THose little side panels on the 1500 front fender


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THose little side panels on the 1500 front fender

Postby RBGERSON » Tue Jan 08, 2013 5:10 pm



I have been watching those on eBay for months and they always go for close to $80 each and $140 for Honda..seems like making a mold and fabricating some might be worth the trouble and sell them ready for paint at $40 of $50 a piece won't be too hard.


Like these:

http://tinyurl.com/9wagt7c


Anyone here have an injection mold business or source to one???


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Re: THose little side panels on the 1500 front fender

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Jan 08, 2013 11:09 pm

RBGERSON wrote:Anyone here have an injection mold business or source to one???


Do you have any idea how much an injection mold costs to have made? :)

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Re: THose little side panels on the 1500 front fender

Postby trike lady » Wed Jan 09, 2013 12:38 am

Have you tried a salvage yard for a pair?
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Re: THose little side panels on the 1500 front fender

Postby RBGERSON » Wed Jan 09, 2013 8:39 am

I have no idea..and no source to find out..

and yes I tried local breakers they want big bucks too they know what they go for on eBay...

I just googled a local injection mold place and got a rough "instant" quote: for making a mold $10,000, cost to produce about $2 a part.. So about $20,000 to make the two molds one for each side and then two bucks to actually make each one.

WOW!!!

Does this sound right to anyone??? $10,000 for a small injection mold???
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Re: THose little side panels on the 1500 front fender

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Jan 09, 2013 8:37 pm

RBGERSON wrote:I have no idea..and no source to find out..

and yes I tried local breakers they want big bucks too they know what they go for on eBay...

I just googled a local injection mold place and got a rough "instant" quote: for making a mold $10,000, cost to produce about $2 a part.. So about $20,000 to make the two molds one for each side and then two bucks to actually make each one.

WOW!!!

Does this sound right to anyone??? $10,000 for a small injection mold???


Yup, that's about right. That's why you got the reaction from me that you did.

When I had a tech company that built a small electronic device, we were looking at about $40,000 for the custom mold to make its enclosure. We ended up modifying the design to work with an off-the-shelf enclosure from Polycase.

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Re: Those little side panels on the 1500 front fender

Postby tfdeputydawg » Thu Jan 10, 2013 4:30 am

One can make a 2 cavity mold to produce a RH and LH part with each cycle of the mold. There are new mold making techniques that reduce the tooling cost considerably.
However, the cost of tooling and then finding a molding company to actually produce the parts would still be cost prohibitive, as I do not believe the demand for these parts would be high enough to justify the initial costs to produce the part.
Experience to justify this comment: I was once a journeyman tool & die maker at a GM facility!




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