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GAR-FAB Tailgate Panel Group Buy - Canada

Discussion in 'Buy / Sell / Trade - Canada' started by somebody, Apr 3, 2021.

  1. Apr 3, 2021 at 6:13 AM
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    Hello all,

    GAR-FAB would like to announce our debut product, Tacoma Tailgate Panel for a group buy.

    GAR-FAB is founded by myself, Jason Garr. I have over a decade of professional experience designing and manufacturing products domestically in Canada. My mission for the company is to bring high quality products and excellent value to the Canadian market. Manufacturing and sourcing domestically allows us to be cost efficient and maintain a high degree of quality control. We will also strive to offer reasonable flat rate shipping on our products (some exclusions may apply) as we feel that just because you live in a different province, doesn't mean you should have to pay differently for the same product.

    Now that you know who we are, here are the details of the group buy.

    What are we offering - The Tacoma Tailgate Panel.
    - Fits all 2nd and 3rd gen Tacoma's
    - CNC Machined
    - 3/8" UV stabilized HDPE that will stand up to the elements and whatever you throw at it
    - 'Lemon Peel' texture to match the factory bed and help add some degree of anti-slip
    - Uses existing factory hardware. No modifications, trimming or cutting of your tailgate required
    - Maximally flat surface to provide the largest work space possible.
    - 1-year warranty against material and workmanship defects

    The Costs
    Flat Rate shipping of $14.99 CDN Canada-wide!
    Base price $189.99 CDN
    - 10+ Tailgate Panels 6% off + tax + shipping
    - 20+ Tailgate Panels 12% off + tax + shipping
    - 30+ Tailgate Panels 17% off + tax + shipping


    Group Buy Rules
    - Eligible for all Tacomaworld members. No quantity limits (may incur additional shipping costs)
    - The Group buy will be open until April 25th 11:59pm. This is the date that will be used to lock in volume discount rate. You may still join the group buy until May 2nd, 11:59pm.
    - Payment will be opened after the April 25th lock-in and will request that payment is processed within 1 week of receiving invoice. (I still am fleshing out these invoicing and CC processing details).
    - First production round closed - Production will start once payments from the volume discount lock in are received once we reach our 20 person goal. This is expected to be 2-3 weeks to start making deliveries. The current materials market is pretty unpredictable at this time so there is some risk of delay on the raw material procurement. Updates will be made as production progresses.
    - Second production round open- Applies to group buy members #39 and up. More members welcome however there will be extended lead times on these orders. #39 and beyond. Closing date to join of May 2, 2021 still applies. This is expected to be 2-3 weeks to start making deliveries. The current materials market is pretty unpredictable at this time so there is some risk of delay on the raw material procurement. Updates will be made as production progresses.

    - To be added to the group buy, please PM me with your Email, Name, Address, Phone Number. Your forum name will be added to the group buy members list; all other info will be kept confidential and only used for invoicing purpose.


    Pictures

    Prototype installed on 3rd Gen - This is a good example of the finish and the chamfering detail. Actual panels will have the side routes of the CAD renders below.

    IMG_20210327_141604 - blurred.jpg IMG_20210327_141558 blur crop.jpg

    CAD Renders - This is the final design and what you will be receiving. The routes at the short edges were added for clearance to the bed frame and bumper stops.


    Image Renders - crop.jpg Image Renders3.jpg
     
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  2. Apr 3, 2021 at 6:14 AM
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    Group Buy Members List

    1. @Emanresu
    2. @Canadian0rangeTaco
    3. @oostroma
    4. @llamasmurf
    5. @Tridet167
    6. @Alder932
    7. @blqchclt
    8. @BCTRDPro
    9. @No37
    10. @submit-taco
    10+ PRICING ACHIEVED!!!
    11. @jordi992
    12. @MynameisMUD
    13. @Shveet
    14. @Snail81
    15. @19Canuck
    16. @jhmoto
    17. @Atlas86
    18. @FastEddy59
    19. @Buffdeez
    20. @liTRD
    20+ PRICING ACHIEVED!!!
    21. @bctacoma2014
    22. @ponts
    23. @nightrain403
    24. @Tacotj
    25. @peturbo
    26. @Jkinz11
    27. @Ares
    28. @dave82at
    First production round closed. More members welcome however there will be extended lead times on these orders. #39 and beyond. Closing date to join of May 2, 2021 still applies.
    29. @adventures in concrete
    30. @dyorge71
    30+ PRICING ACHIEVED!!!
    31. @lightandgears
    32. @performanceja1
    33. @Ben2662
    34. @ritual21
    35. @Tinma
    36. @StefanTaco
    37. @Downinmyhole
    38. @thehalligantool
    39. @S4matty
    40. @Phil1717
    41. @YodaBro
    42. @Islander77
    43. @yoshihito
     
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  3. Apr 3, 2021 at 6:14 AM
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    Reserved for production Updates

    2021/04/09 - the supplier confirmed stock is on hand for raw material so lead time on this should be less than originally anticipated.

    2021/04/15 - Production has been moved up and payment will be opened and production started once we reach 20 people.

    2021/04/15 - Production material has been secured.

    2021/04/20 - Material is currently on route to fabrication. As of today it is estimated that FAI (first article inspection) and fabrication will be happening the first week of may. The potential impact to this is any changes in the raw material delivery schedule. I will start sending payment info out this week. If we end up reaching the 30+ price break and you have already paid ahead of the 25th, partial refunds for the additional discount will be issued. If you have not paid yet, an updated invoice reflecting the new discount will be sent out.

    2021/04/21 - Had an update from my material vendor and it will be arriving ahead of schedule this week at the CNC house. We will be able to start FAI and cutting of the panels next week (CNC house to provide final conformation of this Monday April 22nd)

    2021_04_28 - FAI (first article inspection) was completed for the tailgate panels and stock should be cut by the end of the week. This was a great opportunity as we were able to catch some minor issues with material quality acceptance and some millimeter level changes to work with the CNC toolpaths better. Some fullfilment will be delayed due to material issues. See post here for details.

    2021_05_03 - CNC house has sent confirmation that parts for the first round finished being cut today. Will be receiving and inspecting this week.

    2021_05_05 - Our first batch of production panels has just arrived! Will be doing g QC and preparing for shipping next!

    2021_05_10 - With the first round we were able to get panels shipped to the first 28 members (updated 2nd production point in members list) ! Woohoo! This was a greater yield than originally expected. The second production round is currently estimated for a May 28th completion.
     
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  4. Apr 3, 2021 at 3:52 PM
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    LED's slight lift ...ongoing.
    Cup Holders? ...well beer holders, that is what I look for.
     
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  5. Apr 3, 2021 at 6:24 PM
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    It's flat so I guess the entire surface works as a holder.
     
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  6. Apr 3, 2021 at 7:02 PM
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    Can confirm. Why limit where you can put your beer?
     
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  7. Apr 3, 2021 at 9:22 PM
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    Toy rack over bed. Bilstein 6112/5160.
    Cup holders are cheap insurance. A tailgate without cup holders has been a hard financial lesson. I’ve spilled or lost more than $189 worth of beer off my tailgate... call me clumsy. I don’t see the need for a flat surface, but I’d spend $189 (+/-) on a cup holder version.

    x2 on the cup holders.
     
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  8. Apr 3, 2021 at 9:38 PM
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    Perhaps there could be a cup holder option?
     
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  9. Apr 4, 2021 at 5:05 AM
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    There may be different version in the future. Suggestions for product improvement or new products are always welcome!

    The rationalization for a full flat surface was that when you have camp kitchen set up the holders just become an uneven surface for something else as space fills up.
     
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  10. Apr 4, 2021 at 7:07 AM
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    Maybe a screw in cup holder accessory?
     
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  11. Apr 4, 2021 at 7:16 AM
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    Admittedly the first thing I looked for was cup holders as well.

    However, there is a super easy fix which I plan on doing and leaves the quantity and location up to the end user...

    Recessed drop in cup holders are common in the marine world and come in many different shapes and material options such as...
    upload_2021-4-4_10-15-11.jpg
    Hole saw, drop in with adhesive/sealant and done. Super simple.
     
  12. Apr 4, 2021 at 7:39 AM
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    Love this forum. Perfect idea @Emanresu
     
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  13. Apr 5, 2021 at 9:25 PM
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    Swung by and checked it out myself. The prototype was solid and had little flex with a 300lb gorrila standing on it (too rigid is not good).
    But the finish texture is absolutely Spot on to the OEM.
    Running my hand between the factory bed and the tailgate panel - as if it was off the same mold, even the sheene is exact.
    IMG_20210404_125733132.jpg

    Fitting up the 30lb OEM rubber mat provided a good transition, still fairly flat.

    IMG_20210404_120807869.jpg

    But @somebody did do his experiments with his prototype, and had addressed design oversights between the prototype and the final design. 1 or 2 bolt holes wernt 100% on the prototype but was adjusted and apparently learned that the 2nd gen and 3rd gen tailgates have 1 tiny difference (3rd gen has 1 more bolt for that "cap" of the tailgate) and a few other fitment changes.

    IMG_20210404_125606148.jpg

    But regardless, it looks good bud!
     
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  14. Apr 6, 2021 at 3:51 AM
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    Thanks for posting the additional pics and first hand account of the prototype!
     
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  15. Apr 6, 2021 at 5:00 AM
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    Build thread lists all the things :D
    So do the bolt hole differences mean you are making a 2nd gen and 3rd gen model? Or the 2nd gen just have extra holes?
     
  16. Apr 6, 2021 at 5:13 AM
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    The 3rd gen tailgate "cap" thing has a total of 8 bolts holding it down, in the 2nd gen, the "cap" is held down by 7 bolts.

    Photo below;
    on a 3rd gen red "X" exists and the "O" does not.
    on a 2nd gen red "O" exist and the 2 "X"s dont.
    upload_2021-4-6_8-11-10.jpg
    other than that, the 2 seem to be identical.

    believe he mentioned it's a one size fits all, so one unit with holes for both 2nd and 3rd gens.So a 3rd gen Tailgate with one extra hole for a 2nd gen :p but i'll let him say for certain.
     
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  17. Apr 6, 2021 at 5:57 AM
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    @Shveet is correct. It's the same panel for both generations. The the 2nd Gen there will be 2 unused holes and on the 3rd gen,. 1unused hole. These unused holes are under the cap trim (shown in shveet's pics) so they are not seen after install.
     
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  19. Apr 7, 2021 at 5:29 PM
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    Thank you everyone for your support, it is very appreciated! We have just reach our first tier of the group buy price break.
     
  20. Apr 10, 2021 at 4:26 AM
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    Just a quick production outlook. My raw material supplier has confirmed stock of raw material. Lead times should be better than originally noted because of this. If we can get to our 20pc discount level, I will procure material ahead of schedule for faster delivery.

    edit: because I have no control over who the material vendor sells to, this could create additional lead time if it goes on back order between now and when we get 20 people.
     
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