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  1. subysti2007

    subysti2007 Oakley Enthusiast Premium Member

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    I went to vault today and was talking to the sales guy and he told me that they received news from oakley HQ that they will stop producing all current x-metals and making "new" ones by 2013. According to him, oakley will close the x-metal plant but has a big plan for the x-metal product line for 2013...I wonder what would be the new line of x-metals they are planning? hopefully Romeo 1s and XX, penny and Mars!!! What do you guys think? I don't know if this is true or not...
     
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  2. FearGearGarage

    FearGearGarage Oakley Collector

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    I confirmed this today, the current plant will be closing... But my source had no information on a re-opening of a new facility... Metal Heads dont panic just yet, I will be getting updates but I know the hoarding will start when the word gets out to the GP...
     
  3. SpliceD

    SpliceD B-)

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    By "plant" do you mean 1 Icon at Foothill ranch? Or do they make the frames at another location?
     
  4. dcl10

    dcl10 Oakley Beginner

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    If true I'd assume Lux. has finally decided it's too expensive to run a separate titanium plant for relatively low volume product.

    The whole reason the Ti plant was separate to begin with was because the massive furnaces necessary to cast titanium would have made it impossible to insure their HQ. So they are not going to just dump that plant if they intend to continue making them in the same way. I'd assume they will just do a "new" X-metal, but using aluminum alloy. Which, coincidentally they have experience with after the C-Six project.
     
  5. SpliceD

    SpliceD B-)

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    Hmm... this all makes sense.

    Kinda sad though. The X Metal line really impressed me and what ultimately made me an Oakley fanatic. If they are going to be using a new process, i wonder if it'll be better than their current one. Sad to see the Juliet go and the XS didn't even get much time to shine.
     
  6. dcl10

    dcl10 Oakley Beginner

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    Oakley built a separate factory in Dayton Nevada to manufacture the X-metals.
     
  7. Johnny Hundreds

    Johnny Hundreds Banned

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    i just picked up my first metal...and it sucks that i'm going to have to pick up the pair i was going for next right away...
    because i'm pretty sure the prices are gonna "bottle rocket"
    heh..heh...
    see what i did there...
     
  8. jiveSEVEN

    jiveSEVEN I Should Work at Oakley...

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    Yea knowing how things have been downhill after Jim Jannard, I wouldn't be surprised if Lux did this. It makes me wonder if it will improve the quality of the new metals they make, and will it make all our current stuff more valuable?
     
  9. echav23

    echav23 Oakley Enthusiast

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    Same here...I guess we'll just have to wait an see what happens.
     
  10. JOBEN

    JOBEN Oakley Collector

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    I wouldnt say things have gone downhill, they have just been different. There have been some great pairs, Artist Series, 3D, 24ks!!! Who knows they might surprise us!