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Carbon Fiber Dash Kit

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Aw9d, Dec 28, 2011.

  1. Dec 28, 2011 at 10:22 AM
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    Aw9d

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    Here are the pictures of my Carbon Fiber Dash Kit I got from Carid.com. It has 59 parts, and covers the full dash kit, over head, and center console. I went with the Remin kit since they offered “real” carbon fiber and not the sticker crap. I'll Try and get some pic's from outside the truck looking in later.

    Install: Install was very easy, took about 2 hours. I used a heat gun to soften everything up before I installed the parts. All parts fit rather nice, only 2 of them had to be modified a little (cut about 1/32 off an edge). Getting the parts off the sticky board is harder than doing the actual install. The cleaning pads they supplied were junky so I used just rubbing alcohol and a clean, lint free cloth.

    Pros: Looks amazing if you ask me. Easy install, Carid.com is a great place to buy with excellent customer service. It removes most of the ugly “taco silver” plastics. Everything was a great fit and again, easy to install.

    Cons: There are parts of the dash kit that I’d say were missing from design. They are not missing from the schematics they gave me, but I think to give it a ‘complete’ look they should have had included 4 extra pieces. Some of the parts don’t meet up to the very edges; you can tell it was made this way. It’s not a big deal but it’s something I don’t like. Most of it I will end up just painting black to help ‘blend’ in.

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  2. Dec 29, 2011 at 11:19 AM
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    Fister

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    Nice!!
     
  3. Dec 29, 2011 at 11:25 AM
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    Ohbrian

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    I'd like it a lot better if it wasn't so shiny, looks cool though. The dash and console textures that came in the 2nd gens go good with that.
     
  4. Dec 29, 2011 at 11:27 AM
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    mak90

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    looks great nice work
     
  5. Dec 29, 2011 at 11:28 AM
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    Chris(NJ)

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    das a whole lotta carbon
     
  6. Dec 29, 2011 at 11:30 AM
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    black_magic2010

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    I would have wrapped in carbon fiber cloth available online. Its a lot more work but looks better imo.
     
  7. Dec 29, 2011 at 11:34 AM
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    RAD

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    Not a fan of this kit and looks cheap iMHO.

    I did mine in the satin dry carbon look and I think its much better.

    Great job on the install and if you like it. Thumbs up!
     
  8. Dec 29, 2011 at 11:40 AM
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    great job op...... looks good .. i think its to much carbon but thats just me .. i would like a break in carbon around the radio .. like not using all the pieces but maybe half .. but i love how it dressed it up .. dry carbon is great but a lot more damn work ..
     
  9. Dec 29, 2011 at 11:55 AM
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    hooking me up - RAD
     
  10. Dec 29, 2011 at 12:07 PM
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    I'm not a huge fan of the gloss myself. I had Carid send me out samples of the Real carbon vs. the printed stickers and what not. I like the look of real carbon fiber and the print out's just didn't look all that great to me.

    The carbon around the radio will be coming off soon when I replace the deck.. I'm working with Remin to see if they can make a part for me to fit an after market double din deck kit.

    @RAD- That dry carbon is nice but it would of taken me a very long time to do that to every part of the truck I wanted to do. Looks sick tho! And I do thumbs up my carbon dash kit :)
     
  11. Dec 29, 2011 at 12:10 PM
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    The whole purpose of carbon fiber is to go lightweight. If this was a replacement kit, that would be cool. Basically you just put stickers all over your dash? Not for me.
     
  12. Dec 29, 2011 at 12:35 PM
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    For me its the look and to get rid of the ugly stock silver. If I was going for lightweight I wouldn't of bought a truck to begin with.

    It isn't for everyone, but its a quick and easy way to spruce up the dash and get that ugly silver out of there.:cool:
     
  13. Dec 29, 2011 at 7:14 PM
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    looks good man!
     
  14. Dec 29, 2011 at 7:15 PM
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    Thanks for the feedback everyone!
     
  15. Dec 29, 2011 at 7:25 PM
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    That's looks really good man, sub'd for the future! On my DIY list now
     
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    I'm sorry, no.
     
  18. Dec 29, 2011 at 10:11 PM
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    OP.......is ur touchpad mounted there or is it just propped up there??? I like the look, was thinking about doing something similar.
     
  19. Dec 30, 2011 at 7:13 AM
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    I have it just laying there. I have the HP case for it and its kinda rubbery, so it stays really well. I haven't had it slide off or anything yet. I've been slowly working on a bracket that will mount it there for off-road use. Street use its fine right there.

    There is a nice mount that attaches to the seat bracket on amazon for about 30$ shipped. I have one in my integra and it works pretty good.
     
  20. Dec 30, 2011 at 8:31 AM
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    Not my cup-o-tea, but I can appreciate the work and effort that went into it. As long as you are happy with it, great job!:thumbsup:
     
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