July 11, 2010
Are Your Sure U Want This?
First thing you will notice is that for being 2 rather simple pieces of hard rubber they are rather expensive. Once you look at it closely and see all of the pits and blemishes all over the surface you will realize just how grossly overpriced they really are.
NO, they don't come primed and ready for paint; you must either do all the prep work and paint yourself or take it to a shop. Either way it will probably end up costing you more than what you paid for the scoops to begin with (if you want a quality paint job). Trust me, it's not easy to deal with all of the little pits and imperfections.
Unlike your oem scoops, these are not held in place with pins and rely on 3m tape to be held in place. This being the case, it is absolutely outrageous that Xenon will not even provide you with enough tape to mount them on your car!!! YOU WILL HAVE TO SPEND MORE MONEY AND BUY AN EXTRA ROLL ELSEWHERE. I must also note that the adhesion promoter pads seem to etch your paint. I had to sand and polish the paint afterwards.
I hope you aren't so picky otherwise you will really go through some frustration when you try to place them on your car. THEY WILL NOT FIT YOUR CAR PROPERLY. Even though they recommend that test fit them before you paint them, it is impossible to see exactly how they will fit without actually taping them on your car. I had a miserable time pushing, pulling, and nudging them into place to try to get them to look descent. I still had to fill some unsightly gaps with some black auto grade silicone.
See if you can find a some kind of screen that you can cut and paint and use as inserts because the so called inserts that come with these scoops are nothing more than cheap vinyl stickers.
I think you should get these only if you really, really, REALLY want these kind of scoops. They can look good if you put a great deal of work into them and have the patience and money for it. They just seem more trouble than they are worth.