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Mikeyt03 09-18-2014 12:17 PM

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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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Brockman66 09-18-2014 12:46 PM

Thanks for the heads up!

ab_mach1 09-18-2014 12:54 PM

they make Mach 1 hoods too. That's a bummer :|

Voltwings 09-18-2014 12:55 PM

To be fair. Is there any sort of suggested maintenance? Waxing, washing a certain way, avoid direct sunlight ...

Mikeyt03 09-18-2014 12:58 PM

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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Mikeyt03 09-18-2014 01:11 PM

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Originally Posted by Voltwings (Post 2092087)
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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2014oxstang 09-18-2014 04:33 PM

Get it recleared by a reputable body shop?


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Mikeyt03 09-18-2014 06:28 PM

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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2014oxstang 09-18-2014 06:36 PM

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.

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/l...3F431CE1_1.jpg


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Frozen Yettie 09-18-2014 06:44 PM

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

2014oxstang 09-18-2014 06:45 PM

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Originally Posted by Frozen Yettie (Post 2092348)
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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Frozen Yettie 09-18-2014 06:47 PM

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Originally Posted by 2014oxstang (Post 2092349)
MADNESS?!?!??!? THIS ISNT MADNESS....THIS. IS. SPARTAAAAAAAAA!!!!!


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+1

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Mikeyt03 09-18-2014 07:18 PM

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

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ab_mach1 09-18-2014 07:20 PM

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Originally Posted by Mikeyt03 (Post 2092398)
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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Deerslayer 09-18-2014 07:23 PM

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.

Mikeyt03 09-18-2014 07:29 PM

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Originally Posted by Deerslayer (Post 2092405)
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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chefron50 09-18-2014 11:06 PM

I painted mine for protection from the sun

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Soccerluvr4 09-19-2014 12:42 AM

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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GrabberBlue1993 09-19-2014 01:30 AM

I have the Trufiber rear decklid panel.... think that's gonna go in 6 months? I'll be pretty pissed, it was pricey.

Deerslayer 09-19-2014 05:06 AM

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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.

Mikeyt03 09-19-2014 05:38 AM

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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Mikeyt03 09-19-2014 05:40 AM

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Originally Posted by GrabberBlue1993 (Post 2092656)
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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2014oxstang 09-19-2014 10:02 AM

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Originally Posted by Mikeyt03 (Post 2092685)
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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Mikeyt03 09-19-2014 10:43 AM

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Originally Posted by 2014oxstang (Post 2092808)
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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2014oxstang 09-19-2014 10:45 AM

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Originally Posted by Mikeyt03 (Post 2092830)
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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UltArc 09-19-2014 01:17 PM

Thank you for the heads up on your experience.

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Originally Posted by Azure (Post 2092403)
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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chefron50 09-19-2014 02:20 PM

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

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2014oxstang 09-19-2014 03:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by chefron50 (Post 2092997)
Sun destroys it,I tried wax,sealant,didn't work just painted it color of the car

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This ^


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Nroeder13gt 09-21-2014 10:49 AM

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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UltArc 09-21-2014 07:30 PM

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

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Deerslayer 09-21-2014 07:53 PM

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
http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/m...psfba448b7.jpg

Steering Wheel, radio bezel, complete console, window switch panels, door lock panel, no pictured but now the interior mirror covers
http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/m...ps721f3e19.jpg
http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/m...ps4b82d5e9.jpg
http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/m...ps62c43e14.jpg
Radiator Cover, battery & brake booster covers, fuse box cover, (at this time, coolant cover)
http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/m...ps8b364a5b.jpg

GT500 wing, rear quad diffuser, quater window louvers (at that time)
http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/m...ps25dba968.jpg

Front Valance & Hood Vents
http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/m...psf0045c39.jpg
http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/m...ps5df1c4fe.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/m...ps46a4b7d0.jpg
http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/m...ps414acb80.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/m...ps81423638.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/m...pse4d3475f.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/m...ps7aa5a1f6.jpg

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.

Mikeyt03 09-21-2014 08:08 PM

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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Mikeyt03 09-21-2014 08:10 PM

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Originally Posted by 2014oxstang (Post 2092808)
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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absherk 10-31-2014 02:01 PM

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 :)

Nroeder13gt 10-31-2014 02:27 PM

I'm pretty sure you can find them on American muscle site



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