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      06-19-2019, 07:08 AM   #1
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Custom Forged 6061-T6 Monoblock Style M3/M4 wheels - feedback needed!

In the near future Richland Forged is anticipating releasing custom BMW style wheel sets fabricated via forged 6061-T6 billet aluminum encompassing goals of uncompromising strength, rigidity, and superior light-weight performance which will greatly exceeds that of cast wheels available on market today. The initial launch is focused towards the e70/e71 and F15/F15 X5 fitments, but expansion to e92/e93/f80/f82 M3/M4 is being considered.

As part of the initial production selection, We are attempting to gauge the preferences of the M3/M4 community as to which BMW styles/sizes/finishes are desired among the community such to focus production, and seek direct feedback from you as members.
  • ISO-9001:2015 Certified Manufacturing Process
  • JWL / VIA / DOT / SAE J2530
  • Impact, Cornering Fatigue, Radial Fatigue Testing

The initial production has focused on a customized 469M staggered wheelset that is sought after in the X5/X6 community. A 21" version was never produced by BMW, but is now available in a forged wheel.

For reference, the unsprung weight reduction due to forging process has yielded the following improvements on the 469M wheels:

469M wheel weight comparisons:

Rear
  • 39 lbs - OEM 20"
  • 29.9 lbs - Custom Forged 21"
Front
  • 36.2 lbs - OEM 20"
  • 28 lbs - Custom Forged 21

Assuming convergence on a specific wheel styles, there will likely be a "pre-release" purchasing opportunity for members that will be less costly than after official launch.

Member preferences can be directed in this thread or via richlandforged@gmail.com
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Nice looking wheels and thanks for the consideration.
I'd STRONGLY recommend some certification process. JWL/VIA is well respected on the forum here. There is a LONG and classic thread here where another wheel company came here and claimed they were TUV certified and BS'ed about bunch of reasons why they couldn't post their TUV certification... then another company came and posted their TUV certifications.
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You're going to have competition here since APEX has put up a few renderings and allowed the forum to choose what they want. BimmerWorld also has a forged wheel that comes in popular fitments and APEX has teased us with a forged wheel that's coming out "soon" many months ago. The price is typically around $2,000 for a set of forged wheels and a few hundred less for APEX cast wheels that have an EXCELLENT reputation here, that's backed up by their deal if a wheel is damaged.

Popular fitments are 9.5 et 22 and 10.5 with et 22. There is an aggressive front fitment of et 15 to 18 that some have run. Square fitment is popular with track guys with a 10" et25 but this may require a 5mm spacer up from with some coilovers. APEX pretty much has the track wheels segment locked down.

The holy grail of wheels here seems to be the BBS e88 or FI type wheels. VOLK Te37 are also popular.
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If you planning to replicate OEM wheels and make them forged the market is slim to none.
You are better off replicating wheel styles that people actually want like the 359M otherwise any other styles aren't really going to make you much money and probably make you go broke very quickly.

Stick to more current and aftermarket designs. Hear this from a friend who tried to start his own wheel company...
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I posted in your other thread, but I'll post here too.

M359 19x10 et20 19x11 et34
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Nice looking wheels and thanks for the consideration.
I'd STRONGLY recommend some certification process. JWL/VIA is well respected on the forum here. There is a LONG and classic thread here where another wheel company came here and claimed they were TUV certified and BS'ed about bunch of reasons why they couldn't post their TUV certification... then another company came and posted their TUV certifications.
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You're going to have competition here since APEX has put up a few renderings and allowed the forum to choose what they want. BimmerWorld also has a forged wheel that comes in popular fitments and APEX has teased us with a forged wheel that's coming out "soon" many months ago. The price is typically around $2,000 for a set of forged wheels and a few hundred less for APEX cast wheels that have an EXCELLENT reputation here, that's backed up by their deal if a wheel is damaged.

Popular fitments are 9.5 et 22 and 10.5 with et 22. There is an aggressive front fitment of et 15 to 18 that some have run. Square fitment is popular with track guys with a 10" et25 but this may require a 5mm spacer up from with some coilovers. APEX pretty much has the track wheels segment locked down.

The holy grail of wheels here seems to be the BBS e88 or FI type wheels. VOLK Te37 are also popular.
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This.
I refuse to run untested/uncertified wheels on my car.
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What the hell is "recent future?"
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What the hell is "recent future?"
Good point, a highly non-idiomatic and oxymoronic saying

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Notable update on developments and inquiry's is now provided on initial post in the F80 M3/M4 wheels forum!

https://f80.bimmerpost.com/forums/sh....php?t=1626060
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