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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-30-2015, 05:59 PM Thread Starter
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My fix to protect the fiberglass from cones

Im curious what everyone else is doing to protect the car if anything? I know cars in SSM and up can run splitters and things that will protect, even SSP possibly. Anyway, just thought I'd share my fiberglass pieces I made and painted to help protect the car from the cones.





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I did the rears too with the help of JDawson. One has been sanded, the other has not yet.





I then added a layer of red carbon kevlar. It was much brighter red before it got wet with resin. Then turned a very dark red, so Im not entirely happy with it. Not bad for a first try though. And it does what it was made to do. It definitely holds up to hitting cones.







I will probably redo the rears, paint them red and sell these. Probably in the next month or two.
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Id be interested in the carbon rears. How are they attached?

Also, I try to just not hit cones. Ive only hit 1 this season. *knock knock* (wood)
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I just have body molding double sided tape holding it on. In the front, I have it bolt on underneath and a bit of tape. The rears are all tape.

Haha, I normally never hit cones. The first auto-x in my Elise I had 7 dirty runs of 8. It feels so skinny and its not! Haha.
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Ha ha... that's fun. I love composites.
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Those are awesome! I've got so many damn cone marks in my starshield, it's driving me crazy!
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Those are awesome! I've got so many damn cone marks in my starshield, it's driving me crazy!
3M adhesive remover makes quick work of those. I've been smashing cones with my car for 3 years and in about 20 min I can make it look like I never auto-xed it.
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Very cool idea. I've got cone marks on my rockers (no starshield) that I can't get off. Was considering star shielding it if nothing else but a local place quoted me 500$. Seemed not worth it.
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Cone marks were not my concern. Cracks and holes were my concern. The marks come off easy enough as stated above. On star shield, 3M adhesive remover works. On just clear coat, acetone works fantastic. But cracks and holes wont "buff out".
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Just a couple strips on the body ahead of the rear wheels and one strip on each side ahead of the front wheels. I have left it on for multiple events over a couple of months and it peels off with no issues.
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Thats good stuff for the marks, but again, it isn't gonna keep cracks and holes from happening in the fiberglass.
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I just avoid the cones.
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I was waiting for that to be said!


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I was waiting for that to be said!
no no no I was first brah ^^
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If you can avoid all the cones, all the time, you're not driving hard enough.
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If you can avoid all the cones, all the time, you're not driving hard enough.
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