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« on: August 04, 2004, 05:30:51 PM »
So Pat and I have finished our belly pan prototype.  We'll finish mounting is on his car for testing tonight and we'll see how it looks.  

I can tell you it is about 10-20 times stronger than the stock one.  Pat ran over it a few times in his car and it held up great.

N.B. This is just a testing prototype, so don't expect it to look all polished and nice.



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« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2004, 08:35:03 PM »
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« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2004, 08:47:52 PM »
looks nice.

why again did you run over it a few times?
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« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2004, 08:55:51 PM »
frickin awesome, can't wait to see the final product.

I bet they ran over it to "test" it...lol

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« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2004, 09:20:34 PM »
That video you guys posted with the guy runing over the CF hood was impressive. I'm assuming that's where the inspiration to run the thing over came from.

That looks sweet, how tough did the process end up being?
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« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2004, 10:17:19 PM »
I wouldn't say it's was a tough process, but it was certainly time consuming.  I think the next version will look significantly better.  We should be able to get it looking pretty damn good.  I personally am not too concerned about how it looks for my car, but I know most people out there don't want it on their car unless it looks good.  I hope to have the final version done in a couple weeks, but we'll see.
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« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2004, 11:13:26 AM »
Since we are making this specifically for the purpose of protecting the bottom of your engine, we wanted to make sure it could withstand a beating, which is what Pat is going to do to it once we finish getting mounting hardware for him.  So the run over test is for that purpose.

The process was very labor intensive.  Lots of chemicals too.

Fortunately, this is not rocket science.  Unfortunately, it is a bit more of an art than rocket science, but we are making good progress and should have something going soon with regards to a final product.

I was actually amazed at how strong it is.  It is very strong.  I think it could easily take a bullet, so it would be a big improvement over the stock pan.
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« Reply #7 on: August 05, 2004, 11:43:07 AM »
Once you get the hang of making these belly pans, wanna make me a bike frame?  :-)
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« Reply #8 on: August 05, 2004, 11:46:31 AM »
Hey Alan, I would love to, but it would probably not meet the strict engineering requirements demanded for a bike frame.  How about a carbon fiber square?
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« Reply #9 on: August 05, 2004, 11:51:19 AM »
Well, I guess I'll just have to make do with a carbon fiber belly pan from ya'll and pick up a carbon bike somewhere else.  So how much are these things gonna cost if we want to buy one from ya?
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« Reply #10 on: August 05, 2004, 12:07:31 PM »
Oh boy! I'm drooling! That looks great! When comes to one for my car, I don't care what it looks like at all.
Alan, I'm feeling you on the bike frame. That'd be cool. But you're right, probably have to buy one somewhere else.
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« Reply #11 on: August 05, 2004, 12:13:16 PM »
We'll have to chat about local club pricing later, but it would be a little bit less (materials are expensive for this thing).
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« Reply #12 on: August 05, 2004, 12:39:31 PM »
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I was actually amazed at how strong it is.  It is very strong.  I think it could easily take a bullet, so it would be a big improvement over the stock pan.


HMMM, I wonder if it would make a good true offroad skid plate for the allroad?  That would be pretty sweet.
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« Reply #13 on: August 05, 2004, 12:48:44 PM »
OT, hey Alan, for CF bike parts check this guy out:

http://carbonlord.com/

I have no idea how good/bad his stuff is.  He is a member on AW and I just happened to check out his site a month or so ago.  He is a CF nut.

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« Reply #14 on: August 05, 2004, 03:55:26 PM »
Sweet-ass-sweet!  Can we do a group buy? LOL ;)
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« Reply #15 on: August 05, 2004, 06:09:19 PM »
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HMMM, I wonder if it would make a good true offroad skid plate for the allroad?  That would be pretty sweet.


That would rock having a better belly pan for the allroad...the only thing is, it is completely different on the allroad than on the B5's...so they would need to do a completely different mold...which sucks, I would want one if it fit my car.

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« Reply #16 on: August 10, 2004, 03:11:04 AM »
Well to answer the Allroad question along with other models, that would really depend on the amount of time to make a mold.  That would require a stock pan to make the mold.  Even if we get the mold process down, we would need a stock pan donated to make the mold and that makes it a little uglier than normal.

See ugly picture here:


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« Reply #17 on: August 10, 2004, 03:12:06 AM »
Gratuitous B5 model shot.
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« Reply #18 on: August 10, 2004, 11:04:42 AM »
I like that middle shot of "Boy Toy" and me hard at work.
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« Reply #19 on: August 10, 2004, 05:27:01 PM »
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I like that middle shot of "Boy Toy" and me hard at work.


Yeah, I crashed shortly after you guys left.  How did BT's interview go?
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« Reply #20 on: August 11, 2004, 07:01:35 PM »
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...I think it could easily take a bullet...


Well, when are you going to shoot it? 8O  :lol:
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« Reply #21 on: August 11, 2004, 07:11:10 PM »
I'd have to have a gun to do that.  I shot the bird at it a couple of times and there was not effect.  I also shot some glaring looks at it and again, no effect.

I was going to shoot the breeze with it and just haven't had the time, so I'll do that later.
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« Reply #22 on: August 11, 2004, 07:37:09 PM »
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I'd have to have a gun to do that.  I shot the bird at it a couple of times and there was not effect.  I also shot some glaring looks at it and again, no effect.

I was going to shoot the breeze with it and just haven't had the time, so I'll do that later.


Well, as long as you don't start shooting the sh*t with it, I'm sure it will be OK...
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« Reply #23 on: August 11, 2004, 08:20:17 PM »
Contact my bro if you want to bust a cap in the belly pan.

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« Reply #24 on: August 11, 2004, 08:29:26 PM »
Why is it that the concept of a well armed chiropractor scares me?   8)
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« Reply #25 on: August 11, 2004, 08:41:42 PM »
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Why is it that the concept of a well armed chiropractor scares me?   8)


What's a chiropractor to do without arms?
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« Reply #26 on: August 11, 2004, 08:48:59 PM »
I don't know but it is giving me a bad visual.
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« Reply #27 on: August 12, 2004, 04:43:49 PM »
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Why is it that the concept of a well armed chiropractor scares me?   8)


What's a chiropractor to do without arms?



Nice!  :-)
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« Reply #28 on: August 12, 2004, 05:03:11 PM »
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Why is it that the concept of a well armed chiropractor scares me?   8)


What's a chiropractor to do without arms?



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« Reply #29 on: August 12, 2004, 06:33:30 PM »
JR, I've never seen a post use that face more appropriately.  Nice work!
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