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Old 02-28-2014
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Default New owner: 98-0039 XP8 made it to its new home

Bought a great XP8 and now it's getting some TLC.
I'll be posting pictures when I start getting some stuff accomplished.
Looking for someone that has a rear hitch cover they can take some measurements from. I'm a mechanical engineer and I have access to a 3D printer. I would like to make a replica cover.
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Those are tough to come by but I know several people on here who have one and will hopefully share that information. Many of the XP's are missing that part. For that reason, if you make several extras, I am sure you will have some takers.
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Hopefully someone can share the information. I'm fairly certain I can come up with something close if I get some basic measurements of the tread pattern and hole size for the hitch


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Good looking truck.
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Thanks, we are happy to own it


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Looks like a great XP!
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looks like a great xp!
i think you mean 1998 saleen xp8#39
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Welcome to the XP8 family. Shoot me a PM and let me know what measurements you need.
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Old 03-04-2014
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Congrats! Looks to be in pretty decent condition.
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It's like brand underneath. I want to get better pictures of it soon


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Holy crap, there's a vehicle that never saw salt
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Yes sir and it's not going to either


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Wow, super clean Saleen! Congratulations!!!
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Old 03-07-2014
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Congrats , nice truck!

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I'm starting to work on the bumper cover




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Waiting on a member here to PM me back about dimensions of the pattern and the dimensions of the hitch plug. Once that's completed I'll be making a batch of black ones


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Should have your measurements tomorrow. I grabbed my calipers from work today.
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Should have your measurements tomorrow. I grabbed my calipers from work today.

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Looks like you are close to getting this accomplished. i am not sure what they used forthe pattern on the top but hopefully you can reproduce that is well. even though my rear bumper is slighting different and does not have the cover, i may be interested in one once i see the finished product. i am sure i will put it to good use one of these days. of the other 3 i have had, only 1 had the cover. good luck, this is a piece many XP owners will be happy to have.
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Thank you!


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Getting new headlights in truck, getting the grille repainted as well. Had a few stone chips








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Looking good!
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I thought Eddie Bauers had covers on them.
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One step closer...




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Looking good!
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Looking good!

For reference, this is what the pattern looks like on mine -



I thought I sent this to you, if not, I can and I have a higher res pic also.
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Yes that's the pattern I'm using. I'm probably going to skip the removable cap though to keep the piece stronger


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I didn't realize that part was so rare. My XP8 and the XP8 clone I bought both had them. Nice job on yours so far.
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To make it like the original it would have to have the removable piece. That is the piece that either gets lost or stolen. But it is the way the trucks came. Just my .02.
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Don't get me wrong it can be done
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Not being a ball buster just with all the engineering that you put into it making it 100% correct makes sense. Great job it is coming out awesome and although you have a very limited market as there are only 125 of these vehicles that will ever be produced everyone who owns one would probably want a replica. Now next we need some XP body kits in surplus!
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I'm not really thinking I'm going to make money on it, I just need one! Once the work is done it will be no big deal to produce a couple more. I'm just getting them 3d printed in a flexible plastic.


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I've only gotten to work on this about 5-10 mins a day, but it's taking shape.

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And on another note, new headlights are in
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i defiantly need 2 sets of these when there ready
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I'm having trouble finding a rapid prototyping place that can do this affordably. I need to find a company that can do it around 50 cents a CC. The people that I have found that can produce it that cheap don't have a large enough machine to do the cover in one piece, I would have to split it.


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I would also be really interested in this part.
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Do you have a cad drawing of this? I have an engineer with a cnc machine nearby that probably could make these. Do you have the exact composition of the material and a supplier?
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Yes I have a 3d file. I was going to have it 3d printed in black plastic but it's fairly expensive
I can send you the file, pm me
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was there any further progress on this? i just aquired an XP8 and its missing the cover as well. Thanks!!
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was there any further progress on this? i just aquired an XP8 and its missing the cover as well. Thanks!!
There is quite a few people missing the cover My didn't have one when I bought it and that was 14 years ago.
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Long wait but I finally have a prototype, will be able to make in black plastic. Also working on a rubber version. This particular piece doesn't have all clips and fasteners



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That is cool
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Looking forward to getting one these.
I appreciate the work and effort it takes to actually get things done. So many people talk about, very few follow through.
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Thanks guys

Glad to report the contour is a perfect fit

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Nice job, looks great!
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Bravo! Progress!

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This looks great, could really use one of these.
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I too will buy one if you produce!
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Any new updates?

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