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Rear Parcel Shelf - Structural?

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#1 bigbadad


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Posted 29 November 2020 - 07:11 PM

Hi...just wondering if the rear parcel shelf and the rear valance are structural?  I see carbon parts are available which I'm guessing are just bonded in, which if the panels are structural would mean loss of rigidity.  Does that matter or are they for a more race application where a roll cage would tie the shell together?



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Posted 29 November 2020 - 07:26 PM

Depends on the thickness of the carbon. F1 cars use it - bonded - for a reason.

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Posted 29 November 2020 - 07:29 PM

The parcel shelf will be as its ties the top of the bulkhead into the rear panel.

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Posted 29 November 2020 - 07:39 PM

The carbon parcel shelves are only really covers to go on top of the original.  Or fill in where there has been a good overlap been left but be aware carbon fiber parts can and do burn.

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Posted 29 November 2020 - 08:14 PM

I ran without a rear valance for years with no problems. But, that didn't involve being rear ended, where I expect it really would be useful.

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Posted 30 November 2020 - 01:27 PM

I do not know how the Mini was designed but my view is that the rear valance forms a box section with the closing panels and adds strength to the rear subframe rear mounts.Similarly but to a lesser amount the parcel shelf may add rigidity to the shell.Steve..

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