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Tech Talk: FRP (Fiberglass) vs Blended Materials for Aftermarket Body Kits

24 Sep

We get this question ALL the time – what is the ‘right’ material to select when buying aftermarket body parts? There are a range of materials that manufacturers use. Several higher end manufacturers, mainly in the Japanese realm, offer several of their products in both FRP as well as a blended, or hybrid material. FRP stands for Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic. This term is tossed around alot in the aftermarket aero world. It’s a bit of a catch all term, that generally describes a range of composites (parts made by mixing various materials together). Without getting boring, there are differences among “FRP” blends. Not only do the materials mixed together vary, so do the epoxy types used to hold them together. Since a fiberglass part is only as good as the quality of the mold used to produce it, that is why you see such a huge variation in pricing among parts that on their surface look similar. This is an area where you get what you pay for. For ease of terminology, I will stick to using the generic term “FRP”, but I am specifically referring to the better-branded/manufactured stuff out there, since that is what I am most familiar with. FRP has many fantastic properties. It is extremely strong relative (especially) relative to it’s weight (it’s light), it can be molded into many complex shapes, it is easily repaired should it get damaged, and it’s able to be produced at relatively low costs. FRP really has no downsides in and of itself, it is a terrific material for these type of parts. Some will say that urethane is ALWAYS better, and it’s simply not the case. Urethane molds are extremely expensive to produce, which is why you rarely see aftermarket aero parts offered in the material to begin with. When you do, they tend to be extremely heavy relative to their FRP counterparts. Urethane is extremely durable, mainly because it has so much tensile strength, but should it be damaged via impact, it’s very difficult (and often impossible), to repair. Most times when it suffers such an impact, it has to be replaced. Fiberglass on the otherhand can literally be decimated – shattered into multiple chunks after an impact, but joined back together relatively easily. Serviceability is a big benefit of FRP parts. Another issue with aftermarket urethane, that is often overlooked, is longevity. Depending on where in the world you live, the urethane can break down over the course of time, due to environmental conditions. This process can cause the urethane to lose its shape and literally deform. As this happens, its aesthetic value and its durability both suffer.

In the last 10 years (give or take), we’ve seen variations of fiberglass hit the market. These are components use a combination of different man made materials (urethane, various plastics, etc) added into the “FRP” mixture, and sealed with a different type of epoxy. The purpose of this type of material was to bridge the gap between the aftermarket urethane parts and the OEM plastic/urethane level parts. These blended, or hybrid materials are more flexible vs their straight FRP counterparts, but not as flexible as a full urethane part. In the case of manufacturers like INGS and CWest, their blended materials have the added bonus of requiring much less prep time before they are ready for paint. This type of manufacturing is more expensive to do, so only a handful of worthwhile companies offer it. Several try (mostly knockoff firms), and succeed to varying degrees. In many cases I have seen, while the material itself is generally quite good, in the interest the mold quality suffers. Molds are used for longer than they should be, or simply are inaccurate in the first place. This results in unwanted gaps when installed, or parts that are too long, too short, and require significant prep work in order to actually install on the car. Prep work is expensive, generally charged per hour, and can quickly make the ‘savings’ vs the genuine article disappear. While the hybrid/blended parts are slightly heavier than their FRP counterparts, they are nowhere near the level of a urethane part. Somewhere on the order of 5% or so heavier.

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Branching Out

1 Jul

Prova Engineering is a familiar name among Subaru enthusiasts, but did you know they also are involved in several other marques on the motorsport side of things?

Some examples – BYOUBUGAURA Z33. This is why the genuine stuff is always best. Note the full INGS Aero kit. The same kit you can buy for your own Z. You may not be running your car in Super Taikyu, or even SCCA Club Events, but there is a certain pride that comes in knowing that the same parts you have grace real race cars around the world. We don’t look at this as an excuse to treat yourself and your car with the best, but rather, a reason to.

Prova’s own 997 Cup Car

Prognosis Negative (Camber)

22 Mar

One of our good customers out west just forwarded me some pics of his latest setup. Steve’s been a good customer for awhile now, and this past winter, we set him up with a bunch of new stuff. First was a deal on a set of AME Circlar Spec R’s in blue (19×9.5 +15, 19×10.5 +15). Then just after the new year, we sent out a new box of goodies, including SPL Front Adjustable A Arms, Eibach Rear Camber/Toe Kit, Powergrid Front/Rear Endlinks and 15mm Project Kics Spacers. The car is lowered on Zeal Function Xs Coilovers. The Ings hoods are just dead sexy on the Z’s too.

The camber? Yeah, there’s alot. Not quite sure exactly how much just yet, since this was the trial run, but it’s a work in progress. As Steve put it “As for the camber, unfortunately, running an aggressive stance is a trial and error type of deal. This is my first attempt at it, so I had to make it fit with tires that are too wide. I’ll probably go with something like 245s or 255s in the rear next time (prob in 2 weeks when these wear out ), which will allow me to dial out some of that neg camber. As it is, I had to raise the car a full inch in the rear, and roll the s*** out of my fenders just to get the car to move!”

Stay tuned here for the final pics once everything is fully setup!

Ings N-spec Z34/370 Kit… Carbonized

20 Mar

I’m definitely feeling this kit more in carbon then the FRP version that we posted a few weeks ago…

You Tease!!

7 Feb

Eugene is a customer of ours from out in Cali that recently added a whole heap of goodness to his Z. New coilovers and Ings wheels came courtesy of us 🙂 He also added a new set of Stoptech’s – the result speaks for itself! Stay tuned for more pics of the car coming soon

Ings officially releases their 370Z/Z34 N-Spec Kit…

15 Dec

I peeped this this morning as I was checking out their website.

I’ve got to be honest, the only part that I’m really loving is the Z-Power Wing.

Currently the only parts they have available for the 370 are as follows:

  • Front Lip Spoiler – Available in Carbon or FRP
  • Z-Power Wing
  • LX Sport Exhaust System
  • LX Sport Center Pipe
  • Ings Karo Floormats

For those of you wondering what else this demo car is fitted with here are the details:

  • WHEEL: RAYS VOLKRACING VR.G2
  • TIRE: BRIDGESTONE POTENZA RE050
  • SUSPENSION: ZEAL FUNCTION
  • BRAKE SYSTEM: ENDLESS RACING MONO 6(FRONT)、ENDLESS(REAR)
  • EXHAUST: ings LX SPORT EXHAUST SYSTEM + ings LX SPORT CENTER PIPE
  • SEAT: BRIDE EUROⅡ(LEFT & RIGHT)
  • INTERIOR: ings KARO LAPIS GRAY/BLACK

All of these items are currently available so if you are interested in anything, give us a shout.

INGS @ NISMO Festival 2009

12 Dec

Just a few pics forwarded to us from INGS as they attended the NISMO Festival at Fuji Speedway

Another UK Zed

12 Nov

One of our customers in the UK posted up some pics of his Z the other day, after having an Uprev Osirus Reflash done. A nice blend of parts, so I figured I’d post it up. The UK guys are as much into their mods as we are over here!

Chargespeed front/rear bumpers, and the awesome INGS Spoiler. I may have to cop one of these for myself. Kwame already has one on lockdown for his car. It’s been my favorite since day 1 too. I just wonder if my current Balsarini spoiler will come off !

He’s also got a very nice HKS Camp installed that we sent him over the summer. Looks so clean when done on a separate screen.

Great looking car Mark, keep it up!

Ings EVO X complete kit to hit U.S. shores in late September

21 Aug

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We have one of these kits currently inbound and unspoken for. If you are interested in acquiring this kit for your CZ4A let us know and we’ll set you up.

Available pieces consists of:

  • Front Bumper
  • Side Step
  • Rear Bumper
  • Front Canards
  • Brake Duct

All of the piece with the exception of the Brake  Duct and Front Canards (which are available in either Carbon or FRP) are available in Hybrid Aero or FRP.

Sorry in advance for the minuscule pictures.

Shaun’s Build … another Update from the Body Shop

29 Jun

Just a few updated pics from the body shop this weekend.  The Amuse pieces are primed and everything is blocked and just about ready to go.  Rich asked me to come up this weekend to make some misc choices for the car.  One of the most important decisions that I had to make was the color … and it’s going to be, drum roll please … BMW’s Alpine White.

I think Kwame and Adam have talked me into a small simple sound system, too.  You guys are a bad influence, lol.

Ah Hmm…

27 May

I’m not sure how I feel about the Ings EVO X Front bumper…

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I do like the Carbon Fiber ducts at the bottom though.

IDrinkV8

26 May

Not only one of the cleanest Evo’s out there (bar none), but it’s damn quick too. Evo 9 MR, AMS 50 Trim, etc etc etc. The go to back up the show. Naj is a good friend, long time customer, and even worked for us for awhile doing sales stuff. All around good guy, and he obviously has the gift of what it takes to put together that is clean and aggressive all at once. Props my man, it looks insane!

Endless Z34 @ TAS 2009

12 Jan

Signature Endless Blue Paint, Ings Z34 front spoiler, Bride seats and humongous brakes front and rear.

Come on Kent and Dom get your people to release that rotor pattern (for your non-monoblock BBKs 😉 )to the public already. There are idiots like me wanting to buy it for no good reason.

***Spoke to Dom today and these rotors (dubbed “e-slit”) have been available for their monoblock BBKs since January of 2008 (Yeah, seriously where the F have I been). They have recently begun producing these for OE sized applications as well.

The benefit of this rotor design is to increase modulation and reduce brake judder. I also found out the rear kit on this car is the brand new 4 piston monoblock setup that is new for ’09. The front kit is the 6 piston monoblock that has been out for some time now.***

Tomei/UNT Racing Z33 Super Taikyu

9 Dec

One of the several Z33’s that ran in the 2008 Super Taikyu season, ST3 class.  This car sports a full INGS Aero kit (love it!) and built and maintained by Tomei Sports.

Najeeb’s EVO IX

28 Nov

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