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Postby syko says » Thu Feb 15, 2007 11:59 am

theUNYTEDone wrote:
Toxygene wrote:And if you plan on showing up to any events where other ST185 owners are. They'll know in a second you've got a Seibon.


+1....but where can a decent CF replica be found (other than VIS, which still isnt good), or FI, or...seibon.?


you can ask the engineers that work with composites (fiberglass, carbon fiber, kevlar, etc) at UH to try and make one for you. they make sattelites for nasa. so hoods should be no problem :P


theyd even make quite a few of side money too.
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Postby theUNYTEDone » Thu Feb 15, 2007 12:32 pm

it reminds me of shops i used to go to

" can you guys do _______ to my car?"
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Postby Toxygene » Thu Feb 15, 2007 3:23 pm

Actually, depending on what your trying to accomplish with the hood. I think there was someone who still had a Cusco Fiberglass RC hood for sale. It was just as light if not lighter than the CF versions and not quite the price mark-up either. In fact, maybe if a decent Carbon Fiber version doesn't exist. Perhaps a good Fiberglass shop could reproduce the Cusco hood.

It's too bad that VIS got the US hood so right and yet so wrong. It's still better looking than the Seibon hood dimensionally. It'll just look like you put the side vents on backwards. Fiber Images has made the best hood dimensionally as well as with the details. I just wish I knew if they were still selling it. If nothing else, perhaps we have some recourse with VIS and having them fix the hood they make and putting the vents in the right directions. Maybe someone should give them a call and ask them about it. While their at it, maybe someone could ask about making an RC hood as well.

Sorry no easy answer on this one.
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Postby SuperWhite92 » Thu Feb 15, 2007 6:33 pm

If you're just looking for the weight reduction, look no further than Cusco. They will build one for you (they already have the mold) and send it, and it will be notably lighter than the resin coated carbon fiber that we're discussing here. All for around $500+Shipping, and from a reputable company as well.
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Postby b00staholic » Thu Feb 15, 2007 7:13 pm

Does Cusco make a fiberglass RC hood?

I've only seen their fiberglass US hood floating around these boards...
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Postby SuperWhite92 » Thu Feb 15, 2007 7:22 pm

b00staholic wrote:Does Cusco make a fiberglass RC hood?

I've only seen their fiberglass US hood floating around these boards...


I believe it's the Gt-Four Hood only, I'm sure nukabe motorsports would know for sure, since they're the US branch.
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Postby CMS-GT4 » Thu Feb 15, 2007 7:42 pm

There was a FG CS hood groupbuy on the gtfour OC a while back. I wonder if we got them to do another batch and had a container shipped to help keep down shipping costs.

Then again, it might be more cost effect to just get some FG hoods made. I am not worried about it being CF so much as just loosing some weight. Thats if I even bother with it anymore.
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Postby turbocelica » Thu Feb 15, 2007 9:16 pm

i might be in on that gb too
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Postby alltracst185 » Fri Feb 16, 2007 2:47 am

all that does'nt matter to me,i don't care if anyone else likes my car when i'm the one that payed for it! it's lighter and cf thats all that matters to me at least.
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Postby SuperWhite92 » Fri Feb 16, 2007 3:10 am

alltracst185 wrote:all that does'nt matter to me,i don't care if anyone else likes my car when i'm the one that payed for it! it's lighter and cf thats all that matters to me at least.


Nobody accused you of buying a bad product or anything, or said you were stupid for doign it. We're just discussing how the rest of us would like to buy an accurate hood, that's all.
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Postby RedCelicaTRD » Fri Feb 16, 2007 5:16 am

I tried emailing Fiber Images a few weeks ago and didn't get a response. Maybe if enough people email them they will talk to one of us. sales@fiberimages.com
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Postby theUNYTEDone » Fri Feb 16, 2007 9:31 am

CMS-GT4 wrote:There was a FG CS hood groupbuy on the gtfour OC a while back. I wonder if we got them to do another batch and had a container shipped to help keep down shipping costs.

Then again, it might be more cost effect to just get some FG hoods made. I am not worried about it being CF so much as just loosing some weight. Thats if I even bother with it anymore.


will you be contacting www.gt40c.net to find out if another group buy is possible? how much were the selling prices?
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Postby Toxygene » Mon Feb 19, 2007 11:29 am

CMS-GT4 wrote:There was a FG CS hood groupbuy on the gtfour OC a while back. I wonder if we got them to do another batch and had a container shipped to help keep down shipping costs.

Then again, it might be more cost effect to just get some FG hoods made. I am not worried about it being CF so much as just loosing some weight. Thats if I even bother with it anymore.


+1

I'd be interested in loosing weight more than having the CF look. But I'm also interested in seeing what options are out there.


alltracst185 wrote:all that does'nt matter to me,i don't care if anyone else likes my car when i'm the one that payed for it! it's lighter and cf thats all that matters to me at least.


I'm all for people enjoying their cars. Do what you want to do. We are all discussing the different options available out there within the same price point and the differences in quality from personal standpoints.

I also hope that people take in to account the rareness of owning an Alltrac and make buying decisions with some consideration to keeping their AllTrac looking good. But again, it's your car.

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Postby theUNYTEDone » Mon Feb 19, 2007 7:19 pm

wow, thats a great copy!!!
i wonder what his reserve is though...that and because its in pounds, it'll skyrocket the US price.
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Postby CMS-GT4 » Mon Feb 19, 2007 7:44 pm

The pic on the ebay link is the same one thats in the for sale section in gt4oc. Not sure if its the same seller though. I think he only had one.

Depending on shipping cost, which I expect to be high, this might be an ok priced product. I would like to see it cost in the 500 or less range total.
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