- Carbon fiber hood, trunk garnish, spoiler, fender ducts, and diffuser installation.
- MSRP $220-900
- Installed by Import Tuner staff
When you heat the semicrystalline organic polymer resin polyacrylonitrile to toasty 2,300 Fahrenheit, it can produce strands of carbon. These carbon strands are then woven to make - you guessed it - sheets of carbon fiber. Of course there are more processes after that to creating the composite material, such as adding epoxy resin and molding, but let's just leave that to Wikipedia for you to research.
Back in the 1980s, the McLaren Formula One team had the crazy idea of using this special durable yet lightweight material in motorsports, and today you'll find it everything from an F1 car to your ordinary Honda Civic. Tuners turn to this material for weight reduction and strength. I turned to Seibon for a mildly aggressive tuner appearance.
My Scion FR-S already has a reasonable daily-driver stance thanks to HSD coilovers and the boys at the FRS86 Garage, as well as an old-school touch with the mesh Avant Garde M220 wheels. The next steps took us to festooning the RWD in blackened weave, and Seibon uses only the highest-grade carbon fiber raw materials - the very same used in aviation, battleships, satellites, and rockets.
I know what you're thinking: the OEM Scion hood is made out of aluminum. Why would I want to swap it? For one, OEM sucks, and two, the Seibon piece looks bad ass. A carbon fiber hood is a simple addition to improving air cooling and aesthetics of your car.
It'll probably be a much easier and safer process if you ask your buddy to help you with this install. The DV style hood has two vents that can help cool the engine. Inside the vents are metallic grilles, which was a little loud for my taste. We simply painted them black.
As one would expect, there are two bolts on each side of the hood to remove it. You also have to adjust the hood lock just a tad bit for a perfect fitment. MSRP is $900 for the Seibon DV-style CF hood.
This piece is a simple bolt-on affair - simply pop the trunk and remove the bolts underneath. This part will delete the section with the Scion badge. MSRP for the Seibon CF trunk garnish is $220.
The trunk just looks naked without a spoiler. As we all know, the FR-S is no race car out of the box, so a GT wing is a big no-no. I love how the C-Style complements the rear end. It's not too flashy, but it's also noticeable as well. We simply used 3M double-sided tape for the installation. MSRP is $520 for the Seibon C-style CF rear spoiler.
Use care when removing the stock fender garnishes, as clips and 3M paint are holding them in. Seibon suggests removing fenders for this install. The ducts give the car a very sporty look. As with all of Seibon's products, this is aerodynamically designed to generate maximum performance. MSRP for this piece is $400.
Instead of just using 3M for this diffuser, we drilled six small holes along the top of the diffuser. We used black bolts to camouflage the holes. I love how it gives the rear bumper a wet carbon fiber look, unlike the OEM part. The extended diffuser also hides the modified exhaust I plan to install. MSRP for the Seibon CF rear diffuser is $580.
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