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I know this is possible to do, but what are the advantages/disadvantages of doing so? Would a painted cf hood still chip like the stock one? I haven't found a good solution to the paint chipping and I still want to keep the stock look on the car.

The clear tape, I'm not sure what its called, that goes on the hood seems to do a good job, but I haven't seen it on a car where you couldn't tell.
I've seen quite a few oem style hoods out there. I haven't heard of many of the manufacturers. The VIS hood seems to be as expensive as they come, but it doesn't require hoodpins. Any other manufacturers that you guys would recommend?
 

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Dont fool yourself.... most of the cf hood manufacturers recommend the hood "for "OFF-ROAD USE" only and the use of hood pins is highly recommended. Check their disclaimers on their websites.

There are way too many latch failures that have shattered winshields by hoods flying open at 75mph.

Especially since you are boosted I'd get some hood pins powdercoated black and just put them on... better to be safe than sorry.
 

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VIS seems to me to be one of the worst hoods out there, as far as fitment is concerned. You want good quality, you are going to have to pay for it. DG motorsports makes a great hood for about 900.00. TRD also makes an excellent hood, and that runs about 1500.00. If yo uget one of these and decide to paint it, you will still run into chipping problems. The best thing to do is to opt for the 3M protective stuff.
 

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Flatline IS said:
VIS seems to me to be one of the worst hoods out there, as far as fitment is concerned. You want good quality, you are going to have to pay for it. DG motorsports makes a great hood for about 900.00. TRD also makes an excellent hood, and that runs about 1500.00. If yo uget one of these and decide to paint it, you will still run into chipping problems. The best thing to do is to opt for the 3M protective stuff.
I don't mind paying for a good hood, I just don't know which ones are worth the $$$. The 3M stuff seems to work well, but on every car I've seen with it, it has a seam of grime where the 3M film ends. Is there another option to this? Could I have it clearcoated a few extra times to help with the chipping?

As far as the hood smashing windshields go, could a more elaborate latching system work? I'm not fond of the hood pin idea. I think it looks cheesy on a street car. Any suggestions are appreciated!
 

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DarkStorm said:
Flatline IS said:
VIS seems to me to be one of the worst hoods out there, as far as fitment is concerned. You want good quality, you are going to have to pay for it. DG motorsports makes a great hood for about 900.00. TRD also makes an excellent hood, and that runs about 1500.00. If yo uget one of these and decide to paint it, you will still run into chipping problems. The best thing to do is to opt for the 3M protective stuff.
I don't mind paying for a good hood, I just don't know which ones are worth the $$$. The 3M stuff seems to work well, but on every car I've seen with it, it has a seam of grime where the 3M film ends. Is there another option to this? Could I have it clearcoated a few extra times to help with the chipping?

As far as the hood smashing windshields go, could a more elaborate latching system work? I'm not fond of the hood pin idea. I think it looks cheesy on a street car. Any suggestions are appreciated!
u want a CF hood? and want the best??

then TRD, hands down, far best you can get...perfect fitment, of course... 8)
 

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My hood is chipped beyond all recognition and last time I had the car out, a rock hit the lip on the front of hood, leaving a ding as wide as a dime and about half as deep. Of course, the paint is gone to the primer on that spot. I thought about touch up paint, but I doubt I could get it to look nice again with the extent of the damage and the massive ding I have now will have to bondo'd. I checked with the dentless guys and they said they could not get it out because of the lining under the hood.

If I'm going to buy a new hood, I might as well get a cf one right? I don't really want to spend anymore than a new hood would cost, but the weight difference between stock and cf are certainly appealing and worth a few extra bucks. Either way I'll have to paint, but was hoping a cf hood would be a little more durable than the stock one as far as holding onto the paint.

I really hate how bad our hoods chip. I've seen plenty that have lots of nicks, but not many as bad as mine. :(
 

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My hood is chipped beyond all recognition and last time I had the car out, a rock hit the lip on the front of hood, leaving a ding as wide as a dime and about half as deep. Of course, the paint is gone to the primer on that spot. I thought about touch up paint, but I doubt I could get it to look nice again with the extent of the damage and the massive ding I have now will have to bondo'd. I checked with the dentless guys and they said they could not get it out because of the lining under the hood.

If I'm going to buy a new hood, I might as well get a cf one right? I don't really want to spend anymore than a new hood would cost, but the weight difference between stock and cf are certainly appealing and worth a few extra bucks. Either way I'll have to paint, but was hoping a cf hood would be a little more durable than the stock one as far as holding onto the paint.

I really hate how bad our hoods chip. I've seen plenty that have lots of nicks, but not many as bad as mine. :(
ISMAN has the TRD CF hood on his 2001 black..looks sleek...why bother painting it??







8)
 

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That looks nice, but its pretty obvious its a cf hood :(. Hard to keep the car a sleeper when you show off your warez.
 

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That looks nice, but its pretty obvious its a cf hood :(. Hard to keep the car a sleeper when you show off your warez.
sure, I guess to each their own on "sleeper" status.....obviously ISMAN's is a sleeper, yet its not SUPER COVERT like I know how you want to be!!!

so, get the TRD CF hood and paint it then to match, no fitment worries.....so there ya go! 8)
 

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DarkStorm said:
That looks nice, but its pretty obvious its a cf hood :(. Hard to keep the car a sleeper when you show off your warez.
sure, I guess to each their own on "sleeper" status.....obviously ISMAN's is a sleeper, yet its not SUPER COVERT like I know how you want to be!!!

so, get the TRD CF hood and paint it then to match, no fitment worries.....so there ya go! 8)
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or you can always so something like this:






the TRD c/f hood quality is top notch, fitment is excellent and i have had no issues as far as the latch goes...no hood pins needed
 

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ISman does NOT have a TRD hood on his car "yet" what you are looking at in those pics is a VIS OEM hood that has been re sanded and re-clearcoated.

I had a VIS vented hood, and i never had any quality or fitment problems. neither has 4 of my other friends :-? maybe we got a good batch?
 

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ISman does NOT have a TRD hood on his car "yet" what you are looking at in those pics is a VIS OEM hood that has been re sanded and re-clearcoated.

I had a VIS vented hood, and i never had any quality or fitment problems. neither has 4 of my other friends :-? maybe we got a good batch?
ahhh, I stand corrected!!!! I was told it was.....
 

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- hmmm, I should introduce you guys to my friend... one of his "PET PEEVES" is carbon fiber hoods UNpainted...
 

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CF hood

i have a OEM CF hood on my car its made by EREBUNI , i got taht one caus ei got it for free :lol:

but i painted on it like crazy, my shop put tribals all over it and all types of shit , afta i had it i won 3 shows striat i loved it, and on top of all the designs we put about 7 coats of clear on it , i havnt had ONE chip yet and i have driven it from jersey to canda, ny, virginia and nuthin

so that could be a solution to the chipping

but for good quality hoods the others are right , the more expensive ones are better, i am sellin mine now, to get a HKS hood, it cost some money but it looks soooooooo goood
 

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Re: CF hood

lexus84 said:
i have a OEM CF hood on my car its made by EREBUNI , i got taht one caus ei got it for free :lol:

but i painted on it like crazy, my shop put tribals all over it and all types of sh*t , afta i had it i won 3 shows striat i loved it, and on top of all the designs we put about 7 coats of clear on it , i havnt had ONE chip yet and i have driven it from jersey to canda, ny, virginia and nuthin

so that could be a solution to the chipping

but for good quality hoods the others are right , the more expensive ones are better, i am sellin mine now, to get a HKS hood, it cost some money but it looks soooooooo goood
You Car Wouldn't Be a GGP with the C-west Kit would it :-?
 

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or you can always so something like this:






the TRD c/f hood quality is top notch, fitment is excellent and i have had no issues as far as the latch goes...no hood pins needed

Hood looks great. I was wondering how much your shop charged you to paint the sides black. I was thinking of doing the same with my GGP. From the pics you have posted it looks like they did an awsome job following the curve on the hood with the black paint.


Thanks

Justin
 

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tsopranoMB said:
BigDaddyRich said:
ISman does NOT have a TRD hood on his car "yet" what you are looking at in those pics is a VIS OEM hood that has been re sanded and re-clearcoated.

I had a VIS vented hood, and i never had any quality or fitment problems. neither has 4 of my other friends :-? maybe we got a good batch?
ahhh, I stand corrected!!!! I was told it was.....
he has told me numerous times it was a trd hood also. :-?
 

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dont forget that the TRD also has the high quality carbon fiber, where the weave is much much smaller and tighter than the average cf hood. meaning its more stronger and more durable. oh and its lighter too :D

which also explains why it costs so much more :lol:
 
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