alaska, on 10 January 2011 - 08:10 PM, said:
How was the fit and finish?
I really love the hood. Looks really sharp and getting lots of compliments, but knowing many of us can be pretty.....let me use the kind word "particular" I will give you a critical review.
It was definently not "plug and play" for lack of a better phrase. You have to adjust the rubber stops up front for one which is not terribly hard, but I had to get some longer bolts for the hood latch and add some washers because the latch would not even come close to latching. I also had to fashion some hard rubber spacers to place between the hinges and the hood so that it sat at the right level with the fenders at the back of the hood (it was off just a bit on each side). You may have to adjust your fenders, but I did not have to do this. Of course perhaps the hood is fine and my car is just assembled cock-eyed (although we know that could never happen under Ford's watchful gaze
). The finish is nice although I there were some marks from the wrapping material during transit which should buff out with no problem. In the sunlight it looks beautiful with the carbon fiber pattern. In twilight I noticed two flaws (what looks like a small reaction in one spot and another spot looks like a small ridge under the surface of the gelcoat) and some blotches under the gelcoat but you can't see any of this in the dark or in the sun. I can't even photograph them, but being anal the way I am I can find them. It wasnt anything I wanted to have to go through the hassle of shipping the hood back. If I were keeping it unfinished as it is might have bothered me but my ultimate goal was to paint the exterior of the hood to match the car and leave the inside unfinished so you could see the carbon fiber with the hood up. It does look great the way it is, but I think the car would look better one color (just my preference) Fitment is not dead on perfect, but it is close enough for me. You have a little extra space between the two corners of nose piece and the hood, but again not enough to really bug me and I notice a similar gap on the "supersnake" hood photos I have seen.
I have no regrets and really like it. BMC did a fantastic job with the design. I have not noticed any flex or movement in the hood at all at higher speed. I elected not to put any hood pins in, but they are recommended.
Edited by scpinto, 11 January 2011 - 10:08 AM.