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Re: Why the carbon fiber stuff? (archive)

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Posted by Paul E on June 15, 2000 at 14:49:48:

In Reply to: Why the carbon fiber stuff? posted by Slick///M3 on June 15, 2000 at 14:05:36:


: After reading a lot of hype about how great looking the carbon fiber products are, I happened to see some examples up close. A 97 Dakar coupe at Chris BMW in ATL had CF door panel trim, and also over the glovebox.
: The interior was black.

: I've no problem with anyone wanting to use CF. But I think it looks extremely cheap, and is better suited to low price sophisticated-car-wannabes. I don't understand the fascination with it. I guess I'd better put on the old flame suit now...


Like everything else, there's good, and there's not so good. The Good CF pieces are not glue on inserts, but replacements for the original pieces, and are therefore very expensive. At Bekkers, you can get 2 CF kits, each with only about 4 pieces, both revolving around the center shifter console, which is the center piece of a good CF kit. Anyway, each kit costs about $700 for just a few pieces. One kit is the original BMW LtWt kit, with the red thread running through it, and the other is a more traditional kit. Either way, though I think you'd get a better idea of what a nice CF interior is SUPPOSED to look like. Do NOT think that those cheap kits with the umpteen pieces all of which are < 1 mm thick and just tape over the stock dash pieces are all there is out there. Even Milos, at has a pretty nice shifter console, imported from Germany. Again, you'll see more quality there, I'm sure, than the stuff you saw.

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