THE Carbon Fiber Review Thread

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  1. JMillerUA6

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    Please keep all posting that is not a review out of this thread.


    If its a trunk, lip, fuel filler door, or hood, we want to know about it!! Reviews on hood pins should go here too.

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    Weight vs. Stock if available:
    Pros:
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    Please keep all posting that is not a review out of this thread.
     
  2. NASOHC

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    CF Hood: VIS
    $$$: $300
    Pros: Lightweight & Looks - Fits like a glove.
    Cons: Fragile (heck, it's CF!) Black turns to bronze if exposed to a lot of sunlight.
    Final: Can't wait to get a CF trunk! I get a lot of compliments on it.

    BTW: Hood Pins are Sparco & be very careful when installing any hood pin on these hood as they're easy to crack.
     
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  3. inspired1

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    Brand & model: Clear Racing CF Hood
    Price paid and from where: $275 Demo Hood
    Weight vs. Stock if available: 14lbs
    Pros: Very light weight
    Cons: Oxidized after 3 years, weird white spots littered the hood
    Final verdict: I was a test fitter for this hood, but if I was the customer, I'd go with another brand.


    Brand & model: VIS M3 Carbon Fiber Spoiler
    Price paid and from where: $75
    Weight vs. Stock if available: what, like 3 lbs?
    Pros: Excellent build quality
    Cons: The actual spoiler was made for the E36 M3 so it is 1" short on both ends for Accord Sedans
    Final verdict: Someone tried to steal this wing from my car, it snapped in half but I was able to salvage it back to about 95% of the original item. Very nice Product.


    Brand & model: Hayame Carbon Fiber Sheets
    Price paid and from where: $17 for 12" x 12" Sheet 2mm thickness
    Weight vs. Stock if available: n/a
    Pros: Excellent weave pattern, easy to cut/modify to overlay anything from a nintendo DS to your Door Handles
    Cons: Adhesive will come off if repeatedly stick/restick
    Final verdict: Good buy, they come in other sizes as well.


    Brand & model: RAZO Carbon QuickShift AT Knob
    Price paid and from where: $40 @ Super Autobacs
    Weight vs. Stock if available: slightly heavier than a stock shift knob
    Pros: Brushed aluminum design with Carbon fiber Insert
    Cons: If you don't install it correctly, it grinds against your shifter
    Final verdict: Not really essential, but nice to have.


    Brand & model: RAZO Carbon Fiber Pedals
    Price paid and from where: $89 Auto-Freaks
    Weight vs. Stock if available: Stock + extra pedal
    Pros: Looks nice to compliment other CF Parts
    Cons: Simply wraps over your existing pedals rather than replacing the pedal itself
    Final verdict: Not really essential, but nice to have.



    Brand & model: Ebay Carbon Fiber Trim Pieces
    Price paid and from where: $30
    Weight vs. Stock if available: 1lb
    Pros: Adds more CF accents over the black door trims
    Cons: I did not get the black CF that I thought i was getting.
    Final verdict: Mine came to be kinda like a silverish black CF pattern. Not bad. easy to install.



    Brand & model: Aerocosmetixx Front Hood Spoiler
    Price paid and from where: $100
    Weight vs. Stock if available: +3 lbs.
    Pros: Wind deflector, keeps crap from hitting your wipers
    Cons: Keeps stuff trapped in your wipers from getting out (i.e. leaves)
    Final verdict: Not really essential, but a fun buy.



    Brand & model: Aerocosmettix Carbon Fiber Eyelids
    Price paid and from where: $35
    Weight vs. Stock if available:
    Pros: Flows with CF Hood
    Cons: Can't take them off without breaking them
    Final verdict: Alternative to those that want eyelids but don't feel like painting them.
     
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  4. 1NonlyAccord

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    Brand & model:VIS-Invader CF hood,VIS OEM style CF trunk, CF 'eyebrows'
    Price paid and from where:Hood:$600-Ebay
    Trunk:$175-Used Ebay
    Eyebrows-$35-Ebay
    Weight vs. Stock if available:Not exact numbers but; 30+lb stock--15lb CF
    Pros:Quick lose of weight,Looks cool-If you like CF-,Ballin status
    Cons:Hood-if not using hood pins;wants to lift up when driving,can see if 'wiggling' when driving.
    Trunk-Takes a while getting it to fit right or atleast look decent.
    Final verdict:Great weight reduction, Looks really cool..Maybe would have went with OEM style CF hood sometimes,but overall I love my CF and how it looks. looks good with blue..
     
  5. JMillerUA6

    JMillerUA6 Grillin' rape steaks

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    Brand & model: Fiber Images OE Style COUPE Hood
    Price paid and from where: $100 New (crackhead deal)
    Weight vs. Stock if available: About 10-15lbs lighter than OEM
    Pros: Weight Reduction, Looks, great finish, turns heads when the sun is shining on it!!
    Cons: I don't have hood pins so it rattles and shakes at highway speeds.
    Final verdict: Love the hood, would buy another.
     
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  6. BlkCurrantKord

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    Brand & model: VIS Invader Hood
    Price paid and from where: ??
    Weight vs. Stock if available: Weighs about 10lbs I guess
    Pros: Weight reduction
    Cons: Clear coat is fading and cracking, slightly warped.
    Final verdict: I'd buy another, maybe oem and get it clear coated by a shop.


    Brand & model: Carbon Creations/Extreme Dimensions Shaved CF Trunk
    Price paid and from where: Group buy on V6P, I think around $360
    Weight vs. Stock if available: 10-12lbs..stocker has gotta be 20+.
    Pros: Weight
    Cons: Clear fading, one corner got chipped in shipping.
    Final verdict: Love it
     
  7. pyaarawala

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    Brand & model: VIS OEM-Style (w/ center tail light) CF Trunk for 2dr accords

    Price paid and from where: $360 shipped (v6p)

    Weight vs. Stock if available: About 10-15lbs lighter than OEM

    Pros: Weight Reduction, Looks, great finish, turns heads when the sun is shining on it!! In my opinion, the CF trunks with the center tail lights make the coupes look much better over the shaved version.

    Cons: Install can be a hassle when it comes to shoving wires inside. I had to make the hole given by VIS even larger in order to make all the wires fit nicely. Oh, and fitment is a tiny bit off. The right side is slightly higher than the left. And the tail lights didn't fit in completely, so I had to take some of the rubber out, which allows a very small amount of water inside the trunk.

    Final verdict: The trunk is great, and I got it for a great price. Really changes the look of the car.

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  8. juicebox00

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    Brand & model: Pro Car Parts CF Hood
    Price paid and from where: $200, Bought off ebay but was pick-up only From Pro Car Parts
    Pros: Weighs much less and looks good. It also was an easy install
    Cons: There are about 1/4 cm gap's on either side and slightly bends. Also doesn't come with holes for windshield squiters but i made them into a water gun that shoots through the gap..:)
    Final verdict: If you want a decent hood for a low price (and you live in socal...=P) then this is a good hood for you
     
  9. turboaccord98

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    Brand model: TC sportline carbon hood
    Price: 550
    Pros: good fitment, looks great
    Cons: Started to haze after about 3 years of never being garaged which I guess isnt bad
    Verdict: Now that I'm going to school for composites engineering I will never buy one of these piece of crap made FIBERGLASS hoods ever again. But for most people it gets the job done by looking pretty.
     
  10. SykVSyx

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    Brand & model: Unknown(will update)
    Price paid and from where: ~$150US on Ebay
    Weight vs. Stock if available: ~half the weight of the stock handles
    Pros: Great fit and finish. Rare item and light weight
    Cons: Scratches visible on underside, from a distance can look like a DX model
    Final verdict: Very happy with the purchase, and it's not one of the more widely popular carbon fibre pieces people use.
     

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