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Old 10-11-2008, 08:26 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Metro : Dont't mean to hijack. Care to comment on the rubbing issue and how you will handle it ?
I'm thinking of attaching some teflon sheet or other slippery plastic where the tire will contact things. It'll be mounted to the metal frame behind the skirt.

Originally Posted by basjoos View Post
They only make contact during a sharp turn, like turning into a driveway.
I think mine will be more sensitive than that. Not enough to contact in a lane change or gentle bend in the road (less than 1/4 turn of the wheel), but I'm going to try to get them fairly close to the tire to minimize frontal area and try to keep attached flow on the aft side of the skirt.


I worked on things a bit today - flattened a length of copper pipe to form the bracket that I'll mount the hinges on. I jacked up the a rear corner of the car to compress the front suspension on the opposite corner to double-check clearance to where I was going to run the bracket. Decided to position it up higher than I showed here:

I've got it positioned at the halfway point between the bracket drawn above and the top of the wheel arch.

I also picked up some steel bar stock (fairly light) to make the frame. I'll work on that tomorrow and take some pics.
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