Second week of retrofitting!

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Our car for “iglide on tour” has been stripped down!

Over the course of the next few weeks, the car will be completely dismantled. For the initial step, the car will put on a lift, so the engine may be lowered and the team can examined to determine if we can replace any bearings in the starter.

Simultaneously, the areas that have been already dismantled are going to be examined closely as well. In cooperation with the German Technical Control Board (TÜV), igus employees investigated which original smart car parts are replaceable with iglide bearings, and which bearings would be the most suitable.

Some of these changes are no challenge at all for the specialists at work from the University of Applied Sciences; for instance the bearings in the brake pedal. These were easily switched out for iglide standard bearings.

The brake pedal, where two bearings will be replaced

On the contrary, other parts offer surprises and challenges,  for instance with the convertible top:

A surprise: The convertible top contains steel bearings! They will be substituted by iglide plastic bearings, joining the other iglide bearings chosen to travel on a 60,000 mile journey. By doing this, we are proving that we have confidence in our products, and that our plastic bearings are on a par with their steel counterparts.

Some of these changes are no challenge at all for the specialists at work from the University of Applied Sciences; for instance the bearings in the brake pedal. These were easily switched out for iglide standard bearings.

The convertible top, and a set of iglide bearings

A challenge: Bearings in the convertible top are riveted into place, and therefore can only be replaced forcefully. Furthermore, those bearings, which are guiding the convertible top, aren’t standard catalog parts; meaning that igus substitutes need to be manufactured! Will the convertible top still work? Will it still protect us from rain, mud and extraordinary weather conditions on this incredible trip? Only time will tell!

First image: The area of the convertible top containing riveted bearings
Second image: Students examine the bearings that guide the convertible top

The driver and passenger side door window regulators used rivited bearings. Will the doors and windows work after replacing the original bearings with iglide? Is it also possible to recreate the sliding carriages and to adapt them to the system?

The window regulator with riveted bearings