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Clear Bra For 1999 C2

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I have a quote for a clear bra installation ( including the materials) of 995 dollars. What do you guys think about spending that amount of money on a clear bra. Is there a better alternative such as a vinyl bra as sold by Porsche for about 200 dollars? Other options??


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Couple of thoughts, Harry,

if your car is new, and you want to protect your shiny front, the clear bra is the way to go to build 'future' value in keeping original paint, original stuff, etc. The bra can be removed and the paint will be like new. Newer type 'invisible' bras claim to be better, but I have seen older ones where paint underneath the bra oxidizes at a different rate, so discoloration is possible.

On an older car, I'd consider repainting versus putting on the bra. To repaint the 'chipped' area should not cost much more than the bra. Just something to consider (but your car is no longer 'original' - 'original' cars become valuable in about 30 years or so).

Vinyl bra's are cheaper, but I would only use them on the track -- you are likely to have a lot of stuff being thrown up and you'll get more wear than on the freeway. Vinyl bra's should not be used in wet weather - moisture buildup - and they should be taken off regularly for cleaning underneath - dust buildup. Plus paint discoloration occurs at a faster rate and you will get 'rubbing' or 'chafing' marks where the body flexes.

On a new car I always use the Perma glazing. It prevents oxidation, reduces the need for waxing, and makes the paint appear newer when the car is several years old. It reduces somewhat the front end chips too.

My $0.02 - I would consider the invisible bra at the east coast, where rains (and slush) are more likely to occur year around, but only on a new car. (I would also use Perma Plating). Also, if I planned on a lot of driving, or maybe tracking, it would make sense to me to install the bra.

But don't let me stop you - if your car is in a relatively pristine condition, it is certainly something to consider.

P.S. you can also get vinyl (transparent) covers for the headlights. These are thicker and protect the lenses. I have them but took them off - the lights become somewhat diffused (and blinding) with these covers.

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The clear bra kit should also include the headlights, mirrors, door handles, door sills, fuel door, wheel wells. If not then shop around if you go this route. $995 is a typical price. You may be able to find a cheaper place.

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I was at the PCA Performance Driving School this weekend and alot of us were interested in the clear bra type shielding, especially for Auto X. :drive:

After carefully inspecting a few of them, I found that it looks great when only on the front bumper and headlights. I do not like how certain manufacturers will also do half of the hood and half of the side fenders as well. This looks very cheap and you can see a distinct line running horitontally accross your hood.

IMHO-I urge you to either do the front bumper & head lights only ... or cover everything (Bumper, both lights, entire hood, & the entire side fenders.) On a side note if you plan on any Auto X. and have a wide body or "S" model you may want to consider the rear fenders that are flared out as well

"Just my .02 cents..."


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Anytime, if you want to see how it looks like, my cars are in Millbrae & SSF area most of time. It is a very personal opinion to like it and accept it or some people think is very urge. For me, I have my 05 CS put on the same week as I got it from the dealer.

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I would only put it on a brand new car. By the time I thought of it I already had a couple of scratches,WTF. I have seen some really crappy jobs, so beware.

Personally, I got a bra from porsche (120$) and I mount it for track days, long trips etc.

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I have the full X-pel kit on my car which I drive daily as well as enjoyed on 12 track events. It was a very good investment. The car has been hit by track debris at over 100 mph and the front end looks like new. I had an Audi front mask on my wife's A6 and noticed a line across the hood where the mask vibrated on the freeway so I've stayed away from masks.

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