VIS Racing hoods and trunks are ultra-lightweight. The average weight of each hood is about 15 lbs. Of course, hoods for bigger car models or trucks will weigh more, but they are definitely much more light than the originals. Trunks and hatches are even lighter as they are smaller than a hood. Average weight is about 13 lbs.
What is involved to install a VIS body kit?
All bumpers, side skirts, spoilers, or hoods require professional installation. That means that these parts need to be done by experienced body shops that have done body kits before, not just a regular collision shop. Due to the fact that these are aftermarket parts, some modifications of the parts and/or vehicles maybe necessary. Make sure an installation fit has been done first before priming and painting. Once painting has been done, it is very difficult to modify to fit without destroying the paint. Generally speaking, VIS Racing kits do not have fitment problems. Some bumpers are made to the Japanese spec of some car models. In these cases, more modification may be involved.
What set VIS Carbon Fiber hoods apart from other hoods in the market?
The company's grade "A" carbon fiber hoods are the best in the industry. Each hood is built with a strong carbon fiber skeleton. The outer layer is hand-laid with carbon fiber along with several layers of clear coating that provides the Hi-gloss show-quality finish that other hoods just cannot imitate. The outermost layer of clear coats is a UV coating that protects it from the harmful rays of the sun. Unlike other hoods in the market, VIS Racing hoods do not fade and turn yellow in a few months. The underside of each OEM hood is reinforced fiberglass with a one-piece fiberglass covering the underling skeleton to provide a clean factory look. The company also has double-sided carbon fiber hoods whose skeletons are covered with carbon fiber for more refined look.
What kind of materials are used to make VIS bumpers?
All bumpers and bodykits in general are made out of fiberglass unless stated otherwise. Several layers of fiberglass are used to insure strength and durability of each bumper. Each bumper is primed with a smooth yellow finish. New and improved PolyFiber material has been developed that is as flexible as polyurethane but still made out of fiberglass.
Is my Carbon Fiber Hood defective?
All carbon fiber products require professional installation. Minor adjustments may be necessary for installation. These are considered typical body work and installation steps; the item is NOT defective. In addition, most carbon fiber products are hand-crafted so no two items will be identical. Small imperfections such as wave within the weave, small bubbles, and clear coat blemishes are inevitable and will not be subjected to returns and/or exchanges.
Is it legal?
Some items sold by VIS Racing Sports Inc. ("VIS") may not be legal for street use in all states. It is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with applicable state laws. All fiberglass or carbon fiber parts have no warranty. All goods are sold as is unless otherwise specified. There are no other warranties, express, implied, including any warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.
Can I install the hood myself?
All hoods require professional installation. Adjustment of, but not limited to, latches, hooks, or fenders may be necessary as part of the normal installation of all hoods. All hoods require hood pins for safety reason. All hoods cannot sustain any force or weight on the surface. Do not put weight on the hood surface as it could crack the hood.
Excessive Gap with the hood installed. What should I do?
Adjustment is required for any hood installation. Gap really isn't too bad, and can be fixed, it's just how meticulous you are with adjusting. To do it correctly (this is even if you put your factory hood back on), you would have to loosen (not remove) the all the bolts attaching the hood to the hinges to get that lined up initially. Once that’s complete, you will close the hood and check that there is not excessive tension on the front latch. If there is, you would loosen that and adjust until it closes like the factory hood. Do not gravity drop the hood to get it closed, or press on the front too hard (or press over and over) to close it. Adjust pressure with your palm over the latch area until it latches.