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 Post subject: BA/BF Bonnet Bulge onto ED XR8
Posted: Fri Feb 26, 2010 1:52 am 
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I have purchased a fiberglass bonnet bulge (power Bulge) to fit onto my ED XR8, and was just wondering if anyone knows or has done this before and could please help with info on how to attach this to my car, any help would be most apprechiated :)
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 Post subject: Re: BA/BF Bonnet Bulge onto ED XR8
Posted: Fri Feb 26, 2010 9:12 am 
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I started a thread here to see if I could get 10 people interested in a full custom fibreglass bonnet with a bulge for ea/eb/ed which is the best option but didn't get enough interest.

To fit it to a normal bonnet it has to be graphed on and from the few people I know that have done this they have had dramas with it cracking and ruining there paintwork within 6 months of it being done.

If you help me find 10 people I can have the full fibreglass bonnet version available for $800 each. If we can't get atleast 10 people then the manufacturer wants $6000 to build the mould to manufacture them but for 10 or more he is willing to not charge for the mould.
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 Post subject: Re: BA/BF Bonnet Bulge onto ED XR8
Posted: Fri Feb 26, 2010 9:29 am 
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or better again!!
a steel grafted bonnet is the way to go...if you can find a damaged xr8 one thats still usable!!!

 

 

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 Post subject: Re: BA/BF Bonnet Bulge onto ED XR8
Posted: Fri Feb 26, 2010 11:30 am 
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Ive helped fit these to several PPG automotive paint rep cars and they all have cracked within 6 months, Guy doing em at work was old fellla a knows most his s**t :)

 

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 Post subject: Re: BA/BF Bonnet Bulge onto ED XR8
Posted: Fri Feb 26, 2010 12:14 pm 
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Steel grafting is the strongest but also the most expencive. The labour is the filler there. Panel welding is not easy. SWC does it though. and on the subject, Troyman, What does you bonnet look like underneth?? Do you have the standed reforcement from the ED bonnet, or something else?
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 Post subject: Re: BA/BF Bonnet Bulge onto ED XR8
Posted: Fri Feb 26, 2010 2:43 pm 
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phatEB wrote:
Steel grafting is the strongest but also the most expencive. The labour is the filler there. Panel welding is not easy. SWC does it though. and on the subject, Troyman, What does you bonnet look like underneth?? Do you have the standed reforcement from the ED bonnet, or something else?


i still have the std re enforcement, the bonnet is still nice and ridged..
i was a little concerned at first about having no support directly under the bulge it self, but its been close to a year and no problems, the bulge has even been engineered with the car...
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 Post subject: Re: BA/BF Bonnet Bulge onto ED XR8
Posted: Fri Feb 26, 2010 3:46 pm 
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That is a good job, I thought of cutting the renforcement bracing and sticking it to the buldge then welding some bracing from the factory bracing to the bulge bracing. Like the BA/BF V8's
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 Post subject: Re: BA/BF Bonnet Bulge onto ED XR8
Posted: Tue Apr 27, 2010 9:28 pm 
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Neilo77 wrote:
I started a thread here to see if I could get 10 people interested in a full custom fibreglass bonnet with a bulge for ea/eb/ed which is the best option but didn't get enough interest.

To fit it to a normal bonnet it has to be graphed on and from the few people I know that have done this they have had dramas with it cracking and ruining there paintwork within 6 months of it being done.

If you help me find 10 people I can have the full fibreglass bonnet version available for $800 each. If we can't get atleast 10 people then the manufacturer wants $6000 to build the mould to manufacture them but for 10 or more he is willing to not charge for the mould.


I got a fibreglass boss bonnet for 650 bucks cost me 950 to get painted and within 4weeks it had bubbled and the paint peels off and the paint rep told me it was release agents in the fibreglass itself that was causing it to happen is this tru?

 

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 Post subject: Re: BA/BF Bonnet Bulge onto ED XR8
Posted: Thu May 06, 2010 6:07 pm 
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thats mine, from phat customs.

for fitting it was pop riveted onto the bonnet then smoothed out with i dunno what

 

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 Post subject: Re: BA/BF Bonnet Bulge onto ED XR8
Posted: Thu May 06, 2010 9:06 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: BA/BF Bonnet Bulge onto ED XR8
Posted: Wed May 19, 2010 9:03 pm 
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I got exactly the same on my ea project car.... I had it profesionally grafted on and sure enough within 6 months it cracked all the corners. I have taken it back to the guy I done it with and he seems to think that what has happened is that the air trapped under the bulge expanded with heat at this is why it has cracked. He refitted it for me ( for free) and used a hole saw and cut out a aprox 10cm hole neatly disguised under the hole in the brace of the under bonnet. He said this should releave and pressure thus stopping the air expanding and stopping it cracking.
This has been done aprox 2 months ago so fingers crossed.
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 Post subject: Re: BA/BF Bonnet Bulge onto ED XR8
Posted: Fri Dec 16, 2011 12:53 pm 
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TROYMAN wrote:
or better again!!
a steel grafted bonnet is the way to go...if you can find a damaged xr8 one thats still usable!!!


that looks sweeet!! how did you get a steel grafted one, are the stock ones steel and therefore needing to get a wrecked xr8? would definatly consider it in a steel one if it would resist cracking and what-not.

 

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 Post subject: Re: BA/BF Bonnet Bulge onto ED XR8
Posted: Fri Dec 16, 2011 12:59 pm 
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id get rid of the fibreglass bulge and get a genuine steel bonnet. Weld it in place and it will never come off.

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 Post subject: Re: BA/BF Bonnet Bulge onto ED XR8
Posted: Fri Dec 16, 2011 1:04 pm 
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Not all fibreglass ones crack. Heres mine again done by SWC

 

 

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 Post subject: Re: BA/BF Bonnet Bulge onto ED XR8
Posted: Fri Dec 16, 2011 1:08 pm 
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TROYMAN wrote:
or better again!!
a steel grafted bonnet is the way to go...if you can find a damaged xr8 one thats still usable!!!


that looks sweeet!! how did you get a steel grafted one, are the stock ones steel and therefore needing to get a wrecked xr8? would definatly consider it in a steel one if it would resist cracking and what-not.


its a bulge from a dammaged xr8 bonnet( genuine ones are all steel), the section was cut from the ed bonnet and the ba bulge was welded in its place.....
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