New 96-02 Viper GTS Lemans Fuel Doors--TAKING PREORDERS
Great news everyone...We finally have the cad drawings complete and ready for production! The new GTS Lemans fuel doors will be made of billet aluminum not cast like the originals, they will have stainless pins to replace the poor quality plastic original pins, and will be available in chrome or black. Fit and finish will look OEM stock.
To get this going we need an initial group sale of 50 Lemans Fuel doors before we start production. This will cover the R&D, CAD time, and initial startup cost because as you know this is a costly project. Introductory price will be $550.00 We will be taking full deposits via Paypal or Credit Card and once we reach 50 sold we will start building them.
I have attached a few of the detailed pictures of the CAD drawings.
Opinions very but we have had a lot of request to make it and the only other options are redoing a poor quality part that would cost $375.00 to redo and you still have a poor quality part. We have solved all the flaws of the original part and still come in under the cost of a new OEM part at $850.00
We had originally planned to offer that too but when compared side by side between chrome and polished the difference was almost indistinguishable. Plus the chrome finish withstands the ultra tough GM salt spray test. Polished cost was also high on a per piece basis. We could sell it unpolished and let the customer take care of it.
I would think that the number of guys a) in need of a new gas cap cover and b) willing to part with five hundred dollars for one would be well under 50.
Especially when you can replace your current cap for about $100 if it doesn't need to be original.
I mentioned this on the other Viper site when they were talking about making these and was ignored. I bought one and installed it and it looks GREAT! With those resources I wish the time and money would have gone into something we actually need and would buy a lot of (stancion for instance) :-(
For the OP - While I appreciate the effort, I have to agree with the above that it's going to be hard to find 50 people that will want this over a restored original or the speedway version thus why I advised before I didn't think it would be a good product to redevelop.
98 Red GTS - Corsa exhaust, Belanger Hi Flow Cats, Smooth tubes, K&N filters, Custom Stereo, Forgestar F14 wheels, BC Racing Coilovers, HOWE radiator, Tuned by Dan Lesser from Viper Specialty Performance.
We looked down that route with the aftermarket parts and the quality was not much better than the stock door and in a few years you have the same junk again. Plus I hate the pins that hold it all together. Really planned to just build something you could install and never touch again.
As far as the stanchions we have all the parts on our work table and looking at a few manufacturers to reproduce/redesign them so I am on that too.
I can relate to the QA part as I was a QA Auditor for Delta for 20 years on aircraft. We can only get there if we get the 50 deposits so if your on the fence jump in there. They will be a lifetime part with the quality the car deserves. I just can't go into dept as a small operator and will just make custom pins for my own and have it stripped and chromed if not enough interest. I really want to make them for everyone though. Thanks
We will have a brand new seal and plate similiar to the original but you will not have to reuse anything from the old door. It's hard on the simulated pictures but visually it will be identical to the original with only minor changes that unless you stand them side by side you would ever even notice.
NEWS--NEWS...I have talked the machine show down to just 25 Fuel Doors to make the deal so let's do this. Only need to sell 25 total so only 22 left to sell and we can get them into production! Thanks John and [email protected]
Looks like a nice part. The fuel door is one of those things that doesn't really need to be replaced as preventive maintenance; I personally cannot justify buying one for the sake of buying one, especially at $550 price point. If I needed one due to a broken OE part, sure.
I think if you make them, you'd sell them eventually, but having been around these cars for a while, I don't think you'll get that many pre-orders from Viper guys. Have you thought about offering them to some kit car guys or the like? Maybe Factory Five or Superformance would be interested in some for their Daytona replicas? I could see a place like that pre-ordering them especially if they're higher quality than what they're using now.
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