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Im wondering if anyone tried to fit these to an an Elise ?

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Im wondering if anyone tried to fit these to an an Elise ?

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I keep meaning to go get these cut, I just have yet to have the chance.
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Keep me up to date mate, Im going to cut mine when I get home in a few months so would be great to see how you go

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This is a good idea, might have to give this a go when I get back to the states.
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If anyone want to cut their own Side Skirts in whatever material (wood, Polycarbonate, Fiberglass sheet, Al, etc...), let me know, I can provide the simple diecut template file for either Exige, Elise

Then no need to waste hard earned money on a piece of flat sheet side skirt.

But I need to input them in vector scale file first.

Update: Just read the whole thread. someone has posted the PDF die-cut file in March already

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If anyone want to cut their own Side Skirts in whatever material (wood, Polycarbonate, Fiberglass sheet, Al, etc...), let me know, I can provide the simple diecut template file for either Exige, Elise

Then no need to waste hard earned money on a piece of flat sheet side skirt.

But I need to input them in vector scale file first.

Update: Just read the whole thread. someone has posted the PDF die-cut file in March already
If you do end up inputting them, lmk, I'd take the Elise one. I love the way yours look.
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If you do end up inputting them, lmk, I'd take the Elise one. I love the way yours look.
I will do this then.

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Has anybody had da40flyer's sideskirt file waterjetted or lasercut yet ??

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Here is the finished aluminum side sill. The powder coating rounded the outside edge enough that corner protection isn't needed. The PDF pattern was just a bit short and some metal had to be ground away on the back half.

These should keep the rock chips off the doors, rockers and rear fenders. Not counting the rivet-nut tool I'm into it for approximately $180.

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Wow, best clean cut DIY sill skirts I have seen so far.

Can your shop roll the edges to have 3D look?

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Wow they look great mate, some more pics would be awesome


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Yeah, we need whole car pics!
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I made mine from scratch over a year ago. IMO it's worth some extra effort to really eyeball the edge to keep it straight. Finally, do a good job of evenly rounding the edge before prepping and painting. It may be tedious but it pays off.

I think the piece is exactly what the car needs to compliment and widen the visual stance. The fact that it also protects from debris is bonus.

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I agree with GR82DRV. This is exactly what the car needs visually and functionally.

The aluminum was 6061-T6 .100" aluminum sheet from onlinemetals.com. I cut it with a plasma cutter and then sanded with an oscillating orbital edge table sander from home depot with 50 and 80 grit paper. I'm sure there are better and faster ways to do it but it worked out.

I found a local powder coating shop who did both pieces for $60 in under 24 hours. I don't think I'll be attempting to paint metal in the future with this as a resource.
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So I FINALLY got around to putting these on my car.

Here is test fitting them:



They are a little bit too wide for the Elise:



I used a cut-off wheel and trimmed that front edge so it fits within the range of the mud flap.

After trimming and dipping, I mounted them and added edge trim:




In this last picture you can see that they are maybe about an inch too short for the Elise. I was ok with this because it stopped right where the edge starts for the wheel well, so it looks like it is supposed to stop there.



All in all, I am happy with the outcome and they flow nicely with the lines of the car and the front splitter. Now I just need a diffuser to finish it off! Just for reference, I didn't have to have the rivet nut tool. The rubber insulated ones can be installed without using the tool. Thanks for sharing the file @da40flyer
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Excellent installation. The black works well with the red.
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Wow they look great well done


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Thanks, I love them. They compliment the car very well! And they aren't crazy big like some of the side skirts.
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Very clean almost factory night


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Just ordered these from onlinemetals.com, Jason is an awesome guy to deal with. He came on this site just to get the file bc they recently switched systems and I couldnt send him one that worked. Will let you know of the quality next week but if its anything like customer service, ill be thrilled.
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