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Old February 5th, 2015, 06:13 PM
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Tumbling video

In addition to tumbling the parts prior to assembly we're also experimenting with tumbling them after they have been welded and sanded to get a perfectly smooth finish. Seen here a test on an older sample.
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Old February 16th, 2015, 12:54 PM
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Update

I was out checking on the progress with the fabricator on Friday. Things are looking very good but is taking a lot longer than expected. The tumbling process is causing everything to delay but as you can see in the photos it'll be worth it in the end. I was told they are assembling small guards and sanding/tumbling grill components (cross bars) today. Thanks again for everyone's patience and support. I will not ship your orders out until they are perfect.
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Old February 16th, 2015, 01:39 PM
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Thanks for the update Carl!
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Old February 16th, 2015, 08:18 PM
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Looks great
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Old February 17th, 2015, 09:09 AM
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Lookin' good Carl! Keep up the great work!
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Old February 17th, 2015, 10:20 AM
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Thanks!

A small set back for those of you who ordered rear guards I'm afraid. The latest mounts were much closer but did not quote fit. I will need to make another round. I'm considering slotting the bottom mounts in order to have a little room for individual adjustment.
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Old February 17th, 2015, 10:34 AM
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Are you planning to include a strip of rubber or another buffer material to avoid metal on metal mounting? Thanks
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Old February 17th, 2015, 10:53 AM
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Great minds think alike. I had plans for laser cutting thin, adhesive 3M felt strips that would adhere to the back of the guards and grill. That's not going to happen. At least not anytime soon. I've bitten off more than I can chew here so I need temper my enthusiasm a bit. My plate is just too full. If someone has access to a laser cutter I'd be more than happy to provide the template files and when my schedule opens up, who knows, but for now, no.

My main priority right now is the get your orders filled. Then I've got to focus on the hardware which I am sad to say will probably arrive after the products are finished. I have a big product launch that is being announced April 1st so that will take up all my time after this initial production run.

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Old February 18th, 2015, 01:42 PM
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Update

All the guards ordered have been fabricated... and tumbled...again! Tumbling after assembly is also a great way to make sure the welds were done correctly and that nothing will come off. We discovered this when testing with an early prototype made by a different vendor. The grills are being fabricated right now. Unfortunately the guards have to wait for the grills to be done before they go to anodizing. I also made some keyring as a gift to those of you who have pre-ordered.
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Old February 25th, 2015, 04:27 PM
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Your orders for the small guards and the grills have been delivered to the anodizer. They are busy and said it'd be a 7 day turnaround for the order. That puts us at March 4th next Wednesday for delivery of finalized parts.

The rear guards (sadly) needs another round of refinements. I'm cutting new brackets to better fit the holes. I'm considering slotting the holes a little to give you some play and adjustment ability when installing them.
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Old March 3rd, 2015, 01:35 PM
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Hardware Update

All hardware has been ordered and should arrive early next week. Once they arrive they'll go to get blackened.
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Old March 3rd, 2015, 10:54 PM
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A little love from our friends at Expedition Portal today.
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Old March 5th, 2015, 11:32 AM
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Anodizing place just told me it'll be an additional week.

At the mercy of the vendors.
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Anodizing place just told me it'll be an additional week.

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Old March 5th, 2015, 12:06 PM
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Old March 5th, 2015, 12:18 PM
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A little love from our friends at Expedition Portal today.
Very nice write up as well...
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Old March 5th, 2015, 05:24 PM
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No worries. On the bright side, maybe now the hardware can ship out at the same time!
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Old March 10th, 2015, 05:27 PM
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Update

The stainless hardware arrived today. Just need to go them black oxidized. I also revised the files for the rear guard brackets. The new files will be submitted for laser cutting this afternoon. Lastly I am supposed to pick up your anodized guards and grill tomorrow morning as well.

Pre-order Pricing.
Small Guard set: $240/set* - 17 sets left.
Rear Guard set: $280/set* - 18 sets left.
Headlight Surround set: $340/set* - 20 sets left.
OEM Grill: $440/each* - 14 units left.
Tiktaalik Bottle Opener $16/each* - 15 units left.
*after the 20% D-Source Discount has been applied.
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Old March 10th, 2015, 10:27 PM
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Carl,
Have you tried to attach a standard NAS grill Land Rover badge to your replacement version,
which looks really sweet I might add.

It would be really nice to discard that droopy, rattly plastic, POS LR grill !

Also any anticipated ship date on these ?
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