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Good work. IMO...I don't think anyone gets the mix right on their 1st attempt working with resin. The resin is amazingly strong. Your pods should be nearly indestructible and last a lifetime.
It's a good thing I had a large bottle... I'm not sure if the ratio was right since I had to use a different hardener than what came with the Evercoat resin (still no clue where I misplaced it)
 

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Looks good. Since you're a stickler for accuracy, you're using fiberglass cloth not fiberglass mat. Mat is short (maybe 2 inch) strands pressed together at random angles, cloth is long strands woven together at right angles.

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Looks good. Since you're a stickler for accuracy, you're using fiberglass cloth not fiberglass mat. Mat is short (maybe 2 inch) strands pressed together at random angles, cloth is long strands woven together at right angles.

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Weird I did list it as "cloth" but I used "mat" later... corrected
 

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The 'Took Forever' Tweeter Pod Project, part 2 (06.24.18)

Where I left off in Part 1:



After trimming the edges of the fiberglass, it was time to do a lot of sanding. I didn’t exactly lay the fiberglass super smooth, so the surface had a lot of bumps and fiberglass fiber ends I had to sand down. Knowing ahead of time that I was going to use body filler for the actual surface, I knocked down most of the imperfections using a couple of metal files and some 60-grit sanding sponges:


Well this will take awhile.


Left side done, right side next.

After about an hour working on both pods, they were ready for the body filler. Before that though I used some side cutters and a Dremel to cut out the bottom of the pods to remove the extra plastic from the OEM grilles:


Only the outer frame was needed.

From here it was on to the body filler. This was pretty funny actually, as I’d never worked with body filler either without supervision (and that was years ago!) so I was basically starting from scratch again, just like with the fiberglass. I’d make a batch, put some on the pods, and then the batch would solidify in about a minute! I’d adjust the ratio of filler and hardener, try another small batch, get some onto the pods, then it would soon also solidify again! Anyhow, eventually I had most of the pods covered with body filler, and although it looked like some sort of pudding (LOL) it wasn’t an issue since I already planned on sanding again to get the pods shaped exactly how I wanted them:


This body filler-to-hardener ratio is tricky.


Could be better, but still doing what I need it to do.


Left pod sanded, right side not yet.

From here, I hand sanded the pods using 180-grit until they were shaped evenly and to my liking. I was doing this portion after work in the evening, so I’d say I spent about 1 hour hand sanding, followed by a cold water rinse to clear any dust, microfiber dry, then a light coat of SEM High Build primer. The next weeknight I’d inspect the pod, note any imperfections I wanted to fix, sand again using 180-grit, rinse, dry, and primer again.


The first of many layers of primer.

The above process went on for about one week - mainly due to time constraints and schedule. The whole week I was taking my time and just slowly working the pods to shape.


This is me being super picky about the shape.

The following week I switched to 220-grit and worked the shapes down even more (this was where I went super picky). As I was sanding I’d run my fingertips across the pods trying to use my sense of touch to determine if it there was any hard edges or any other surface imperfections. The rinse/dry/primer would show me anything I’d missed.

Finally, after a couple weeks slowly working on the pods, I sprayed them with the last coat of SEM primer. I did a test fit with my Hertz HT-25 tweeters to see how they fit, especially the lower part of the pod where the pod was curved outward. The fitment was great:


It’s go time!

Satisfied with the pod shapes, it was time to spray the actual color. A friend of mine who was good with painting helped me out and mixed up some custom SEM Color Kit paint that was as close as we could get to the OEM Nissan “steel” dash color. We sprayed 2 coats of the custom gray first:


Custom SEM Color Kit paint, fresh and wet.

The following day I went with some super fine 440-grit and hand sanded the pod surface, followed by 2 more coats of paint. The last 2 coats were sprayed differently; to get some sort of texture to the surface (since the dash itself wasn’t exactly smooth) I opted to spray the SEM paint from above, letting the paint “fall” down onto the pods, as opposed to spraying the pods with a direct shot of paint. I know it sounds weird that after all that sanding to get the surface smooth I went with adding a mild texture, but that's just how I did it. Last but not least, one thin coat of SEM Low Luster Clear Color Coat and the pods were ready to install:


Custom SEM Color Kit paint - pretty close to matching the OEM grilles.





With the tweeters installed into their new pods, the next thing to do is tweak my system tuning to take into account the new position, angle, and distance of the front tweeters. That part is easy; the hard part of making my own custom tweeter pods is finally finished!
 

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Where I left off in Part 1:



After trimming the edges of the fiberglass, it was time to do a lot of sanding. I didn’t exactly lay the fiberglass super smooth, so the surface had a lot of bumps and fiberglass fiber ends I had to sand down. Knowing ahead of time that I was going to use body filler for the actual surface, I knocked down most of the imperfections using a couple of metal files and some 60-grit sanding sponges:


Well this will take awhile.


Left side done, right side next.

After about an hour working on both pods, they were ready for the body filler. Before that though I used some side cutters and a Dremel to cut out the bottom of the pods to remove the extra plastic from the OEM grilles:


Only the outer frame was needed.

From here it was on to the body filler. This was pretty funny actually, as I’d never worked with body filler either without supervision (and that was years ago!) so I was basically starting from scratch again, just like with the fiberglass. I’d make a batch, put some on the pods, and then the batch would solidify in about a minute! I’d adjust the ratio of filler and hardener, try another small batch, get some onto the pods, then it would soon also solidify again! Anyhow, eventually I had most of the pods covered with body filler, and although it looked like some sort of pudding (LOL) it wasn’t an issue since I already planned on sanding again to get the pods shaped exactly how I wanted them:


This body filler-to-hardener ratio is tricky.


Could be better, but still doing what I need it to do.


Left pod sanded, right side not yet.

From here, I hand sanded the pods using 180-grit until they were shaped evenly and to my liking. I was doing this portion after work in the evening, so I’d say I spent about 1 hour hand sanding, followed by a cold water rinse to clear any dust, microfiber dry, then a light coat of SEM High Build primer. The next weeknight I’d inspect the pod, note any imperfections I wanted to fix, sand again using 180-grit, rinse, dry, and primer again.


The first of many layers of primer.

The above process went on for about one week - mainly due to time constraints and schedule. The whole week I was taking my time and just slowly working the pods to shape.


This is me being super picky about the shape.

The following week I switched to 220-grit and worked the shapes down even more (this was where I went super picky). As I was sanding I’d run my fingertips across the pods trying to use my sense of touch to determine if it there was any hard edges or any other surface imperfections. The rinse/dry/primer would show me anything I’d missed.

Finally, after a couple weeks slowly working on the pods, I sprayed them with the last coat of SEM primer. I did a test fit with my Hertz HT-25 tweeters to see how they fit, especially the lower part of the pod where the pod was curved outward. The fitment was great:


It’s go time!

Satisfied with the pod shapes, it was time to spray the actual color. A friend of mine who was good with painting helped me out and mixed up some custom SEM Color Kit paint that was as close as we could get to the OEM Nissan “steel” dash color. We sprayed 2 coats of the custom gray first:


Custom SEM Color Kit paint, fresh and wet.

The following day I went with some super fine 440-grit and hand sanded the pod surface, followed by 2 more coats of paint. The last 2 coats were sprayed differently; to get some sort of texture to the surface (since the dash itself wasn’t exactly smooth) I opted to spray the SEM paint from above, letting the paint “fall” down onto the pods, as opposed to spraying the pods with a direct shot of paint. I know it sounds weird that after all that sanding to get the surface smooth I went with adding a mild texture, but that's just how I did it. Last but not least, one thin coat of SEM Low Luster Clear Color Coat and the pods were ready to install:


Custom SEM Color Kit paint - pretty close to matching the OEM grilles.





With the tweeters installed into their new pods, the next thing to do is tweak my system tuning to take into account the new position, angle, and distance of the front tweeters. That part is easy; the hard part of making my own custom tweeter pods is finally finished!
Expertly done.
 

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Nice job! But, I'm seeing no pics, just lil X'es that I can open in a new tab. Macbook + Safari here.
 

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Nice job! But, I'm seeing no pics, just lil X'es that I can open in a new tab. Macbook + Safari here.
Just opened it in Safari (vanilla) on my Macbook Pro, had a friend online try it too - everything loads up fine. Could be some plug-in you have installed (?)
 

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I don't even see red x's. Tried chrome and edge in private browsing sessions and nothing shows up for me either. Strange as I haven't had this issue in the past which makes me think it's something else.
Type this manually into a browser window:

keira.projectraine.com/frontier_timeline/raine_ft_pod26.jpg

If you can see the picture, then it's something with your browser (none of you guys mentioned if you had some extensions/plug-ins installed) OR it's something with the forum.
 

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I can see it at the link however I can’t see it on this page. I’m viewing the forum from my iPad now. Same result as on my Surface.

Looks great, BTW.

Extensions:
Google Docs offline
Photobucket Hotlink Fix
Chrome Apps - Docs, sheets & slides
 

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Ok this is weird... I was doing some testing, this is what I have so far regarding issues seeing the images in my thread. I'm using the most recent photo post (Tweeter Pods, part #2) as well as the very first post in this thread as references. All of the photos from the first post to now are all in the same web directory on the same hosting with the same naming format and extension. All examples below are most up-to-date operating systems and most up-to-date web browser versions. Here's what I have so far:

Apple Macbook Pro 2017, 13", macOS High Sierra
Apple Macbook Pro 2017, 13", macOS Mojave Beta
Apple Macbook Air 2011, 11", macOS High Sierra
Custom Built PC, Windows 10
HP Envy Work PC, Windows 10


- All images visible on all computers above using Google Chrome, MacOS Safari, and Mozilla Firefox

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Switching to just mobile devices:

Apple iPad 9.7" (2018) Wifi, iOS11
Apple iPhone X (2017) iOS11
Apple iPhone 8 Plus (2017) iOS12 Beta


A. Google Chrome, mobile mode
- images in "Tweeter Pod part #2" = NOT VISIBLE
- mages in first post = NOT VISIBLE

B. Safari, mobile and desktop mode
- images in "Tweeter Pod part #2" = NOT VISIBLE
- mages in first post = NOT VISIBLE

C. Firefox, mobile and desktop mode
- images in "Tweeter Pod part #2" = NOT VISIBLE
- mages in first post = NOT VISIBLE

but then...

D. Safari, reader mode
- images in "Tweeter Pod part #2" = VISIBLE
- mages in first post = VISIBLE

E. Firefox, reader mode
- images in "Tweeter Pod part #2" = VISIBLE
- mages in first post = VISIBLE

So not sure what's going on when it comes to mobile, I do remember being able to see the same thread and the same images in older posts before on my mobile devices, now they don't. (?)
 

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Discussion Starter #716 (Edited)
SWEET now none of the pics are showing up because of https. What to do...

EDIT: Fixed
 

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Love your truck! Want to pretty much do the same thing to my 2017 Desert Runner.
My first step is the wheels and tires. The one thing I'm wondering is, your truck is
the 4X4 and mine the DR. They both have the same stock wheel & tires sizes, but
would the Level 8 rims offset and backspacing be different on mine and not fit correctly.
(except for the trimming or course). Any knowledge on that at all?

By the way..... I love all the detailed descriptions you made. You sound like a detail
oriented person like me - Mechanical Designer - OH... Ive been riding mountain bikes
for over 35 years now, and still riding. At one time I used to design for INTENSE Cycles
for about 8 years. Now work for an engineering contract company in San Diego, CA.

Darn it.... Did it again.... Meant for raine.... Sorry Shift_lurker!
 

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Love your truck! Want to pretty much do the same thing to my 2017 Desert Runner.
My first step is the wheels and tires. The one thing I'm wondering is, your truck is
the 4X4 and mine the DR. They both have the same stock wheel & tires sizes, but
would the Level 8 rims offset and backspacing be different on mine and not fit correctly.
(except for the trimming or course). Any knowledge on that at all?

By the way..... I love all the detailed descriptions you made. You sound like a detail
oriented person like me - Mechanical Designer - OH... Ive been riding mountain bikes
for over 35 years now, and still riding. At one time I used to design for INTENSE Cycles
for about 8 years. Now work for an engineering contract company in San Diego, CA.

Darn it.... Did it again.... Meant for raine.... Sorry Shift_lurker!
The wheels would fit the same and require the same "mods" for fitment, regardless of 2WD or 4WD.
 

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I'm off the forums for a bit and I come back to this sexiness:



DAMN fine work, as always. Glad to see you got your images fixed....stupid https, I had to do the same thing :/
 
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