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Old 11-20-2012, 11:25 PM   #1
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Carbon fiber insert?

Where can I find an exposed carbon fiber insert for my new 2013 ZL1 vert that won't cost me an arm and a leg? When I bought my car out of state, I thought based on the sticker that I was getting the exposed carbon fiber insert but to my surprise when the car was delivered to my home it was painted gray. I was stuck with no options, I was told by the dealer that it would cost me $4,500 for a new insert, that is if they could find one.

I wonder if the painted one I have can have the paint removed and the carbon fiber be clear coated just like it should be? Does anybody have one for sale?

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Old 11-20-2012, 11:30 PM   #2
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One just sold on ebay for a little over 2,000 but that was from a damaged hood. They are not available to order anywhere other then GM and I don't even think they are off restraint right now. I'd say just have a LOT of patience or be happy with what you have.
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Old 11-20-2012, 11:51 PM   #3
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I wonder if you could have a vinyl wrap applied that looks like carbon fiber?
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Old 11-21-2012, 12:01 AM   #4
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I wonder if you could have a vinyl wrap applied that looks like carbon fiber?
This is what I was thinking, a decent vinyl shop should be able to wrap it for well under $500 I would think.
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Old 11-21-2012, 12:17 AM   #5
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first I would offer it it up for trade. there are poeple who got carbon hoods that did not want it. offer your up gray or painted to match what ever color they want. some people wanted flat black and got carbon.

second I would look to carbon fiber vendor to see if they think ithe paint could be stripped and the carbon exposed.

the oem piece is expensive and I think those are your best option $$$ wise.
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Old 11-21-2012, 12:30 AM   #6
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I'm pretty sure you can sand it down and remove the paint, the CF will be covered with resin, after that you just clear coat it.
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Old 11-21-2012, 07:52 AM   #7
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Yes,
I want to offer up my painted gray hood insert up for trade, I will even have my insert painted to what ever color the person wants if I can receive the exposed carbon fiber (ECF) insert clear coated. This car has less than 400 miles and is always garaged. Just PM if anyone is interested!!
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Old 11-21-2012, 07:58 AM   #8
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Or you can have it hydro dipped..
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i thought the zl1 came with the carbon insert? or thats just an option
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Old 11-21-2012, 08:05 AM   #10
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i thought the zl1 came with the carbon insert? or thats just an option

The exposed CF insert is a $600 option, the painted CF is standard.
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Old 11-21-2012, 08:13 AM   #11
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The exposed CF insert is a $600 option, the painted CF is standard.
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As it was explained to us in the beginning, part of the reason the ECF costs more than the painted ones is that on the ECF inserts, they have to be very carefull when laying the carbon fiber to make sure the weave pattern is uniform and even throught the layers since it will be visible. Any minor imperfections would be very noticible,

Because of that, I'm not sure what the painted insert would loook like if you removed the layer of paint. You might not be happy with what you find.
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Old 11-21-2012, 09:30 AM   #13
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VINYL......are you guys serious. EFF that. Take it to a good custom painter. He'll be able to lay a nice carbon fiber finish on that insert with no problem and it'll cost you way less than 2grand.
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Old 11-21-2012, 10:15 AM   #14
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The exposed carbon fiber look is a trend/fade and will pass. It will be out as quickly as it came in. Save your money. I'll sell mine as soon as this fade is over. lol
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Old 11-21-2012, 12:32 PM   #15
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I found it online for $3000.
http://www.shopchevyparts.com/exteri...-92253784.html
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Old 11-21-2012, 12:39 PM   #16
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Hydrodip it.
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Old 11-22-2012, 01:07 AM   #17
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How hard is it to remove the insert? I ordered mine a week ago with the ECF but now I'm not sure if I want it or not. I'm kind of liking the look of the AGM insert.
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Old 11-22-2012, 11:30 AM   #18
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They are very simple to come off, let me know if you would be interested in swapping with me and I'll pay for all the shipping both ways.
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Old 11-22-2012, 02:03 PM   #19
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There are like 8 bolts I think and then it snaps in with clips. that is the trick part from what I have read but have not taken mine off yet to see.
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Old 11-22-2012, 08:29 PM   #20
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This is what I was thinking, a decent vinyl shop should be able to wrap it for well under $500 I would think.
come on, if you do that you may a well bought a plane Jane Camaro and just put ZL1 badging on it.

It all comes down to what the car was born with.
Just leave the car with what it came with.
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Old 11-22-2012, 09:31 PM   #21
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If you do anything, you should buy a CF hood and make sure you keep what the car was made with. Remember Origanal is very important if you go to sell, buyers do not normally want a customized car, they want the way it was made and may want it changed to their ideas.
Any mods, make sure the car can be put back to stock.
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Old 11-22-2012, 09:35 PM   #22
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The exposed carbon fiber look is a trend/fade and will pass. It will be out as quickly as it came in. Save your money. I'll sell mine as soon as this fade is over. lol
They said that about AC in race cars back in the 60s, now they make a car worth more now days.
I remember nobody wanted a rag top, now look. The top goes down the price goes up.
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Old 12-02-2012, 09:27 PM   #23
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Still looking for a carbon fiber insert (clear coat), please help out there.
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Old 12-02-2012, 10:46 PM   #24
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Still looking for a carbon fiber insert (clear coat), please help out there.
The dealer would be where to get one if you can, they may still be on constraint.

I do not know why anybody would have one for sale. Owners have waited longer just to get one when we ordered the ZL1, I for one did.

You say it is on the sticker? Was it? If it was have the dealer get it changed for you.
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Old 12-04-2012, 08:41 AM   #25
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I wonder what the hydro dipped would look like?
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