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Skid Pads for Ferrari 355

Greetings All,

So, another project we have on deck is skid pads for Ferrari 355 front bumper.

We are designing the machining fixture now and expect to have these available in 4-6 weeks.

Details and pricing to follow however these will be offered at a more competitive cost than the others available.
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Huston, we have a problem!
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If you are going to tell someone how to remove a bolt you should at least know which way to turn the wrench.
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Seeing as how you are keen on reengineering stuff for the 355....how about:

1. Glovebox opening strut...that does not fail after 6 months
2. Heat shields for the alternator and a/c compressor
3. Engine mounts that last longer than 2 years

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Engine mounts that last longer than 2 years
The engine mounts will last much, much longer if you replace the transaxle support pads at the same time. Regardless, a horrible design that was carried on to many future models.

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The engine mounts will last much, much longer if you replace the transaxle support pads at the same time. Regardless, a horrible design that was carried on to many future models.

Ok

Will give that a go next time round
Although can't really see how transaxle mounts affect engine mounts.....it's always the engine mounts that fail on mine...transaxle seem fine
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Although can't really see how transaxle mounts affect engine mounts.....it's always the engine mounts that fail on mine...transaxle seem fine
The weight of the drivetrain sits on four mounts. When the fronts collapse, the rear mounts are subject to even more load. Regardless of the forces/vectors in play, the rubber in these mounts dry rots over time and loses its dampening abilities. Regarding rubber components in general; just because they look OK doesn't mean that they are.

Although I replace a fair amount of engine mounts in various models of Ferraris, I can't think of any model that goes less than about five years before they need replacement again.

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My 98 mounts have held up well which is actually a suprise to me. But, I had bought a set of challenge mounts and will either install them in my 95 project car or the 98 (whichever needs them first)

FWIW, I inspect mounts each and every time the car is in the air (along with CV boots)
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You know they're "really bad" when the alternator is touching (nearly touching) the frame tube...

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You know they're "really bad" when the alternator is touching (nearly touching) the frame tube...

And (i think) when gear control rod clatters on the subframe...I had that👎
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You also know when they are bad when your mechanic who has lots of ferrari experience tells you they are getting bad. I ignored that one and it cost me. I wish he would have said you need to change them now.
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Huston, we have a problem!
I guess i am slow, I dont get it.
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I guess i am slow, I dont get it.
Dave said he in going to start marketing skid plates. I have a pile of skid plats I have made (pictured) and intend to sell. We have a conflict.

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John, you should list yours as I know they are very inexpensive and ours won't be done for a bit.

Couple differences to point out with ours:

- CNC machined acetal
- all hardware is stainless steel
- backing plates made from stainless steel
- direct replacement for Hill Engineering (same bolt pattern)
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Honestly, at $15 a pair plus $6 shipping it's not worth my time to address the package and the drive to the post office to send them out. Take a look at my web site and you can see I make a lot more with my audio work just by dropping an email response with a download instruction. There are a lot more people building home audio systems that driving Ferraris.

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Honestly, at $15 a pair plus $6 shipping it's not worth my time to address the package and the drive to the post office to send them out. Take a look at my web site and you can see I make a lot more with my audio work just by dropping an email response with a download instruction. There are a lot more people building home audio systems that driving Ferraris.

Then we have no conflict
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Is my understanding correct that in order to install these you need to drill permanent holes in the bumper?
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Is my understanding correct that in order to install these you need to drill permanent holes in the bumper?

Yes, that is correct Neil. Do I love that? Well, not really but given the damage that happens to the bumper without them it's a low price to pay.

I was soooo careful with my 98 until I was put in a situation where I was forced to turn around on a road going downhill into a driveway going up hill....

When I heard the scrap, I almost cried...

You want the skid pads to take the hit, not the bumper.
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