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348 Side Strake removal

Discussion in '348/355' started by Pepe 348TB, Oct 16, 2009.

  1. Pepe 348TB

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    G'morning guys,
    I've had my 348tb for 4-5years. Still love it but wanna change appearence a bit. I've ordered 355 wheels and tires but want to remove the side strakes for a cleaner look. Any of you guys done this yet? Is it s simply procedure or is there body work to do? I would like the option of bring it back to factory look in the future too. Any help would be appreciated!
     
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  3. NeuroBeaker

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    :eek: Nooooooooooooooo! Don't do it! :eek:

    Sincerely,
    Andrew.
     
  4. mj_duell

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    #3 mj_duell, Oct 16, 2009
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    Don't do it! With F355 wheels and the stakes it looks awesome. You don't want drive around looking like a garden variety 355 now do ya ;) ?
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  5. sambomydog

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    I think after what Luca di Montezemolo said last month. Your doing the right thing:D
     
  6. KKSBA

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    Totally understandable!
    +355

    BTW, you can also fit the 355 bumper on the front to clean that up too :D
     
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  8. gothspeed

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    +355 ............. :)

    I agree 100% .......... the factory implemented these 'improvements' a while back ........... it is never too late to do the right thing ....... :cool:
     
  9. Pepe 348TB

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    You guys rock! Looking forward to more chats! WHere can I find these parts? Front lip, strakes etc?
     
  10. mj_duell

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    Luca is just mad because Enzo was alive when the last real Ferrari's were made, say around the time the 348 came out.....oh, no I dinnt! ;) (jk)
     
  11. AceMaster

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    I saw a picture of one without the strakes....are you sure you want to do this?
     
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  13. ghardt

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    Pepe,

    Have you personally washed your car by hand lately? Everytime I wash my 348 and clean the side strakes, I fall in love with the car!! The strakes / graders are BEAUTIFUL! If you want the look of a 355, pony up and buy one. In the long run, you will be rewarded. If you must; look at Harolds car (other FChat member) he bought some type of kit from Tubi style Japan to replace his strakes. Think long and hard before you &*@# that car up.
     
  14. sambomydog

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  15. Husker

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  16. Ferrarista3

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    Don't do it.

    The side strakes are characteristic of the 348 and removing them would be a shame IMO.

    If you want your 348 to look like a 355...get a 355!
     
  17. BeachBum

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    I agree, Put the 355 wheels on with wheel spacers and it will transform your baby.
     
  18. Pepe 348TB

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    Thanks again for the opinions and advise guys.

    What wheel spacers am I in need of with the 355 wheels?
     
  19. Husker

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    I didn't use spacers on mine. I think the wheels would have stuck out too far.
     
  20. Pepe 348TB

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    Nice car Husker. Amy more pics of your car? Where'd you get your parts?
     
  21. ferrari 512 tr

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    do any of u guys spend money on yr wife as much as we spend money on our ferrari's.
    Leave the strakes brother and put the 355 wheels on.
    u will be very happy
     
  22. cjacob813

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    Sorry, my friend, but dear old Enzo passed August 14, 1988. The 328 was still being built. :)
     
  23. ferrari 512 tr

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  24. Mitch Alsup

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    #21 Mitch Alsup, Oct 16, 2009
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    I think taking the strakes off is a fine thing to do. See:
    http://www.ferrarichat.com/forum/showthread.php?t=153542

    I think wheel spacers are for people who don't understand how to tune the suspension with rear ride height ajustments. They are completely unnecessary. However, they do no harm in moderate doses 15mm back or 25mm back and 15mm front.
     
  25. ferrari 512 tr

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    #22 ferrari 512 tr, Oct 16, 2009
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    also brothers,

    didnt some 348 speciale's come without the side strakes as standard.
    and of course the uncovered rear lights.

    this is mentioned in one of my ferrari books.
     
  26. mj_duell

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    #23 mj_duell, Oct 16, 2009
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    Hmmm...I thought it was 89', but you are correct. Then I wll say "designed while he was alive" just to take another meaningless stab! ;) Luca is still not correct either way and if he was a better driver he would see the car in a different light. Not a great businessman either alienating us 348 owners like that. Of course this is just my .02

    FYI - Oh as far as the 355 wheels you do not need spacers as far as bolting them on, but you will need the correct bolts.

    --Mike
     
  27. PAP 348

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    Beautiful car! :D:D
     
  28. PAP 348

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    Nope! :eek::eek:
     

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