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View Poll Results: What is the best material for premium post-install fit and finish?
Full carbon fiber 1 25.00%
FRP (with carbon center piece) 3 75.00%
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Old 05-16-2012, 06:11 PM
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Default Carbon fiber vs FRP front bumper

Looking at Renown and RSC, each of which have different offerings in C/f and FRP.


Which material has the best fit-and-finish outcome on the G, based on your readings and experiences? I am still getting caught up on the G.

My heart wants me to go full c/f for the added cost, so I can leave some bits exposed when I paint. But I'm not sure if c/f yields the best quality fit and finish.

Thoughts?

Thanks
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Looking at Renown and RSC, each of which have different offerings in C/f and FRP.


Which material has the best fit-and-finish outcome on the G, based on your readings and experiences? I am still getting caught up on the G.

My heart wants me to go full c/f for the added cost, so I can leave some bits exposed when I paint. But I'm not sure if c/f yields the best quality fit and finish.

Thoughts?

Thanks
I ordered the carbon version but end up painted the carbon matte black.
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I ordered the carbon version but end up painted the carbon matte black.
Why's that?
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You pay one grand more for carbon look, its just carbon layer on frp.. it looks cheap..
If they can make matte twill, it will be great.. but i still prefer matte black..

Matte black looks original
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Interesting. Good points
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actually the bottom half is full carbon. We add a layer of glass on the back side to further reinforce it. Matte clear will give it a "dry" look. The factory does not offer any carbon fiber on the bumper.
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Looking at Renown and RSC, each of which have different offerings in C/f and FRP.


Which material has the best fit-and-finish outcome on the G, based on your readings and experiences? I am still getting caught up on the G.

My heart wants me to go full c/f for the added cost, so I can leave some bits exposed when I paint. But I'm not sure if c/f yields the best quality fit and finish.

Thoughts?

Thanks
Hey Smoky, just wanted to jump in here. The RSC bumper you are referring to is not made from FRP or Carbon fiber, it is made from high-pressure injection moulded polyurethane.

Polyurethane is much more difficult and expensive to work with than carbon fiber or FRP, which is why most manufacturers of aftermarket bumpers choose not to work with it. However, the reason most OEM bumpers (including the OEM Gallardo bumper) are made from polyurethane is that it is significantly lighter, and much more durable material, especially for the leading edge of the car. Polyurethane bumpers can take a rock or other road debris and bounce back into shape. We have even had customers who hit speedbumps, parking pylons and concrete walls, and all they had to do was replace their clear bra.

It isn't cheap or easy to work with - poly shrinks 12-15% in the mould and it requires a lot of skill and experience to get the mix right and operate the equipment. We at RSC felt that it was worth doing 'right' and that's why we use poly, and why we have sold over 400 of our bumpers to date.

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Old 05-17-2012, 09:30 AM
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Thanks for the info guys!
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There are advantages and disadvantages to urethane and FRP. But just to clarify, OEM is not Urethane. OEM uses PEP (poly ethylene propylene).

We are also developing our urethane parts right now(ready in two months).

Urethane by nature is more flexible compared to FRP it is good and bad. For one, its less rigid and more susceptible to weather conditions and can stretch over time. Ferrari, Aston Martin and Lamborghini also use FRP for production pieces.

It basically boils down to craftsmanship and you can't go wrong with RSC or Renown or other vendors on this board.

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