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Thomas A
02-08-2008, 10:07 PM
I've had some requests over the past couple of weeks for these, so I thought I'd see just how much interest there is in making another batch of these. I'd need 8-10 pre-paid orders to make another run of these for 2008. Pricing would be in the "$120 Range" I haven't checked aluminum prices recently, so I don't have a set price yet. As far as production time, it would be late spring at the soonest.

1. 96BluBrd
2. 95_XR7
3. Splattered
4. 94TchikinV8
5. Stinger1987
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http://www.gmmodernmuscle.com/fileupload/uploads/perch.jpg

Thomas

BirdofPrey97
02-08-2008, 10:13 PM
As a guy that has purchased these they ROCK!!! Thomas A is a one of the best on any forum to deal with as a Seller or a Buyer. You will not be disappointed!!!:D

95_XR7
02-10-2008, 02:55 PM
I'd be interested whenever my income taxes come back.
Shouldn't be more than 2 weeks.
Got any Mark VIII LCA's available as well?

BirdofPrey97
02-10-2008, 02:59 PM
Can't committ to it, depending on other expenses at the time, but could use a set on the other car.

MN12Racing
02-10-2008, 09:42 PM
Make them out of Polyurethane and I'll be all over it. :cool:

BirdofPrey97
02-11-2008, 08:07 PM
Make them out of Polyurethane and I'll be all over it. :cool:

I can get them made, but they would be at least $600 a set. Didn't think too many on here would pay that.

Thomas A
02-11-2008, 11:12 PM
I'm looking into some alternative ways of making these. The biggest problem is keeping material costs down to keep them affordable. I could make some really nice ones for about $800/pair, but I doubt they would sell too well. :D

Thomas

MN12Racing
02-12-2008, 11:19 AM
I can get them made, but they would be at least $600 a set. Didn't think too many on here would pay that.

That is criminally overpriced. The mould would be simple and the materials/labor would be less than machining the aluminum. Where are you getting those prices? Go back and kick them in the balls for trying to rape you.

Theres no reason that you couldn't make polyurethane spring perches for under $50 each, including making the mould. Junkyard warriors have been using this (http://www.levineautoparts.com/3mwinsupfasu.html) to make motor mounts for years. I've thought of using the same method on the rear diff mount.
Hell, you can use bedliner to make these.

Thomas A
02-12-2008, 08:55 PM
No product of mine is going to start it's life in a tube on the shelves of Home Depot. :rolleyes:

Thomas

MN12Racing
02-16-2008, 12:08 AM
I don't draw those lines. :D What's the minor diameter of the perch?

Flex
02-18-2008, 02:46 PM
Hey Thomas,

What is th benefit of the aluminum perch?

pablon2
02-20-2008, 11:23 AM
Thomas, please post a set price based on current material and labor costs. Thanks.

Thomas A
02-20-2008, 11:42 AM
Still waiting to hear back on that.

Thomas

Flex
02-20-2008, 01:11 PM
Hey dude, what is the idea behind the perch? Is it just to provide a more stable seat for the spring?

BirdofPrey97
02-20-2008, 04:18 PM
Hey dude, what is the idea behind the perch? Is it just to provide a more stable seat for the spring?


For the most part yes, the Mark LCAs have a flat spot that the spring sets in because of the original air bag that sat in there.

Mercutio
02-28-2008, 08:28 PM
I'll go in for a set.

Thomas A
03-19-2008, 08:18 PM
Just wanted to let everyone know that I am still working on this. I am looking into the possibility of using an alternative material for these that will be considerably lighter than the previous ones.

Thomas

Mercutio
03-21-2008, 02:14 PM
If there is noteworthy weight savings I'll go in for 2 sets.

Flex
04-30-2008, 01:26 AM
Any update on the new lighter material Thomas?

Thomas A
04-30-2008, 01:54 AM
Nothing yet.....

Thomas

Thomas A
06-03-2008, 08:02 PM
UPDATE!!!

Sorry about dragging this out. I had a lot of other things going on over the past few months that had to take priority over these. However, I'm now ready to move forward, and it looks like I will be making these.

Right now I'm testing a new material that is extremely light weight yet durable. The actual product should have a specific gravity of less than 1, meaning it will float in water.

I have no idea on expected costs as I am just starting the testing stages of this new material, but I hope to keep them very similar to the past designs. Thanks for everyones patience. I think you guys will be happy with the product in the end.

Thomas

BirdofPrey97
06-03-2008, 08:27 PM
Previous customers get a discount?:D Thanks for working on this stuff Thomas.

MN12Racing
06-06-2008, 01:18 PM
The actual product should have a specific gravity of less than 1, meaning it will float in water.

Wood? :D I could go for some high-gloss varnished teak. :cool:

ttt

Thomas A
06-06-2008, 01:22 PM
haha, no, not wood. :D

Thomas

Flex
06-06-2008, 03:33 PM
Thomas,

Any idea on the time frame?

Thomas A
06-06-2008, 07:49 PM
Not at this point. I'll post here as soon as I have an idea.

Thomas

Thomas A
10-21-2008, 03:51 PM
I have to apologize to everyone on these. This process has drug out waaaay longer than I ever wanted it it. Based on the previous sets I have had made, I was expecting a ready date of late Spring. Obviously this has not happened.

With the design and testing of the new materiel (one which will ultimately be much better), things have taken much longer. This project has also not been a top priority for me, as I am finishing up my undergraduate degree, and am focusing most of my time and energy on course work and undergoing a job search. I have not forgot about these, and do plan to offer a new version of these. I sold the last pair I had that I was keeping for my own use to satisfy a member here, so I don't even have any for my own car. These will be made in one form or another, but I can not give a time frame.

I am talking with the shop that I work with on these projects, and am trying to nail down an actual time frame with them. They are a small shop, and have been extremely busy this year. I am keeping on top of this though, and will update this thread as soon as new info is avialable. I am going to push to have a product ready to go as soon as possible.

Thanks to everyone for their patience with me. As stated, I never intended to have this carry on as long as it has, but will continue to work on these to get a product to everyone that needs it.

Thomas

Wzenheimer
10-21-2008, 04:38 PM
Thomas,

I'll need a set eventually so add me to the list.

Chris

XxSlowpokexX
10-24-2008, 12:37 AM
I was thinking delrin but the specific gravity is higher then 1

scooby
11-08-2008, 04:58 PM
i would be in if they are made soon

Thomas A
04-09-2009, 09:12 PM
Spring Perches Are Available!

I have decided to not pursue these any further myself. I'm not in a good place right now to be able to offer these, so I am turning this idea and product over to Doug. I had planned to make them out of the same material he is using, and he was able to improve the design over what I had. Any further questions should be directed to him.

If you have not dealt with him before, no worries, as he is a good guy, and really understand the physics and needs of these cars. He will treat you right. He also has a new alternative for the LCA arm bushings that are excellent! Here are the details:

SPRING PERCH INFO:
http://www.sccoa.com/forums/showthread.php?t=105981

DELRIN MK8 LCA BUSHINGS:
http://www.sccoa.com/forums/showthread.php?t=105574

Thomas