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broku-hachi
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After market hatch question

Postby broku-hachi » Sun Aug 26, 2018 2:40 am

My hatch is pretty rusty and beat up, and I was thinking about going aftermarket.

For any one who has bought a Seibon CF hatch, do they all come with a pre-drilled hole for the rear windshield wiper? All of the web sites I've been looking at use the same stock photo with an existing hole.

On a side note, is the carbon fiber really worth it over fiberglass? I have no experience with the two options and I'm just looking for a little input.

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Re: After market hatch question

Postby aukword1 » Mon Aug 27, 2018 12:31 pm

from personal experience, fiber glass is good enough. I've had a lot of carbon fiber on previous builds and CF will eventually yellow if the car sees sunlight and will break pretty easily if not careful. CF is for show, FRP is for everything else IMO. On a side note, Seibon has some of the best CF products out there but I cracked a set of fenders from hitting a pothole.

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Re: After market hatch question

Postby broku-hachi » Wed Aug 29, 2018 1:04 am

thanks for the reply.

I've been leaning more towards frp because of cost, but shipping is so crazy out to the islands that I was thinking what the hell spend the extra bucks. We do have a lot of pot holes out here though, so I guess that is something to think about as well. hahaha

From your experience is it ok to run factory hardware with cf/frp parts(latches, struts, etc.)?

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Re: After market hatch question

Postby aukword1 » Wed Aug 29, 2018 8:55 am

Yeah those spots should be reinforced to allow for struts and latches. For a hatch door, it would be pretty hard to break because of its position. But it all comes down to what you are going to be doing with the car. If for show go CF, if gonna see alot of track time, I'd keep it FRP personally.

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Re: After market hatch question

Postby Nick94tt » Thu Oct 04, 2018 1:30 pm

Not a ton of difference between the two weight wise. I agree that seibon has some of the nicest available parts available out of the bunch.

If you're going to paint it - FRP and help offset shipping. If you want to rock the carbon naked - automotive 2k clear with UV blockers and keep up with waxing. In theory you could use a UV blocking boat varnish. A lot of the headlight restoration folks do and seem to have decent results. (The epoxy in carbon yellows and oxidized just like plastic headlights.)

I wouldn't see an issue with stock hardware for a hatch. Hoods get pins, period. Admittedly watching my buddy's crx completely bottom out, blow his shocks, and crush the roof and windshield was REALLY gratifying 25 minutes after I mocked him for not having hood pins. :lol:

Nice thing with a hatch is if you've got a friend at a body shop you can drop it off scuffed and taped and they can reclear it if they've got extra in the gun. Or grab a $20 can from the parts store and handle.it at home. Same style activated paint. Plus, who doesn't always have something new or used that could deal with some fresh paint?

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