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How does everyone feel about the SEIBON hoods

Postby 86turboswap » Fri Jul 17, 2009 5:59 am

I am a dealer for SEIBON and figured I'd see what everyone thinks about the SEIBON hoods. I am thinking of running a group buy and selling them real cheap.


First off I want opinions from those that have seen them, installed them, bought them.

Second I want to gauge interest so If your Interested in a ST185 or ST205 Carbon Fiber Hood Speak Up.
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Postby Gary ST165 » Fri Jul 17, 2009 8:09 am

Seibon Carbon bonnets >>> they fade eventually :(

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Postby RafaCalde » Fri Jul 17, 2009 9:55 am

i'd get one eventually. quick question, how hard is it to paint CF?
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Postby zak062 » Fri Jul 17, 2009 10:57 am

If u made one for a 165, i'd definatly buy one
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Postby alistair » Fri Jul 17, 2009 1:59 pm

zak062 wrote:If u made one for a 165, i'd definatly buy one


Same here. I'd love one with a scoop for my 165.
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Postby Dracov » Fri Jul 17, 2009 2:09 pm

No 165 hood no care
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Postby 86turboswap » Fri Jul 17, 2009 4:33 pm

If you guys remember I did have a ST16X hood with a ST185 RC/CS/A Vent and had seibon make it in carbon fiber.

I outlayed $2500 to make the mold.

Not a single person bought one.
I ended up with the only hood.

Seibon was not happy about it since I only paid about half the cost of the mold.
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Postby 86turboswap » Fri Jul 17, 2009 4:35 pm

Gary ST165 wrote:Seibon Carbon bonnets >>> they fade eventually :(

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Fitment looks spot on. That hood is clearly scuffed or sanded, ready for painting. I have seen 100's of faded and UV damaged carbon fiber products and none that bad.

Remember I'm in AZ where 120 degrees is not uncommon I see UV faded CF hoods everyday.
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Postby Mafix » Fri Jul 17, 2009 4:39 pm

and that is why i'm not interested.
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Postby RedCelicaTRD » Fri Jul 17, 2009 5:26 pm

Not interested. They are the worst looking of the bunch.
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Postby Gary ST165 » Fri Jul 17, 2009 5:33 pm

86turboswap wrote:If you guys remember I did have a ST16X hood with a ST185 RC/CS/A Vent and had seibon make it in carbon fiber.

I outlayed $2500 to make the mold.

Not a single person bought one.
I ended up with the only hood.

Seibon was not happy about it since I only paid about half the cost of the mold.



eh? i don't recall > where is the thread please, i would love to at least see a picture
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Postby LegacyofDan » Fri Jul 17, 2009 5:56 pm

i find it really hard to believe that one had interest in the hood, i'm not calling you a liar, i'm just saying that you didn't market well at all. :|
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Postby mx6er2587 » Fri Jul 17, 2009 6:20 pm

86turboswap wrote:
Fitment looks spot on. That hood is clearly scuffed or sanded, ready for painting. I have seen 100's of faded and UV damaged carbon fiber products and none that bad.



I'd have to agree with this 100% there's simply no way for the entire hood to be so evenly and severely discolored with the scoop still in perfect shape unless its being prepped for paint. You know that would be a really neat look. A black hood with just the scoop in carbon...

anyway. My biggest issue with seibon st185 hoods is the fact that they are not direct oem replicas. They look like someone looked at a picture online than sketched up the hood design. Its not even close. Fix that and I might be interested.

You need to post some pictures and try selling that st165 hood again, I feel you would have a lot more sales this time around
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Postby Simba » Fri Jul 17, 2009 6:21 pm

The gel coat they use is (obviously) not UV stabilized. You'd need to have it shot with a UV clear protectant if you want the carbon look, or just paint it otherwise.

Seibon's quality has slipped a bit of late, but they're still the only ones doing complex dry carbon parts anywhere. The fitment is generally quite good, too, so it kind of depends on what you want it for.

If you want a CF hood because it's light, paint it and it won't matter. If you want one because of the boy-racer bling crap, buy one that has UV stabilized epoxy.

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Postby 86turboswap » Fri Jul 17, 2009 6:50 pm

LegacyofDan wrote:i find it really hard to believe that one had interest in the hood, i'm not calling you a liar, i'm just saying that you didn't market well at all. :|


I owned and operated 4gcelica.net for 5 years.
I knew just about every 4th genner there was at the time. ST16X
There was tons of interest, I ran a group buy, everyone was all over it, but didn't have the money. I received 2 deposits for the hoods and I needed at least 15 to have them produced. So then I refunded the 2 deposits, and I paid $2500 out of my own pocket to Seibon for the mold. Supposedly if I paid half the cost of the mold they would produce them 1 at a time. I kept the prototype hood. Not a single sale. Seibon has since misplaced or destroyed the mold. At least that was what I was told when I offered to pay another $2500 and come pick up the mold.
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