About Sprewell Spinning Rims

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About Sprewell Spinning Rims
Custom rims are popular among some car enthusiasts. (chrome hubcaps image by Leticia Wilson from Fotolia.com)

Sprewell spinning rims, a variety of automobile wheels, or "rims," have been a popular vehicular accessory since even before they acquired the moniker "Sprewells." Spinning rims are hubcaps that continue to spin even after the vehicle they're attached to has stopped moving forward.

The Original

The spinning rim was originally developed in the 1980s by inventor J.D. Gragg, who is from Tulsa, Oklahoma. He patented spinners in 1992 and marketed the product under the American Tru-Spinners brand. Initially, American Tru-Spinners wheels were mainly installed on custom and concept vehicles.


Spinning rims gained the name of "Sprewells" when former NBA superstar Latrell Sprewell was featured on an episode of "MTV Cribs" in 2001 showcasing a vehicle with spinning rims. The rims featured were created by the company Davin Wheels. This TV appearance greatly popularised spinners, and afterward, people began referring to spinners as Sprewells.

Current Availability

Many company still sell spinner wheels. American Tru-Spinners and Davin Wheels both currently sell them. When spinners' popularity first exploded after the Sprewell "Cribs" episode, many knock-offs came onto the market. You can purchase bolt-on spinners and spinner hubcaps that mimic the spinning action of spinner wheels at a fraction of the price of the originals.

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