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    The Mini Plate for the Flex

    I just ordered the Mini Plate and installed it on my Flex to be able to use the 5 inch pads.
    Gave it a go yesterday , will take a little time to adjust to it being its smaller.
    My main reason is to have mostly 5-5.5 inch pads on hand being my go to machines are the Rupes and at times my Flex 3401.

    Any of you guys have it?, if so how do you like the smaller plate?


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    Re: The Mini Plate for the Flex

    If its the same smaller plate that came in the Lake country interchangeable BP system, then its pretty much all I use on my 3401.

    Its very seldom that a car has a flat enough panel to make use of the bigger 6" hybrids so most of the time I'm running the 5" pads on the smaller plate.

    I much prefer the way the machine feels with it too.

    Are you able to purchase the smaller plate on its own now, or do you still need to get it as part of the kit? Would like to grab a 'spare' if they are available as a standalone product.

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    Re: The Mini Plate for the Flex

    Quote Originally Posted by lawrenceSA View Post
    If its the same smaller plate that came in the Lake country interchangeable BP system, then its pretty much all I use on my 3401.
    I think he's talking about this one made by Flex: FLEX XC3401 Mini 4 3/8 Backing Plate, FLEX

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    Re: The Mini Plate for the Flex

    Quote Originally Posted by lawrenceSA View Post
    If its the same smaller plate that came in the Lake country interchangeable BP system, then its pretty much all I use on my 3401.

    Its very seldom that a car has a flat enough panel to make use of the bigger 6" hybrids so most of the time I'm running the 5" pads on the smaller plate.

    I much prefer the way the machine feels with it too.

    Are you able to purchase the smaller plate on its own now, or do you still need to get it as part of the kit? Would like to grab a 'spare' if they are available as a standalone product.
    They discontinued the kit which included the larger pointless 6" bp which had the cracking issue. Its been available as the 4" only from LC for a while now. I would suggest the 4 3/8 Flex bp to run regular 5.5" pads to compliment your LC 4" and oem 5.5".

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    Re: The Mini Plate for the Flex

    Do they sell a plate for the Flex for my 3 inch pads?
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    Re: The Mini Plate for the Flex

    Quote Originally Posted by Setec Astronomy View Post
    I think he's talking about this one made by Flex: FLEX XC3401 Mini 4 3/8 Backing Plate, FLEX
    Ah got it - thanks.

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    Re: The Mini Plate for the Flex

    Quote Originally Posted by DogRescuer View Post
    Do they sell a plate for the Flex for my 3 inch pads?
    Not that I'm aware of Steve. Would love to see one myself but from a design viewpoint I would guess the direct drive gearing may limit that possibility.
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    Re: The Mini Plate for the Flex

    Quote Originally Posted by Puckman View Post
    Not that I'm aware of Steve. Would love to see one myself but from a design viewpoint I would guess the direct drive gearing may limit that possibility.
    Some of us have been hoping that Flex will see fit to produce a mini-version of the 3401, but I'm not going to hold my breath.

    To digress, the iBrid Nano is a fascinating machine, but it's not quite filling the niche that some of us see, which various machines like the GG 3", Rupes LHR 75E, ZenTool Mini, Flex PE-8, have also failed to fill.
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    Re: The Mini Plate for the Flex

    [QUOTE=lawrenceSA;1454026]If its the same smaller plate that came in the Lake country interchangeable BP system, then its pretty much all I use on my 3401.

    Its very seldom that a car has a flat enough panel to make use of the bigger 6" hybrids so most of the time I'm running the 5" pads on the smaller plate.

    I much prefer the way the machine feels with it too.

    Are you able to purchase the smaller plate on its own now, or do you still need to get it as part of the kit? Would like to grab a 'spare' if they are available as a standalone product.[

    I was able to order just the one plate.


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    Re: The Mini Plate for the Flex

    Quote Originally Posted by Setec Astronomy View Post
    Some of us have been hoping that Flex will see fit to produce a mini-version of the 3401, but I'm not going to hold my breath.

    To digress, the iBrid Nano is a fascinating machine, but it's not quite filling the niche that some of us see, which various machines like the GG 3", Rupes LHR 75E, ZenTool Mini, Flex PE-8, have also failed to fill.
    I think a mini Flex might be too heavy and with the ability of using 5" pads and being able to TILT a Flex 3401, not too sure if one would be needed. I found that I didn't even use my NEW Rupes LHR 3" and ONLY broke it out just because it was new and I should use it. A piller to B Pillar areas on Aston Martin DB9. I could have easily just used the 3401.

    Rupes iBrid----- Unfortunately I didn't know really like it. I just purchased a AM DB9 and planned for months to do a perfection polish on it. So I bought a 3" Rupes, ibrid, Scangrip light, and an extra few pad variations to add to those polishers and my 3401 and gg3". Knowing the car panels like different compound and pad combos I figured my Menz FG400 and SF4500 might not cut it. It sure didn't. Every panel was different. Back on topic----iBrid. I broke it out for detail polishing on the rocker panels, rear bumper, and front bumper and door sills. WOW--- I was immediately unimpressed. I can use a Rupes no issue to it wasn't technique. BUT...... I found immediately with the 12mm and full power it took almost zero pressure to get it to spin right. Forget a curve. I brought it down to the 3mm and although better still wasn't worth the effort of not tilting a 3" GG or Rupes. I did find using the 1" w/ rotary attatchment the iBrid worked out great. The kit is nice, and the product is nice, but for me (ONLY this one car was being done, and then the detailing products would sit for the next year) it wasn't worth keeping. I ebayed the iBrid hoping they come out with a more powerful version next year.


    Quote Originally Posted by lawrenceSA View Post
    Ah got it - thanks.
    I believe he was talking about the Lake Country 4" Flex 3401 backing plate; NOT the Flex 4/38 one. ONLY the LC 4" will handle the LC Hybrid 5" pads (which hands down are the best for the 3401; other than MF Megs cutting pads). The 4 3/8s plates will not work on a 5".

    I know the LC kit was discontinued, but I think a member mentioned you could still get just the 4" plate. ONLY other choice is to get the 4 3/8s and Sand it down to 4". A forum member put a DIY on here for how to do that process. Worked nice for him

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