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Old 05-01-2013, 12:25 PM   #1
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Can anyone post up-close photos of both versions of the Carbon Fiber insert (exposed vs. painted). I did a quick search but couldn't find any good comparison photos. Thanks!
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Old 05-01-2013, 02:14 PM   #2
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Google images is your friend there are tons.


the exposed carbon looks good on all colors IMO. the ashen gray looks good on certain colors. It does not look as good to me on red, orange, ashen gray, yellow. Looks decent on black, white. have not seen it on silver yet but it might look good becaue there is still a ton of contrast.

on a black car I would be conflicted. all other colors I would roll the exposed carbon.
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Old 05-01-2013, 02:17 PM   #3
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Installed the clear one on my 2013 and like it a lot better.
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I have never been a fan of replacing various interior and exterior trim pieces with carbon fiber parts, especially the stick-on kind. Because of this it was my initial thought to order my 2013 IOM ZL1 with the standard grey insert. But my friend Mark felt the ECF was so much better that there was no comparison between the two. So I placed my order with the ECF insert (and the bright 5-spoke wheels). I'm so glad that I did because it looks fanatastic with the ECF.
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Old 05-01-2013, 02:57 PM   #5
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Installed the clear one on my 2013 and like it a lot better.

Clear, as in see through?

Got a pic of that?
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Old 05-01-2013, 03:21 PM   #6
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Clear as in see through?
Pretty sure he meant clear-coat over ECF. All hood inserts are carbon fiber. They're either painted grey metallic or clear-coated so you actually see the carbon fiber. ECF is more expensive because it can't be flawed (they can still use flawed inserts by painting them grey) and I read that the clear coat used over carbon fiber is very expensive (it has a UV-protectant to keep the carbon fiber looking good).
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Old 05-01-2013, 03:28 PM   #7
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Google images is your friend there are tons.


the exposed carbon looks good on all colors IMO. the ashen gray looks good on certain colors. It does not look as good to me on red, orange, ashen gray, yellow. Looks decent on black, white. have not seen it on silver yet but it might look good becaue there is still a ton of contrast.

on a black car I would be conflicted. all other colors I would roll the exposed carbon.
Nice work there ! and I agree on the black car conflict and CF on all the other colors. Until I saw it on the black hood I was 100% ECF.
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Due to constraint I was unable to order the ECF insert. I was disappointed at first, having an AGM ZL1 with an AGM insert, but have been ecstatic ever since delivery.

While the painted insert doesn't get the same "Wow, that's cool" response that the ECF does, from all angles other than directly above, the inserts are virtually indistinguishable due to the reflection of the clear. Without the ECF, there's really no temptation or need for me to use HydroDip or vinyl "carbon fiber" to complement the "theme".

Besides that, I have an "option" that no 2012 ZL1 has, and only a few 2013 ZL1's, a body colored insert from the factory.

I don't care about "someday" value, but even for right now it's rare. Most people that know anything about the ZL1 are expecting an ECF insert. When they see a body color insert they assume it's custom, when I tell them it came that way, I get a great "Whoa, that's cool!" response.

If you can forgive the "whoring", here are some of my pics of AGM ZL1 with the AGM insert.
















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Thanks for the help!! I plan on ordering a '14 ZL1 in white. I was debating on which way to go but I'm leaning towards the grey insert.
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Due to constraint I was unable to order the ECF insert. I was disappointed at first, having an AGM ZL1 with an AGM insert, but have been ecstatic ever since delivery.

While the painted insert doesn't get the same "Wow, that's cool" response that the ECF does, from all angles other than directly above, the inserts are virtually indistinguishable due to the reflection of the clear. There's really no temptation or need for me to use HydroDip or vinyl "carbon fiber" to complement the "theme".

Besides that, I have an "option" that no 2012 ZL1 has, and only a few 2013 ZL1's, a body colored insert from the factory.

I don't care about "someday" value, but even for right now it's rare. Most people that know anything about the ZL1 are expecting an ECF insert. When they see a body color insert they assume it's custom, when I tell them it came that way, I get a great "Whoa, that's cool!" response.

If you can forgive the "whoring", here are some of my pics of AGM ZL1 with the AGM insert.
















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Old 05-01-2013, 05:11 PM   #11
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CAR LOOKS AWESOME.
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Old 05-01-2013, 05:25 PM   #12
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GREAT PICS CAR LOOKS AWESOME.
Thanks. I love your track vids and pics.

I always wish you had 10 spokes so I could watch and pretend it's "my car" tearing up the track. LOL
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I have never been a fan of replacing various interior and exterior trim pieces with carbon fiber parts, especially the stick-on kind. Because of this it was my initial thought to order my 2013 IOM ZL1 with the standard grey insert. But my friend Mark felt the ECF was so much better that there was no comparison between the two. So I placed my order with the ECF insert (and the bright 5-spoke wheels). I'm so glad that I did because it looks fanatastic with the ECF.
I agree, I don't go out of my way for the carbon fiber look. I have a friend with a SS that puts fake carbon fiber anywhere on his car he can, real too like his splitter, but he has carbon fiber sticker on the spoiler and I don't get that.

I didn't order my car, wasn't in position to. So it came how it did which was with ECF insert, so I hadn't put much thought into it, but the car as a whole gets a lot of looks and comments, people that don't know what it is assume I had some custom done to a regular Camaro, I tell them nope, it came like that
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Old 05-01-2013, 07:26 PM   #14
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I was looking for the ECF when I found the one with the painted insert. I fell in love with it immediately. I honestly dont think you could go wrong with either one. But I have NO complaints about the painted one on my Victory Red.
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Old 05-01-2013, 07:44 PM   #16
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I have the exposed insert on my mine, and my dad has the painted insert on his Yellow ZL1. I was really liking the idea of the exposed insert from the very beginning. However, after seeing my dad's, I like the painted one a lot too. Because of that, if I were to get a second ZL1, I would save the money on the exposed insert and just get the painted one. I especially like it on the Ashen Gray, because it's color-matched to the rest of the car. I would like it the least on a Black car, because it would look closer to a color-match fail.
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I have never been a fan of replacing various interior and exterior trim pieces with carbon fiber parts, especially the stick-on kind. Because of this it was my initial thought to order my 2013 IOM ZL1 with the standard grey insert. But my friend Mark felt the ECF was so much better that there was no comparison between the two. So I placed my order with the ECF insert (and the bright 5-spoke wheels). I'm so glad that I did because it looks fanatastic with the ECF.
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Old 05-01-2013, 10:07 PM   #18
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Silverds - Where did you get the front bowtie? I like that one.
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Flat back on my AGM . Had dealer change it from ECF before delivery. Looks great and would not change it. To each their own
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Silverds - Where did you get the front bowtie? I like that one.
It came stock on the car, however, it's been customized.

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Exposed is so much better, do not get a Z without it.
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Due to constraint I was unable to order the ECF insert. I was disappointed at first, having an AGM ZL1 with an AGM insert, but have been ecstatic ever since delivery.

While the painted insert doesn't get the same "Wow, that's cool" response that the ECF does, from all angles other than directly above, the inserts are virtually indistinguishable due to the reflection of the clear. Without the ECF, there's really no temptation or need for me to use HydroDip or vinyl "carbon fiber" to complement the "theme".

Besides that, I have an "option" that no 2012 ZL1 has, and only a few 2013 ZL1's, a body colored insert from the factory.

I don't care about "someday" value, but even for right now it's rare. Most people that know anything about the ZL1 are expecting an ECF insert. When they see a body color insert they assume it's custom, when I tell them it came that way, I get a great "Whoa, that's cool!" response.

If you can forgive the "whoring", here are some of my pics of AGM ZL1 with the AGM insert.
Great photos! You have one great looking ride there!!
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Due to constraint I was unable to order the ECF insert. I was disappointed at first, having an AGM ZL1 with an AGM insert, but have been ecstatic ever since delivery.

While the painted insert doesn't get the same "Wow, that's cool" response that the ECF does, from all angles other than directly above, the inserts are virtually indistinguishable due to the reflection of the clear. Without the ECF, there's really no temptation or need for me to use HydroDip or vinyl "carbon fiber" to complement the "theme".

Besides that, I have an "option" that no 2012 ZL1 has, and only a few 2013 ZL1's, a body colored insert from the factory.

I don't care about "someday" value, but even for right now it's rare. Most people that know anything about the ZL1 are expecting an ECF insert. When they see a body color insert they assume it's custom, when I tell them it came that way, I get a great "Whoa, that's cool!" response.

If you can forgive the "whoring", here are some of my pics of AGM ZL1 with the AGM insert.
















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Exposed is so much better, do not get a Z without it.
could not agree more. the black car with ashen gray is the only combo with the painted like because the black with carbon loses its contrast just like ahshen gray car with ashen insert.

I really liked the Flat black 2012 insert but the fact you can't wax it is an extra step of covering it when you wax.

I see this totally different than most. Even if I wanted painted for the $600 option pirce I would buy the exposed insert to just flip it. you know how much you could sell that for. you can buy repo's to paint if you just want a specific color for way less. be like $750-850 painted

I think the exposed piece is $3200 and they are hard enought to get it would sell.
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:54 PM   #25
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could not agree more. the black car with ashen gray is the only combo with the painted like because the black with carbon loses its contrast just like ahshen gray car with ashen insert.

I really liked the Flat black 2012 insert but the fact you can't wax it is an extra step of covering it when you wax.

I see this totally different than most. Even if I wanted painted for the $600 option pirce I would buy the exposed insert to just flip it. you know how much you could sell that for. you can buy repo's to paint if you just want a specific color for way less. be like $750-850 painted

I think the exposed piece is $3200 and they are hard enought to get it would sell.

This all gets down to personal preference. There is no right answer. I bought my SIM with painted insert because I liked how it looked with the stripe package (exact match). The carbon fiber insert is a cool look but since it's the only carbon fiber element on the car it kind of seems showy and only there as a status object. Plus from 5 feet away you don't even notice it. IMO carbon fiber is not the big deal it once was and I didn't want to spend 600 bucks for it. It's great that it is an option for those that want it. I never though about making money off it, but that is a great idea. I could have sold mine and used all that money for mods... Damn, missed opportunity..
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