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Old 07-18-2004, 07:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I ordered an E36 carbon fiber hood from streetstyler.com on April 4th. They haven't billed me yet, but they haven't shipped yet, either. I've tried emailing them a few times and they only answered once in late May, saying I should expect the hood in one to two weeks. I'm assuming they don't carry the hood in stock and had to make the hood or have it made for them, but are they waiting to turn in a larger order to the manufacturer or something? It only cost $450 with free shipping, but I guess it really was too good to be true. I'll post again to let you know the outcome, but I'm thinking of going to the BBB since they won't even answer my emails.

I just wanted to let everybody know what a shitty company streetstyler.com is, when there are so many good places to go like bimmerzone.com and bavauto.com

What brand of carbon fiber hood do you reccmmend now that I'm canceling my order with streetstyler.com? I want the factory design and I'd rather not have pins.
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Old 07-18-2004, 09:01 PM   #3 (permalink)
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what are you talking about???? theres nothing wrong with cf hoods. i plan to get one myself. and a trunk to boot if i save up.
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Old 07-18-2004, 09:16 PM   #4 (permalink)
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just so people can see how amazing it can look on the right colour car... here is CJ's car

tell me thats not a hot car.......



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Old 07-18-2004, 09:46 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Believe me, I'm totally anti-rice, so here's the deal: I lost control on some ice at an intersection last winter. I got sideways and totalled the driver's side of a Ford Windstar. The driver was okay. The only damage to my car was a small crease in the hood and the plastic strip got torn off of the front bumper. My hood still opened after that, though.

Later, the hood cable broke. I don't know if it was going to break anyway, or if the latch was binding due to the wreck and finally broke the cable. I pulled off the driver's side kidney grill and took out the little rubber plug behind the top right (facing the car) corner. You can see the hood latch from there, but I couldn't get it to move.

I was told by a few people, including Autohaus Collision Center (exclusively BMW) that the only way to get the hood open is to cut two big holes in it over the latches. I don't mind doing this, because the crease on the hood split the paint and it's starting to rust.

In my search for a replacement hood, I found that $450 for a carbon fiber hood ended up being cheaper than most any metal hood I could find, after shipping and the painting that would be required on a metal hood. And it weighs 17 lbs., compared to 70 lb. stock metal hood.

My 1992 325is is dark metallic blue (don't know the real name, can't look on shock tower). I'm hoping the dark color will make the carbon fiber be a little less obvious, like CJ's bimmer. And if it does look too rice, carbon fiber can be painted, anyway.
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Old 07-18-2004, 10:10 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Furious, do you know where CJ got his hood, or have any way of asking him?

Has he ever mentioned if he can feel the weight difference? I'm assuming you can, though, because in my '88 325iX I took out the carpet, sound deadening material, back seat, center console, and passenger seat to save weight. It has the most noticeable difference of any mod that I've done to it. It takes off faster and stops faster. The Koni adjustable shocks/struts and H&R springs obviously made a bigger difference in the handling, but losing the extra weight helped there, too. I don't really notice a big difference in the mileage. I figure the total weght I took out of the interior is pretty close to the weight difference in the CF hood vs. metal hood. Hmm, I wonder if somebody makes them for the E30? Anybody got any extra money?
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Wow, CJ's hood is sooo sexy. That is very inspiring. I also saw a bright yellow 3 series with a carbon fiber hood. It looked amazing. Try photoshopping a hood onto your car to see if it would look right! B)
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I got apicture of a Dakar yellow m3 with a carbon fibre hood and spoiler, it's purty, on my wall.
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Probably the same car, veeery puuurty. What other cf mods have people done with bimmers (that actually look good, of course)
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Was it featured in euro tuner like 2 years ago?

Yeah, that's right, i was too lazy to even stand up, you got a problem wtih that?
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Yeah I think that's it, but all I have is a frontal view. Whatever, it doesn't matter, they're both hot!
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hey turbo our color car looks sick with CF hoods too i have seen a few of them around@

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Sweet. Definitelly something I'll be doing when I get some extra cash...but that may take a while. <_<
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there was that one video posted in the video lounge of his car, done by eurowerks very awesome , i dunno if the link still works but if you saw it , damn
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I'm sorry, but I think CF hoods are ugly . The only benefit to one is weight savings, and If I were to get one, I'd paint it so my car didn't look all mis-matched and what not.

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