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Old 09-18-2014, 12:17 PM   #1
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I wanted to warn you guys about a problem that is happening with trucarbons hood vents because I feel like the public needs to exercise caution with this particular piece.

The 13-14 carbon fiber hood vents wont last for more than 6-7 months before the clear starts separating from the carbon fiber. It starts to turn milky where the curve is on the very first vent. This is because the clear is separating from the carbon fiber. And eventually it splits open. I had this happen to one set after 6 months and trucarbon offered to replace them. I didn't take the offer because I traded my car for a gt500 the next day. Wel.... I traded the gt500 for another gt and bought the hood vents again, and what do you know...the same damn thing happens in less than 5 months. I called trucarbon at the 7 month mark because it royally pisses me off that this is the second set with the same issue, and this time...trucarbon tells me they won't send me a free replacement set. Apparently clear coat separates from carbon fiber after 7 months and trucarbon doesn't stand behind their product or believe that carbon fiber should last longer than 7 months. Pics are below...

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they make Mach 1 hoods too. That's a bummer
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To be fair. Is there any sort of suggested maintenance? Waxing, washing a certain way, avoid direct sunlight ...
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Every vendor I've dealt with has told me that trufiber is extremely slow and difficult to deal with...especially when there are issues with their product. You would think that they would stand behind their product a little more than that.

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To be fair. Is there any sort of suggested maintenance? Waxing, washing a certain way, avoid direct sunlight ...
I called trufiber to make sure I could wax them and they told me to treat it like a normal painted surface and that waxing was ok. They also told me that the clear coat was automotive grade and would protect it from uv rays. I fully understood that carbon fiber wouldn't last for ever, but they told me 3-5 years. 7 months is far off from what they claim.

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Get it recleared by a reputable body shop?


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That's going to cost more than the vents are worth. I thought about it, but trufiber should be fixing this garbage job. They did offer to replace them for 100 plus shipping, but that's a slap in the face after I bought them twice. Why would I pay to replace them for the problem to potentially happen again, only for trufiber to tell me to get lost.

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Not necessarily. Depends on the body shop. And yeah you're definitely getting the shaft. I almost went that route with the CF and I'm glad I didn't. Just had my paint guy do them gloss black for 40$. Came out mint.




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Wtf you started with a GT? then traded for a GT500 then back to a GT??? Are you MAD?
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Wtf you started with a GT? then traded for a GT500 then back to a GT??? Are you MAD?

MADNESS?!?!??!? THIS ISNT MADNESS....THIS. IS. SPARTAAAAAAAAA!!!!!


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The GT500 was slow honestly. I didn't like it enough to keep it.

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The GT500 was slow honestly. I didn't like it enough to keep it.

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That sounds silly... slow and GT500 in the same sentence. Lol


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We have had ours on for over a year with zero problems. I probably have more carbon fiber on this car than everyone combined on this site. You DO need to take special care of carbon fiber. This car is not garaged and is daily driven. Just on the exterior alone we have Trucarbon-front valance, hood vents, mirror covers side and rear splitters, mud flaps rear valance, rear GT500 spoiler. If you ever see any fogging, it is more than likely oxidation and not it separating. Use a good clear coat oxidation remover and the it will be gone. Not all carbon fiber pieces will fit 100% like OEM so you need to be prepared to work with it so it does fit 100% like an OEM part. I have been happy with all of our Trucarbon parts. I havent needed to send anything back, but have spoke with them on the phone about availability and they were always helpful to me.
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We have had ours on for over a year with zero problems. I probably have more carbon fiber on this car than everyone combined on this site. You DO need to take special care of carbon fiber. This car is not garaged and is daily driven. Just on the exterior alone we have Trucarbon-front valance, hood vents, mirror covers side and rear splitters, mud flaps rear valance, rear GT500 spoiler. If you ever see any fogging, it is more than likely oxidation and not it separating. Use a good clear coat oxidation remover and the it will be gone. Not all carbon fiber pieces will fit 100% like OEM so you need to be prepared to work with it so it does fit 100% like an OEM part. I have been happy with all of our Trucarbon parts. I havent needed to send anything back, but have spoke with them on the phone about availability and they were always helpful to me.
No offense man...but you didn't look at my pics. It's not oxidation. The clear is separating from the carbon and has split open exposing the cf. I garantee if you look closely on yours, you'll have signs of it too. I've taken special care with my cf. I wax it and never use anything to clean it that isn't clear coat safe.

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Old 09-18-2014, 11:06 PM   #17
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I painted mine for protection from the sun

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Carbon fiber should always be painted. Remember it's supposed to be for weight reduction, it only caught on as a visual because people think it looks good. It should always be painted like any other part.


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I have the Trufiber rear decklid panel.... think that's gonna go in 6 months? I'll be pretty pissed, it was pricey.
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I garantee if you look closely on yours, you'll have signs of it too.
Looked at closely ALL the time. The car is wiped down daily and trust me, if it were delaminating, we would see it and do something about it.
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The trucarbon parts are painted with am automotive grade clear that is uv resistant. there is no reason to paint it.

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I have the Trufiber rear decklid panel.... think that's gonna go in 6 months? I'll be pretty pissed, it was pricey.
I didn't have issues with the decklid because it doesn't have many curves. But like i said. These are my 2nd pair.

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The trucarbon parts are painted with am automotive grade clear that is uv resistant. there is no reason to paint it.

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Well there is a reason to paint it. Some people equate the look of carbon fiber to rice. I know if I had say a hood, fenders, trunk, they'd definitely be getting painted because they'd look out of place otherwise. That's just my opinion


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Well there is a reason to paint it. Some people equate the look of carbon fiber to rice. I know if I had say a hood, fenders, trunk, they'd definitely be getting painted because they'd look out of place otherwise. That's just my opinion


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I know what you mean. But I'm talking from a protection stand point. The clear is enough to.orotect it from the elements if it's properly sprayed and adheres to the surface.

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I know what you mean. But I'm talking from a protection stand point. The clear is enough to.orotect it from the elements if it's properly sprayed and adheres to the surface.

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Well that depends too. Unless you cleared it yourself, you don't know exactly what went into it, and how hardcore they went. I know me personally, if I were to buy a CF piece, and leave it CF, I'd have my personal body shop reclear it. That way I'd know it was protected.


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Thank you for the heads up on your experience.

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That sounds silly... slow and GT500 in the same sentence. Lol
"Wow, that Camaro was really slow next to my GT500."

Eh? Lol

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Sun destroys it,I tried wax,sealant,didn't work just painted it color of the car

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Sun destroys it,I tried wax,sealant,didn't work just painted it color of the car

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Other then trucarbon is there a better/different place to buy carbon accessories. Maybe a good place to buy a rear diffuser as well


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Just make a rear diffuser. Way cheaper, and cab actually function.

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Yeah...make one like this TruCarbon piece......
Let me show how many TruCarbon pieces we have with Zero issues like the OP.....sometimes, you get a bunk part, doesnt mean that every single one is the like yours:
Rear Quad Diffuser


Steering Wheel, radio bezel, complete console, window switch panels, door lock panel, no pictured but now the interior mirror covers



Radiator Cover, battery & brake booster covers, fuse box cover, (at this time, coolant cover)


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If there product was crap, you would think at LEAST one of these parts we got would have the same problem but they don't.
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You better hope you do that have problems, because they won't do anything about it.

I didn't have issues with any of my trucarbon stuff except the vents and it happened twice. From the pic you posted of the vents it looks like you might have the same separation on the last vent. Post a close up and let's see.

Trucarbon has awful customer service and they are equally as awful about warranty claims. Every vendor will tell you the same thing.

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Well there is a reason to paint it. Some people equate the look of carbon fiber to rice. I know if I had say a hood, fenders, trunk, they'd definitely be getting painted because they'd look out of place otherwise. That's just my opinion


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I know what you mean. But I'm talking from a protection stand point. The clear is enough to.orotect it from the elements if it's properly sprayed and adheres to the surface.

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Where did you order the carbon fiber quarter window covers from? I have the hood vents coming and think the quarter window covers would make a great addition
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