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Ryan McGuinness
Wheels, brakes, and coilovers - Pt. 4 Almost done the brake kit

Wheels, brakes, and coilovers - Pt. 4 Almost done the brake kit

The PdV-01 wheel is done!  Kind of.  I'm being lazy because I know manufacturing these wheels can not happen before both the brakes and coilovers.  Lets recap and cross out what is done and highlight my current priorities... Objective 1 - Develop the perfect wheel design (IMO) for my personal car, an Estoril Blue BMW F30 Key Result 1 - Square setup, 18x9 ET30, 3-piece, forged rim and wheel center, custom color combo incorporating some version of a dark bronze Design basically done but I want to redesign to hide the hardware.  Also need to remodel it to fit 19" wheels....

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Ryan McGuinness

Wheels, brakes, and coilovers - Pt. 3 Status Update

Let's get technical with the wheel load rating.

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Ryan McGuinness

Wheels, brakes, and coilovers - Pt. 2 Brakes

F30 Brake Clearance The obvious issue with designing a wheel is fitment.  If I'm going to achieve Objective 2 (creating a product) it needs to be capable of fitting more than just my own car.  Once I locked in the overall wheel and tire size to 18x9 +30 with 255/35-18 tires, a specific meaty tire combo that fits all corners without wheel spacers, I needed to concern myself with brake caliper clearance. Fortunately, Brembo is great about supplying just enough data to CAD up some clearance volumes.  (See here)  There are a lot of BMWs, the Volvo S60R, and plenty...

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Ryan McGuinness

Wheels, brakes, and coilovers - Pt.1 Project Planning

Preface So I'm developing wheels, brake components, and shocks but doing it the PdV way, which is to say I design, engineer, source, assemble, and ship.  There is no PdV machine shop, no CNC coding in house, no anodizing baths.  I rely on trusted manufacturers from my history in the professional racing market as much as possible to ensure quality whenever possible. In the case of the wheels, they will not be 100% Made in the USA.  Mostly due to US manufacturers simply costing so much just for the raw material and often requiring minimum order quantities of 50 or more.  A...

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