Re: Z06 2008 Carbon Fiber Hood
If you are buying it purely for the looks, my recommendation is to get one made from "Black Glass".... for less than HALF the price of carbon. It's made from Polyurethane Resin, ((or Vinylester if you prefer)).... is just as good as Carbon, but does NOT have to be autoclaved (( baked under pressure)) like Carbon, therefore is less manufacturing time. ANd you cannot tell the difference. It's that good.
SO, before you blow a lot of money on something from a vendor that has not yet proven it's reliability, ((especially fitment issues))..... think about it.
(( by the way, did you check to see that it actually has an INNER HOOD LINER with the proper STEEL THREADED INSERTS for hinge attachment AND/OR latches??? Some do.. some do not. Be careful. ))
Secondary to "FITMENT" and correct attaching points... you need to check and find out of the resin they used was AMBER (( which MOST epoxy resins are when dealing with Carbon Fiber as a fabricating material)) or CLEAR Epoxy. ((different from clear gelcoat....much different))
The point is, the AMBER resin will continue to get darker with age and heat cycles from the ENGINE BAY/ EXHAUST MANIFOLD....not just the sushine and environment. By the time the "COLOR" becomes an issue, the warranty and return policy window is far closed, and you're STUCK with a very expensive hood that is turning darker brown/yellow as the weeks progress. (( the darker it gets, the faster it absorbs more UV light, and expedites the discoloration process)).
Take it from a Corvette fabricator that does a LOT of Carbon work... ((kevlar, graphite, and all the exotic composites)). It pay s to do your homework. Like most everything else coming from CHINA.. they have a tendancy to circumvent the regs, make things as cheaply as possible, ((hence they don't put the UV protection in because it costs more to fabricate, and cuts into profit margins)) infringe on copyrights and design, and take your hard earned cash and RUN with it. Good luck.. And make sure they honor their return policy, iF they have one on those parts.
A quick GOOGLE on "Carbon Creations Hoods" brings up a LOT Of questions about fitment, and the other concerns you have. Check them out. You may save yourself some heart ache.
Last edited by Vettemeister; 06-29-2012 at 02:19 AM.