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Chassis and Wheels

Solutions from the ground up


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 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.

Featured solutions

  • Maximize design freedom with automotive structural adhesives

    For automotive OEM engineers looking to boost production efficiency in chassis assembly without compromising quality, 3M™ Structural Adhesives offer a versatile solution that are easily implemented into existing processes. By bonding effectively to a variety of different surfaces, they expand the range of chassis materials to help you meet – or exceed – impact resistance, lightweighting, bond strength and emission reduction goals. They can replace welding, riveting, nuts and bolts and other mechanical fasteners for reduced weight and streamlined processing, all while providing fast handling strength.

  • Secure critical chassis joints with 3M™ Friction Shims

    Strengthen and stabilize bolted connections with up to a 5× increase in the coefficient of static friction – even between dissimilar substrates. 3M™ Friction Shims work on multiple mating surfaces such as aluminum, e-coated (cathodic-dip-coated), painted and composite-material surfaces. The added friction allows joints to support heavier components and higher force loads without changing part or bolt sizes, helping standardize model designs where relevant. Friction shims from 3M can even enable new and unique chassis designs such as skateboard platforms.

3M™ Wheel Weights for Automotive Manufacturers

Attain precision tire and wheel balancing in your assembly with 3M™ Wheel Weights using our OEM-approved, PACE Award-winning process.
  • Level-wound rolls of 3M™ Wheel Weights along with the automated equipment offer:

    Lead-free 3M wheel weights, combined with Esys Automation's AutoW8t System, represent a leap forward in tire assembly and wheel balancing, dramatically improving the speed, quality and cost of OEM high-speed tire balancing processes.

    • Reduced inventory and overall systems cost.
    • Potential for reduced residual imbalance in the wheel assembly, reducing the number of balance rejects.
    • Elimination of the chance of picking the incorrect weight from the bin.
  • 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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