The Cost Of Carbon Manufacturing – BMW & SGL Carbon

April 29, 2010 by Aaron in Automotive

To put into perspective how much carbon fiber SHOULD cost to produce. BMW and SGL Carbon have announced a joint venture where SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers LLC will build a state-of-the-art carbon fiber manufacturing plant in Moses Lake, WA. During the initial phase, US$ 100 million will be invested and 80 local jobs will be created. Compare this to the cost of cheap replica carbon manufacturers and you get a sense of the cost of properly produce quality parts. Granted this facility won’t be producing carbon fiber hoods or cosmetic accessories but actually carbon composites for upcoming BMW vehicles, it is is something to think about when loosely using the word carbon or dry carbon to describe parts. Not all carbon is created equal.

As another comparison, the Challenge Technology Center in Japan which produces ASM dry carbon and frp products is a million+ dollar facility with state of the machinery. So do the math, a million dollar facility to produce a $1500 bumper compared to a couple thousand dollar facility to produce a $500 replica part, which is a better value?

See the ASM aero part manufacturing process

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Rarity Is The Name Of The Game

April 27, 2010 by Aaron in Daily Happenings

Those that are always looking for the rarest wheels will appreciate this. From the outside it looks like your standard CE28 in Mercury Silver, a common enough wheel.


A closer look you’ll realize the lip looks a little big for that kind of fender fitment on an S2000.


Look in the barrel and you’re in a for a treat, 17×10+50 direct from Rays. If you’re a Rays aficionado you’ll know these don’t exist in any catalogs. Apparently there are only a few sets floating around in the world and sold only to motorsports teams which require small batches for race and spares in custom sizes.

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  • Aaron
    May 3rd, 2010 / 16:52 PST

    255/40-17 Advan Neova AD-08

  • drizzy
    April 30th, 2010 / 21:01 PST

    What size are the tires you mounted on them??

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Ducati 1098s Tricolore Project – Clutch Slave Cylinder

April 23, 2010 by Aaron in 1098S Tricolore

While the clutch fluid had to be drained for the Brembo RCS Master Cylinder, the Ducati Performance Clutch Slave Cylinder was also installed to change the piston diameter in order to reduce the pressure required for engagement. The downside is less clutch feel but it’s well worth it after a few minutes in traffic. While the OEM front sprocket cover was off, a new one went back on. How can you resist anything that says “Ducati Peformance Titanium”, completely useless but simply awesome.

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  • Jeff From Chicago
    April 23rd, 2010 / 22:06 PST

    Aaron, there is never a need to justify purchasing titanium accessories!

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Ducati 1098s Tricolore Project – Brembo RCS Levers

April 22, 2010 by Aaron in 1098S Tricolore

Taken from MotoGP technology the RCS master cylinders feature a lever that radially applies pressure to the piston for a better feel and eliminate friction between linkages. They also offer the ability to adjust the ratio pivot distance for different brake feel. The levers requires some custom brackets to be made for the reservoirs and changed the lock-to-lock distance of the steering but it’s well worth the sacrifice.

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Ducati 1098s Tricolore Project – Tires, Turn Signals, Fluids

April 21, 2010 by Aaron in 1098S Tricolore

I managed to get my hands on a set of Pirelli Rosso Corsa Tires from the first batch available in the US. These were announced at the EICMA show recently and just released to the US market. They replace the popular Diablo Corsa III and feature a 3-compound rear tire for good all-around street performance.


To keep with the All-Ducati Performance Parts theme I wanted to go with the Ducati Performance LED turn signals but mount them behind the vents like the Competition Werkes Fender Eliminator. The Competition Werkes kit was used as a starting point and after some cutting and fabbing brackets, they mount right behind the rear vents for a stealth look.

After installing the new coolants lines, the cooling system was replaced with some engine ice and some new engine oil while I was at it.

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F1 China

April 20, 2010 by Aaron in Formula 1

This race had all the great elements to a race. Unpredictable weather, controversy, multiple winner favorites, crashes, and lots of passing. The only thing that could have made it more exciting would have been a better announcer. F1 is covered by Speed Channel here in the states and Leigh Diffey stepped in for Bob Varsha during the Malaysian GP and it was a bit of a treat to have an energetic Aussie calling the race. I never really had a problem with Bob Varsha until how incredibly boring he is compared to Leigh Diffey, the announcer really does make a difference in the entertainment value of the event.

Back to the race, I’ve always been a fan of Jenson Button, likely because of his loyalty to Honda during the bad and less bad times. He may not have the raw talent of other drivers but he’s consistent and lucky enough to walk away with a championship last year and already 2 wins this year. Congrats to him on the win over the weekend. Lewis Hamilton still continues to walk away with no penalties for his actions on track, whether you believe it was his fault or not, you can deny that F1’s golden boy seems to be able to get away with more than others have been able to. In general, the race stewards seems to be more lax these days with handing out penalties. During qualifying, Christian Horner was bold enough to broadcast and make light of the accusation Red Bull has a ride height adjustability system and even though Red Bull took the front row, they never seem to take advantage of the weather, this is one team that I’d like to see get a lucky break. Looking forward to the European rounds coming up in a few weeks!

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Street Car Engine Head Refreshed

April 19, 2010 by Aaron in Daily Happenings

We dropped off the head we pulled from our Street Car to Asura Design for some head work and it turned out great! Re-decked looking good as new. It’s always good to keep spares around because you’ll never know when you’ll need it.

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Ducati 1098s Tricolore Project – Coolant Hoses

April 16, 2010 by Aaron in 1098S Tricolore

Ducati’s tend to run on the hot side so replacing coolants hoses some with aluminum and silicone aids in heat dissipation and increased durability.


Assembled and mocked up for installation.

Installed:

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Ducati 1098s Tricolore Project – Exhaust Pipe Polishing

April 15, 2010 by Aaron in 1098S Tricolore

The exhaust piping came very unfinished in typical Italian style so they needed a good cleaning.

After a coming back from polishers.

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Ducati 1098s Tricolore Project – Teardown

April 14, 2010 by Aaron in 1098S Tricolore

With all the parts collected it was time to tear down the bike for a complete build-up.

One hour later…

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