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Old 01-29-2010, 06:36 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Does the UFE have active-suspension? It looks like the "whiskers" would be knocked off on driveway ramps,sidewalk curbs, and parking barriers.
No. It's a concept car, lacking ground clearance, rearward visibility, wipers, bumpers, practical ingress and egress, realistic interior, manufacturability, etc.

It has been recommended elsewhere that DIY wheel strakes be made flexible and expendable.

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It has been recommended elsewhere that DIY wheel strakes be made flexible and expendable.
...I would recommend they also be retractable, which would mitigate their need to be expendable...just have them retract into the body, against spring pressure, whenever they 'contact' something immovable; their flexibility aspect would thus be greatly enhanced.
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Old 01-29-2010, 09:04 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Sponge foam could work...it's soft enough to compress on impact but firm enough to divert air.

Git a block of sponge foam and cut it down to the shape you want. You'll probably have to attach it with some adhesive...
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Sponge foam could work...it's soft enough to compress on impact but firm enough to divert air.

Git a block of sponge foam and cut it down to the shape you want. You'll probably have to attach it with some adhesive...
Yeah, that's a good idea. I think you would need to paint it so that it doesn't absorb moisture.

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...I would recommend they also be retractable, which would mitigate their need to be expendable...just have them retract into the body, against spring pressure, whenever they 'contact' something immovable; their flexibility aspect would thus be greatly enhanced.
How about retracting automatically under speeds of 10-15 MPH, and then lowering into position when air pressure on the bow pushes them down at higher speeds. The faster you go the lower they get. After all, if you're hitting dips and driveways faster than 10-15 MPH, you're not an ecomodder anyway.
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The Probe IV concept was retractable based on speed (and also springy, I think). I will post another picture later tonight.

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Does the UFE have active-suspension? It looks like the "whiskers" would be knocked off on driveway ramps,sidewalk curbs, and parking barriers.
Phil good to see you again.

I use flexible rubber wall base for my 'whiskers'.
It is pretty inexpensive too.

http://www.lowes.com/ProductDisplay?...1&cmRelshp=sim ( $ 2.48 a section )




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if you use these strakes, would side skirts help,or hurt,
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Yeah, that's a good idea. I think you would need to paint it so that it doesn't absorb moisture.

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Plasti Dip should work then...
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cfg83 is there any more to post from that article? have'nt found it on the web yet, noticed the front strake is flat on the inside edge , great info!

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