Started by Carolyn, February 26, 2016, 19:14
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Quote from: "lamcote"Sounds good but a shame about the complexity. Isn't it possible to use a longer drive shaft to the supercharger allowing you to mount the supercharger unit to the left hand end of the engine thereby moving the supercharger out of the way of the exhaust. This would mean it could be mounted further away from the subframe because you would only need room for the shaft past the block rather than the whole unit?
Quote from: "Carolyn"Once the subframe jig has been built, however, they could be produced in some volume. The exhaust will be the same. Then, perhaps, someone who is in the business could take it over and produce the stuff. There'll be a ready market for the subframe, I should think.
Quote from: "Carolyn"We considered that. It generates as many issues as it solves, I'm afraid. We're not interested in making a business out of this. For us it's just an interesting one-off project.
Quote from: "J03"I'm currently having a tubular subframe jigged but haven't got a set price yet. How much would you envisage yours costing Carolyn?
Quote from: "lamcote"My concern about non standard subframes is what insurers will think. It's such a fundamental part of the car, won't they want to see some evidence that the structure is suitable and safe (in both design and construction), and if so, how would that be demonstrated?
Quote from: "lamcote"Maybe, but most people fit wheels, suspension bits etc made by large reputable companies with a long track record of selling products which are demonstrably robust and safe, and even then, if a wheel or spring does break that isn't a catastrophic impact on the integrity of the vehicle. Plus, surely all tyres, aftermarket wheels etc pass British/EU Standards which the insurers must expect and rely on. I can't believe I would be insured if I made my own tyres and started driving round on them? Likewise, if someone gets a subframe built by a local garage as a one off, where is the safety track record of that part, and if it fails, the whole of the back of the car (and the engine) falls off! If I was insuring that car I would be quite worried! Sorry if I sound like a jobsworth HSE freak...... I'm not defending the insurers I just wonder whether it is a point worth considering?