Originally Posted by pbnstevo
put me down for 1 carbon fiber. Is the carbon fiber inner a drastic difference over the fiberglass one?
More for looks may be 1-2#
MORE BELOW!!! LOL
Originally Posted by Maverik259
whats the weight savings from the cf compared to OEM?
The hood is indeed lighter.
OEM is 15-18#'s
Here is an example: All our competition build hoods at 30-35# because they are laminating a fiberglass hood and spraying with Clear paint or laying up heavy and spraying with clear paint.
We start with an in mold clear lay carbon some times two layers .The same process on the inner skin as on the outer skin. In total you have 2-4 layers of carbon (Depending on the hood) We do have one more filler thats our secret we can not discuss here LOL.
The weight all comes down to resin content and this is the very reason we use our method of building parts ex. our resin content is 30-40%
Our competition use a chopper gun (Mixed resin with chopped fiberglass sprayed at a mold then rolled out 50%+ resin content) We don't use chopper guns and can control the resin content. The less resin content the stronger the part. I know of one hood that is hand laid WRONG I have seen them in person and I wouldn't put it on my worst enemies car they miss out on a few Key steps that are very important. Resin content = cracked, stress crack, falling apart, yellowing or clouding.
We know for a fact we have the lightest strongest Carbon hoods in the industry and do not use any cleat paint on any of them. If u get a scratch wet sand it out. Not like our competition "sent it back for more clear coat" Ours also don't fade or yellow this is a bonus and very important.
Back to your question finally sorry off topic LOL
We can build an 8 pound full race hood solid 3-6 layers of carbon pin on no problem. The cost will be in the range of 3500.00
No one wants to pay that or even needs that so we don't advertise that since the jeep weighs so much a heavy lunch could make the same difference no one is setting records on the pro circuit of drag racing here Haa.
Now from a pin on to our fiberglass that should weigh in at 12-14# (not sure until our New MFG actually builds this style) All our hoods are 1-2 pounds of each other and have been for 8 years so I expect this hood to be no different. The Carbon may be a little bit lighter than the fiberglass simply because of fabric strength and resin content we can drop it a bit most likely 3-4# so 8-11# pounds for a carbon fiber.
In 7 years I have never had a customer weigh a hood or buy a carbon hood simply because of weight they buy them because they like the looks. I make everyone understand that they should not buy for weight. I have never had a sales technique of "Buy it because of weight" just like I'm telling everyone here.
Just remember what you save with the cost from FG to CF you may bite the bullet at the body shop so get your paint quote first. I can not tell you how may times in 7 years I have told people this only to get an email saying they wish they bought the carbon because their body shop wants 400-800 to paint the hood. I've seen quotes of 1,200 and people calling me to ask "what to do" I have even called a dozen body shops and asked what the shop rate was since they had 4-5 hrs of labor on the estimate and a price of 800.00 haa. If your shop rate is 49.00hr. and you are getting a 800$ quote it's time to ask questions or move on. If you do buy FG and you do not like the quote or feel free to ask me for help I will be more than happy and it is not beyond my service to you I do all kinds of crazy stuff for customers LOL
Hope I answered all your questions and gave a little bit of insight as to how things are done. Now everyone can ask build question in the future to anyone selling carbon parts. The more you know how carbon is built the better for me because the oldest saying I have is
"Not All Carbon Is Created Equal"