Customer Spotlight: MKIV R32 x Rotiform CHD-T x Air Lift Performance

The R32 is the car that got me into modding cars. It was the most influential part of mid-twenties. The adventures with the R32 of my own were endless, including meeting my now wife; a special car for a special place in my heart. 3.2 liters of a VR6 24v exiting a dual exhaust mated to a 6-speed transmission and Haldex AWD. This car was my drug of choice in my mid-twenties.

I have known Mikey Wynkoop a long time now. We have worked together on a few of his cars; but NEEDLESS to say, this is my favorite. The goal was a clean, functional stance on air. The car was a clean slate and IMMACULATE — one of the best examples I have seen in recent years.

Onto the important stuff: when we think of Volkswagen, Rotiform is just a natural suggestion. We wanted something unique. The idea of the FUC was tossed around, but when Mikey and I landed on the CHD-T by Rotiform we knew that was it.

When it came to the air ride, we wanted performance and reliability. For that, we tend to gravitate toward Air Lift Performance Series and 3P management. Mikey’s car is exactly that.

Wheel Design:
Rotiform CHD-T
3-piece concave, rear load rim parts

Finishes:
Matte silver faces
Matte silver lips
Black bolts
Matte black center window
Black barrel

Specs:
18×9 et27 Front
18×10 et24 Rear
5×100
57.1 CB

Car info: 
2004 VW R32
Stock brakes
Air Lift Suspension
3P Management
Performance Series fronts
Slam Series rears
Bilstein shocks

Wheels: Purchase Here
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Contact Us:
978-219-9060 | sales@wheellab.us

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Words by: James T. Curtis
Photos: @b_stouffs
Owner: @mikey_wyn

@joelow94 x VW Passat

Words and pictures by Melissa Curtis (@missamagnificent)

It’s not everyday that you meet someone like Joe. He’s been there for us since practically the beginning.

When he let James know that he wanted a set of wheels and that he was cool with trying out a new brand, I was so curious to know how this would turn out.

After these SevenK Zeus wheels came in, we set some time aside to drive up through the beautiful mountains of Vermont to make sure we documented this.

Vermont was breathtaking, as usual; making it the perfect setting for such a well-done vehicle.

This 2012 Volkswagen Passat is bagged on a mix of Air Lift Slam and Performance Series bags managed with V2 Management. It rocks a shaved trunk, shaved hood, and a one-off badgeless grill (the only one made to fit the NMS Passat correctly). The roof is wrapped in black and the frame is notched for that lip-low look.

Looking for these wheels?
Here’s a link: SevenK Zeus

Here We R [Again]

Photos/Video by Melissa Curtis
@missamagnificent

Over the winter, we picked up a 2015 Golf R. It didn’t take long before a wheel choice was made,  a trunk setup was drawn up, and parts were ordered. You see, this isn’t the first R in the Curtis family. The generations of different Rs and R32s have a special place in our heart here at Wheel Lab. Our original was the infamous Tornado Red MKIV that was spray bombed “Urban Camo” by our good friend Benji. It was set up for the track finely tuned with every possible suspension modification that you could think of under the sun.

This time, we took a bit of a different approach.

Melissa took it to photoshop to decide on the car’s first set of wheels.It didn’t take long for us to speak with our friends at Air Lift and Rotiform about what we wanted to do.

Alas, we decided to put in the order for a square set of 19×9 et42 Rotiform WRWs and then the waiting began.

As the anticipated ship date of the wheels approached, the snow began to melt. Our good friend Dan Pendleton (@danjpendleton) listened to our idea and got to work like a mad scientist in his laboratory, ahem, garage. Dan is an absolute genius and is extremely meticulous about what he does. With the help of our friend Al (@kap0ne), the car was put together – trunk setup and all – just in time for Dustoff.

We absolutely cannot thank Dan and Al enough for all of the hard work that they put into making our vision a reality. Cheers to the start of a wonderful new project!

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