Frequently Asked Questions About Carbon Fiber Auto, Motorcycle Parts & Accessories - F.A.Q
Please select one of the following Frequently Asked Questions:
- Do you create customized automotive and motorcycle parts?
- Do you sponsor? If so, how do I qualify?
- What type of warranty do you offer?
- Can I pick up the item locally?
- How do I check the status of my order with ScopioneUSA.com?
- How long does it take for you to process and ship an order?
- What shipping services do you use?
- Do you ship internationally?
- My order was damaged during shipping, what can I do?
- What is carbon fiber?
- What is “Grade A” carbon fibre and carbon fiber?
- Are Scopione products made with 100% carbon fiber materials?
- How can I judge the quality of carbon fiber products in general?
- Why should I use carbon fiber parts?
- What is the difference between wet and dry carbon fiber?
- What are the pros and cons between dry carbon and wet carbon parts?
- What kind of carbon does Scopione use to make their parts and products?
- What is a carbon fiber weave?
- What is the difference between “1x1” and 2x2” weaves?
- What types of finishes are available?
- Will I find irregularities or broken patterns from Scopione carbon fiber parts?
- How do I maintain my carbon fiber products?
Yes, we are able to create most of the parts in carbon fiber. A customized job requires a special order with a minimum of 20 items. If you are interested in having customized carbon fiber parts, please contact us directly.
Yes, we do sponsorships. Because of the number of sponsorship proposals that we receive, we do have a couple of requirements;
- Confirmed Photoshoots with a Major National Magazine
- Members of Professional Race/Drift Teams
If you meet these requirements, then please contact us directly with the following;
- Written Proposal
- Recent Photos of your Car
- Magazine Contact
- Name of the Team you Represent
We are happy to review your qualifications further at that time.
All of our products are sold on the “as is” basis. We offer a six to twelve month limited clear coat warranty. Also, we test fit all parts before we make them available to the general public for sale. However, we want to make clear that no aftermarket body parts will fit exactly like OEM. This is normal and customers are expected to make the minor adjustments so that they fit well.
Having said that, we are highly confident that our products are among the best in terms of fitting in the aero-styling market and our warranty extends only to vehicles that have not had any previous bodywork. As a precaution, we ask you to test fit all parts before you cut/paint/drill them.
Absolutely! Our central warehouse is located in New York City, so if you are in the area, we would love to see you! Please contact us and set up an appointment for local pickup.
We keep you informed of your order through the email. Once shipped, we send you a tracking number that will keep you aware of where your order is at. Plus, you may also check your Order Status page for any updates.
Generally speaking, for all items that are in-stock it takes two to three business days to ship it. Once the order ships, it generally takes three to five business days for you to receive the shipment if you live in the contiguous 48 states of the US. International shipments take from three to fifteen business days after the initial processing time to arrive.
We use the following carriers;
The carrier of your order will depend on which of the warehouses your item(s) will ship from.
Yes we do! Please contact us for our international shipping rates.
If the product was defective inside the box, we will gladly exchange it for a new one. While we do not cover or reimburse the shipping costs, we will ship the replacement item to you at our expense.
We examine and double-pack each and every item before we ship. We record all information before shipping and do not send out any item that has been damaged. Therefore, any item that arrives to your residence in a damaged state means that it was damaged in shipping.
We understand that due to the size of many of the items that we sell, handling them can be somewhat awkward and there are times when the trucking staff does not handle them carefully enough. We must count on the consignee to examine the condition of the product upon receipt.
If you notated all damages on the delivery receipt, then you can file a claim with the trucking company. You can also contact your dealer to obtain supporting documents from us, if required by the trucking company.
Although there is no official standard that grades carbon fiber products, there are still significant differences in overall quality depending on the manufacturer. In response, the manufacturer began calling their products “Grade A” to help stress their overall quality, but this is really a marketing term and not an official grading of the carbon fiber products themselves. At Scopione, only Toray Industry Inc Carbon Fiber material is used in our products. Toray is one of the leading suppliers for all car manufacturer composite materials and has a sterling record for quality.
The carbon fiber is a material that is an innovative piece of cloth that is assisted by other elements in order to help keep its shape. Items that are listed as either “Dry Carbon Fiber” or Pre-Preg Carbon Fiber” are made only from carbon fiber materials. If an item is “CFRP” or Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics, then it uses carbon fiber as the primary reinforcement within a plymer matrix and may be combined with fiberglass backing to help construct the skeleton of the part.
There are three important questions to ask when comparing carbon fiber products;
- Is the item crafted with one-piece carbon sheet or multiple sheets placed together
- Is it a gel-coat or clear coat finish?
- Is the carbon sheet wrapped around the skeleton or is it integrated into the mold?
All Scopione products are made using the one-piece carbon sheet that has no broken lines or patterns. Plus, we use a clear coat finish which is shiny and highly durable, giving a “wet” appearance to the vehicle unlike the duller gel-coat finishes. Finally, all of our carbon sheets are built into the mold itself so that they do not break or split apart like the ones that only wrap around the skeleton.
Carbon fiber parts have a number of advantages over their metal OEM counterparts;
- Lightweight: This helps create better speed, acceleration and fuel economy.
- High Corrosion Resistance
- Very Little Thermal Expansion
- High Impact Resistance
In addition to these advantages, carbon fiber parts offer a pleasing, eye-catching aesthetic quality that enhances the appearance of vehicles.
The difference lies in the way they are manufactured. Dry carbon fiber is crafted with pre-preg or impregnated resin fibers that are already in the carbon itself. Wet carbon fiber is hand coated with resin before the product is actually finished.
The differences between dry and wet carbon are based on how each product is manufactured. There are extensive articles that detail these differences that you can find when doing a general search. As for the pros and cons, here is a basic breakdown of what each type of product is best at.
Dry carbon is best for “race usage” as you get the most strength and save the most amount of weight. This is because the weaves and quality are more consistent through the part itself. The downside is that dry carbon fiber parts are usually three to four times more expensive than their wet counterparts.
Wet carbon items are hand-laid or vacuum infused which means they are more prone to small defects such as wavy weaves and tiny bubbles which compromise the material. Also, they are heavier than their dry carbon fiber counterparts. However, they have a very pleasing aesthetic quality, they do reduce the weight of the vehicle and they are significantly less expensive than dry carbon fiber. Given the popularity of wet carbon products, they are often referred to simply as “carbon fiber”.
Scopione uses both wet and dry carbon fiber. Dry carbon fiber is stronger and lighter than wet carbon fiber.
The weave is the pattern formed when the carbon fiber is made into a fabric. There are many different kinds of carbon fiber available and they are usually identified by the size.
The difference lies in the pattern of the weave itself. 1x1 weaves look like a square pattern while 2x2 weaves look like diagonal lines.
There are several types of finishes available and can be tailored to suit your needs.
- Black Chrome
- Flat Black
- Unfinished: This is one you can paint if you wish
Plus, all carbon fiber products have UV-resistant protection to ensure a high quality finish and to protect against fading from being exposed to sunlight and the elements.
All parts and products from Scopione are created from a continuous single sheet of carbon fiber that ensures you don't get any irregularities or broken patterns.
Although your carbon fiber parts are very durable, they still need a little care and maintenance to stay looking fresh and new. There are a few steps you can take to ensure that your carbon fiber parts are well maintained;
- Keep the parts clean
- Minimize exposure to the sun
- Wax the parts when necessary
- Use heat shields for carbon fiber products on the hood to avoid premature aging
Keeping your carbon fiber products clean and out of the sun as much as practical will extend the new, fresh appearance that they have.
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