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gonzo777
Well everyone, the day is approaching.

I have all the tech details and all the bugs (that I can find) worked out of the design.

With all the time it's taken thus far, and the brackets being VERY labor intensive, I wanted to have the brackets made before I announced a group buy. The bars and the anodizing are simple, but I don't have the cash to front for it so this will be a 'group buy'.

I just received enough metal for a batch of 10 pairs of brackets, and a new band saw. The brackets will be made in the next 2 weeks.

The group buy for "GonzoSport" removable rear strut tower bars will begin Saturday July 7th, 2007.... 07.07.07

More details will be coming soon.

Our website isn't ready yet (because I haven't sent Tim any text yet) but...G7
Ishtar
OMG OMG you had to wait until I didn't have an XD2...

any chance I can test run an Accent bar for you?
ricerrx7
Estimated cost?
gonzo777
QUOTE (ricerrx7 @ Jun 12 2007, 09:06 PM)
Estimated cost?
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Not set in stone yet, but solidifying......

Looking like $130 for confirmed V.I.P. ElantraClub Members, $150 for everyone else.

Shipping should be <$10.

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Made of 6063 aluminum with stainless hardware.

Each bracket is about 1+hrs labor at drill press, band saw, grinder, sander, and polisher plus some fun elements that must be finished by hand.
flcerberus
As I said before you can count me in!
Doohickie
I'm interested, but not right away.... I ended up blowing the mod budget on mere junk when I coulda had a strut bar!

I'll try to scrape it together though, maybe later this summer....

Congrats on the rollout though! This is an exciting time to be an XD hatch driver!
NY2002ElantraGT
OMG my girlfriend just thought i wont the lottery with the reaction i just had when i read this! FINALLY! Glad to have you back Gonzo.

are you gonna start a list? i'll be #1, or #2 behind flcerberus. either way i want to be in the first 10! shit, i'll paypal you the money today if i could
Silentwolf
Where do I pay? tongue.gif biggrin.gif

Leaving the bar silver? or can it be black?
gonzo777
In taking a page from Mr. Ford's book..... whatever color you want so long as you want black. biggrin.gif

If you REALLY have to have a custom color ... the MINIMUM it will cost me PER COLOR is $60 ... and that's a number I was given 6mos ago.
Doohickie
QUOTE (gonzo777 @ Jun 12 2007, 10:47 PM)
If you REALLY have to have a custom color ...
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...buy a can of Krylon and DIY!! rofl.gif
abalaev
Hi,
I am in. Will you take PayPal?
Alex
PS: Will be installation instruction provided along with that? Maybe on the web site? Would be nice...
NY2002ElantraGT
are you gonna have a cool decal on the bar? cuz that will add at least 20HP. ooooooooooo and one for the outside!

G7 sportbar?
XD_ADVOCATE
awesome...so its only for hatch drivers?...if not im in
elantragt
I appreciate gonzo setting this up so VIP members can get a $20 discount. Very cool perk! sarcasitc-bow.gif
NY2002ElantraGT
yes this is hatchback only


is a lifetimer a vip?
elantragt
QUOTE (NY2002ElantraGT @ Jun 13 2007, 12:23 PM)
yes this is hatchback only
is a lifetimer a vip?
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Yep you are a VIP!! sarcasitc-bow.gif - $20 for you my friend! thumbsup.gif
NY2002ElantraGT
YAY!

i just realized i still have to way like 3 weeks for this! dammit!
ewang
How did the handling perform during testing? Any major differences? Pros, Cons? Any permanent ugly modifications necessary for the interior?
NY2002ElantraGT
is it ok for you to post pics of it installed now?
gonzo777
QUOTE (abalaev @ Jun 13 2007, 07:27 AM)
PS: Will be installation instruction provided along with that? Maybe on the web site? Would be nice...
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Working on detailed instructions now with help from CyberGecco.
QUOTE (NY2002ElantraGT @ Jun 13 2007, 08:13 AM)
are you gonna have a cool decal on the bar?
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They look like this: <click here>
(only the decals are 3/4" tall)
QUOTE (ewang @ Jun 13 2007, 12:26 PM)
How did the handling perform during testing?  Any major differences?  Pros, Cons?  Any permanent ugly modifications necessary for the interior?
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In a few words:
I didn't realize just how much flex the body of the hatch has until I added a bar.
In a slalom-type situation it makes the car snap right back. You'll realize just how sluggish the roll makes the car without it.

Interior-wise you will have to cut holes for the brackets to pass through both the felt-type interior paneling as well as cut a notch in the grey plastic of the speaker cover. Templates will be provided to minimize error.
QUOTE (NY2002ElantraGT @ Jun 13 2007, 12:28 PM)
is it ok for you to post pics of it installed now?
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These are all I can provide for now:
one
two
three (an early prototype)
popeye
QUOTE (Doohickie @ Jun 13 2007, 04:54 AM)
...buy a can of Krylon and DIY!! rofl.gif
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Write one up... Ak ak ak ak ak!

I may just have to put a dibs in on this one...




OK, tentatively put me down for one...
trololololo
put me down also. THIS IS THE REASON I HAVEN"T BOUGHT ONE YET from anywhere else !!!



also.. 7-7-7 is my wedding date.. how awesome is that? get married then send gonzo some paypal.. lol

Tim is helping? where is he.. i need to send him some stuff.. if you see him get his addy for me.. i lost it.. (for the 4th time)..
gonzo777
Congrats Eddie!! thumbsup.gif


This is just an announcement that the prebuy will begin on 07.07.07.

There will be a need for a few $ up front and names will go on the list once received, but all of those details will be posted on 07.07.07. B)
trololololo
i should know exactly what i have left after the wedding then...

cool beans..

i know it'll be worth the wait... smile.gif
ewang
I down for one!
cobas
I'd also be very tempted, especially with the -20 for VIPs. It is something I wasn't planning though, so it's going to be a treat to myself...
Oh yeah, any idea how much tension it would take to shear that bolt?
gonzo777
QUOTE (cobas @ Jun 14 2007, 09:49 PM)
Oh yeah, any idea how much tension it would take to shear that bolt?
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According to the spec lists I'm ordering from:

Bolts are 18-8 Stainless and will handle up to 70,000 PSI.

Bracket and bar material yield at 16,000 PSI.
Silentwolf
Ya if u manage to get that much pressure u either in an accident or in a crusher.
ewang
I'm already rehearsing what I am going to say if my parents ask me what the hell that bar is back there for...

"Its for saftey Mom!!!"
saturn
I want one.
KeWLKaT
cool, finally glad to see it come to life.
gonzo777
Yes Felix... they're finally on their way.

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I got a working on brackets Monday and they're about 3/5 done.

Headed to the shop to work on them some more tonight.
CyberGecco
Lol...I don't know about tears [other than others' tears of joy to hear that the project is still moving smile.gif ] but I can personally attest to blood and sweat being shed for the project happy.gif
saturn
I want these to be ready sooner!

I've been wanting to get into autox recently and I almost went and bought a kspec bar ...hurry please!
Silentwolf
I've requested the day off work. biggrin.gif
gonzo777
Day off work? confused-scratchhead3.gif

QUOTE (saturn @ Jun 20 2007, 11:43 AM)
I want these to be ready sooner!

I've been wanting to get into autox recently and I almost went and bought a kspec bar ...hurry please!
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I thought I was done with them about a year ago.... but it has taken a little longer.
Many have been waiting since before I started this project February 01, 2006. whistle.gif

Getting clooooser...

I have the brackets 95% roughed out. another 30min on the band saw and they'll be ready for filing and grinding and sanding.
NY2002ElantraGT
awsome....... so the list wont start untill 7/7/07? at like 12am can i PM you payment?
gonzo777
Exactly -- The list will begin 07.07.07.

All product, discount, payment, shipping, and group-buy details will be provided then.

This is how it's basically going to work:

We get brackets (labor/time intensive) ready.
We'll be taking partial/full payments on 07.07.07 and starting the list.
The first list will have 10 spots.
The list will be open for XX days.
The bars will be shipped/delivered within YY days after XX.
saturn
does having the brackets separate from the bar (two pivot points) make a huge difference when compared to a 1-piece bar?
gonzo777
QUOTE (saturn @ Jun 22 2007, 02:50 PM)
does having the brackets separate from the bar (two pivot points) make a huge difference when compared to a 1-piece bar?
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Theoretically I'd say it's the difference between square and parallel... but it'd take more than a simple bar to keep things square.

A solid bar would not be as easily removable though. wink.gif
saturn
BTW I'm still in for one. will definitely help for autox... and I'd rather buy one from a club member than some random website.
gonzo777
According to G7 Official Time (a.k.a. E.S.T.)

It will be 07.07.07 in less than 9 hours

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saturn
and just in time, an emergency came up and I had to spend the money I had set aside! ah well, will have to wait a few days to get mine sad.gif

do you need any help with your G7 site or is it just a placeholder?
Silentwolf
Its 12:05. *Looks around*
NY2002ElantraGT
I was thinkin the same thing. can i just send money now?

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its officially 7/7/07


MAKE ME #1 on the list...... well i guess Silent is #1, i'll settle for #2
saturn
*cough* yeah...

also, can I get some stickers to slap on my car for autocross?
gonzo777
Sorry gents. Just a little while longer.

Waiting on some last minute website changes.

You'll be happy.
Silentwolf
Your late then. rofl.gif We should get a steeper discount. 676.gif Sorry man can't help it. biggrin.gif
NY2002ElantraGT
your killin me. im gonna have to sit here refreshing the page all night until you post up.

do you have a estimated time?
gonzo777
I wish I did but Tim is working on it now.

Here's a teaser B)

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