Carbon Vipair Hood Review

Discussion in 'Vendor Review: Vipair Performance Products' started by bmw2nv2000, Apr 25, 2009.

  1. bmw2nv2000

    bmw2nv2000 Viper Owner

    Age:
    40
    Posts:
    1,445
    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2008
    Location:
    Adamsville, TN
    This is kind of a re post from an SRT thread I started but Vipair needs some vendor reviews so here is my experience with them. At the bottom you will see many detailed pics showing quality of finish and gap tolerances.

    And first I want to start off by saying dealing with Steve was a true pleasure. Steve is easy to talk to and has been prompt to answer any questions I had even after the sale:2tu:

    I took some time to drive my car and spend some time with her today. And I must say the Vipair hood really is a nice product. To me the car just looks sooo much more aggressive now and before I thought the rear of the car was the best view. Now I love the front angle views best.

    I am pretty sure lowering the car 1.5" helps the look. It seems to make the hood look even more aggressive by how you are looking down on those big beautiful vents from any view and the raised cowl looks huge like it can suck up birds, cats, or small children if they get to close.

    The hood vent mesh grilles are also very good quality. They are surprisingly strong and removal and reattachment is very easy with simple Phillips head screws. And they aren't just flat mesh they are actually hump up and protrude out of the vents for a nice 3 dimensional look. And the grilles are easily paint able so you can custom match them to your car(I painted mine charcoal metallic to match my stripes and wheels)

    As far as fitment and quality of hood. It takes some priming and blocking time to get her slick and get rid of the wavy look. And the hood is a little narrower than the factory Gen3 hood. This is more than likely due to the drying process after molding so you will have to loosen your fender bolts and push your fenders in to get the gap you want. In my case my right fender did not slide far enough so I had to slot my fender holes to make her look just right. And I had to loosen the hood hinges and slide them forward to get the gap I wanted meeting the front bumper.

    But overall I highly recommend the hood to anyone looking for the pissed off Viper look. The quality is up there or better than any aftermarket hood I have ever fitted before(especially most aftermarket vette hoods). But if you are looking for a hood you can just bolt on and go with minimal effort then you should look at the OEM 08' hood.

    So my final verdict is I love the hood and would buy it again in a heart beat:2tu::headbang:


    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2009
  2. eucharistos

    eucharistos Viper Owner

    Posts:
    6,845
    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2008
    Location:
    Houston
    nice write up and pics

    could you post one from the driver's perspective (sitting in the driver's seat looking out over the hood)?

    thanks
     
  3. bmw2nv2000

    bmw2nv2000 Viper Owner

    Age:
    40
    Posts:
    1,445
    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2008
    Location:
    Adamsville, TN
    Dang it I almost snapped one of that view too:rolaugh:. I will get a pic of that angle first thing in the morning and post it here:2tu:
     
  4. ZO6KLR

    ZO6KLR Viper Owner

    Age:
    46
    Posts:
    179
    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2007
    Location:
    Paducah, KY
    Hood looks good. Don't care too much for the grilles. Reminds me of chicken wire. I like the colors though.
     
  5. SylvanSRT

    SylvanSRT Enthusiast

    Posts:
    3,677
    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2003
    Location:
    Sylvan Lake, MI, USA
    i want one but would leave it raw CF on my silver car
     
  6. bmw2nv2000

    bmw2nv2000 Viper Owner

    Age:
    40
    Posts:
    1,445
    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2008
    Location:
    Adamsville, TN
    I forgot to take pics of the hood on my car in raw carbon when I was pre fitting it. Wish I had it look good but IMO not as good as color matched:dunno:. In the raw carbon you lose some of the aggressive lines with all the carbon weave activity.

    Here are the pics from inside I promised the first view is from drivers position and the second is from the visor as high as I could get inside.

    As you can see the cowl in the center is pretty tall. It gives the driver the muscle car feel.


    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  7. eucharistos

    eucharistos Viper Owner

    Posts:
    6,845
    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2008
    Location:
    Houston
    looks good:2tu:, i was thinking the same thing, thanks for posting and the install details
     
  8. Chrissss

    Chrissss Viper Owner

    Posts:
    1,071
    Joined:
    Sep 5, 2008
    Location:
    Cincinnati
    I ordered this exact hood. It is being painted and installed as we speak.:2tu:
     
  9. bmw2nv2000

    bmw2nv2000 Viper Owner

    Age:
    40
    Posts:
    1,445
    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2008
    Location:
    Adamsville, TN
    Did you already prefit yours? Please post your fitment pics here when you get it installed:headbang:

    Gonna look great on your car


     
  10. plumcrazy

    plumcrazy Viper Owner

    Age:
    50
    Posts:
    16,232
    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2003
    Location:
    ALL OVER
    car looks nice. enjoy it.
     
  11. Leslie

    Leslie Viper Owner

    Age:
    58
    Posts:
    4,525
    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2005
    Location:
    Indiana
    Wow sweeeeet hood!

    I cleaned up your thread, hope that was ok with you guys:) Apologize if I had to take out a few posts in order to remove quotes.
     
  12. bmw2nv2000

    bmw2nv2000 Viper Owner

    Age:
    40
    Posts:
    1,445
    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2008
    Location:
    Adamsville, TN
    Thank you Leslie. You are now my favorite Moderator:);) And this is why I love this forum the mods actually care about their members:2tu::headbang:
     
  13. SkyBob

    SkyBob Viper Owner

    Posts:
    1,374
    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2008
    Location:
    Hudson Valley, NY
    Yes, thanks, Leslie. There's a thread in the SRT10 discussion forum you might want to do your majic with. It won't be hard to find.

    Bob
     
  14. HI-NOS-Viper

    HI-NOS-Viper Viper Owner

    Age:
    40
    Posts:
    1,692
    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2007
    Location:
    Hawaii
    The hood for sure looks awesome. I too love the aggressiveness of the hood. Especially the functional cowl. That is one extra positive about this one compared to the OEM is the cowl goes right into the air filters. The OEM one does not line up to the filters.
     
  15. bmw2nv2000

    bmw2nv2000 Viper Owner

    Age:
    40
    Posts:
    1,445
    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2008
    Location:
    Adamsville, TN
    Hi-NOS your car is sooo hot. I bet you have one of the few Vipers in Hawaii and modded to boot:2tu::headbang:
     
  16. Leslie

    Leslie Viper Owner

    Age:
    58
    Posts:
    4,525
    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2005
    Location:
    Indiana
    anything to keep the guys happy:D
     
  17. Chrissss

    Chrissss Viper Owner

    Posts:
    1,071
    Joined:
    Sep 5, 2008
    Location:
    Cincinnati
    Thank you...those "posts" needed greatly to be removed.
     
  18. sleeplezz_swe

    sleeplezz_swe Viper Owner

    Posts:
    46
    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2009
    Location:
    Boras, Sweden
    I have placed an order for this hood in CF and some other stuff... CanĀ“t wait to get it!
     
  19. LucimerOhmZ

    LucimerOhmZ Enthusiast

    Posts:
    73
    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2010
    Location:
    Fort Collins, Colorado
    Is this hood for gen 3's and gen 4's?
     
  20. JBW1997

    JBW1997 Viper Owner

    Age:
    52
    Posts:
    83
    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2010
    Location:
    Plainfield, IL
    I am glad you had a nice experience with Steve at Vipair. I did not. I ordered some carbon fiber door sill covers. After three weeks they never showed up. I called him. He said he just sent them out. Another week passed and he said he would return my paypal money (didn't send them out as said.) Two days later he said he found a pair and is sending them out right away. Two weeks later I called and left him a message. Did not receive. Finally I had to open a dispute with paypal. What is it with this guy?
     
  21. bmw2nv2000

    bmw2nv2000 Viper Owner

    Age:
    40
    Posts:
    1,445
    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2008
    Location:
    Adamsville, TN
    Holly Cow I am sorry to hear this. Steve was great when I dealt with him but it seems there are always exceptions with every vendor. For instance I just bought a set of spring caps off ebay from Micheal (XVipers probably the most complained about vendor ever) and the minute I paid for them he was giving me a follow up phone call to just check in and see if I needed anything else and the phone call turned into a 15 minute call about cars and was actually quite fun to just chat with the guy. So some venders may get some bad reviews but they also get good reviews so its the luck of the draw I guess. SO all I can do is stand behind my experience with Steve and say he is ok from my stand point and I hope it all works out for you:2tu:
     

Share This Page