Paint & Body Work - 98+ Truefiber WS9 hood fitment
09-23-2009, 10:15 AM
I know there was a sale from one of the sponsers recently on these hoods and I picked one up and took the car to the body shop yesterday. Just got a call from them this morning saying there was a slight fitment issue with the hood and the headlight covers. Is this anything anyone else has experienced with this hood? If anything I am hoping it is just a slight gap and nothing too severe.:nod:
09-23-2009, 03:01 PM
Alright the body shop got the fitment issue resolved but the only other thing was I wanted to throw in some WS6 grills on the hood. Looking at how the grills were made coming from Trufiber it looks like they were molded around the wirey grills that came with the hood.
Does anyone have experience with pulling these out on any other hoods? I am sure they are all probably very similar. I know vendors have grills to replace in those spots but my concerns were only buying grills that couldn't go back into the place of something I cut/tore out. ;)
09-24-2009, 10:09 AM
I don't entirely like the way you say "the body shop fixed it". But yes, I had some serious fitment issues when I first put it on. Reasons, after the minor accident one of my hinges twisted slightly so we had to do some serious slotting, headlight positioning, etc...it was an itch. However, were looking pretty good now, and time to begin the Fine Adjustments :)
I don't think the grilles do come out but if they do I may replace them in time with shinyer but myself and my neighbors love them. :D
sry, my phone sucks.
09-24-2009, 10:39 AM
lol, I guess the line above of "the body shop fixed it" does come out kind of bad! ;) The headlight covers were off from the previous owner and there was already a gap there and they must not have noticed when taking off the old hood. As the head guy at the body shop said "we could have thrown a cat in there before!" Now it looks like it has the small consistent gap that goes along the hood and fenders and fits nicely.
As for the grills on a black car such as yours I think they would look nice and could get by with it. The wife's TA is SOM and just trying to picture the rest of the hood painted with the grills it would look a bit funny imo. Did notice that one of the guys from APF with his WS9 hood just had his grills painted black. I thought he mentioned he threw in the WS6 grills but I must have been looking somewhere else or looking at a different hood.
09-25-2009, 12:41 AM
I have the trufiber hood on my car. I thought the molded in grille screens were too ricey for me also..so i put factory ws6 grilles on it. There are two ways to get factory or factory style ws6 grilles to fit.
1st way: (If you haven't painted the hood yet i would do this) you can cut out the grille mesh with a cut off tool and then make it so that no metal can be seen in the nostril holes. Then just fiberglass in a tab like the oem hoods have. If you look at a picture of a oem ws6 hood without the grille screens installed you will know what i am talking about. Then just attach factory ws6 grilles to the tabs! should be 2 tabs on each side!
2nd way: You can cut out the mesh grille with a cutoff tool or metal snips or whatever you have available, but leave about a 3/8 inch or so of the mesh around the edges. Then get some metal slide on threaded tabs and put them on the 3/8 inch metal screen that you left around the edges of the nostril. The metal threaded tabs i am talking about are the little black tabs that you use to attach things like speakers to your sail panels and so on. I just cant think of what they are called! :bang: but just figure out where they need to be in order to line up with the screw holes on the factory grilles and then attach the metal tabs to the screen, screw the factory grilles to these tabs and your done. Sorry i kept things very general and not detailed, if you need any help you can PM me and ill be glad to help! hope this helps you.
09-25-2009, 09:55 AM
Well unfortunately I think the hood is already painted. :( Think as long as the grills are painted a glossy black I can deal with them not being a traditional Honeycomb grill. Maybe when I take the car in for an eventual repainting I will get the grills taken care of than. :)
09-25-2009, 05:43 PM
well if it is already painted then do the second way i mentioned. it wont even touch the paint.
09-26-2009, 01:41 AM
you call that keeping it 'very general'? lol
I really like the way my hood looks on my car, especially since its all fresh paint on the whole front end. :D
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