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Author Topic: Carbon Fiber Dash Kit  (Read 8142 times)
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rylowe
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« on: April 23, 2003, 10:06:34 AM »

Cheesy  I just checked UPS.com this morning and my carbon fiber dash kit will be here this afternoon. Seems like it's taken forever to get it in. I will post pics and stuff once I get it installed, which will hopefully be today if it's not too difficult.  Cheesy  
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greg_foulks
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« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2003, 10:25:43 AM »

Did you get the full 26 piece set?
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rylowe
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« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2003, 11:17:48 AM »

I don't remember exactly how many pieces it has. It was a little different than most of the kits I found. I think it is around 26 pieces though. I got it for $200 too! everywhere else is $375 or around that. I'll keep ya posted. It should arive any minute.
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greg_foulks
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« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2003, 11:51:36 AM »

$200?! give us all the details and pictures once you get it in.... and your supplier.. I might be ready for the blue carbon fiber  Cheesy  
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rylowe
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« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2003, 06:48:43 PM »

B)  I spent all afternoon intalling my dash kit. It was a pain because it was raining all day and I have no garage. So i went down to the car wash and sat in the dryest bay I could find.
The quality of the material is really good. I did find, however that some of the measurements weren't exactly to a "T". I managed to make most of it work though. The worst thing about the install is that once the surface promoter is put on and you slap the adhesive backing on, there is no turning back. A couple of times I managed to pull the piece away quick enough to try again, but the stereo surround was there for good. I pulled it back off alright, but half of the backing stayed on. I'm currently in the process of trying to paint the surround black. It took me about 3 or 3 and 1/2 hours to intall and it does look really cool. I posted several pictures in the gallery of what it looks like. It's only a 22 piece set greg, but as you probably know, the four pieces missing to make it a 26 piece are the speaker surrounds. I didnt want those anyway. My main complaint is that the stereo surround and one other stereo peice were a little off in measurement. I am not too impressed with the kit as a whole, but I'm sure it is the exact same thing that the $375 kit is.

Carbon Fiber Dash Kit Pictures
The pics are on page two and you can see them best whenever you enlarge them as much as possible.

If you want information about the kit:

email: trimking@sympatico.ca
phone: 514-214-3520
ebay is where i found it.
cost: $188.00  +  $14.00 S&H

 
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greg_foulks
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« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2003, 07:45:08 PM »

Ry-
What pieces did not fit and why?

What was the problem with the stereo surround?

Looks good!

Greg
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rylowe
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« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2003, 10:50:58 PM »

greg,

thanks, i wasnt sure at first if i would like it, but its really grown on me now. its all shiny! anyways, the only pieces that wouldnt fit were the peice that goes around where the cigarette lighter and trac control and hatch release are; and the stereo surround peice itself seemed a little off. The surround problem was mainly my fault i think, but it wouldnt ever line up quite right. If you decide to get a kit, you might ask the guy if he could remeasure the surround and the other peice i mentioned. I plan on taking my stereo surround down to a body shop tomorrow and getting it painted black gloss so it will be shiny and clean like the rest of the dash. Krylon might just not cut it this time. I will be sure to post finished pics when I'm done.

On another note, i bought a new camera a couple days ago. It's a Sony Cyber-shot with 3.2 MP. Extremely clear picture i think you would agree. If you open the pics in a program that can zoom, you will be able to see each little square of carbon fiber as well be able to read the description of the peices layout. I am thoroughly impressed with this camera and it was only about $150 and can shoot MPEG files as well. just a suggestion if anyone is considering a digital camera.  
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rylowe
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« Reply #7 on: April 23, 2003, 10:52:22 PM »

If you contact the dude I used, his name is Haig.  It ships out of canada just so ya know.
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Tent Guy
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« Reply #8 on: April 24, 2003, 05:25:07 AM »

Looks really cool.  Too bad about the surround.

I'm not a big fan of it myself, but I'd be interested to see what an Az with a wood dash kit looks like.  
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« Reply #9 on: April 24, 2003, 04:40:46 PM »

RY
Looks awesome ! Smiley
does it make you dizzy?
I'm a little more reserved, maybe just invest in some drugs to get the same effect? :blink:

I wonder how the burlwoods look?
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« Reply #10 on: April 24, 2003, 07:11:57 PM »

Has anyone installed a dash kit in a previous vehicle?  Do they still look good after a few years or do they wear quicker than the normal dash?
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rylowe
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« Reply #11 on: April 24, 2003, 11:31:10 PM »

good point dave. kinda makes me worry now. oh well, i guess i'll just have to wait and see how it holds up. and thanks Aztextacy. it is a little crazy, but thats the effect i was after. something a little off the wall i suppose. thought about the simulated brushed aluminum, but went with the fiber. still in the process of getting the radio surround done!  :angry:  
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rylowe
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« Reply #12 on: May 12, 2003, 05:38:10 PM »

:cooldude: I finally got my stereo surround back and I am very pleased with how it turned out. The high gloss finish looks really good and goes pretty well with the carbon fiber. Maybe I would have taken more time with the CF peice that went on the surround if I knew it would be such an ordeal to cover up my mistake. Oh well here is a picture of my dash now that all of the peices are in. Hope you all think it looks good. I think it looks better in person than in this picture, but the picture still looks cool.
Almost a mirror finish. I love it. Cheesy  
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0aztek3
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« Reply #13 on: May 12, 2003, 05:58:14 PM »

That looks SWEET! What did they use to paint it? Platickote? Very Nice
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rylowe
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« Reply #14 on: May 12, 2003, 07:15:28 PM »

they used automotive paint. the same stuff you would use on the exterior of a vehicle. and they clear coated it too so it looks really shiny. glad you like it!  :cooldude:  
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