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Discussion in 'Leon Mk1 (2000-2006)' started by SalSheikh, Mar 5, 2010.

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Which Finish?

  1. OEM look satin black

    32 vote(s)
    82.1%
  2. Carbon Fibre

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    17.9%
  1. SalSheikh

    SalSheikh Under the Hood

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    guys, started a new thread as i moved some pics in my photobucket account and lost the links :blink:

    started with this:

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    then removed the rollers after some advice

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    today a bit more work done...

    i removed my centre vents and firstly found this:
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    so i cut it out with my hacksaw, its made of soft rubber and a plastic 'backbone'.

    trial fit without gauges
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    trial fit with some gauges i had lying around to check the fit/look with gauges. i couldnt get a good pic as i am using a camera phone and the pics dont do the gauge any justice - i am pretty happy with it.
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    Big thank you to Phillc for giving me the idea and helpful advice :clap:

    let me know your thoughts.
     
    #1 SalSheikh, Mar 5, 2010
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  2. MarkWales

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    looks good shame you have different vents
     
  3. coops10

    coops10 Newbie

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    That looks excellent mate! Giving me ideas :D
     
  4. SalSheikh

    SalSheikh Under the Hood

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    why, what do you have?


    i thought all mk1's had the same vents?
     
  5. SalSheikh

    SalSheikh Under the Hood

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    right, been to a plastic moulding company this morning and things didnt go to plan. they basically said it would cost a couple of k's just for the initial mould and then a few £'s to make each one unless i wanted 1000's of these. they discussed diffrent options and even the cheapest was going to be approx £4000 to start. bugger :cry:
     
  6. MATTCR

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    Im sure he meant you have different gauges... not vents...... :)
     
  7. SalSheikh

    SalSheikh Under the Hood

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    oh ok, thats cleared up then!
     
  8. jgy6000

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    Go to china :happy:
     
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    make a fibreglass skin of it and just keep making replacements if you want to do a load for people on here
     
  10. robertj

    robertj weight is the enemy

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    You won't want to hear this but that actually sounds cheap! I was talking to someone today about producing a mould for 3D glasses. They were looking at £80k to produce a mould that would be good for 1million pairs! So proportionally a couple of grand seems pretty darn cheap. Seeing as Nomad sell their pillars for about £53 I guess you'd need to clear about a hundred units to recover your costs, after that you're in the money.
    I reckon that could be doable if you sell them on a certain auction site globally.
     
  11. AlexG

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    Looks good mate!!
     
  12. sambryant

    sambryant RoadRunner meep meep

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    I voted for oem satin black, reason for this is, this looks easy for people to DIY carbon fibre wrap. I like the oem look myself but aleast people have a choice what they want to do. Just to add your hard work looks real good, I'm very impressed :)
     
  13. Mashburn

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    That looks great, well done.

    Definately keep it OEM satin looking though.
     
  14. MarkWales

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    yes sorry I meant Gauges not Vents
     
  15. SalSheikh

    SalSheikh Under the Hood

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    i did mention china to the mouldig co and they said they have contacts in china and the £4k quote was relating to chinese manufacture.

    regarding the fibreglass skin, how would i make this and then make moulds from it?
     
  16. MarkWales

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    make a throw away female of your master to produce copies of your pod
     
  17. SalSheikh

    SalSheikh Under the Hood

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    hi mark, i really dont have a clue on how the fibreglass jobbie works. to me i'm thinking everything would stick together! if anyone can point me to the right direction on how to do this then i would be happy to give this a go. wll be searching youtube/google for answers!
     
  18. h7 cya

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    You want to contact China or India, that's where most things like these are now produced.
     
  20. SalSheikh

    SalSheikh Under the Hood

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    do you have any contacts then?

    where would you start withought your idea being nicked/duplicated/lost?
     

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