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Old 02-19-19, 06:53 PM
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That big throttle body adapter is LEGIT....I'm probably going to have to have one of those if I don't give in and go pro-jay. Good work man, you're definitely doing things for the scene that wouldn't be here otherwise. The Elite Rotary copycats likely also thank you for your service

but for real! good stuff.

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Old 02-19-19, 07:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Mike93r1 View Post
Looking forward to the cluster for Speedhut gauges. Any time frame on these by chance?
I am about a week out from finalizing that cluster, pretty stoked to get it out there as a few people have ordered one

Originally Posted by BTNH-LC View Post
If you ever start making stuff for the FC I'd be interested, as I'm sure more people will be.
I have some ideas for the FC market, just got to knock all this big FD stuff out of the way so i can focus on that
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Drake, by flipping the GM throttle body orientation, I noticed what appears to be a very tight fit of the motor up against the firewall. Specifically, the hard lines there at the firewall would seem to get in the way. (??)
good point. i dont have the oem lines. i got a new under hood light and will check the clearances
Originally Posted by b3delta View Post
I may be the only one interested in this, and I'm sure there'd be a massive amount of R&D. But for those who have removed the Passenger airbag, how about like a second glove box that could insert into the spot, or at least just a cover that can pop on to cover the hole left by the airbag.
I'll be ordering the pass vent cover and center vent 2 gauge pod soon. Great stuff!!
I have been considering something like this for some time. i possibly have a dash coming with the airbag, which will defintly help with R&D
Originally Posted by su_maverick View Post
Another thought is a plastic license plate mount for the front bumper with a rubber back. Almost all of the aftermarket front bumpers are sloped the same way in the middle and some of us are stuck in places that require a front plate. It would look better than just a metal frame and it could be painted to match by the buyer. This way it looks like a 99 spec bumper on public roads but you can take it off when you want to. Just a brainstorm thought.

Another one is rear strut tower covers that are designed to fit around aftermarket strut braces and possibly popular strut mounted roll bars.
good ideas! all things i may have to look at down the road

Originally Posted by MRRX7FC3S View Post
Hi, just curious onnlead time for the clusterhood I ordered 2/2. Thanks.
Hey Ken, sorry i haven't been updating here, sometimes i imagine everyone who buys my stuff only follows my IG. The meterhoods are done and shipping this week. I have yours ready to go, and your tracking ready. I just finished the plastic replacment clips which will replace the defective notorious oem ones! thansk for your patience

Originally Posted by spintriangles View Post
If I am not mistaken you are out of Fl correct? All things I have heard have been positive
actually out of Maine, i appreciate that. I would say so far so goodm just got to work on spreading out these huge influxes of orders!

Originally Posted by Skeese View Post
That big throttle body adapter is LEGIT....I'm probably going to have to have one of those if I don't give in and go pro-jay. Good work man, you're definitely doing things for the scene that wouldn't be here otherwise. The Elite Rotary copycats likely also thank you for your service

but for real! good stuff.

Skeese
Thanks brother, I will likely only have a few made. so hoping that people that need them or are truly interested in a killer clean setup grab one

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Old 02-19-19, 07:44 PM
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Pretty big update on the meterhoods, i appreciate everyones patience! starting shipping this week. each one will include updated plastic retainers, that dont stick and wont rust like the oem ones. I really like that I can offer this. lot of crazy developments. including the AIM MXP dash setup. lot of things in the works. huge thanks to my supporters who are patient waiting 2 1/2 weeks for some of these things to ship!






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Old 02-19-19, 10:15 PM
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Nice. What about a gauge hood with the integrated gauge pods on the top. These used to exist but were very Mickey Mouse ear looking. With your designs you could really make it look good.
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Old 02-20-19, 12:13 AM
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when im done on these larger products and orders I will defintely do some cool stuff like that
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Old 02-25-19, 03:16 AM
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Some new stuff! super busy and working my butt off to keep the machines on 24/7. Some people may not realize, but the cluster takes nearly 3 days depending on complexity, which doesnt account for failures either lol the meterhood takes about a day and a half. overall shipping speeds will pick up when things slow down!



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I know you're super busy but any update on the cluster hoods? My order has been in pre-shipment since 2/24. I'm not too savvy on Instagram and couldn't really find any updates. Thanks.
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Originally Posted by MRRX7FC3S View Post
I know you're super busy but any update on the cluster hoods? My order has been in pre-shipment since 2/24. I'm not too savvy on Instagram and couldn't really find any updates. Thanks.
yeah, I had an issue on LHD meterhoods where of course I stupidly mirrored them not realizing that the LHD cluster is the same as the RHD cluster. So everything had been modeled from a rhd setup. Anyways, I caught the issue and have been manually fixing the more than 15 meterhoods that I had already made. I have started shipping the LHD ones I have fixed and the rhd ones. But I got more orders in one day than I myself alone could handle in one month. Your order should be out soon. The tracking should remain the same.

i plan on making an announcement as tomorrow I am going to be shitting down for at least a month to get caught up. Biggest issue is that although sales are great, Iím still getting 2-3 orders a day ontop of already being backlogged. Most people donít know but Iím a full time student as well and looking at closing on a new house and shop in the coming weeks. Overall Iím fried lmao

sorry for the delays and thanks for reaching out and your patience along with with everyone else
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Old 04-10-19, 11:26 PM
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I think you gave me the wrong tracking#. It shows as delivered to Belmont, MS. I am in Hawaii. Can you please check on this?
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I think you gave me the wrong tracking#. It shows as delivered to Belmont, MS. I am in Hawaii. Can you please check on this?
these issues are best addressed through email but I have made a few announcements regarding tracking so I guess I will here as well.

I am working my *** off, 20+ hour days for the last month straight.

Shut it down the website to catch up on the 60+ orders that were placed over the course of a few days. Totally didnít prepare or expect that.

I sent out tracking for the first half of the orders and the tracking tracking slips expired since Usps updated their prices, they decided to recycle the numbers and still charge me. Shipping prices for almost everything has tripled so thatís great...

regardless, I only have maybe 20 order left to fulfil, most are the 93 finish which takes about twice the prep and finish labor.

prices have gone up, on some things double, I have lost or broke even on most of the orders placed.

I will reissue everyone a new tracking number, a lot of peoples. Stuff shipped this week I just havenít had time to provide new tracking.

i just bought a home and larger shop, we closed yesterday. Iím prepping the house so we can move over. The next few days Iím taking a break from school and orders to speed up our transition.


ive decided that I canít keep doing 20+ hour days just to keep people happy, so at this point I would much rather give refunds than respond to people who need daily updates on their orders.

seems nobody reads my terms and conditions, who knew

so if you are impatient and canít wait, please let me know and I will refund you for your order unless it has shipped already.

sorry to everyone about the tracking issues, extended manufacturing times and issues.

Im going to extend my down time probably another month beyond the two, really sorry but Iím getting burned out because I made my parts too available and attracted the wrong kind of customers. which hs made my 20 hour days feel like a slap in the face getting some of these ridiculous and petty emails lmao

thats being said the majority of people are awesome and have messaged me with totally legitimate issues or questions.

i appreciate the patience from everyone as I transition and get caught up. Again, if I canít get to your order when youíd like I can refund you! I wish I could offer a discount but Iím already breaking even on a lot of this stuff or 8+ hours into each larger part.

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Yikes.

Good idea to pause and get everything in order. You have awesome products, getting the business side squared away will be good long term and you won't lose customers.
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Originally Posted by TwinCharged RX7 View Post
Yikes.

Good idea to pause and get everything in order. You have awesome products, getting the business side squared away will be good long term and you won't lose customers.
thanks brother,
i have had plenty of opportunities to turn this into some outsourced operation for cash or customers (quantity).

at the end of the day this is my hobby turned into something I enjoy. To me the most important thing is making sure I continue to enjoy this, never been about money or selling something to everyone. Iíd rather get my stuff who appreciate the pieces and time it takes to hand finish them or design them. If people get turned away because I bought a house or had a better month than I could have ever imagined... well those arenít the people I want buying my **** lmao

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I feel your pain, man. Do you have any framework setup for folks that aren't on a truncated timeline/are still designing bits but would like to retain your services? Just shoot you a mail?
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Old 04-11-19, 04:54 PM
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Second this - my FD is a long-term project and I'm working on it on-and-off. I wouldn't be in a rush ordering from you, even if there is a several month lead time
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I wasn't meaning to call you out or anything. The email I received from you was a no reply address. In any event that sucks on the shipping and I'm happy to pay the difference. It's good to take a break. We can't have you burn out!
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Sounds like you've got your hands full! I'm going to wait patiently until you are accepting new orders for a gauge hood. It definitely looks worth the wait.

I know the stress of moving, it seems like your never fully unpacked even after being the a year.

Keep up the good work! In the words of Galaxy Quest, "Never give up, never surrender! "

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Other than the map lid, which Iíve already created. The only door plastic I have planned is the pocket itself.

the rest of the plastics could be done, but would be incredibly time consuming and would require quite the development budget. I just donít see the market supporting my time to do so.
we are talking like 800$ in developmental costs per side. If people wanted to come together to make that happen, it would still be some months for me to get to a point where I could actually tackle it

thanks for asking though
Just stumbled across this thread. Understand completely your need for a break being a one-man show and getting bombarded with orders. You definitely seem to have the know-how and ability to fill a niche and need for interior plastics with quality stuff. If you decide to produce any of the (lhd) map pockets (not the lid), count me in. I imagine there is some demand for these.
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