Heavy/Scratch: Studio Series Sideswipe - Wheel Feet Mod - Pictorial Guide

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  1. Matt Booker

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    Here's a quick and easy mod for Studio Series Sideswipe.

    If you have any questions, feel free to ask! StudioSeriesSS1.jpg StudioSeriesSS2.jpg StudioSeriesSS3.jpg StudioSeriesSS4.jpg StudioSeriesSS5.jpg StudioSeriesSS6.jpg StudioSeriesSS7.jpg StudioSeriesSS8.jpg StudioSeriesSS9.jpg StudioSeriesSS10.jpg StudioSeriesSS11.jpg StudioSeriesSS12.jpg StudioSeriesSS13.jpg StudioSeriesSS14.jpg StudioSeriesSS15.jpg
     
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    Awesome as always!
    Thank you (now where are my cutters?)
     
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    I may have to buy a second sideswipe for science
     
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    Bravo! I'm gonna try this as soon as I can!
     
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    Same here
     
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    Hi.
     
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    Have to wonder why it wasn't done this way to start.

    I assume alt mode is unchanged?
     
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  8. Matt Booker

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    Correct.

    Thanks for the replies, everybody. I'm glad you liked the guide.
     
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    Awesome! Saving this page until I can find a Sideswipe!
     
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  10. sideswipe29

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    Great tutorial, do you think you can take another couple of picture to show which way you cut the feet off?

    I'm not sure I'm understanding it right. Are you wedging the flush cutters up into the gap between the "feet" and the wheel (cutting parallel to the wheel) or are you cutting from the outside and using the cutters to essentially pinch the "feet" off (cutting perpendicular to the wheel)?

    I hope I explained that well enough.
     
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  11. Matt Booker

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    You did fine, and thanks for asking! :) 

    I think it's kind of a mix of what you described.

    In the following picture, there's that red line that we're needing to cut across. In particular, look at the view on the right, where the flat part is facing the camera.

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    Oriented based on that, I snipped from the right to the left. So, if it were in alt mode, it would be from the bottom of the car toward the top.

    Because there's not a huge amount of room, you have to do a few small initial snips. You start at the corner on the right, with the tips of the flush cutters slightly wedged in. After the initial snip or two, there's more room to work. And like you said, it kind of pinches the feet off as you go.

    Just make sure the flat part of the flush cutters is facing toward the fender area, and the v part is facing towards the section connected to the wheel. There's a lot of wiggle room, so it doesn't have to be done perfectly. Any jagged parts or sections that could be trimmed more evenly, those can be cleaned up after the fender parts are off and there's more room to work with things.

    The first time I did this mod, I used an x-acto saw to be very precise, and was trying to leave a longer section on the wheel feet to help give more of a flat section for Sideswipe to stand on, but that's not needed at all so I trimmed that section more afterward.

    Hopefully that helps, but here's a pic to try to illustrate it.

    StudioSeriesSS16.jpg

    Apologies for the potato quality, as it's a cellphone pic. :) 

    I hope that helps! Let me know if you have any other questions.
     
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    This was excellent. Thank you for the explanation.

    It all makes sense now :) 

    Now just to decide if I have the guts to start snipping away at Sideswipe's feet. Maybe I'll try to find a spare one from the store that I can keep pristine and one to do the mod on.

    Thanks again for taking the time to write out some more details, they really helped! :thumb 
     
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  13. Matt Booker

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    I'm glad to help! And thanks for the compliments. :D 

    If you do end up trying the mod, let me know how it turned out. It's not as scary as it seems at first!