1badsgt, on Jul 17 2008, 12:26 PM, said:
According to him the stripe issue is caused because the replacement strips for the 07 are thicker because of an added layer of protection. This was done do to the problem of acid rain fading and eching the stripes. They just continued using the thicker strip on the 08. Since the stripe is thicker it causes the wrinkles as the hood and scoop expands and contracts.
Interesting information about the stripes. Did he mean that the original SGT '07 stripes were thin and subject to staining? Replacements are thicker and more durable? I ask for a specific reason. I've had my SGT #1296 one year and have gone through the following:
Hood scoop #1 - Severe bowing and gaps. Normal for most of us.
Hood scoop #2 - The rivet fix on original stripes. The stripes wrinkled and the rivets dug into the scoop, tearing paint. Hood was bowed on driver side due to improper rivet installation. The rivet problem was most dealer incompetency and inexperience with SGT's.
Hood scoop #3 - New hood stripes and scoop. No wrinkles so far. Minor paint tearing around several rivets and small gap in rear where rivet was apparently not installed correctly. The bad news: Hood stripe installation was botched with inconsistent gap between stripes. I was very angry with the dealer (where's the quality control, why did you install the scoop over that garbage, etc) but they stand behind their stripe guy. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt....once. The good news: New hood stripes look great compared to old, stained, faded stripes. The dealer says their stripe person "treats" the stripes before installing. (I have no idea what the treatment is, but will try to find out.) If nothing else the stripe comparison got me moving on requesting complete stripe replacement under warranty.
COMING SOON - Hood scoop #4 and complete stripe replacement. Dealer has parts on hand and is waiting for me to drop car off for another week. The SWEAR they will get it right this time.
I'm sure I will be back when the final hood scoop fix is ready. My best hope is that the new stripes are installed correctly and are of better quality.
I'm sure Ford/Shelby has at least $2,000 to $3,000 invested in cosmetics on my car (parts, labor, rental car). Silly. If I didn't love the car so much.....
Edited by ZepDad, 23 July 2008 - 06:16 PM.