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    Carbon fiber hood on black TA what do u think

    Ok I've been shopping for a hood and I am sold on aTruFiber or I thought I was sold on a TruFiber hood but my buddy was here and said you know a carbon fiber hood would look really cool and I checked $716 clear coated ready to go I wonder ho it would look on my TA WS6 look and GTO looking hood with grill insert they look cool and they come ready to install.My car is black so I think it would look pretty cool.....hum arg

    They are paintable if I get bored but I am debating if
    1 Carbon Fiber is out of style
    2 Wonder if it will look good I think so but...
    3 Quality

    Opinions would be geat whay do you guys Think???????? I am confused now!

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    I've never been a fan of carbon fiber parts all over the place. The ZR1 is the only car I've seen that looks good, but that one is still a little iffy. At the end of the day its your car, do what will make you happy every time you walk up to the car.
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    Black is the only color car I'd put a carbon fiber hood on. I can't stand the look of the black hood on non-black cars. Carbon fiber on black doesn't totally suck...

    That said, I don't like em on pony/muscle cars, as they have definite rice connotations. Even on the Corvette, which I've discussed in another thread, and got slapped for my opinion Some people do it for the weight savings, but unless you racing em semi-professionally, it's not worth it imho.

    I think our cars are rare enough that you don't have to do crazy things to make yours stand out from the crowd, like Mustang owners have to do...

    I have no idea about the quality concern, as I've never owned one...

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    I have to agree TruFiber it is Thanks guys I can always count on honesty here cause you don't know me and I appreciate that lol

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    What would the weight savings be if you did the whole car in it? Doors,hatch,front and rear quarters? You can paint it right?

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    Yeah they're usually gel-coated and paintable. Many people don't paint them because they want to show off the 'look'. The hood websites usually claim like 40 pounds. So if you could do the whole car I imagine it could be a couple hundred pounds. But I don't think it's possible to do the whole car, nobody makes replacement doors and quarter panels, do they?
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    OK I was curious so I searched, didn't take long to realize I was wrong, apparently they do make carbon fiber hoods and fenders, especially for Civics and Eclipses it seems... And 5th gen Camaros and new Mustangs, interesting...

    I'm seeing prices of like 1800+ for a door set. Dunno how much for the fenders. Would be expensive to redo your entire car just for weight savings. I guess if you're a serious racer it's worth considering...



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    Quote Originally Posted by az gt eater View Post
    What would the weight savings be if you did the whole car in it? Doors,hatch,front and rear quarters? You can paint it right?
    I plan to rebody mine in it.. The weight savings is tremendous(rp). And yup you can add a layer or 2 of resine/gel or what ever chemical they use and smooth it right out then paint it.. It's a matter of taste I guess. But I don't see a down side to shaving pounds off a car. Lighter = faster and a more efficiant use of whatever power you're putting down.. The less energy your engine has to use to get things movin' the better..imho..
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    Sorry carbon fiber is too rice for my tastes.

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    Sorry carbon fiber is too rice for my tastes.
    I was hoping to cut cost and I was thinking out loud but yeah looks rice to me

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjgreen6 View Post
    Sorry carbon fiber is too rice for my tastes.
    Quote Originally Posted by Durango View Post
    I was hoping to cut cost and I was thinking out loud but yeah looks rice to me
    If you smooth it and then paint it noone will even really know it's there.. But to each thier own..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smittro View Post
    If you smooth it and then paint it noone will even really know it's there.. But to each thier own..
    That looks amazing the engine I men incredible Lots of work I don't mind carbon fibre but I'm scared it will go out of style!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Durango View Post
    That looks amazing the engine I men incredible Lots of work I don't mind carbon fibre but I'm scared it will go out of style!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Durango View Post
    I have to agree TruFiber it is Thanks guys I can always count on honesty here cause you don't know me and I appreciate that lol
    Speaking of the TruFiber carbon fiber ws9 hood, tell me if there is any fitment problems on the passenger side of the hood when you get yours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smittro View Post
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    You/we drive an American Icon my gear head bro.. They never go out of style..
    Got that one right lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Suzaku View Post
    Speaking of the TruFiber carbon fiber ws9 hood, tell me if there is any fitment problems on the passenger side of the hood when you get yours.
    No problem

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    ricers do this to show off... we do it for weight savings... i'd still have it painted...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spaz View Post
    ricers do this to show off... we do it for weight savings... i'd still have it painted...
    I might leave a pin stripe where you could see it but not much more..+2 on the paint..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smittro View Post
    I might leave a pin stripe where you could see it but not much more..+2 on the paint..
    I'll just order a fiberglass hood from trufiber or vfn depending on who has better quality control I talked to VFN and they seeemed great couldn't get much from trufibe email no phone and a bit dry responce but If the product is good I don't sleep with them lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Durango View Post
    I'll just order a fiberglass hood from trufiber or vfn depending on who has better quality control I talked to VFN and they seeemed great couldn't get much from trufibe email no phone and a bit dry responce but If the product is good I don't sleep with them lol
    The main problem I usually see with after market hoods is fitment. Fitment of a warped hood on an otherwise strait car looks ass imho.. Throw's the lines of our cars off and draws attention to itself by being mishapen.

    I figure I'll do molds of as many panels as I can.. Then do a carrage mold making a "carbon" copy of the entire roller cars shell.. Then flip the car upside down and do a full pan mold and copy it.. I've also been tossing around drilling out all the spot welds to make molds of each and every uin-componet. Doing a tubular center frame, then reconstructing the entire car using my other Camaro as a ref for constructing an entirely new carbon uni-body.. But that process would be a monumental under taking.. So rebody it is. I will already have to make complete doors. That alone will take a ton of time because it will take 2 molds for each half of the doors. Then they'll have to be fused correctly to work right. In a nut shell basicly doing as they do for fiberglass parts but wholey out of much lighter carbon fiber instead. That way I can still do a tubular for the IRS rear and then weld the uni-structure to it then rebody.. MAN, how I wish I could get a set of prints/mechanical/tech drawings for the cars structure..
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