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Old 07-08-2015
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Default Help: Saleen XP8 Carbon Fiber Hood - issues - need advice

So I purchased the Saleen XP8 Carbon Fiber Hood off I believe 1998-023. The XP8 had alot of rust so the hood catch has alot of rust and there is cracking in the (Fiberglass?? or Carbon Fiber) around the rivets that hold that piece in as well as the hood hinge mounting points.

BIG WHITE (my 2000 Limited) is currently at the shop for paint & installation of the hood and Saleen Wing and some things came up that I am hoping that someone here might be able to offer some input.

* Have others seen this type of cracking on the Carbon Fiber Saleen XP8 Hoods - https://www.dropbox.com/s/lxa7wjne2a...BB4Dh.jpg?dl=0 and https://www.dropbox.com/s/8bvxikst0o...KIj5h.jpg?dl=0 are pictures. The shop seems to think that this cracking is a safety issue. I asked about replacing the rusted hood latch mechanism and they say they really do not know how they would do that. Is there a way?


* They also said that even if they repaired the cracking that it "will" crack again and they feel it is a safety issue and a design flaw in this hood. Has anyone with one of these hoods had a issue?

Thanks in advance for any input or advice on how to proceed with this.
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