All we can go by is Calif. State Law where we work, drive, and reside. According to Calif. Vehicle Code you must have bumper covers (bumpers) and a hood on your vehicle at all times. It does not designate material. So fibreglass, carbon fibre, Kevlar, etc. is okay. Every single state in USA has their own different vehicle code books and their own state highway laws. You can contact your local DMV or law enforcement for a copy of vehicle code state laws. In Calif. a code book is only $3.00 at any DMV. We suggest you get one. 5a) If I buy a carbon fibre or fibreglass hood, how does it go on? - Just like your stock one does. Almost all hoods we sell have latches and all hoods have pre-tapped holes for easy installation. Hoods without latches such as 88-91 Civic / CRX, BMW's, Audi use the stock OEM latch which bolts right off of the stock metal hood in a matter of a couple minutes. For some cars (especially German cars) you will have to disengauge the stock hydraulics. Takes a couple seconds to un-bolt them. You can use zip ties to hold them down.
Yes and No; some you can if you are mechanically inclined and have experience with this kind of labor. Some vehicles are much more difficult than others when removing and installing parts. You have to know your limitations and let the pro's handle the job if need be.
Yes, but that is up to you if you want to modify the bumper or try to modify your front bar to accommodate your own request. Remember these parts are solely intended for racing purposes only and off highway use. Some bumpers do not require removal of the bar. WeDO NOT know about every single vehicle application in which you may or may not remove the bar. 3b) Will my body shops remove the front reinforcement bar? - Yes and No. Some will, and some will not because they do not want to be held liable and federal law requires it. Some may make you sign some sort of waiver. Some do not care and just want business. You will need to work that out with whatever body shop is installing your aero parts. Remember these parts are intended for race use only.
Carbon Fiber is a fabric. Think of a T-Shirt like Hanes or Fruit of the Loom and see how it stretches when you pull on your shirt; well carbon fiber is the same thing. It stretches, therefore sometimes the weave may be slightly crooked or off in one or two places. 99% of the time you cannot tell unless you are closely scrutinizing the hood or looking for flaws with your nose almost touching the hood surface. If your plan is to heavily scrutinize the hood w/ a magnifying glass and this is a major nit-picking concern of yours, please DO NOT purchase a carbon fibre hood from us. We would rather keep it in stock then make a sale since obviously you are getting a hood for the wrong reasons. The hoods we sell are very, very clean and of the best quality factories. These hoods are intended to lighten the car for racing purposes and if the hood has vents to either let heat out or cool air come in depending on the vent or scoop function. Nothing more, nothing less. That is the sole purpose of these hoods. If you look at most race cars, yes most of the car is composed of carbon fibre, fibreglass, & Kevlar, but you cannot tell because they paint everything and put graphics on the vehicle. Real race car drivers can care less about "Wow I can see the cool carbon fibre weave everywhere." We do however agree on a modified street car, yes un-painted carbon fiber looks cool and unique, this is just an explanation for the nit-pickers out there that are more concerned about indoor shows and thinking they are going to lose a point. Condition of Sale: All sales are final and all products sold by ImportParts.co.za (The Seller) are sold "as is" to the Buyer. Returns: Authorization to return any and all products must be obtained by the Buyer from ImportParts.co.za in advance and must be made within (5) days of receiving the product. All returned products to ImportParts.co.za are subject to 25% restocking fee. Buyer must pay for all Shipping / Handling fees on any and all returns to ImportParts.co.za. All products which are approved for return are for store credit only. All products returned for credit must be in the original manufacturer’s carton in the same condition as it was originally delivered by ImportParts.co.za to the Buyer. Only the original Buyer may request for a return of products. All warranty cards and other such items must be included with the product being returned. Defective items may be exchanged for the same item only, and only after warranty has been cleared from original manufacturer will the Buyer receive product back. After receipt of goods, ImportParts.co.za shall inspect the goods to determine the exact quantity and condition of goods received. If ImportParts.co.za does not accept the goods as being defective and/or returnable for any reason, Buyer must accept incurred costs. Wheels and Tires which have been mounted or used are not returnable under any condition. Special Orders, Custom Made Orders, and all Electrical or Mechanical parts are not returnable.
Again, read question 2b. Depending on the factory, some have less quality control than others. Depending on what the factories pays their labour force, if not much, the workers will do the minimum amount of grinding and sanding a bumper. Sometimes bumpers are pulled out of the mould too fast and they are soft in some areas. That is why you may see bondo marks on the bumper to smooth it out. It is very common (bondo marks) do not be alarmed. Sometimes during freight transit the bumper rubs and "hits" other parts in the box and small chips & pits can occur. Remember these are all fiberglass parts which are very, very fragile. You can make a damage claim which WILL delay your replacement part and waste more time. An easy common cure is to get some bondo from your local Home Depot or hardware store and you can dab a little on the area and fix it in about 5 minutes. Body shops can perform this minor easy repair, but we see shops outside Calif. charging ridiculous amounts for a couple minutes of labour and about $2 worth of materials used. Now availableisBondo / Fiberglass combination which are even stronger and better than plain bondo. Cost is a little bit higher, but it works better and good to keep around if you accidentally crack your bumper later on down the line and can fix for almost nothing yourself rather than forking out a couple hundred for repair work.
Please follow our claim procedure. Read our terms / conditions carefully located on the homepage of this website concerning claims. You must notify us immediately, meaning either the day you received the part. If not that day, then the following business day. If you have more questions; please feel free to call or email us, we are more than happy to explain.
No, most are basic, remove some bolts,remove the hood, put on new aftermarket hood. Time frame is 5 minutes to 45 minutes depending on the car application. Usually you need a basic metric ratchet set and a flat head and phillips screwdrivers just in case.
Different aero parts we sell come from many various different factories being mass produced. Also add the fact that these are coming from different molds some being 3rd and 4th generation copies and so on. This is why you pay $400-$600 for a cheap kit rather than $1,500-$4000+ range for original brand name kits. We cannot guarantee perfect fitments for the cheap kits. We can only guarantee perfect fitments with Wings West, Bomex, C-Westin', SWAAT, and other original brands. You will pay more for these which in our opinion is worth it since most people outside So. Calif. do not have access to the custom body shops we have here. We do try to send out the best and cleanest kits to all of our customers. For some kits there is only one mold that comes from one factory such as the Cyber Corolla kits, and some Kombat items we sell. The fitment is good, but the overall quality of the glass work is fair and may not be up to someone else’s standards. You will have to deal with these kits when you purchase them and acknowledge this fact. We have lowered many aero kit prices to help in this situation as we know some additional prepping (sanding, grinding) will be involved.
If you buy a full bumper either front or rear you must totally remove your stock OEM bumper cover. On many aftermarket bumpers such as 95-99 Eclipse and 96-00 Civics you will also need to remove the front reinforcement bar. You may need to remove factory OEM side skirts (akarocker panels) before trying to install aftermarket side skirts. Believe or not we have had several people & body shops buy replacement bumpers and tried to install them over their stock OEM bumper.
Because these aftermarket hoods are usually half the weight of your stock metal hood and lightweight intended for racing / track purposes. Most people buy these hoods for their daily drivers which is fine, but the hood pins are an extra safety measure to make sure the hood stays on the vehicle and not on someone else’s windshield. We have heard of this happening. Do not be a victim! Do not risk getting sued! Spend an extra $20 bucks and get hood pins.
99% of body kits and none of the aftermarket hoods sold come whatsoever with any hardware orinstuctions. Only Bomex, Wings West, Xenon, and Kaminari come with any instructions and hardware for installation. That is one reason you pay more for those brands. Kits come in the box raw. Most bumpers install like you would stock.
Calm down. If you live in a major city or near one within reasonable driving distance you should easily find a custom body shop that does good work, has the experience, and has descent prices without getting raped. Sometimes you can go on internet forums concerning your car and ask people who are in your area who they recommend. Most people are willing and share good information and give you good leads. If you are the boondocks and have zero or maybe one or two local shops, then yes you have to possibly take a chance with them if you do not want to drive outside your area. We suggest looking around, investigating and getting estimates first. Show the shop the kit first. Ask the shop manager or owner if he or she has experience with import body kits and how much experience do they have; meaning how many actual kits have they installed? Ask them which kits they have installed and painted. Ask to see pictures of the result of their work. Get an estimate in writing and signed. We have so many customers who drop the car off at the first body shop they see as soon as their car is in an accident and decide they now want a body kit because insurance will pay for it, so they get the cheapest kit possible to cut down on costs so they can buy other items. (We know the game.) They have no idea whatsoever what the experience level the shop has their car is at. All we are saying is dosome homework and you will save yourself less hassle and probably some money in the future.
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