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Feb 24, 10:32pm - #111535 
Fibreglass vs. Urethane

I'm in the market shopping for my very first body kit and I've came across a dilemma: Fibreglass or Urethane? A sales representative told me that urethane body kits are far superior b/c they do not chip as easily, are more flexible, easier to paint, and molds around my car better. He added that to maintain a fibreglass kit, I'll have to retouch it every two years or so... Please let me in on your experience. Thx.

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Feb 24, 10:35pm - #111536 
Urethane kits are better, they hold up better to everyday driving, and instead of breaking when hit like fiberglass, urethane will just bend. Your stock front and back bumper are urethane if you were curious. The downfall to urethane is that it is more expensive in most instances.


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Feb 24, 10:38pm - #111537 
many people think that a urithane kit can not be considerd a true aero part, since it is so heavy that it actually slows you down (not noticably). when i get a kit im going to get Fglass. its a lot lighter, and its cheeper


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Feb 24, 10:45pm - #111538 
Well I'm going to add another question here. Which out of the umpteen kits for the celica ARE urethane???

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Feb 24, 10:47pm - #111539 
Originally Posted by Dragincrosmember
Well I'm going to add another question here. Which out of the umpteen kits for the celica ARE urethane???


I know that the "Action Package" from the dealer is urethane.


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Feb 24, 10:50pm - #111540 
yeah i would go with Urethane. Fiberglass is a pain unless you get the high quality stuff. I have a RMM urethane front and its way better than the RMM sides. I get less rock chips and the sides make too much noise.

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Feb 24, 10:54pm - #111541 
the kaminari is too thumbsup

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Feb 24, 11:14pm - #111542 
Okay I know the Wings West, Kam, I think the Blitz, TRD...that's all I know of right now...am I missing any?

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Feb 24, 11:21pm - #111543 
and don't forget the RMM front thumbsup

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Feb 24, 11:28pm - #111544 
Originally Posted by pct
I'm in the market shopping for my very first body kit and I've came across a dilemma: Fibreglass or Urethane? A sales representative told me that urethane body kits are far superior b/c they do not chip as easily, are more flexible, easier to paint, and molds around my car better. He added that to maintain a fibreglass kit, I'll have to retouch it every two years or so... Please let me in on your experience. Thx.

- pct - spineyes


Go urethane... I hit a chair that fell off a truck going 60mph on the freeway and all i have is some stress cracks on my paint. It maybe more expensive but in the end it is worth it. thumbsup

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Feb 24, 11:40pm - #111545 
Damn thats crazy eek

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Feb 25, 2:54am - #111546 
Go Urethane.
I doubt the weight difference is even noticeable.
If so, lose a few pounds smile

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Feb 25, 8:18am - #111547 
urethane: heavier, stronger, more expensive to paint
fiberglass: light, cheap to paint*, chips, considered a true aero part


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Feb 25, 8:23am - #111548 
Urethane...Wings West...Bomex...Kam...RMM...Blitz comes in both...i can't think of anymore grin

I love my urethane...wouldn't get anything else

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Feb 25, 10:27pm - #111549 
please make sure before you post .. you verify LOL hahaha

as per the Ecelica store.. BOMEX is not urethane
here is the quote:
"Bomex believes that sprayed fiberglass and urethane kits are too heavy and not as strong as hand laid fiberglass."

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Feb 25, 11:15pm - #111550 
Has anyone heard of this site?? They have a kit on ebay that shows them bending it but it's fiberglass or something like it... http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2461787902&category=36475 And their site http://www.aerokits.net

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Feb 26, 6:12am - #111551 
urethane is better


Some of the ugliest things took the longest time to make
And some of the easiest habits are the hardest one's to break!!!
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