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Chassis and Wheels

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The Pure Expression of Performance

  • When automotive design meets the road itself, it’s critical that everything holds together, works together and performs flawlessly. That means more than just the suspension joints, wheel drums, brake systems and stamped metal parts that make up your designs. It means the solutions you choose need to perform their best. For decades, 3M has created and developed solutions for the areas where high performance is crucial during automotive chassis design and manufacturing – bonding, power density, heat transfer, acoustics, wheel weight distribution and many others. 3M solutions help your designs express themselves best where it matters the most – on the road.


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Securing critical joints in the chassis with 3M™ Friction Shims

  • Metal foil Friction Shims are excellent for strengthening and stabilizing connections in automotive chassis applications. An electroless nickel matrix is coated with partially embedded diamonds that “bite” into the opposing surfaces between two components, creating a microform fit. Friction Shims can increase friction up to 5x in bolted joints, allowing for much higher performance without increasing the number of fasteners or assembly size. They are excellent as a design-in solution or as a “quick fix” during testing.


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Featured Resources

  • Video for wheel weight installation

    Wheel Weight Installation

    In under four minutes, this video demonstrates the benefits of 3M™ Wheel Weights combined with semi and fully automated installation equipment.

  • Wheel Weights Product Overview (PDF, 3.89 MB)

    This quick-reference, four-page brochure provides features and benefits of 3M™ Wheel Weight material. It includes ordering info for the material and for a related accessories and equipment.


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3M is constantly working to meet the evolving challenges of automotive OEM and Tier suppliers worldwide. If you need help finding an existing solution or would like to talk about specific ideas you’re working on, get in touch with us.

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