I'm new to these forums, and will be posting a build log soon for my 1972 240z project. I just wanted to quickly post up a review over a company that my friends and I haven't really heard of before getting one of these cars.
Why I ordered this part, and chose Retro-Spec
I wanted a spoiler for my 240z, and figured I wanted to get a nice lightweight one so that my hatch and strut wouldn't have to put up with a weight acting as a lever on the end. (This car will be my new DD). So I searched around and decided I wanted to give the company Retro spec a try. I did so as a test to see their quality and service since they have various goodies for our cars, and didn't want to drop a fortune on them until I was sure they were worth it.
I want to make a note that I don't want the look of carbon fiber on my build, so any composite pieces will be painted appropriately. However, some of you may want the look of bare carbon fiber, so this review may be worth while.
There is two websites, and a Facebook page. The two websites are a little conflicting. One has a self check out, the other has a notice to email them for part ordering and information. I didn't see the second site until after I ordered from their self help website. To me, its unnecessary to have more than one site, and at first, was concerned I just bought from a fake site, so emailed them to confirm and got a response shortly after . I was kindly informed not to worry, and that my order was already being processed, and to check out them on Facebook, if I have it. (I don't) So they do respond, and quickly, which is good.
I paid 279.99 for a carbon fiber tail with shipping to Oregon. Not bad.
I ordered 5/14/2016, and today (6/27/2016) got the package. A little over a month turn around time, but I don't mind for composite pieces. I understand it takes time. However, I didn't get any tracking information, and the "shopping notice / receipt" email that was sent claims it will update itself to show current status. It never changed to show it shipped, so today before I got it, it still said "order processing". Its important to me to have shipping information so that I can be sure to be there when the part comes, as well as ensure it wont be stolen when delivered. So this is a negative to me.
Okay and now finally about the part. I will explain first, then show pics. The spoiler looks good from afar, no noticeable problems such as being wavy or anything.
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Up close, the carbon fiber is flawed a bit in some places. However the real problem comes from the resin. Its fish eyed in places, has some type of lines running across from the mold, is not very smooth, and has some bubbles. What makes matters worse, is a few chips and pits. See the corner in the picture below. The pictures dont really do it justice how unpolished and rushed the part looks.
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Not bad for the cost. My friends agreed that for the price, its just fine. The cons such as the turnaround time, lack of shipping updates, and the fact that the carbon fiber can never be left raw and unfinished due to its poor appearance may be a definite negative to some. Like I said above however, I don't care for the look of it for this particular project, but its still sad none the less. I will be giving this part some good sanding and so forth before it gets painted.
Will I buy from Retro-Spec again?
I'm really not sure. I haven't tried all the other options out there, so I will probably try another company for a competing part.
That's it for the review guys. I cant wait to post up my build!
Edited by appleslicer, 27 June 2016 - 06:22 PM.