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    I have a tilite aero z series 2
    I started out with a sling plus 1/4in plywood under my cushion which felt too tall for me on my already tall chair.
    I took the plywood out and was using just the sling until it started to sag a lot.
    I had a local metal shop cut me a 14 1/4 x 18 3/4 piece of 1/8th in thick aluminum. Only cost $13.78
    Unbolted the sling and my dad marked out/drilled the holes, rounded the corners, and smoothed out the edges. Bolted it on using the same holes as the sling.
    I love it already. My chair feels more solid and I get the solid pan without the extra height or high cost of carbon fiber and it barely added any weight.





    c6 inc since 2-19-11
    ex pro-am motocross racer
    tilite aero z s2

    #2
    Looking good. Next, you can rout out some channels, like on your footplate, and lighten it even further.
    stephen@bike-on.com

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      #3
      I love this. I hope to try to make my own carbon fiber pan when I get my new colours chair.I bought all my supplies to make it for 80.00

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        #4
        This brings up a question I've had for a while. It looks like when you went from a sling seat to a hard seat, you gained about half an inch of usable seating on each side, because you can now use the area where the tubes for the frame are on the sides for seating, where with the sling you wouldn't be actually sitting on it.

        Has that been your experience?

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          #5
          Originally posted by PhoenixFiresky View Post
          This brings up a question I've had for a while. It looks like when you went from a sling seat to a hard seat, you gained about half an inch of usable seating on each side, because you can now use the area where the tubes for the frame are on the sides for seating, where with the sling you wouldn't be actually sitting on it.

          Has that been your experience?
          I'm not sure I'm following you here 100%, but since you're sitting on the cushion and not directly on the sling/pan, the experience of having a wider seating surface is not the salient one. What I remember noticing most of all is the experience of sitting up taller, and for me, sitting straighter as well.
          stephen@bike-on.com

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            #6
            Looks good.



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              #7
              Great Job! Great Price!!!
              Chas
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              Dual-Axle TR3 with RioMobility DragonFly
              I am a person with mild/moderate hexaparesis (impaired movement in 4 limbs, head, & torso) caused by RRMS w/TM C7&T7 incomplete.

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                #8
                nice , love it, cheap and good.
                Life is meaningles, though you create the purpose.sigpic

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                  #9
                  Back in the caveman days, I would slip a piece of 2/4" plywood under my cushion. The pt's at GF strong wuld have a fit saying I was setting my self up for pressure sores. That I was crazy for even thinking of it. Now, they all rant and rave about needing a solid seat pan. I've hated sling seats since day one and always changed them out on a new chair. Befor using aluminum, I used Appeleboard for the seat.

                  Looking good Wills. I think you'll really like it. You may want to check the bum for a few days just to make sure you are okay. Since you are sitting taller, you may need to back the cog a wee bit.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by stephen212 View Post
                    Looking good. Next, you can rout out some channels, like on your footplate, and lighten it even further.
                    The structural integrity could be lost fairly easily. Aluminum would behave differently than cf.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Disneytodd View Post
                      I love this. I hope to try to make my own carbon fiber pan when I get my new colours chair.I bought all my supplies to make it for 80.00
                      Carbon fiber is not something easy to do, is not just like fry an egg.
                      And is impossible that you could make your own carbon fiber pan with $80.

                      For give to carbon fiber the maximum strenght every layer have to be in different positions(0º,45º,90º,0º,45º,90, 0º.....), once the piece is done you will need a vacumm bag and an oven to dry the epoxi resine with the perfect temperature.
                      There are different carbon fiber clothes too, for a seat pan i would buy a 6k cloth.

                      But of course if you have the enough kownledge, you could do really goods CF sheets, but never with their maximum strenght that they could have, but enough, if you do it well probably will be only around a 20% less stronger than the maximum strenght.

                      I do my own sideguards, footplates, etc at home, like you can see in the pic, so if i could help you with some question...
                      Be very carefull with the resine, do the perfect combination of the epoxi resine( there are two components) or it will never dry or will not dry well, you will need a balance or something for measurement them perfect, syringes for example could work too, that`s what i do, one different per component.
                      Each manufacturer of resines have differents combination of components, mine for example is the catalizator at 16% of the epoxi, read their instructions.

                      Good luck, you will need it.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by SCI_OTR View Post
                        The structural integrity could be lost fairly easily. Aluminum would behave differently than cf.
                        I'll bet you $10,000 that an aluminum pan with conservatively placed cutouts would hold up just fine.
                        stephen@bike-on.com

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by stephen212 View Post
                          I'll bet you $10,000 that an aluminum pan with conservatively placed cutouts would hold up just fine.
                          This is true. I've made several seat pans out of 0.125in T6 aluminum. On my last one, I put 40 holes of about half an inch in diameter. No problems. After swimming, water had a very rapid way of getting out of the area. When you're sitting on top of an evenly distributed 2 inch cushion, the aluminum plate doesn't notice a thing.

                          Theoretically, you can put one very big hole in the ventilation area of the Supracor cover. Manhole covers are round because that is the shape with the greatest strength.

                          On my recent plate, I did not bother with screw holes. Just velcro.

                          Aluminum is so cheap, easy to work with, weather resistant and strong, it's pointless to deal with carbon fiber.

                          On a different matter… Are you an elitist, Stephen? $10,000? Just a friendly bet? Really? :-)

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                            #14
                            resourceful.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by radio_buddha View Post
                              On a different matter… Are you an elitist, Stephen? $10,000? Just a friendly bet? Really? :-)
                              I am an aspiring elitist (and Mormon), though I'm finding it a hard slog.
                              stephen@bike-on.com

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