PDA

View Full Version : VIS CS style carbon Fiber hood experience?



temperacerguy
02-29-2012, 02:01 AM
Who here has first hand experience with the VIS CS style carbon fiber hood?

Not the Seibon, I know THAT one is a poor reproduction with the vent in the wrong location... I'm talking the VIS version :-)

If so, what are your impressions? pictures?

METDeath
02-29-2012, 05:08 AM
Awww crap... this again...

Well at least you know the Seibon is crap going into this.

The VIS issue is that the latches seem to be prone to failing after time (I rode over a year with no issues), the build quality varies on who was working that day. I have seen two different CS style hoods that fit fine, yet my one AT style hood didn't fit correctly, it had a slight gap in one corner where you could get a finger in between the fender and the hood. Yet a VIS CS hood on my car fit correctly, as does a metal AT hood.

temperacerguy
02-29-2012, 06:41 AM
OK, so the 3 CS style hoods that you have have seen fit well not only on your car, but 2 others?

Also, what was wrong with the latches?

METDeath
02-29-2012, 07:26 AM
Latches were weak. Also, only one of the CS hoods was on my car and two others, it fit nicely on all of them. The owner of the CS hood that was on my car had an engine fire that damaged the hood slightly, so replaced it, and I transported it for someone.

The latches wear out quickly, and start to crack/break, so get hood pins (Aerocatch, ftw)

temperacerguy
02-29-2012, 07:47 AM
OK, good news as I was going to use hood pins anyways., and no, not aerocatch

This:

http://www.quik-latch.com/images/MiniMini2.jpg

They are push-button hood pins that latch down with 250lbs force each.

http://www.quik-latch.com/images/MiniMini1.jpg

What I like is that these can be painted or powdercoated. Here is a set of the large latches painted on a mustang:

http://www.quik-latch.com/images/PaintedLowProfile2.jpg

Quik Latch Pins (http://www.quik-latch.com/index.html)

sloceli
03-01-2012, 08:36 PM
The only fitment issue I have is both corners behind the headlights are bowed down a bit. Other than that she fits just fine. I used the locking aerocatch pins and couldn't be happier.

http://www.celicatech.com/gallery/files/9/0/8.jpg
http://www.celicatech.com/gallery/files/9/0/31.jpg

Car_Barn_Bandit
03-04-2012, 09:23 PM
They are out of stock on the Quik-Pins :(

temperacerguy
03-05-2012, 01:27 AM
They are out of stock on the Quik-Pins :(

Funny, I got mine just the other day. I will say they are pretty quick with customer service, and responded to my E-mail within a few hours.

However, I recomend getting the anodized black units. I got the billet with the plan of powdercoating them...

http://i236.photobucket.com/albums/ff73/temperacerguy/e79870f8.jpg

However the clearances are so tiny that if I powdercoated them as is, the powder would gum up the mechinism. I'd take them apart, but they need a special 2 pin tool that I don't have...

I'm going to E-mail them and ask if they can sell me a tool so I can take them apart, and sand the button down a bit so the powdercoat wont interfere.

temperacerguy
03-05-2012, 01:39 AM
Also... one thing I would recommend if using these pins...

They are so small, that when installing them to the hood, I would actually place a dab of epoxy in the base to the hood area... I am just worried that there is so little lip of the latch that they may over time rattle around and pull through the hood. I would also place a fender washer on the back side... I just want to avoid any long term problems at all.

90GT2
03-05-2012, 01:56 AM
Which ones did you get? I was looking at the mini model. Also what did you pay for everything?

Car_Barn_Bandit
03-05-2012, 02:11 AM
Also... one thing I would recommend if using these pins...

They are so small, that when installing them to the hood, I would actually place a dab of epoxy in the base to the hood area... I am just worried that there is so little lip of the latch that they may over time rattle around and pull through the hood. I would also place a fender washer on the back side... I just want to avoid any long term problems at all.

No worries there, I plan on using a good epoxy. One thing I learned in Arch school that applies to everything, epoxy is stronger then everything it holds together.

temperacerguy
03-05-2012, 04:15 AM
For the two minis with shipping, I paid $49.95. Each of the minis was $22, and shipping $5.95

The black anodized are $27 and are in stock.

I've E-mailed them asking about when they expect the minis to be back in stock.

temperacerguy
03-05-2012, 04:18 AM
No worries there, I plan on using a good epoxy. One thing I learned in Arch school that applies to everything, epoxy is stronger then everything it holds together.

Damn straight.. Also, the epoxy will help the flat hood pins mold to the contoured hood.

90GT2
03-05-2012, 06:58 AM
Just ordered a set of black anodized ones.

temperacerguy
03-06-2012, 12:04 AM
OK, got an E-mail from quick-latch... the return springs for the mini latches are in, and the billet minis should be in soon.

Now, I noted that I was using the minis for hood pins and here's there response:


Just a word of caution, you'll need more than two if you're planning of doing away with your stock latch. If you're still utilizing a stock latch, the minis work great as hood stabilizers, but we do not advise using only two minis without a stock latch. Without a stock latch, we'd recommend at least 8 set up in a lift-off style hood manner, along with assist springs.


Best Regards,


Brian Ellerkamp
www.quik-latch.com
254-681-5706

So keep your stock latch and you'll be fine.

temperacerguy
03-06-2012, 05:21 AM
another note from quick-latch


Hello Austin,

Sorry it's taken me some time to get back with you on these answers, it's been a busy day, and thanks for the compliments on our design.

First, we're anticipating having another batch of mini Quik-Latches ready to go on the first week of April. We currently have about 100 black anodized mini quik-latches available, but all other models are currently sold out.

the rest of his E-mail had to do with powdercoating the mini latches... their basic response was "Don't... you'll fuck it up trying but here's the tool you need if you want to try"