Do you want a wood dash kit?<BR>haha, I like the carbon fiber one, I think you might need an aluminum shift nob, pedals, different steering wheel and such to balance out the extreme look of that much aluminum on the dash IMO but I could be wrong. I found some of those kits on the eastern aerospace sight, I too would be curious as to the fit and finish. Could look awesome!<BR> <IMG SRC="http://image.inkfrog.com/pix/Spearzy/my8505.jpg"> <BR>
Back when I had my 850R, I was seriously considering doing this, but just on the lower center console to mimic the setup in the V70 R AWD. I began looking on ebay and google and found a few places claiming they did aluminum kits. They'll usually send you a sample and it's normally acrylic coated foil that looks like some sort of silver brushed texture that might look good in pictures, but in person left me wanting more. I opted not to do it.<P>Chances are, you'll want one actually made of aluminum. I know a guy who has a kit on his VW Golf like that, but it too has some edges that, while not sharp, I wouldn't want to deal with in my daily driver. <P>When in doubt, go OEM and I haven't seen a kit yet that looks factory clean, at least not in aluminum.<P>I saw in Terrence's car once, he did an attractive carbon fiber setup. The thing is, even those don't cover the corners exactly right. That's not a bad thing, but you need to remember to paint those exposed areas in a matte black so that any faux-wood trim that your car came from the factory with isn't exposed.
IMHO the carbon fiber in Terrence's car was not too good. Whenever in the car I would always see the defects and exposed wood from different angles. If you are going to do it...prep the entire dash with a like-color paint so after the kit is on, there will not be any exposure which will catch the eye. The kit looks good, but only if there is good fit/finish.<P>Cheers<BR>Prospero
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Prospero:<BR><B>Not bad!!!<P>Much better than some of the others I've seen.<P>Prospero</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>How do you know? You didn't see it up and close. The kit on Mark's car isn't that bad, and if we take a pic from that far, you wouldn't be able to complain about it either. <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/wink.gif">
Actually, I was more impressed by the areas covered which most lits leave out. For example...the whole bottom area by the GS lever and window controls. Many kits do not go down there which makes them look less complete IMHO. (At least with the wood look...that is.)<P>Yeah, the up-close and angled pictures are missing so I can't comment on the overall quality.<P>Prospero