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Carbon Fiber Hood latch is a must!
This is after the car was fixed looks better then ever now! attachmentid=46866&stc=1&d=1487182602http://www.gencoupe.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=46874&stc=1&d=14871826 02http://www.gencoupe.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=46882&stc=1&d=14871826 02[/url]
This was a week before I parked it for the winter ! I don't have any new pics of it! trust me I'm not dealing with that again I can bet you my bottom dollar on that! Gotta wait till spring time for that! how hard was it for you to drill/cut thur the carbon fiber? that's the only part that does have me a little freaked out I don't wanna crack it
Not difficult but nerve racking. So after some research, here's what I learned to do and did. First, start with a good drill and freshly charged battery. Then buy a couple of different sized brand new never used drill bits, don't cheap out get a nice set. Prep the hood by laying down painters tape horizontally then vertically over the area that is to drilled. Cover a decent size area, not just the spot that will be drilled out. Install the rod part in your engine bay. Take Vaseline or another gooey easy to wipe substance and plop on top of the rods. Slowly close the hood evenly and let the blob part stick to the underside of the hood, raise it back up and hold it. Now you know roughly where to drill and have the top cf surface taped. Begin drilling from the underside, start small and work your way up to the size needed switching bits as needed. After a pass from the bottom, switch to drilling from the top....rinse and repeat. Closing the hood here and there to check that your holes don't have to be moved up or down. Finally, drill out the holes slightly larger when the pins are almost through and hood closed. Don't worry if you have misshaped holes or they aren't exactly perfect. The top plate on top of the hood will cover it. Top plate - needs 4 small holes. You can either tape down the plate or use some sort of marker. With these holes, I held the plate and someone else drilled, again using a fresh bit, did a pass or two.
This method will ensure that your drilled holes will be correct and will alleviate any potential spider cracker on the topside carbon fiber layer. Another tip, let the drill and bit do the work....at no point should you be manhandling the bit to go deeper, switch bits if need be or batteries. Start small, work up in size, two people is a must, be careful of the fiberglass dust too.
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