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    Home made carbon fiber sideguards?

    Sideguards are pretty simple things it seems. With my next chair I will be getting the regular tilite sideguards, but I am considering buying some carbon fiber plate of appropriate thickness and trimming this to the profile of the wheels.

    it seems like it would be a relatively simple process to cut it to shape and drill a few holes for the screws to mount it to the chair... right?

    ive never really worked with carbon fiber before, so maybe I?m underestimating the difficulty. I assume you could use a bandsaw to cut the carbon fiber as if it was a piece of wood.

    anybody done something like this before?

    the upgrade cost from aluminum to carbon fiber sideguards is over $100 and then it?s not profiled to the actual chair.

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    Absolutely. I've ordered sheets of CF from Dragonplate and cut them with a jigsaw. Bandsaw would be even better. Sand and use automotive door trim rubber to finish. Wear a mask while trimming and sanding.
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    Which automotive door trim rubber have you had the most success with? and where are you sourcing them?
    thanks.

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    Absolutely. I've ordered sheets of CF from Dragonplate and cut them with a jigsaw. Bandsaw would be even better. Sand and use automotive door trim rubber to finish. Wear a mask while trimming and sanding.

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    I cut down the factory Ti sideguards and used the U shaped black edging I bought to guard the edges of car doors from getting nicked or damaging another's paint.
    I'd Google it OR I have a lot left!
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    Trim Loc is what's on the factory Tilite side guards. You can get it on amazon.

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    MATCC from Amazon. I used extra epoxy, too. It slid down after a while from pushing down on the guards/wheels during lifts and transfers.



    Quote Originally Posted by NW-Will View Post
    Which automotive door trim rubber have you had the most success with? and where are you sourcing them?
    thanks.

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    What thickness of carbon fiber did you use, oddity? And how much did it cost?

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    For side guards I got a two 1/8" 12x12 solid CF weave plates for about $75, and the seat pan was cut from a 5/32" 24X24 birch core CF laminate plate which cost about $200. This was ~5 years ago.
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    I got the ti lite but dam if I can get the screw to work thry sent to short but they say correct ones

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