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mi_what 
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Posted: August 20, 2005 at 7:54 PM / IP Logged  
why not just go to Lowes and buy some chicken wire? kinda looks like the stuff that people put on their bodykits. It's REALLY plyable and it should help with the form; not to mention it is metal which will add strentgh probably better than rope...just a suggestion. BTW, I have an '01 Xterra. I am finishing up the door panels now (finally after about four months) I will be adding pictures soon so keep an eye out for them. Do you have anything else done to your Xterra? if so I would like to see.
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Posted: August 20, 2005 at 8:21 PM / IP Logged  
mi_what wrote:
why not just go to Lowes and buy some chicken wire?
Well chicken wire adds no support to flat runs of fiberglass. Sure you can use it to form but it doesn't help in this situation. The rope trick basicaly puts a ridge or curve into the flat surface. Curves are where fiberglass is the strongest.
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mi_what 
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Posted: August 21, 2005 at 9:40 AM / IP Logged  
I'll take your word for it auex. You probably have more experience in this sort of thing than I do. To be honest I've never heard of the rope trick before this. How exactly is it performed?
Poormanq45 
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I would recommend for the flat surfaces that you use cardboard. Apply the fiberglass directly to it, both front and back. It will be extremely strong and add very little weight
j68rh 
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That is an awesome Idea thanks for the inputs.  sorry I have no pictures right now to show the progress I haven't even really worked on it.  I have just been so busy with work and my 3 yr old daughter and my wife pregnant.  Also I am getting ready to buy a new battery for My Xterra because the stock one is only 460 cranking amps and with one Kicker comp VR at 2 ohms mono the volt drop from 14.4 to just above 12 when it really gets going.  and that is with my cap in place with a 1000 watt amp.  So with 2 Kicker comp VR 10's I am going to need a yellow top.  I am going to try to work on it this weekend
05honda 
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Posted: September 11, 2005 at 7:28 PM / IP Logged  
the rope trick isnt something he just made up.....it actually works......you lay rope in lines along your flat areas to add strength..
j68rh 
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Well sorry no pics still I have been busy but to update you I have layed another layer of glass so I am up to 4 layers of glass now and I am trying to think of a way to design some supports for when I make the box because i am going to do a plexiglass cut out view on the back side so when you put the seet down you can see the magnents.  And for all those that are going to ask NO its not going to be a bandbass.  Soon I should have some pics
j68rh 
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Posted: September 20, 2005 at 4:10 PM / IP Logged  
I am furthur along now I cut my rings out for the subs and i have layed 3 more layers of glass and secured down one of the rings out of 2.  Tomorrow I will have the other ring done and fleece covered with pics I promise
branvw 
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the rope trick works very well, i actually use wrapping paper tubes to stiffen big boxes or molds.  Fiberglass is VERY strong when not laying flat, so in fact the glass will act as a tube frame, the actual material that is used to make the tube will do nothing, it is all in the glass!! this method is by far one of the best for strength
j68rh 
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Posted: September 21, 2005 at 12:25 PM / IP Logged  

Poormanq45 wrote:
I would recommend for the flat surfaces that you use cardboard. Apply the fiberglass directly to it, both front and back. It will be extremely strong and add very little weight

I did what Poormanq45 did and its very strong.  In the picture you will see right now only one sub ring I haven't added the second ring yet and I still have some trimming I have to get done right along with covering it with fleece.  Sorry if it is looking alitttle sloppy but my end products always come out awesome.  Click on the link to check out the progress

http://www.cardomain.com/ride/1171997/2  Tell me what you think

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