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    View Poll Results: Would you purchase sensors to prevent curb rash?

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    Thread: Curb rash -- prevention. Feedback appreciated

    1. Moderator 03_uni-B's Avatar
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      02-09-2012 12:59 PM #26
      dont run into crub.

      /thread

    2. 02-09-2012 01:00 PM #27
      This idea started when I had to replace the outer barrel on one of my rims (19" Ace Forged on an M3 Cabrio) and was out about $600. Before y'all start with the "learn how to drive" BS let me tell you that I have been through Bondurant, have autocrossed, etc. Sometimes "stuff" happens. In my case it was a curb that I didnt see at a bank drive thru. A year before something similar happened when my wife hit a curb on a parking garage ramp. In total I was out about $1200. Judging from all the cars I see with curb rash it's not just me. So the real question is how many people care. Seems like people that dont give a damn about their cars are not my market, nor are people with 32" tires, or a lot of other people. Just trying to figure out if there are enough people out there to make this worthwhile.

      Thanks everyone for your feedback. I really appreciate it even if you're telling me this is the dumbest idea you've ever heard.

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      02-09-2012 01:00 PM #28
      Quote Originally Posted by Heathcliff Huxtable View Post
      i will buy them only if you call them Rim Jobs
      Just say no to crubs - get a Rim Job®
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      02-09-2012 01:02 PM #29
      Quote Originally Posted by mike02467 View Post
      Learn to park is a pretty easy solution.
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    5. 02-09-2012 01:05 PM #30
      I really don't think there is a market for this. You're aiming at people that a) are very anal with the vehicles and having curb rash is a major issue with them (you have stated several times tons of cars have curb rash and most don't care, indicating most people do not fall into this category) and b) hit curbs often enough that they would benefit from this.


      Usually people that are a) don't do b).

      If you can afford stupid-cost high dollar wheels, replacing one isn't much of an issue, you got the stacks.

      I'd bet your poll will get a very loud and resounding "not interested"

    6. 02-09-2012 01:09 PM #31
      Quote Originally Posted by RussWheeler View Post
      I really don't think there is a market for this. You're aiming at people that a) are very anal with the vehicles and having curb rash is a major issue with them (you have stated several times tons of cars have curb rash and most don't care, indicating most people do not fall into this category) and b) hit curbs often enough that they would benefit from this.


      Usually people that are a) don't do b).

      If you can afford stupid-cost high dollar wheels, replacing one isn't much of an issue, you got the stacks.

      I'd bet your poll will get a very loud and resounding "not interested"
      Nice! Usually people that are a) don't do b).

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      02-09-2012 01:18 PM #32
      Quote Originally Posted by RimmerIdea View Post
      Thats why I am asking. Don't want to spend time and money creating something that people won't buy...
      I appreciate your entrepreneurial spirit.

      Here are my thoughts...


      • Have you considered how your sensors will account for snow-covered curbs? In other words, will they mistake the snow as the curb, thus leaving the car parked too far away from the curb? In some areas of many cities, you can be ticketed for being parked too far away from the curb.



      • I truly believe that enthusiasts would NOT want any additional sensors/devices protruding from underneath the side of the car or from the wheel wells. This sensor device would need to be undetectable.



      • Conversely, I also believe that NON-enthusiasts, average Joe's who treat their cars as necessary appliances (IE: most drivers) would likely NOT buy the sensor either, because it's not an out-of-the-box part of the car from the dealership. An aftermarket item like this would likely be a turn off to non-enthusiasts because of what might be required of them to deal with such as:
        ... installation
        ... electrical connections
        ... calibrating the sensor position
        ... getting under the vehicle (potentially)
        ... getting under the hood
        ... mounting something on the dash (potentially)
        ... costs too high (potentially)
        In other words, if non-enthusiasts could care less about how they treat their cars, then why would they put in the money and time to deal with installing an additional device?



      • I think (ONLY IF THE PRICE IS LOW ENOUGH) your audience would be the people who buy the gimmicky low price add-on parts you see in auto parts stores such as:
        ... exhaust tips
        ... decals
        ... aftermarket emblems / hood ornaments
        ... universal spoilers
        ... side window rain guards
        ... bug guards
        ... deer whistles
        ... low quality subwoofer boxes
        ... etc.
        But keep in mind that these parts are usually priced quite low. The people who aren't afraid to throw random stuff onto their cars and spend money on these parts listed above AND install them at home are the people who would likely buy your sensors.



      Just my opinions. Although I'm skeptical about it; if you decide to go through with it... good luck with it, succeed, and create some jobs for Americans!

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      02-09-2012 01:18 PM #33
      if you have nice WHEELS you don't hit crubs. If you don't care about your rimz then you don't care about curbs. onto the next one.

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      02-09-2012 01:23 PM #34
      I use the mirror... thought everybody did that.

    10. 02-09-2012 01:28 PM #35
      Quote Originally Posted by GTI_CH View Post
      I use the mirror... thought everybody did that.
      Clearly a lot of people are scraping their rims and care enough to get them fixed. There are ten wheel repair franchises out there and at least half of them are growing. So, no matter how careful people are they seem to still manage to damage their wheels. My own experience is a good example.

      That said, most of the feedback has been pretty negative. Not what I was hoping to hear, but very valuable. I really appreciate the constructive feedback and got a good laugh out of the RimJob naming suggestion.

      Keep it coming. Thanks!

    11. 02-09-2012 01:35 PM #36
      Quote Originally Posted by RimmerIdea View Post
      Clearly a lot of people are scraping their rims and care enough to get them fixed. There are ten wheel repair franchises out there and at least half of them are growing.
      I think most of their repair work comes from accidents rather than just stupidity.
      That and people buying nice wheels that have been damaged.

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      02-09-2012 01:37 PM #37
      Not a terrible idea - but you would be better off selling some sort of easy refinishing kit for minor scrapes.

      Sensors are not the solution, IMO.

    13. 02-09-2012 01:37 PM #38
      Crub sensors wouldn't matter...my wife would just find something else to hit...like fents, burshes or briks.
      Quote Originally Posted by xtravbx View Post
      No one was talking about crub sensors, whatever those are.

      And also, what are "fents, burshes, and briks." ?

      We must not have those in Florida.

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      02-09-2012 01:38 PM #39
      Quote Originally Posted by Southern Jetta View Post
      Crub sensors wouldn't matter...my wife would just find something else to hit...like fents, burshes or briks.


      No one was talking about crub sensors, whatever those are.

      And also, what are "fents, burshes, and briks." ?

      We must not have those in Florida.

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      02-09-2012 01:38 PM #40
      Quote Originally Posted by Southern Jetta View Post
      Crub sensors wouldn't matter...my wife would just find something else to hit...like fents, burshes or briks.
      Has she hit trash can?
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    16. 02-09-2012 01:39 PM #41
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      Quote Originally Posted by xtravbx View Post
      No one was talking about crub sensors, whatever those are.

      And also, what are "fents, burshes, and briks." ?

      We must not have those in Florida.


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      02-09-2012 01:43 PM #42
      Quote Originally Posted by RussWheeler View Post
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      think he was joking... can't.. be.. sure..?

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      02-09-2012 01:46 PM #43
      Quote Originally Posted by xtravbx View Post
      ...easy refinishing kit for minor scrapes...
      Already exists...


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      Quote Originally Posted by xtravbx View Post
      No one was talking about crub sensors, whatever those are.

      And also, what are "fents, burshes, and briks." ?

      We must not have those in Florida.
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    19. 02-09-2012 01:48 PM #44
      Everyone makes mistakes.. don't listen to these asshats, an inexpensive setup would sell.. but for $300+ I think you'd have a difficult time.

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      02-09-2012 01:58 PM #45
      the problem with this is that too many people would plow into the curb at 30 mph and want you to pay them for your product not working
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    21. 02-09-2012 02:14 PM #46
      Quote Originally Posted by Jesse View Post
      Everyone makes mistakes.. don't listen to these asshats, an inexpensive setup would sell.. but for $300+ I think you'd have a difficult time.
      Great input on the price ceiling

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      02-09-2012 04:10 PM #47
      Quote Originally Posted by xtravbx View Post
      No one was talking about crub sensors, whatever those are.

      And also, what are "fents, burshes, and briks." ?

      We must not have those in Florida.
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      02-09-2012 04:15 PM #48
      What about lamp post rash prevention sensors?

      (No, it didn't suffer lamp post rash, but it was VERY close.)
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      02-09-2012 04:26 PM #49
      I actually would consider something like this.

      The OEM wheels on my wifes Audi are not cheap by any means. In her last two cars, she has managed to curb the rims and it drives me crazy to own nice cars that have curbed rims.

      So yes, I believe there is a market for something like this as long as the price was somewhere within the $100-$200 range.

      Good luck and keep us informed.

    25. 02-09-2012 04:26 PM #50
      People bought pet rocks....

      For the right price I think it would sell ($300 is way too high in my opinion)

      EDIT: If you have the patent, then why not just pitch the idea to some of the "sensor-happy" car companies out there?
      Last edited by I live in Margaritaville; 02-09-2012 at 04:29 PM.

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