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Old 08-18-2012, 08:21 PM
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Just read this I know it's not about our dodges, but I found it interesting. So this is a great industry first. Never worry about rust again!

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I would like to know how they maintain safety standards with an all aluminium build?
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Corvettes are fiberglass and carbon fiber...Saturns were plastic... There are tons of vehicles on the road that aren't made of steel and they're perfectly safe. The body has less to do with safety than the stuff under it.
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ABOUT TIME one of the big 3 decided to go this route!

I am so ready for an all aluminum Ram......Frame too!
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Sure...Aluminum means no RUST...it in no way means no corrosion. Ford has been using aluminum body panels, hoods, and fenders on Crown Vics, Explorers, Expeditions, and a lot of other cars for over 15 years. Take a look at the corrosion on some of the older Explorers (97 and up) hoods...it's ugly and there's not a lot that can be done to "fix" it.
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Aluminum = light weight = go faster = more fun = bigger smile.

Any other benefits are nothing more then an acceptable side affect.
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My hood is aluminum and it looks pretty good. As long as they take the knowledge to make it look good and apply it to the rest of the truck, I just may be able to have my aluminum and like it too.
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I agree, with 15 years of experience under their belts it's about time they worked the kinks out. They're not the only ones out there using aluminum panels, just the first to announce using it completely on trucks.

It's a learning curve and I wouldn't expect anything less from their adversaries to be content as a fly on the wall for at least 2 years.
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Curious as to the overall add cost to the bottom line. Al isn't cheap(tish).
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