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steve w

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Looks pretty shit. I had a battery box from TDK, with their logo atop. If I'd have been Dave, I'd have ground it off before delivering it looked that bad. To be fair though the other bits were what I asked for, and what I expected......

The saying "you get what you pay for" wasn't invented for nothing.

Fibreglass moves like hell, for various reasons.

If you've purchased a bootlid for example, for 30. Break down the costs in your head. Materials, over heads, labour, profit.

Doesn't take a genius to wok out that you're gonna be bloody lucky if it fits well and if the finish is like an oem part.

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I've said this many times about many parts.... In many cases, I would gladly pay anything from 2-10 times the price for an identifiably better quality part than the junk being offered at the "competitive" pricing offered by many companies. The 2x is in something that I can live with, the 10X is in the case of steering rack gaiters, ball joint seals, etc that are a royal PITA.

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Rory

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Looking at the pictures they are both easy sorts.
Little bit of heat and some clamps and they would pull in easy enough.
The cut out on the rear valance will take you 10 mins to sort with a file.

I used TDK for my S/Saloon body shell, arches, doors etc etc and nothing would have fitted any good without a bit of fettling. BUT for the cost i paid it didnt bother me.
I could have bought a Curley setup but would have cost 3 x more...

You pay for what you get at the end of the day.

Rory


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Curley I don't think is much better, as the saying goes if it hasn't got a defect, it ain't curley! I spoke to ABS recently about a roof skin,and they've decided to stop selling items by other manufacturers and produce items themselves as the fit of the items they sell is getting slowly worse.

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If i clamp a straight piece of wood both sides of the flange where it is wonky and leave it in front of the fire do you reckon that will sort it?




On 30th Nov, 2014 Rory said:
Looking at the pictures they are both easy sorts.
Little bit of heat and some clamps and they would pull in easy enough.
The cut out on the rear valance will take you 10 mins to sort with a file.

I used TDK for my S/Saloon body shell, arches, doors etc etc and nothing would have fitted any good without a bit of fettling. BUT for the cost i paid it didnt bother me.
I could have bought a Curley setup but would have cost 3 x more...

You pay for what you get at the end of the day.

Rory


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that scoop looks like some generic crap that boy racers can stick on their corsas, saxos and any other crap euro box. The quality of the valance is piss poor. Gel coats too thin and nowhere near enough layering so it's warped quickly. Probably been done with the wrong strand as well so it can be produced cheaper

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So there you have it.. A scoop that is the wrong shape and wont fit. A wonky valance which will take me a few evenings to sort out and i shouldn't have to
A mixed bag of responses on here, some attitudes seem to be its fibre glass expect it to be rough, live with it. I don't buy into that, it would have been very easy for the supplier to have made my valance and scoop a lot better with a little more care and attention.
Someone said i was offered a refund and here i am moaning. Well yes i am moaning and warning others to be careful, the point is i wasted a month while these items were lashed up, a refund is great but i wont get the month back and no way should a professional have fobbed me off with these parts, so moan i did.
Turbodave is spot on, most of us would pay a little more for decent parts and it is certainly achievable here


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On a positive note i received my minispares rosepetals on the same day. They were awesome, always had good stuff and service from minispares


jamiestevenbell

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I have used abs motorsport a fair bit recently and found there stuff to be a bang on fit that requires barely any fettling


Rory

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That will work if you can contain the heat.
All i used was a blow heater, and used old bed sheets to contain the heat in the area i needed to be shifted.
I managed to shift a rear arch panel 2"/3" using this method.

Don't get me wrong i don't condone bad workmanship, but with a 30 fibreglass product you cant expect perfection.
If you want it perfect (ish), buy steel?

Rory

On 30th Nov, 2014 dazibee said:


If i clamp a straight piece of wood both sides of the flange where it is wonky and leave it in front of the fire do you reckon that will sort it?

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