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Racing and hatch weight

Ok, Ive got my fiberglass body kit in and my wing. The part I didnt order was a hatch\lexan.

So there is a lot of weight there and Im not sure what im going to try.
1) Try to bend some lexan to the stock shape.
2) Hole saw the crap out of it
3) Try to make a mold of the entire thing and then make out of fiberglass\lexan
4) Make a mold of the hatch and rubber wing seperate to make fiberglass parts
5) Realize I should have spent a fortune and buy something and then spend a whack of additional cash shipping it to Canada.

There are 3 parts. The glass, the metal hatch and the stock rubber wing. Im wondering what the break down of weight is for each part.

I assume even with a new wing I want to keep the rubber stock wing.

Opinions or examples of what you did or would do to tackle this issue for a track car.

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Bending it yourself could be disastrous. Without a mold, it is so big you would never get it right. Unless maybe you are the plastics master. There are too many bends. Obviously there are the two big ones, but then the whole piece bends down slightly too. Any mistakes would be amplified that much because it is so big.

Hole sawwing tempered glass is a bad idea. I don't know if it's even possible.

The hatch glass weighs about 40-50lbs IIRC, Lexan version 10-13 IIRC. I don't know about the rest.

3 would be cool if it was entirely out of Lexan, then paint the wing black, but still a lot of work.

Look for a used one, there was one in the classifieds not too long ago.

Take care,

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Hole saw to the metal frame is what I meant. Bending the lexan with a heat gun might work, don't know its a big piece with a big curve.
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You need an oven to bend the polycarbonate/lexen. The working temperature range is extremely small, too high and it will burn quickly.
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Ok, Ive got my fiberglass body kit in and my wing.
Pics, please.
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GT Racing makes a hatch replacement, light weight

Option 5

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