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I fancy jazzing up my engine bay and have been looking at getting the plastics carbon dipped. The full price for this is £400. However, I've been looking at RSDs site and I can get pretty much the same items in real carbon (minus cam cover and airbox) for around £650. Plus, if I have them dipped it would mean I'm without my car for a week - 10 days. What should I do? SPEAK TO ME FORUM.
 

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It's a tough one mate, thing is with dipping it can be made a bit more custom so in theory you could have something different to everyone else, where as carbon is just carbon but you can also argue it's the real deal lol :laughing:
With mine I couldn't justify spending twice as much on getting everything in carbon when I could have dipping done and have just as much wow factor and looks for half the price ;)
 

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My issue is that I am limited by time. I work in South Korea right now and only have three weeks off in October. I dont want to have to strip the bits off the car, send them to get dipped and wait 10 days without using the car, then to refit them. If I order the real carbon in advance, I can fit it straight away when I get back. Plus, if I buy some of the parts from RSD I can always add other parts later on knowing they will be the same carbon pattern etc. I think I have made my mind up. Real carbon it is; this is my wish list so far:

http://www.rs-direct.co.uk/store/product.php?id_product=516

http://www.rs-direct.co.uk/store/product.php?id_product=543

http://www.rs-direct.co.uk/store/product.php?id_product=522

http://www.rs-direct.co.uk/store/product.php?id_product=514

I wonder if RSD do some funky UG graphics too?
 

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To me it all depends on who's doing the dipping, over the yrs I have seen some shocking carbon dipping on cars, a lot where the carbon dip is curving etc. I use Aqua graphix and there stuff is bang on. its nice to have the real stuff I'm sure, but the £650 above doesn't include the engine cover and u got to get the engine cover, so that's prob another £300 ontop. Another point is if u damage anything it's only a few quid to get redone, real carbon you will have to rebuy.
 

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The engine cover would be nice, but I can always buy that in carbon too. How difficult a job is it to remove the engine cover?
 

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As already said, you get good & bad carbon dipping. So long as the carbon dipping is to a high standard it looks very nice.

Real carbon should always win hands down though. But I've seen some pretty shoddy real carbon, plus the carbon seems to suffer in the harsh environment under the bonnet so I've seen some real carbon in a very poor state. Which is a shame because I know it's not cheap to replace.

Not very helpful I know as there's good points & bad points for both.

I went for carbon wrapping & it's stood the test of time & still looks great after a good few years :yep:
 

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Very few good examples of copy carbon but jims is a good one. Although wrapped its the quality of the install that makes it good. Its like anything is the work is poor well its going to be.
 

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Streamline carbon all day long for me. Must repeat what Tom said. It's gets very expensive. And I'm not even half way yet lol
 
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