June/July 2020 PerformancePost #6
Welcome to the Sixth ÄLG PerformancePost - a monthly* feature for 2020. Expect to hear about new products, offers, updates and announcements right here.
In June, we moved into a new workshop in Warrington and this has taken up a huge amount of time to set up. This gives us a lot more space for developing new products and storing them. At the moment, we are allowing customer collections on certain products, but won't be taking on fitting work until we're fully set up & have the car ramps installed.
Even so, feel free to pop down and say hi! The address is;
Unit 17 Craven Court
Volvo C30 Facelift & Pre-Facelift Grilles
We have a confirmed delivery date for the Carbon Grilles of around the 23rd Aug. The ship arrives on the 16th August and will take about a week to devan and deliver to us. Thanks everyone for your patience!
5x108 Wheel Spacers
A new product for 2020, we are now offering 20mm ALG branded 5x108 wheel spacers! These spacers are made from forged 6061 aluminium and are designed for Volvo C30/S40/V50/C70 and Ford Focus' with 63.3mm Centrebores. We're super proud of these and are excited to receive the batch later this month. Check out some photos of the sample's our resident photographer/social media pro Harris took;
P1 Carbon Bonnets
Fulfilment of Carbon Bonnet orders has been a challenge due to some quality issues which resulted in a number of bonnets being classed as B-Stock. However, we have developed a refurbishment process to improve the quality and repair the defects. Our process involves applying polyurethane sealant to the backing of the carbon, fitting rubber edging to the cover panel edges to protect them, re-polishing to remove surface scratches and scuffs, and applying foam tape around the underside edges to protect and seal them.
This process is quite slow taking around 1 week per bonnet, but we are slowly getting through the stock. Photos to follow.
C30 Halo Kits
Despite ordering our largest ever batch of Halo kits in May, we sold out in record time and unfortunately ran out before the next batch arrived! Again, we have a huge batch coming and will dispatch all outstanding orders as soon as they arrive.
We have also prepped the supplier to start work on the next batch immediately so that we can avoid this situation again.
Volvo C30 STCC-Style Arches
We have finished another iteration of the STCC arches, after 3D printing the new design from our 3D artist. Using a new, high quality 3D model of the C30, the fitment was much better than previous versions and we are 90% there on the design.
To fully utilise the OEM clips, we have decided to send a front wing for laser 3D scanning at T7Design in Exeter. This will allow us to precisely design in clips to lock into the wheel arch & provide a positive fitment. A number of cancellations last month impacted our ability to develop on this as quickly as we'd like. But thank you to everyone that is sticking with us.
AWD Fuel Pirate
Sorry, this project wasn't worked on this month very much. The boards are here with us ready for programming, and the code is almost done, but we haven't tested it yet. Its been on the to-do list!
We have brought onboard a number of new suppliers this month, in addition to increasing the product ranges offered by our current suppliers. From August onwards, expect to see products from BSR Tuning, Turbosmart, Deatshwerks, Powerflex, T7Design and more added to the website. Each product needs to be cross checked for fitment and confirmed before we can add it to our website - stay tuned!
Due to the uncertainty surrounding the virus, shipping concerns and safety, we announced a few months ago that we are no longer offering Elevate products to customers. Elevate run a tight operation and were heavily affected by this. We expect their order book to be full for at least several months so will re-assess later in the year. A couple of orders have appeared in July, so the situation must be improving.
We will not be re-stocking FulfilmentCrowd with Halo Kits or Driveshaft Spacers. This will slow down dispatch a little bit, but allows us to keep tighter control of our stock. Stock of the ALG Lowering Springs is still just under 1 pallet left so we expect them still to be available for a few months yet.
Calendar for ÄLG Performance attended events this year so far looks like this:
- All event promotion is suspended indefinitely.
- Events are being cancelled or dates moved all the time.
- We will re-release an autumn/winter calendar when appropriate.
This year ÄLG Performance will begin producing video content for YouTube, including product installation guides, product test comparisons and performance tips. Harris has taken on the YouTube channel as one of his long-term goals, and we hope to upload our first videos later this year.
*when we remember