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Fender Bender!

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Last week I ran into an SUV in front of me while going about 4 miles per hour. Their tail gate had some red paint on it, but no damage. My hood is now bent, but I'm reluctant to report the damage to my insurer for fear of them raising my rates.

How much does it cost to get a replacement hood for my insight? Is the installation something I can do myself? I'd like to save money if possible. There is no other damage to my car, other than a very small amount of paint scratched on the bumper, which I can touch up.

The hood closes fine, but it doesn't look good.

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Carbon fiber bits for the Insight!

Well, its taken a while...and finally someone besides me likes the carbon fiber hood!! I've been working on it for a while, and I finally found a new source for my Carbon and Kevlar/Carbon in bulk.

I've got an idea for all you Insighters who want carbon firber bits for your car. Here goes.....

Ship me your part, either via fedex or whomever, and I'll prep it, and cover it with Carbon or Kevlar, (or both if you like the bumble-bee yellow/black look) Clear coat it with PPG clear coats and ship it back to's that sound?

Carbon takes some time to work with without fraying it and spreading the fibers, but it is definately worth the people-hours. (PC) The look is great, and since its a coating (not just a carbon overlay sticker) its a permanent thing!

So, let me know...hoods are spendy! Both to ship, and to Carbon Cover! Dash's are a TON of work too because of all of the bends and such, so I'll see if you theres a demand for dash boards. Anything can be covered, so the options are endless.

I've got a 2000 5spd Insight, so I won't look at you funny if you ask me to "carbonize" your wheel skirts.......okay....maybe a slight laugh....but I'll still do it for you if you want.

I've got as much carbon to 'carbonize' the whole car, so let me know if thats something you'd like me to do.

Jeff Van Wyk
Colorado Springs, CO
[email protected]
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