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Tru-Billet Fuel Door

The Tru-Billet Original Fuel Door from SHR

     A close-up of our Polished, clear-anodized fuel door for the 2005+ Mustang. Notice stainless hardware throughout, press-fit Neodymium magnets, and all features are milled into one of the two solid 6061 T-6 aluminum billets that start out weighing seven pounds, from which we manufacture our doors. The body line is also crisply machined in the proper location to assure a seamless fit. This photo is of the actual production piece that is on the #05 car to this day, visible at car shows, as well as outside in the elements every day, to prove our products will withstand the harshest of elements.

 

SilverHorse Racing 5001 Tru-Billet Fuel Door Hinge close-up Here you can see our stainless steel hinge pin, retaining screws, and washers, all of which are held in place with Loctite, and are adjusted for a perfect fit on this satin finished part. The small-diameter stainless spacers on the hinge pin almost blend in completely when open or closed, not attracting any attention, just doing the job required of them keeping the door to ring gap correct.
 

The "Other Guys"

Here are perfect examples of the difference in quality that the "other guys" don't want to tell you about.  There are other pieces out there that don't fit nearly as well, don't have the proper finishes applied to critical parts, and were obvious "knock-offs" of our part which we brought to the market in December of 2005, almost a full year ahead of some of the ones out there.  Made of course right here in our own production facility in the USA, our piece clearly shows what is possible when quality comes before margins.  The competition quickly realized that they could duplicate our basic ideas, but wanted to cut corners to reduce their cost, and maximize their profit.  The result?  The part you buy from them *might* be a little lower cost initially, but take a look at the images here and decide for yourself if what you save is worth what you receive for it.  The pieces photographed are from major companies on their show cars or displays at major events we attend. 

Competitor's fuel door fit and finish

What were our competitors thinking here? Did anyone check what the OEM body line was and if their line was even close? Let's not even discuss how the diameter is not only incorrect, but fails to fit the quarter panel opening at the top where it is most visible. The screws used on the face were selected because it hides the fact that the ring is much thinner than ours, resulting again in a cost savings to the manufacturer. The reason they made it thinner? Not for weight savings - but so they could STAMP their part to save even more - not provide more. In the original images, the clamp marks from the stamping process can be clearly seen!

Competitor's fuel door plastic hinge bushing and finish

Using plastic spacers to keep the door gap consistent is not such a good idea, unless of course you want everyone to be looking at them on a black-anodized part.  We also wonder if they specified UV resistant polymers or just opted for some regular plastic... time will tell.  Also, why does the door and the ring have two different finishes - if you are going to brush the part before anodizing, why not match the ring to it?  At least then they could have attempted to hide their clamping marks seen in the previous photo.

Competitor's rusting hinge screws.

This shot took us a while to figure out.  We couldn't understand why the rusting hinge retaining screws were being held captive with the plastic - until we measured the thickness of their door and realized that "off the shelf" black-oxide cap screws were not available as short as they needed, hence the big spacer to take up the slack of the screw threads.  Also, note the square edges of the finger pull - compare to ours which is machined with a ball endmill for a smooth, natural feel with no sharp edges.

Competitor's acceptable machining finishes

This competitor's door was an education in machining gone bad - the raw mill marks are clearly seen, and more importantly FELT on the backside of the door, and the retaining pin is what is denting the door! Burr marks are clearly visible where the hinge details were machined out, but not cleaned up. The hinge spring area is rusting, but luckily for this manufacturer, all the plastic and rubber is hiding most of it for the moment.

Why use magnets when you can bounce off of a rubber stop

Here the same competitor at least got the finger pull looking like ours, but then they skimped out and instead of installing magnets (which would then require a striker plate to receive them) they got cheap and just used rubber bump-stops.  Way to go there to save a few pennies...