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Old 09-21-2012, 09:31 AM   #431
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I'm surprised to hear of cracking, considering the videos of the flexibility of duraflex available on the net....wouldn't think it would crack.
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Old 09-21-2012, 10:13 AM   #432
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damn patrick, that look good man!!
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Old 09-21-2012, 10:36 AM   #433
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I've also been thinking of having a 3M clear bra put on to save minor dings or cracks from becoming an issue... NO IDEA how much that'll cost!
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I'm surprised to hear of cracking, considering the videos of the flexibility of duraflex available on the net....wouldn't think it would crack.
If the part is constricted from "breathing", than over time it will start to show stress cracks.
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Old 09-21-2012, 03:57 PM   #435
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If the part is constricted from "breathing", than over time it will start to show stress cracks.
So the flexibility of duraflex has a shelf life? This bumper seems to be like every other fiberglass bumper I've messed with. I unpacked it right when I got it and it is just as rigid now as it was then
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If the part is constricted from "breathing", than over time it will start to show stress cracks.
No offense but this statement makes no sense. Are you trying to say that if you apply pressure; in this case pulling the bottom corners in a bit, that the bumper will develop cracks from the stress. If so then this is a major fail for "Duraflex" considering the amount of pull being placed on these corners should not be that much and the amount of time under this stress has only been a couple weeks at most. Apparently it can flex a little(not like the video) but can't stay flexed. We'll have to see how things turn out with his bumper and others.
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Old 09-21-2012, 04:17 PM   #437
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No offense but this statement makes no sense. Are you trying to say that if you apply pressure; in this case pulling the bottom corners in a bit, that the bumper will develop cracks from the stress. If so then this is a major fail for "Duraflex" considering the amount of pull being placed on these corners should not be that much and the amount of time under this stress has only been a couple weeks at most. Apparently it can flex a little(not like the video) but can't stay flexed. We'll have to see how things turn out with his bumper and others.
while it's true that this is a problem....a portion of the blame has to go to the original part that they molded to get to this point.....the F2 bumper was known to have this same issue, the difference was that being urethane it wouldnt crack at the lower corners when pulled in with brackets....however there WERE numerous cases of the mounting surface where the bumper meets the fender would just tear right apart making it impossible to re-mount the bumper.
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Old 09-21-2012, 04:42 PM   #438
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Yes many of the F2 bumpers had the flaring issue. This was mentioned to ED in the beginning and we were hopefully since the test fit of the original piece did not show the flaring that had been a problem.

Just disappointed that the duraflex isn't flexing without cracking is all. Pulling the corners in with brackets is easy enough to do but the cracking issues are a different story. Well have to see how it goes with his bumper and if the piecut he plans helps. Guess the small cracks could be filled if they don't become larger.

Of course with your skills S2 this would be no problem to fix lol. For the rest of us it might not be quite as easy.
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It makes absolute sense. When you apply constant pressure to anything, depending on the material it will either break or bend (and eventually break over time). Yes, even urethane products. It's not meant to have brackets and the customer chose to add them because he wanted the lower ends to be less flared. It's his taste and I don't blame him. It looks a lot better. This mold was made from the Urethane bumper and I personally think it came out excellent. I wasn't happy that the fins on the side weren't there, but, in order for it to come out the mold those had to go.


Either way, it's not indestructible, nothing lasts forever. Also, every bumper design is different. Some bumpers take damage a lot better than others, depending on the design. We've taken all the step necessary to make this Duraflex product. I am very up front with my customers and if you are not happy with your product, I am sure someone will take it off of your hands. Doing a custom project like this took a lot of time (as you all noticed) and effort. I could understand if the part didn't fit, but come on now gents, it fits better than OJ's glove.
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Old 09-22-2012, 01:14 PM   #440
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No offense but this statement makes no sense. Are you trying to say that if you apply pressure; in this case pulling the bottom corners in a bit, that the bumper will develop cracks from the stress. If so then this is a major fail for "Duraflex" considering the amount of pull being placed on these corners should not be that much and the amount of time under this stress has only been a couple weeks at most. Apparently it can flex a little(not like the video) but can't stay flexed. We'll have to see how things turn out with his bumper and others.
yeah, theres no way i could replicate what they did in that video with my bumper. im just wondering why ED would say it does look better with less flare, but not make it that way?
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