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Hey guys,

I just wanted to let you know that these are available now from Optikwerks. I have nothing to gain from this, just letting you guys know. I did send them my spare set of OEM Votex sideskirts to duplicate though. :D

Anyway, I just saw a set of OEM's going for over $500 so $140 seems like a bargain.

New Beetle Side Skirts
 

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I tried to buy from Optiwerks a few weeks ago. I called during their office hours 3 or 4 times and couldn't get through. I left 2 different messages asking them to call me back so I could order the side skirts, but I never heard back.

As a policy, I never beg people to take my money. In the end, I'm actually quite glad they never returned my calls, as I ended up doing my own side skirt covers with black ribbed rubber.
 

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SMG, what can you tell us about the product; while affordable, how is the quality? The above experiences; don't bode well for the companies reputation. Can you tell us about the company and what their customer service is like? The marketing I see from them; isn't exactly professional looking but not everyone is good at that sort of thing. I wish; they would replicate the RSi New Beetle and sell a affordable kit of that! Anyone willing; to let them copy their genuine kit? :)
 

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What about the company themselves; what do you know about them and what, has your experience with them been? I even think; that replica Turbo S front/rear bumpers; would be a good affordable thing for them to reproduce. I'm sure it won't be long; before those will be discontinued by VW as well.

In their videos; the material they make theirs, out of... seems to be semi flexible. What are/were the original Votex versions like; what material are they (should have plastic/material code on the product itself), rigid, flexible, semiflexible etc?
 

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From my understanding; they use an adhesive out of the caulk gun style tubes. Check out this thread for more info:

VWVortex.com - Feeler Votex Beetle replica sideskirts, Possible Group Buy.

VWVortex.com - < NEW BEETLE Styling Options > NO PAYMENTS FOR 6 MONTHS! @ Optikwerks [SIDE SKIRTS $140 a set] Fast Shipping Options, Great Customer Service!

VWVortex.com - Feeler Votex Beetle replica sideskirts, Possible Group Buy.

Original adhesive was VW part #: 1K0898998 but seems NLA:

https://www.ecstuning.com/ES2207795/

Others are mentioning:

3M™ Auto Glass Urethane Windshield Adhesive, 10.5 fluid ounce cartridge, 08693

3M™ Acrylic Foam Tape

I guess; it depends, on how easy, you want it to be to take it off again. If you want to in the future?
 

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That sounds pretty decent. I was disgusted that the seller couldn't offer any of that information on their web site.
 

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Yeah, their marketing and info; leaves, something to be desired. When I have asked questions; they always say to call, they would answer any questions. I haven't heard anything; negative, about any of their products on vwvortex and they make quite a few copies of Votex parts for many Volkswagens.
 

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My biggest concern is moisture getting trapped between panels and causing rust.
 

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I cantaced Optiworks; this was their reply (not very specific):

"You can just use silicone it's more for keeping it from vibrating and making noise against the rocker; the flares hold it down the skirts can't go anywhere."
 
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