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audisnapr
10-08-2006, 11:06 AM
well since there is no telling when the laser cut center console panel will be done, I figured I would take this down time to attempt a few other projects that probably would have followed anyway.

here's the shifter-surround I made. Let me just say for the record, had I known shaping this thing was gonna be so tough, I probably would have just bought one.

Anyway, the end result is pretty decent, however, I have no idea how/if it will fit [:)] You can see a few of the imperfection in the photos, but for the most part, those imperfections are in areas that wont show as much as the big flat area between the shift boot and the climate control.

Anyone ever do a clear coat over brushed aluminum? I'm noticing brushed aluminum doesn't take finger prints too well. I'm concerned the only time all this aluminum will look good is right after it's cleaned [rolleyes]

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01'A41.8T
10-08-2006, 11:11 AM
wow I am seriously impressed. how did you get the cuts so smooth?

sean1.8t
10-08-2006, 11:15 AM
damn that looks sick! i cant wait to see the center console

badassb5
10-08-2006, 11:17 AM
Very nice. let us know how it installs w/ pics if you would please.

audisnapr
10-08-2006, 11:51 AM
thanks guys... I sure hope it fits. Rough cuts were done with a bead roller that has rollers for cutting. All finishing was done with a table-top belt sander which has a 6" disk as well.

Euro
10-08-2006, 12:02 PM
imperfections?

yeah right everyone will be so impressed that you made that your self they wont notice a thing!

I'd love to see the finished product

chadwix00
10-08-2006, 12:26 PM
Wow, impressive!

SFexBOY
10-08-2006, 12:36 PM
you'll need to make mass quantities of this to sell! =)

SoFresh
10-08-2006, 12:49 PM
^^^^ agreed, I'd buy one for sure, looks amazing! good job, keep us updated! Hey, have you ever thought of making an aluminum intake box to replace the stock one? Maybe keep everything stock, throw in a cone filter and then have the aluminum box.... im interested in this, and if you could fabricate one, id love to test it out and purchase it... just think about it...

audisnapr
10-08-2006, 01:00 PM
ha - appreciate the fact that you think I'm capable of something like that - and there was a time (last year) that I had designed an intake system for the B5 - something Tyrol Sport and I were going in on together to have produced. It wasn't aluminum, but did involve a standard cone filter and utilized the factory snorkel intake. Sadly, I lost interest and ended up going BT which changed my attitude in developing something for the KO3.

SoFresh
10-08-2006, 01:04 PM
I know the intake system youre running with your BT is sweet, ok, so heres another idea... what about some type of clean looking aluminum intake cover.... and snorkle piece that connects to the stock location of the plastic snorkle piece..... i guess im just hoping you change your mind and get interested, because my engine bay would look sweet with aluminum air box cover that incorperates the snorkle out of aluminum... i could send you cash and plans... ?? it would be simple, and I know youre capable cause ive seen your aluminum welds!

CaSp3r9
10-08-2006, 01:07 PM
...Makes me wish I had a 2000 or 2001

SoFresh
10-08-2006, 01:16 PM
Im going to make a diagram at work of what i had in mind... and put a price on it, i know youre thinking about it... lol

94jedi
10-08-2006, 04:13 PM
joseph that looks badass!

k0mpresd
10-08-2006, 05:42 PM
very nice

onemoremile
10-08-2006, 07:54 PM
well done.

nizmosx
10-08-2006, 08:35 PM
clean

audisnapr
10-09-2006, 06:20 AM
Originally posted by high_octaneRS-4
I know the intake system youre running with your BT is sweet, ok, so heres another idea... what about some type of clean looking aluminum intake cover.... and snorkle piece that connects to the stock location of the plastic snorkle piece..... i guess im just hoping you change your mind and get interested, because my engine bay would look sweet with aluminum air box cover that incorperates the snorkle out of aluminum... i could send you cash and plans... ?? it would be simple, and I know youre capable cause ive seen your aluminum welds!

haha - damn, aren't you the tenacious little B5'r? Send me some drawings, I'll let you know if I can bring my custom fab fee down from $2000 to $1000 for a fellow B5'r [;)] Keep in mind, I have a few more of my own custom projects for the car that need to be started, not to mention I no longer have a stock/chipped B5 to test fit anything on. Doesn't hurt to throw it out there though, I may be able to throw some ideas your way for you to do this on your own. Someone in that "custom intakes" thread showed their custom alum air box. Check with him and see how he did his.

1 ate T
10-09-2006, 06:26 AM
i would definetly buy one of those from you.. mine is having this weird peeling problem.

EuroA4
10-09-2006, 06:49 AM
Originally posted by 1 ate T
i would definetly buy one of those from you.. mine is having this weird peeling problem.

The peeling is from the material used to coat the plastic. As it wears out the paint on this rubberized coating peels. I completely stripped mine and re-painted it flat black...along with some selective pieces of trim to have an ecru/black combo interior.

You can actually scrape off the rubberized coating with your nail. Even if you wish to just freshen up your current paint color...I'd suggest removing this coating, sand, then prime the plastic, sand again, then paint.

audisnapr
10-09-2006, 06:49 AM
Originally posted by 1 ate T
i would definetly buy one of those from you.. mine is having this weird peeling problem.

if there really was a market for something like this, I would consider it. Unfortunately, I think the market is already pretty much taken - you can pick up an entire alum interior kit (doors, dash, center console, etc) for under $100. It wouldn't make any sense for me to make these by hand and sell them for $40-50/ea. Once again, another one of my custom projects is meant for my car only [drive]

b00st
10-09-2006, 03:13 PM
bravo....now if you just stop by my crib with your customizing we'd be set [:p]