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If I had a donor car over the winter I could totally do it starting in about 2 weeks. I'd redo the rears as well to match the style of the fronts... if they turned out ok.

Hmmmmm, I wonder if I could find a donor.

or maybe I could hang on to my front clam while the turbo gets installed.
I wanna be like Matt.

I'll buy the terrible old ones you have on the car now if you build a new set.

If your doing what I think with a turbo I may follow over that cliff as well in the coming years. Although keeping my baby supercharger.
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I wanna be like Matt.

I'll buy the terrible old ones you have on the car now if you build a new set.

If your doing what I think with a turbo I may follow over that cliff as well in the coming years. Although keeping my baby supercharger.
ha ha ha, that's cool. You'll have first dibbs on them as you were the first guy to want some and if you go to SSM, that would be very nice.
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Flares anyone producing them yet? Flares? Bueller ? Anyone?
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I bought a fixer upper that's taking up my time now. I imagine that I'll do some new flares over this winter break. I've got some really cool ideas stored up and am excited to get cracking on them. The compound charging effort really stole the flare thunder over the last off season.
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We want pics of the fixer, that sounds like fun.

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So I made some front parts and had them painted. I added some side radiators for the AWIC system that required a new front flare design for space. I'm really stoked with how the overall shape of the body came out. Naturally, I'd like to take some clay and smooth out the transitions and make molds of the whole flare/front facia piece but meh, time is not on my side. Here's some pics.
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So I made some front parts and had them painted. I added some side radiators for the AWIC system that required a new front flare design for space. I'm really stoked with how the overall shape of the body came out. Naturally, I'd like to take some clay and smooth out the transitions and make molds of the whole flare/front facia piece but meh, time is not on my side. Here's some pics.
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That looks killer!
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That is beautiful work there!
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Overfender flare design

Beginning stages of flare design. Comments and suggestions appreciated. Intent is to make molds for either fiberglass or CF.
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That's looking good! How are those plugs constructed?
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One of the stance guys I met at a meet with an Exige used fender flares from a 350z (if my memory serves me). Not sure if he's on here (or if he even still has the car since it was a couple years ago).




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One of the stance guys I met at a meet with an Exige used fender flares from a 350z (if my memory serves me). Not sure if he's on here (or if he even still has the car since it was a couple years ago).



He still has the car, but has a completely different fender kit on it now.
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Initially, extremely thin plywood which is shaped to fit car lines by spraying boiling water on them when they are in place. Takes quite awhile to gently shape them. Then fiberglassed them to stiffen and am finishing off with bondo. I noticed that you used drywall mud? Would that be easier to sand? Any negatives in using that in place of bondo to due finishing work?

This is my initial design. Would appreciate any suggestions you might have Matt. Thanks.
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I used drywall mud to make quick, easy work of sanding but I wasn't making making a plug to pull a mold from. I was making the backside of a sacrificial form so I knew the top surface of my plug would be the inside of the actual flare and hidden from view.

If these things are going to be plugs, I think it's probably best to stay on the Bondo track. Drywall mud is quick to work with compared to bondo but it's also much more fragile and shrinks/cracks if applied too thick.

If I was you and I knew my plugs were well supported while laying up the mold, I'd use drywall mud and then paint it to get a nice smooth surface for molding. If your plugs will be off the car or in any way floppy when you lay up the molds, I'd use bondo for its strength.
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Thanks Matt, will do.
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hmm, for SSP there's no weight requirements and I'm pretty sure tire protrusion isn't prohibited. Flares will look nice for the street I suppose, but for racing maybe leave them off for weight? So easy on/off might want to go into your design. I'm doing the lightweight side of SSM so I just let em stick out so I don't have to buy another $1k of carbon fiber to compensate

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