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PostPosted: May 8, 2019, 8:15 pm 
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I have gotten a bit of work done over the last few weeks. The dash is now steel although not final painted, I wanted it black to get an idea of what it will look like when done. Ultimately, I plan to paint it in a heavy wrinkle finish.
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I created the tank straps which use U-bolts for tension.
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And I created the curved frame pieces that follow the curve of the rear fender. I am surprised how much these limit the seat sliding backwards. Luckily, I have 2 click farther backward from where I need to be to reach the pedals (I am 6' 3").
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PostPosted: May 9, 2019, 10:59 am 
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It's all looking very nice. I especially like the dash - very clean.

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Damn! That front slip angle is way too large and the Ackerman is just a muddle.

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PostPosted: May 9, 2019, 8:33 pm 
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Thanks Lonnie! All of the gauges are easily visible (although I might rearrange the order) and all switches are easily actuated with gloves on.

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PostPosted: May 15, 2019, 8:03 am 
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This week I have been working on the front fender mounts (aka: wing stays). I really don't have to many options as to how to mount the stay to the hub so I used Caterham's idea to use the upper ball joint stud. I have a vertical leg in the front going to the steering arm where the adjustable steering stop would mount. The main piece is 1.5"x 0.125" and the rest is 1.0"x0.125". I plan to use rubber isolator washers to allow the fiberglass fender to move slightly. I also plan to add a gusset at the 45* bend on the vertical leg. Please feel free to make suggestions as this has been an item I was not looking forward to and I am unsure if it will be strong enough.
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PostPosted: May 15, 2019, 10:50 am 
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What are the dimensions on those front fenders. I'm having a hack of a time sourcing anything at a reasonable price and will probably end up making my own as well. Looks great.


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PostPosted: May 15, 2019, 7:13 pm 
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What are the dimensions on those front fenders. I'm having a hack of a time sourcing anything at a reasonable price and will probably end up making my own as well. Looks great.

They are 37" long when measuring around the arc and 9.5" wide. They were made for a 205/50r15 tire. racepedals made the mold using a steel fender and then added a strip of metal in the middle to create the mold for them.

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