrong brand and its related e-commerce site — 100% American-made wheel fasteners, engineered to fit specific vehicles.
“We are well known as the leading OEM supplier in North America for high performance, decorative wheel fasteners. It’s always been frustrating to us to see the aftermarket flooded with inferior, low quality, and potentially dangerous replacement wheel fasteners of unknown origin,” shared Brad Southwood, MFCS’ VP of Sales and Marketing. “So, we decided to do something about it.”
Every Threadstrong aftermarket wheel fastener is engineered and built in MFCS factories in Michigan and Illinois. The Threadstrong brand is initially launching with a limited number of applications in stainless steel and black appearance with new applications to be added soon.
A lot goes into wheel fasteners that the general consumer probably doesn’t think about, explained Mark Raves, director of Wheel Fastener Engineering with MFCS.
“Beyond just obvious considerations like material strength, corrosion resistance, and durability, there is a tremendous amount of engineering and quality control that goes into controlling the friction of the fastener’s load bearing surface against the wheel,” he said. “Too much friction and the wheel fastener will torque down while still being loose against the wheel, creating a potentially unsafe condition. Too little friction and the act of torquing the nut down can overstretch the stud creating a wheel stud failure.”
Can you trust that the replacement nuts you see online or in retail stores have the proper friction and coatings needed to assure a safe clamp? “Our benchmark testing shows significant inconsistencies. What we do know is that Threadstrong wheel fasteners will be safe to install and will work in the stated application,” Raves added.
“No team is more knowledgeable about how to engineer and manufacture safe and durable wheel fasteners than the MacLean-Fogg team,” said Rob Whitney, president of the MFCS Fastener Division. “We’ve been the leading supplier to many of the world’s largest automakers for over 40 years. We want the aftermarket consumers to know that when they buy a Threadstrong wheel fastener, they can trust it was made in the U.S.A to all of the needed safety specifications.”