Tangled Metal wrote:Yes, I asked him but no joy there.
The thing with backwards compatibility it isn't about that but about aftermarket support. Designing an update then not supporting aftermarket? How much to get a batch of old design racks made? Or to design new racks to fit old? ICE make it a positive with their designs and they're not having difficulty in moving forward with designs.
What about rear racks? Are they much different between GT and GTe? To my inexperienced eye they look very similar.
I just don't think it's good customer service to ignore owners of older designs completely. I work for an automotive components manufacturer. We get oem work which lasts x number of years. Then we often have to keep the abilities to produce them for another 10 years after full series production ends. It's in the contract. It's why we're still making the odd run of 50 parts. They'll last best part of a year once made up into the finished part by our customer. I don't see it's an issue to hold a stock. I bet they can get a batch made up cheap enough (could charge end users more obviously for old model parts) and store. A years supply for example would probably not be that much in quantity and cost I bet.
I have a front rack for an older SMGT.
I can send you a picture with dimensions, if you like?
Then maybe someone in your branch of things could make something simple and strong to fit?
It's not super complicated for a trained welder/bender.
Steel would do maybe?