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I had a simple idea about keeping from scraping the bottom/front of my winglets on curbs. How about applying some xpel or 3m clear headlight/paint protection film to the winglets, folded up to cover the front edge as well? I know xpel sells different widths by the ft. http://www.xpel.com/products/bulk.asp Of course you still need to watch out for high curbs but I seem to be able to deal with these but instead seem to scrape the bottom of the winglets on lower curbs and incline/dipped roadway entries. I might give it a try when I have some free time. Has anyone tried this?
 

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Re: (QnsMostWanted)

They'll just scrape right off when you hit something - sorry.

I was toying with the idea of some sort of kevlar, but I think if you rivet on some aluminum sheetmetal to the bottom, that'd be the way to go.

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I think if you rivet on some aluminum sheetmetal to the bottom, that'd be the way to go.

I was thinking the same thing. The trick would be to make it aesthetically pleasing too. Maybe pre-cut strips of thin aluminum, that could adhere right to the underbelly of the winglets---kinda like the cheesy "aluminum" interior decals, except made with the real stuff.

A company could make money on this idea (ahem ipd)

Function and form.. would make me happy--and myriad R owners.
 

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I recommend applying Klasse All in One and Klass High Gloss Sealant liberally on the winglets. Trust me, it makes a huge difference on preventing rock chips, pitting and curb incidents. You will notice that all the minor scraps will just wipe off.
I ran through canadian winter with my set on and they still look like new.

Modified by lowenhart at 6:00 AM 4-22-2009
 

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I ran through canadian winter with my set on and they still look like new.

Yeah, but yours are impenetrable.

I thought of the aluminum, but there's a big problem in bending it and finishing it. You need to have a smooth edge, or form a lip over the first vertical cm of the winglets too, because otherwise the front will just catch and rip the whole front of your car off.

I'd say "hey, CFWERKS", make this lip addition...but the cost, install, and time to do all this....you may as well just buy some new winglets.
 

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Yeah, but yours are impenetrable.

I thought of the aluminum, but there's a big problem in bending it and finishing it. You need to have a smooth edge, or form a lip over the first vertical cm of the winglets too, because otherwise the front will just catch and rip the whole front of your car off.

I'd say "hey, CFWERKS", make this lip addition...but the cost, install, and time to do all this....you may as well just buy some new winglets.


LOL They are not impenetrable, just properly maintained

I too have investigated offering them with 3M film (the stuff they use to make clear bras) applied but the costs are very high, and if you were to hit something it would still do damage. The only protection you get is from rock chips etc.
 

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Re: Idea to protect winglets from scraping (juve021)

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I had a simple idea about keeping from scraping the bottom/front of my winglets on curbs. How about applying some xpel or 3m clear headlight/paint protection film to the winglets, folded up to cover the front edge as well? I know xpel sells different widths by the ft. http://www.xpel.com/products/bulk.asp Of course you still need to watch out for high curbs but I seem to be able to deal with these but instead seem to scrape the bottom of the winglets on lower curbs and incline/dipped roadway entries. I might give it a try when I have some free time. Has anyone tried this?

I got the BEST IDEA!!!!!!!!!!
1.DRIVE BETTER!!
2. stop pullin all the way into parking spaces
3.back in to the pk spots
4.go into McDonnalds ensted of useing the drive throw.
5. When leaving a driveway leave4 it sideways!!
6 (the best) STOP LETTING YOUR GIRLFRIENDS DRIVE THE R!!!!!!!!!

Now i KNOW!!! iv seen it! people LOVE to bounce there front wheels off the curb when parking IDK WHY!! or WTF there thinking.. but when there dumb @$$ does stuped $h!t like that it BLOCKES THE SIDE WALK!! relly people WTF!!! i do not want to drage my clothes accrose 711 wall! or a tellaphone pole, they leave funky marking on clothes trust me i ran straght into one once not with my car
 

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Re: Idea to protect winglets from scraping (VolvokidS60R)

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Now i KNOW!!! iv seen it! people LOVE to bounce there front wheels off the curb when parking IDK WHY!! or WTF there thinking.. but when there dumb @$$ does stuped $h!t like that it BLOCKES THE SIDE WALK!! relly people WTF!!! i do not want to drage my clothes accrose 711 wall! or a tellaphone pole, they leave funky marking on clothes trust me i ran straght into one once not with my car

Ummm translation please - I don't speak freaky deeky jumble type.
 

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Re: Idea to protect winglets from scraping (850arrrsaylikepirate)

LOL!!! read it slow cause it look prity good yo
 

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Re: Idea to protect winglets from scraping (VolvokidS60R)

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LOL!!! read it slow cause it look prity good yo


Now i KNOW!!! iv seen it! people LOVE to bounce there front wheels off the curb when parking IDK WHY!! or WTF there thinking.. but when there dumb @$$ does stuped $h!t like that it BLOCKES THE SIDE WALK!! relly people WTF!!! i do not want to drage my clothes accrose 711 wall! or a tellaphone pole, they leave funky marking on clothes trust me i ran straght into one once not with my car


JK


Hmm, let me give it a shot...
I get the part about bouncing the front wheels off of curbs.

But how do they block the sidewalk? What is 711? Telephones poles, clothes getting dirty, running into something once but not your car?

I would love to understand because I'd like to laugh but my eyes hurt trying to decipher the code.
 

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Re: Idea to protect winglets from scraping (850arrrsaylikepirate)

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Now i KNOW!!! iv seen it! people LOVE to bounce there front wheels off the curb when parking IDK WHY!! or WTF there thinking.. but when there dumb @$$ does stuped $h!t like that it BLOCKES THE SIDE WALK!! relly people WTF!!! i do not want to drage my clothes accrose 711 wall! or a tellaphone pole, they leave funky marking on clothes trust me i ran straght into one once not with my car


JK


Hmm, let me give it a shot...
I get the part about bouncing the front wheels off of curbs.

But how do they block the sidewalk? What is 711? Telephones poles, clothes getting dirty, running into something once but not your car?

I would love to understand because I'd like to laugh but my eyes hurt trying to decipher the code.
Hood sticks over the sidewalk and narrows the sidewalk in front of the building,7-11 is a chain of convenience stores.Sqeezing between the front of a car and a telephone pole.Smoked too much and his eyes squinted so much he walked in to a telephone pole
 

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Re: Idea to protect winglets from scraping (volvosince16)

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Hood sticks over the sidewalk and narrows the sidewalk in front of the building,7-11 is a chain of convenience stores.Sqeezing between the front of a car and a telephone pole.Smoked too much and his eyes squinted so much he walked in to a telephone pole

LOL!!! yep eyes small and i was on skated so i hit that pole prity hard!! LOL
 

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Re: Idea to protect winglets from scraping (VolvokidS60R)

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LOL!!! yep eyes small and i was on skated so i hit that pole prity hard!! LOL

Ohhhh, now I see, too funny guys!!
 

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Re: Idea to protect winglets from scraping (850arrrsaylikepirate)

Thank you thank you LOL sorry about my spellin agen, it would have been better if i cauld right!! but oo well least you guys are kool about it
 
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