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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 05-18-2017, 06:39 AM Thread Starter
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A question about inner fender and carbon fiber

I have been having a conversation with Norm for several weeks concerning his idea to build a better inner fender.

We all have experienced the badness of the factory inner fenders that crack and fall apart. And they generally look like crap when you open the engine bay. Scratches, rub marks, etc.

Norm's idea is to build the inner fender from carbon fiber so they both work like they should and don't fall apart, and they will look great. Very modern and technical in appearance.

My question is what level of interest is there out there to buy a set of carbon fiber front inner fenders if Norm manages to pull this off?

let me know please.

This is NOT yet a done deal but if we can generate enough interest it could come to pass!
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Well I would love to see beauty when opening the hood, but price would be a concern for me. If they were reasonable for what they were, I would be interested. I would assume they would be more ridged and firm. Also I know they would cost more than the plastic crap that needs replacing every so many years. I have replaced mine once.
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I like the idea. Going to need a ballpark cost though before I commit.

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I like the idea. Going to need a ballpark cost though before I commit.
My thoughts exactly.

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I like the idea. Going to need a ballpark cost though before I commit.
Me too ! that said I'm definitely interested !

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Very interested, but like everyone said, price will be an issue. Also, I lurv me some Norm, but production time will also figure in. I'm still waiting on the hood I ordered in Arkansas. I was thinking about getting some stock liners & coating the underside with RhinoLiner to see if that would help.

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I would most definitely purchase if the price is right. Assuming carbon fiber ain't cheap. And I think we all know that Norms products are of the finest quality.
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I'm not sure, but the price would be my primary concern. I can see CF being used for show car enthusiasts, but not so much for daily drivers or even weekend type enthusiasts. I'm going to assume GM choose plastic for costs and flexibility. Especially flexibility because I think that the wheelhouse liner is subjected to a lot of vibration. Especially on asphalts roads that have seen better days.

I'd like to think that if the OEM plastic liner was more rugged and used push pin type connectors that it would hold up much better.

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I'd like to think that if the OEM plastic liner was more rugged and used push pin type connectors that it would hold up much better.[/QUOTE]

Chop I've done the service bulletin upgrade with plastic trees and they still crack over time and I use a protectant a couple times a year both inside and outside with no luck trying to keep them flexible
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That would be a very nice addition to the open-hood look of the car.

Cost is a concern, of course.

I also have some concern about the durability of CF in that application; I wouldn't want to spend $$ for it and then have it start to crack, crumble, etc. around the fastener holes.

For me it's an easy decision at about $300.
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I would be interested as well, but cost will also determine my level of interest.
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I think the cost will be determined by the demand. These should not be terribly hard to make. But the whole idea of the fender is to flex and bend. Carbon fiber does not. It may end up being a worse alternative. Not sure. I think at one time an overlay was discussed for the top of the fender.

I certainly am in for a set if they are made. My guess is the more commitments to buy the lower the price will be. Norm does not do things quickly. He will figure the best set up I am sure, but making one or two offs, takes time, making 30 takes time but covers the cost of the mold and design time. I am sure he will give us an idea of the cost once he decides there truly is interest in them. With carbon fiber being the main trim package on my car, I will commit to buying a set sight unseen. I trust his decision on this.
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Unless they're just crazy expensive I'm in for a set.
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Also in. Jesus between this and the recessed grills he's working on, that I also will buy, maybe I can get combined shipping.

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Will the carbon fiber tub increase noise? Going from flexible plastic to an ultra rigid material may increase NVH, but I have no evidence to back this up just thinking out loud.

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