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Body in White, Lightweighting and Mixed Materials

Cars are made from the inside-out.  From the frame and structural elements, and the other parts you can’t see, to the point where the sheet metal components are welded together, and what’s recognizable as a car really takes shape.  “Body in white” is that stage before those external elements are painted, before moving parts like doors and hoods, and trim assemblies, like glass and seats, have been made a part of the frame. Continue reading “Body in White, Lightweighting and Mixed Materials”

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Wheels: Performance and “Plus Sizes”

Whether tuning or personalizing or modifying, changing or replacing the basic operating equipment or just the aesthetics of your ride–from the audio system to the engine itself-is a way to show off your engineering or design skills, and make a statement about yourself and what your car means to you. Indeed, the market for aftermarket wheels, tires and suspension components represents multi-billions of dollars annually.
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Made in China? Wheels Buyers Beware

Wheel disks exports from China are very popular in the automotive aftermarket, largely due to their low price. For example, experts say in 2016 Russia imported about 1 million Chinese-made wheel disks.  But extensive expert  testing and evaluation show that these wheels are not worth even their low price, and may pose a risk to consumers who buy them. Continue reading “Made in China? Wheels Buyers Beware”