I've seen a few posts about carbon hoods here and there, but still don't see a solution for 2012MY Tacomas.
My goal is to reduce the weight of the truck, I don't want any fancy hood scoops or vents - simply carbon fiber OEM-style hood and fenders that I'll end up painting to match the color of the truck.
As a bonus, the hood and fenders can be used on pre-12's for those looking to upgrade to the new-for-12 front end (additional parts necessary). I have a 2006 and would be doing a full MY12 swap.
I contacted a southern ca shop that builds quality carbon fiber hoods and other body panels to get a price on building a hood and front fenders - I'm waiting to hear on a cost from him, but I'm sure we could get the price down if a few members showed interest.
1. Is anyone interested? Next step would be getting price & weight savings
2. Would anyone be willing to loan a hood/fenders to the shop to create a mold? (I'm very particular with my cars, as I'm sure most of you are - I will find out how long he would need these)
I just got off the phone with VIS (one of the larger makers of carbon fiber panels - http://www.visracing.com/newcatalog/) and they don't expect to have a carbon hood for the 12 until the end of the year/beginning of next. It would be nice to have a better option, sooner.
Let me know what you guys think.