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Old 12-29-2005, 06:06 PM   #1
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I saw an ad in one of my 4x4 mags for someplace you could order body panels for cars and trucks and Jeep tubs made from some sort of kevlar.I lost the issue with the ad I've been searching but haven't been able to find anything online.
Anyone else see or hear anything about something like this?
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Is there a particlular reason this is in Performance? I don't see how this applies.

No body panels other than OEM are available if that answers your question. Nor do I see why you'd go with Kevlar on ANY type of vehicle.
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Discuss washing, waxing and detailing information as well as interior/exterior cosmetic modifications. This includes neons, body, cosmetic wheels, etc. Even under the hood detailing.
Detailing and Appearance are for cosmetic modifications that are not performance related.
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Your both right.....

Bill.... you might want to change the description of Performance & Brainstorming to remove the "looks" part.

I'll also move the thread to the proper forum.... and now back on topic.



Why Kevlar? Is it lighter or heavier?
The only thing I relate to kevlar is bullet proof..... plan on getting in gun fights with your Bonnie?
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Hmm, a thin layer of kevlar is pretty durable I suppose. Not really a fashion statement, unless it goes into a 4x4 machine which is supposed to have that "look".
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I don't remember all the details, that'* why I'm trying to find out more info. The pictures of the panels I saw looked stock.
I know they use some type of kevlar in those solar powerred cars they raced in Australia. I thought the types of panels they used were lighter and still strong.
Light and strong, I don't know but I thought that would be a good combo for a car that was trying to shed some weight for the 1/4 mile. My SE wouldn't be worth the investiment but an SSEi down the road might be.
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Military HMMWV'* have kevlar body panels. You don't want 'em. Rather than banging a dent out of a piece of metal, they shatter like fiberglass (since they are kinda the same thing)

Just because Kevlar is "bulletproof", doesn't mean it can't be damaged. It just "spreads" the damage in order to reduse the energy at a prticular point.

In order for kevlar to make a bulletproof, relatively damage resistant body panel, it would need to be at leadt 3/4 of an inch thick, like a kevlar helmet. head to your local surplus store and see how much one of them puupies weighs... (4.6 pounds, FYI)
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