1. Is my Carbon Fiber Hood defective?
  2. What is involved to install VIS bodykits?
  3. What set VIS Carbon Fiber hoods apart from other hoods in the market?
  4. What kind of materials are used to make VIS bumpers?
  5. What is the return policy?
  6. What to do when shipment arrive?
  7. Do I reuse the hood struts / trunk spring or struts?
  8. Is it legal?
  9. What is the cancellation policy for Special Order Parts??
  10. Can I install the hood myself?
  11. Any weight saving using carbon fiber hood?
  12. Do I need hood pins?
  13. Excessive Gap with the hood install?
  14. Excessive Gap with the Trunk install
  15. Is Heatshield required?
  16. How to take care your carbon fiber products?

Q: Is my Carbon Fiber Hood defective?

The installation of aftermarket carbon fiber hoods necessitates the expertise of a professional body shop. This process may involve adjustments or modifications, such as enlarging stock holes for windshield nozzles and mounting holes for the underside heat shield. In some cases, ovalizing the hood latch mounting holes may also be necessary to allow for additional adjustment. Additionally, the body shop will be responsible for transferring all essential mounting hardware, including the latch, windshield nozzles, and hinges. These tasks are standard bodywork and installation procedures, and any resulting issues should not be seen as indicative of a defective item.

Manufacturing Process: Carbon fiber hoods are hand crafted through complex manufacturing processes that involve layering carbon fibers and applying resin. Despite stringent quality control measures, some imperfections may still occur, albeit at varying degrees.

Aesthetic Variation: Each carbon fiber hood is unique due to variations in the manufacturing process. These imperfections contribute to the distinctive character and individuality of carbon fiber components. They are often seen as a part of the material's natural charm rather than defects.

Functionality and Durability: It's essential to note that while imperfections may affect the aesthetic appeal, they typically do not compromise the functionality or structural integrity of the carbon fiber hood. Carbon fiber remains renowned for its lightweight, strength, and resilience.

Consequently, minor imperfections such as waves within the weave, small bubbles, and blemishes in the clear coat are inevitable and should not be grounds for returns or exchanges.

Q: What is involved to install VIS bodykits?

  • Preparation: Before installation, ensure that the vehicle's body is clean and free of any dirt or contaminants. This step may also involve removing any existing trim pieces or parts that the new body kit will replace.

  • Test Fitting: Before permanently installing the body kit components, it's crucial to perform test fittings. This involves loosely fitting the parts onto the vehicle to ensure proper alignment and fitment. Adjustments may be necessary to ensure everything lines up correctly.

  • Cutting and Modification: Depending on the specific body kit and your vehicle, some cutting or modification of the existing body panels may be required to accommodate the new components. This step demands precision to avoid damaging the vehicle's structure or affecting its aerodynamics.

  • Mounting: Once the test fitting and modifications are complete, the body kit components are mounted onto the vehicle using appropriate hardware. This often involves screws, bolts, or adhesives, depending on the design of the body kit and the manufacturer's instructions.

  • Aligning and Adjusting: After mounting the components, further adjustments may be necessary to ensure proper fitment and alignment. This includes checking panel gaps, ensuring symmetry, and adjusting any parts that are misaligned.

  • Painting or Finishing: In many cases, aftermarket body kit components come unpainted or unfinished. If necessary, you'll need to paint or finish the parts to match the vehicle's color or desired aesthetic. This may involve professional painting services or DIY painting if you have the skills and equipment.

  • Final Inspection: Once all components are installed and finished, perform a final inspection to ensure everything is securely in place and looks as intended. Check for any signs of loose fasteners, gaps, or other issues that need addressing.

  • Optional: Professional Assistance: Depending on your level of automotive experience and the complexity of the body kit installation, you may choose to seek professional assistance from a custom body shop. Professional installers can ensure the job is done correctly and efficiently, minimizing the risk of errors or damage to the vehicle.

Overall, installing an aftermarket body kit requires careful planning, attention to detail, and mechanical skill. It's essential to follow the manufacturer's instructions closely and take your time to achieve the best results.



Q: What set VIS Carbon Fiber hoods apart from other hoods in the market?

Our grade "A" carbon fiber hoods are the best in the industry. Each hood is built with a strong carbon fiber skeleton. The outer layer is hand-laid with carbon fiber along with several layers of clear coating that provides the Hi-gloss show-quality finish that other hoods just cannot imitate. The outermost layer of clear coats is a UV coating that protects it from the harmful rays of the sun. Unlike other hoods in the market, our hoods do not fade and turn yellow in a few months. The underside of each OEM hood is reinforced fiberglass with a one-piece fiberglass covering the underling skeleton to provide a clean factory look. We also have double-sided carbon fiber hoods whose skeletons are covered with carbon fiber for more refined look.

Q: What kind of materials are used to make VIS bumpers?

Fiberglass body kits are crafted through a meticulous process that starts with design and prototype creation. Designers first conceptualize the kit, then create a full-scale model, usually from clay or foam, to refine the design. Once the model is finalized, a mold is made by applying a release agent to the prototype and covering it with layers of fiberglass and resin, which then cure to form a negative replica of the part.

The actual body kit parts are made by laying fiberglass mats into the mold, then coating them with resin. This process is repeated to build up the part's thickness, ensuring air bubbles are removed for uniformity and strength. After curing, the part is removed from the mold, trimmed, and any excess material is sanded away for a smooth finish. Holes for mounting are drilled, and the part undergoes a final inspection before being primed and painted, ready for installation on a vehicle. This method allows for the creation of lightweight, durable components that can significantly alter a vehicle's aesthetics and aerodynamics.

Polyurethane body kits are manufactured using a high-precision process that begins with the creation of a master pattern. This pattern is used to craft a durable metal mold, typically aluminum, which can withstand the high pressure and temperature required for polyurethane casting.

The manufacturing process involves injecting liquid polyurethane material into the mold under high pressure. This method ensures the material fills every part of the mold, capturing intricate details and ensuring a consistent thickness throughout the part. Once injected, the polyurethane quickly cures, significantly faster than fiberglass, making it possible to demold the finished parts in a shorter period.

After curing, the parts are removed from the mold and undergo minimal post-processing, primarily trimming of excess material and any necessary drilling for fittings. Polyurethane's flexibility and durability mean these parts are less prone to cracking or breaking compared to more brittle materials. The finished body kit pieces are then inspected for quality, primed, and painted if necessary, ready to be fitted onto vehicles. This process allows for the production of body kits that are not only durable and resistant to impact but also have excellent fitment and finish straight from the mold.


Q: What is the return policy?

Please see our Terms-And-Conditions page for detail.

Q: What to do when shipment arrive?

Q: Do I reuse the hood struts / trunk spring or struts?

Gas struts and tension rods are engineered to produce significant pressure to aid in the opening and lifting of heavier Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) hoods, trunks, and hatches. However, these OEM components are designed with a specific rigidity and weight in mind, which is not always compatible with aftermarket composite parts. Our composite parts, unlike the factory versions, do not have the same level of tensile strength to withstand the pressure generated by the standard struts/rods. This mismatch can lead to fitment issues, with symptoms including bulging and, in more severe cases, cracking of the aftermarket parts.

Should you encounter such issues, it is crucial to immediately remove the struts or rods to prevent further damage. To potentially rectify minor deformations, one can try a method involving the application of heat and weight: place a heavy object on the deformed area, ensuring there is a towel or some protective layer between the object and the composite part, and leave it under sunlight for several days. This technique may help reverse the deformation if it hasn't been left unaddressed for too long.

Q: Is it legal?

Items sold by VIS Racing Sports Inc. ("VIS") may not be legal for street use in all states and none of the parts from our company are DOT approved. It is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with applicable state laws. All fiberglass or carbon fiber parts have no warranty. All goods are sold as is unless otherwise specified. There are no other warranties, express, implied, including any warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

Q: What is the cancellation policy for Special Order Parts??

All special orders require a nonrefundable deposit of the total costs. If there is any cancellation for any reason by the Buyer, that deposit is forfeited immediately to Vis Racing Sports Inc. Vis shall not be responsible for any late shipments. All shipping dates given are approximate. Buyer shall not be entitled to chargebacks, reductions of price, or other offsets as result of late shipment or failure to deliver in estimated time of delivery. If special order item(s) are left over 30 days from time of Vis receiving parts in stock; and Buyer has not made any attempt whatsoever to claim their order, then the order shall be considered canceled and all monies previously deposited shall be forfeited to Vis.

Q: Can I install the hood myself?

Installation of all aftermarket hoods requires the expertise of a professional body shop. This process may involve adjusting latches, hooks, or fenders, among other components, as part of the standard installation procedure. Additionally, modification may be necessary, including drilling out stock holes for windshield nozzles and mounting holes for the underside heat shield. In certain cases, it may also be necessary to ovalize the hood latch mounting holes to allow for more adjustment. The body shop will also need to transfer all essential mounting hardware, such as latches, windshield nozzles, and hinges. It is recommended to apply loctite to all mounting hardware and recheck during each oil change for optimal safety.

These tasks are considered typical bodywork and installation steps; any resulting issues are not indicative of a defective item. Furthermore, all hoods require hood pins for safety reasons and cannot sustain any force or weight on the surface, as this could result in cracking.

Fiberglass parts (including body kits, hoods, and trunks) are manufactured using hand-laid techniques, which are more labor-intensive but result in superior fiberglass quality. These parts come with a primer finish, which can be sanded and painted. Sanding, trimming, cutting, shaving, refilling, remolding, and potentially removing reinforcement bars or shock absorbers may be necessary to ensure proper fitment and finish. It is essential to pre-fit all aftermarket fiberglass parts onto the car before painting and installation.

Q: Any weight saving using carbon fiber hood?

Using a carbon fiber hood instead of a traditional steel hood can lead to weight savings. Carbon fiber is a lightweight and strong material commonly used in automotive applications to reduce the overall weight of vehicles, which can improve performance and fuel efficiency.

The amount of weight saved by using a carbon fiber hood depends on various factors such as the size and design of the hood, as well as the specific materials used in its construction. However, in general, carbon fiber hoods can be significantly lighter than their steel counterparts.

For example, a typical steel hood for a car might weigh around 30 to 40 pounds, whereas a carbon fiber hood designed to fit the same vehicle could weigh as little as 18 to 23 pounds  or even less, depending on the design and construction.

In some cases, the weight savings achieved by using a carbon fiber hood compared to an OEM aluminum hood may not be as significant. Aluminum is already a lightweight material commonly used in automotive components due to its strength-to-weight ratio.

While carbon fiber is lighter than steel, the difference in weight between carbon fiber and aluminum can be less pronounced. However, carbon fiber still offers advantages such as high strength and stiffness compared to aluminum.

The weight savings achieved by using a carbon fiber hood over an aluminum one will depend on various factors including the specific design, thickness, and construction techniques used in manufacturing the carbon fiber hood. In some cases, the weight savings may be modest, while in others, it could be more substantial.

Ultimately, when considering a carbon fiber hood, it's essential to evaluate not just the weight savings but also other factors such as aesthetics, performance improvements, and cost.

Q: Do I need hood pins?

Installing hood pins is crucial for carbon fiber hoods due to several reasons:

  • Weight Reduction: Carbon fiber hoods are significantly lighter than traditional steel hoods. While this weight reduction improves performance and fuel efficiency, it also means they are more susceptible to lifting or flexing at high speeds due to aerodynamic forces. Hood pins provide an additional layer of security to prevent the hood from unexpectedly opening while driving.

  • Enhanced Safety: A securely fastened hood is essential for vehicle safety. In the event of the hood becoming loose or flying open while driving, it could obstruct the driver's view, potentially leading to accidents. Hood pins effectively anchor the hood in place, reducing the risk of such incidents and ensuring the safety of both the vehicle occupants and other road users.

  • Prevention of Damage: Carbon fiber is strong but relatively more prone to damage from excessive vibrations or movements compared to steel. Without proper securing mechanisms like hood pins, the hood may experience flexing or shifting, which could lead to cracks, dents, or even structural damage over time. Hood pins help distribute the forces evenly across the hood, minimizing the risk of damage.

  • Compliance with Regulations: In some jurisdictions, installing hood pins may be a legal requirement, especially for aftermarket modifications such as carbon fiber hoods. These regulations are in place to ensure the safety of vehicles on the road. Failure to comply with such regulations could result in fines or legal consequences.

  • Preservation of Aesthetic Appeal: Carbon fiber hoods are often chosen for their sleek and stylish appearance. Properly installed hood pins not only ensure safety but also help maintain the aesthetic appeal of the hood by preventing misalignment or damage that could detract from its visual appeal.

Overall, installing hood pins for a carbon fiber hood is essential for ensuring safety, protecting the hood from damage, complying with regulations, and preserving the aesthetic appeal of the vehicle. It's a relatively simple yet critical investment that enhances both the performance and longevity of the vehicle.


Q: Excessive Gap with the hood install?

Adjustment is a standard requirement for any hood installation. Aftermarket hoods or trunks may not fit exactly like OEM parts. However, any gaps present can typically be corrected through meticulous adjustment.

To achieve proper alignment (whether reinstalling your factory hood or installing an aftermarket one), it's necessary to loosen (but not remove) all bolts attaching the hood to the hinges initially. Once this step is completed, close the hood and check for excessive tension on the front latch. If tension is detected, loosen the latch and adjust it until the hood closes smoothly, similar to a factory hood.

Avoid dropping the hood to close it by gravity or applying excessive pressure to the front latch area. Instead, use gentle pressure with your palm over the latch area until it securely latches into place. This careful approach ensures proper alignment and reduces the risk of damage during closure. If you lack experience with installation, it's advisable to seek the assistance of a Professional Aftermarket Body Shop.

Q: Excessive Gap with the Trunk install

Aftermarket  trunk don't always match the precise specifications of the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts. You may observe minor differences in size and how it lines up, which could result in a slightly wider gap between the trunk and your car's body than you'd see with the factory trunk.

To get the best fit, it's important to adjust the trunk as accurately as you can, aiming for uniformity on both sides. Proper alignment not only enhances the look but also maintains the trunk's proper operation.

Q: Is Heatshield required?

We highly recommend using a heatshield to protect the hood from discoloration, yellowing, cracking, and bubbling.

Q: How to take care your carbon fiber products?

Cleaning: Regularly clean the carbon fiber surface with a mild car wash soap and water solution. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners, as they can damage the clear coat and finish of the carbon fiber.

Avoid Scratches: Be cautious when handling items around the hood or trunk to prevent scratches or dents. Use soft microfiber towels or cloths when wiping down the surface to minimize the risk of scratching.

Protect from Sunlight: Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight can fade the color and weaken the clear coat of the carbon fiber. Whenever possible, park your vehicle in shaded areas or use car covers to protect the hood or trunk from UV rays.

Waxing: Apply a high-quality automotive wax specifically formulated for carbon fiber surfaces to provide an extra layer of protection and enhance the shine. Follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully when applying wax.

Avoid Harsh Chemicals: Refrain from using abrasive cleaners, solvents, or harsh chemicals on the carbon fiber surface, as they can damage the clear coat and compromise the integrity of the material.

Inspect for Damage: Periodically inspect the carbon fiber hood or trunk for any signs of damage, such as cracks, chips, or delamination. Address any issues promptly to prevent further damage and maintain the structural integrity of the part.

Professional Inspection: Consider having the carbon fiber hood or trunk professionally inspected and maintained by a reputable automotive shop specializing in aftermarket body parts. They can assess the condition of the carbon fiber and perform any necessary repairs or maintenance tasks.

We highly recommend applying a Ceramic Coating to your carbon fiber hood, trunk, spoiler, or any other carbon fiber products. A Ceramic Coating acts as an additional clear coating, providing enhanced protection against environmental elements and UV radiation.

Alternatively, you can apply another clear coating with UV protection to safeguard your carbon fiber parts.

Additionally, after every wash of your carbon part, it's essential to apply a layer of wax to maintain its shine and protective qualities. This regular waxing helps to preserve the appearance and integrity of the carbon fiber surface over time

By following these care and maintenance tips, you can help preserve the appearance and structural integrity of your carbon fiber hood or trunk for years to come.