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    Wheelbase Questions.

    Anyone know where the true difference in wheelbase for a 355 adn fiero is?
    Is it in the front or back? Or both?
    Is the distance from the back of the door to the back wheel center the same or not?
    Or the front of the door to the front wheel center?

    I have a feeling that the difference is a bit of both.

    Any thoughts? (DKOV )
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    Re: Wheelbase Questions.

    Anyone know where the true difference in wheelbase for a 355 adn fiero is?
    Is it in the front or back? Or both?
    Is the distance from the back of the door to the back wheel center the same or not?
    Or the front of the door to the front wheel center?

    I have a feeling that the difference is a bit of both.

    Any thoughts? (DKOV )

    I am SOOOO glad somebody finally asked this question

    It is a PERFECT question and points out a MAJOR flaw in the thinking of some (most) of the 355 kit manufacturers.

    The difference between a real 355 and a Fiero (unmodified) is less than 3 inches. About 2.25 actually.

    WHERE is this difference? Between the front door seam and the front wheel. NOT behind the back door, along the firewall!!!

    These IFG splashers are only building their kits this way because they copied copies of guys that built that kit that way. Now, they claim it's "to macheive the correct wheelbase". Hooey!

    They are so obsessed with the wheel base and getting that magic length that they forget about one other important feature... WIDTH!!!

    An IFG splash is widened only 4 - 6 inches (depending on model) while a real 355 is * inches wider in the rear and 4 inches wider in the front. Not only are most kits not wide enough, the IFG splashes are readily identified because one side of the rear end is WIDER than the other!!! That means you end up with 2 - 3 inches on the right with 1.5 - 2 nches on the left and that can't be good.

    Add to that, the "coke bottle" effect of these kits and you can be assured to be pointed out as a "cheap kit" by the common folk at the mall

    By coke bottle, for those that have yet to hear this, is the kit manufacturer build the door panels to curve out to the desired width rather than adhear to one straight angle from the front back. It looks pretty bad.

    Other tell tales come to light by stretching the chassis in the wront place... the roof line changes angle and looks bad. The nose take a dramatic downward arch where is should be a nice gradual decline. Things like that.

    Also, there's the infamous "doors and rockers" dispute... Doors SHOULD BE separate from the rockers and NOT open as ONE piece You've probably heard me say that before.

    Anyway, a WELL MADE kit will not require a stretch (as it does not good) and add the extra length to the FRONT of the car and keep the overall PROPORTIONS correct. This gives the finished product the CORRECT look and a car one can be proud of.

    Not a "kit car" and all the negative connotations that statement comes with.

    As always, my .02 cents worth. Take it as you will

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    Re: Wheelbase Questions.

    DKOV, have you looked at the measurments for the 360? when someone comes out with a 360 kit will it have the same problem in the lenght?

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    Re: Wheelbase Questions.

    Here's some vital specs...

    Fiero -
    Wheel Base: 93.8
    Front Track: 57.8
    Rear Track: 58.7
    Total Length: 165.1

    Ferrari 355 -
    Wheel Base: 96.5
    Front Track: 59.6
    Rear Track: 63.6
    Total Length: 167.3

    Ferrari 360
    Wheel Base: 102.3
    Front Track: 65.7
    Rear Track: 63.6
    Total Length: 176.3

    Interesting observations...

    Wheel base on a 360 Modena is 9 inches longer than a Fiero and 7 inches longer than a 355.

    The 360 Modena is roughly 11 inches longer than a Fiero and 9 inches longer than a 355.

    I guess that answers your question... YES is will need to be stretched and odds are, it will be in all the wrong places

    11 inches...!!!! That's as much as a Countach kit!!!

    Another interesting note. The 360 is WIDER in the FRONT than in ther rear. In fact it's 2 inches wider than the rear and a whopping 6 inches wider than the front of a 355!!! That equates to 9 inches wider than a Fiero. The interesting thing is despite the fact that it is so much wider than the 355 in the front, it has EXACTLY the same REAR trackwidth.

    Strange huh?

    Just passing the strange, yet Ferrari-rific (is that a word?) information along.

    Enjoy!

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    Re: Wheelbase Questions.

    when you look a side shots of a 360 it looks like Ferrari added the inches between the back axle and the rear of the door, that area looks longer to me, and the front looks shorter, maybe they played into our hands 8)

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