I’ve decided to run a front splitter on the B34TER. And I managed to convince Mauncho to do the same on his E36. It was easy, it took one text. Now that that decision is made, we need to figure out how to actually building them.
We’ve chosen to go with the popular grassroots option of plywood. Before you consider that to be ghetto fab or doing it wrong. I assure you, any track day or time attack event will have a multitude of amateur and semi-professionally prepared vehicles sporting plywood splitters.
Birch wood provides the right combination of flexibility, rigidity, and strength. It is also very cost effective as it can be purchased at any Home Depot or Lowe’s. If money is no object, you have the options to use carbon fiber, alumilite or Tegris (NASCAR splitters). Slightly cheaper options include ABS plastic. For our purpose, of providing mostly aesthetics and the possibility of some track time, the use of plywood made sense. Moreover, the addition of a splitter could improve your mileage. Hence I’ve dumped the idea of canards attached to the bumper. Instead I will have canards/winglets on the splitter near the sides to direct the air around the car. Repeated layers of urethane and sanding and a couple of coats of paint, will yield a finish on the plywood that will be very close if not identical to painted plastic. Considering the cheap cost of plywood and urethane, I was slightly surprised by the cost of splitter supports. The shock type supports seem to have extremely huge markups on ebay. $60-80 a pair? No thanks. I think a look through a McMaster-Carr catalogue will yield alternative solutions. I’ve also seen the use of steel cable and fittings used. We might have to resort to this if cheaper supports are not found. Since the e36 and e34 have relatively square bumpers. I’m fairly certain both cars will have identically shaped splitters. Supports and bolt location will undoubtedly change however the templete used to cut out the splitter will hopefully be applied to both. Allowing us to easily build a replacement splitter once they wear down. And wear down, they undoubtedly will. Amir’s red E36 posted by Stanceworks has a great splitter design. And it is one we will lend cues from. It does not appear to be made of plywood but I digress.
After a quick pitstop at Cars and Coffee I made my way over to the 2013 Subaru Hypermeet. I felt like there was a tad more variety this year compared to previous years. HREs would not have been seen before. Neither would that Forester trailer combo.
This. Pretty much the car I lusted after in high school Blue GC, with rally style (Compomotive, Impuls etc) wheels.
Satin red Plastidipped GD. Well done.
My old wheels!! The owner is still happy with them. Even sporting the same 2+ year old paint job. Industrial rust paint FTW.
Tremcladed by the owner on his driveway. Impressize. My tremcladed bumper on the other hand looks like ass.
It has not been a good week for me. Speeding ticket, an accident in Detriot, and pulled plates (still unresolved). It was good to get my mind off of things. CSCS at Mosport. Brian was kind enough to drive.
Still lovin this MR2 we previously saw at Fitted.
After the Chrysler 300 I fender bendered (minor bumper damage), I don’t entirely hate these cars. The 8 speed auto on the other hand? Horrendous.
I have a soft spot for 4 door R32s.
Doppleganger. These weren’t the only two. There were more than Mauncho and this random dude in a black tee and camo shorts. At least 4 chose this EXACT outfit today. They all happened to be black.
Bronson, doing his best to hide the quarter damage. Commendable.
Waiting to hit the track.
Was great to see this car out and about. The booth at the Autoshow did not do it justice.
Horsepower is not needed to drift. Riley’s hardbody prooves this. KA power.
Jeff Zwart’s day job is a commercial director. So you’d think his run up the hill will have a great video. Will Roegge takes care of that for him.
Much like his driving style. Less flare, strictly business. Loeb’s Pikes Peak video gets the job done. With a time under 8:15, even fully paved that time is mind boggling.
To reminisce. These two video below show the old original Pikes Peak. All dirt, massive wings, massive turbo lag, massive balls. Not taking anything away from Loeb, but Vatanen and Rorhl were legends amongst men.
While I can’t condone this behavior the video is nonetheless awesome. Even though you’re a great racer and your car is in perfect running order. There are always the what ifs. People can’t drive, don’t watch mirrors, sudden traffic, debri etc. It’s cool until someone gets hurt. Boosted Civic is nice too lol.
World Time Attack Challenge is upon us again. The 2 time reigning champ is the CyberEVO. This time with massive C-West aero. Can’t say it looks better. But I’m fairly certain it’ll win, besting it’s time from last year. Especially considering the Sierra Sierra EVO will not be present.
We braved the intensely overcast sky yesterday to attend the first Stretch and Poke show of 2012. Having attended MOST of these events in the past it is safe to say this show has grown exponentially and there doesn’t seem to be any sign of that changing.