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pct
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pct Feb 25, 5:32am - #111535 
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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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blackcel Feb 25, 5:35am - #111536 

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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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NorwayGT Feb 25, 5:38am - #111537 

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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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Dragincrosmember Feb 25, 5:45am - #111538 

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Well I'm going to add another question here. Which out of the umpteen kits for the celica ARE urethane???
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RevMonster Feb 25, 5:47am - #111539 

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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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ironracer4130
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ironracer4130 Feb 25, 5:50am - #111540 

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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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ironracer4130 Feb 25, 5:54am - #111541 

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the kaminari is too thumbsup
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Dragincrosmember Feb 25, 6:14am - #111542 

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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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ironracer4130 Feb 25, 6:21am - #111543 

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and don't forget the RMM front thumbsup
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SimpleGuy215 Feb 25, 6:28am - #111544 
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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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ironracer4130 Feb 25, 6:40am - #111545 

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Damn thats crazy eek
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Immo
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Immo Feb 25, 9:54am - #111546 

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Go Urethane.
I doubt the weight difference is even noticeable.
If so, lose a few pounds smile
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fastceli2001 Feb 25, 3:18pm - #111547 

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urethane: heavier, stronger, more expensive to paint
fiberglass: light, cheap to paint*, chips, considered a true aero part

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trog2233 Feb 25, 3:23pm - #111548 

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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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SilverXtreme02 Feb 26, 5:27am - #111549 
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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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Dragincrosmember Feb 26, 6:15am - #111550 

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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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Sara Feb 26, 1:12pm - #111551 

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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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