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That’s kind of what I ended up concluding when I wrapped the black pillars on the back of my 451. Everyone says it looks good but I think it looks like poo.


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I mean, like I said, if it was something a bit flatter, I probably could have done it. But with all the curves and angle changes, ESPECIALLY with the smaller panel to the left, it seems like it'd be impossible to do without using two pieces of vinyl with a seam somewhere. No matter how I started wrapping it, by the time I got over to the opposite side, there was a lot of bunched up vinyl with nowhere to put it.

And I'd try a local wrap shop... But living in eastern PA, don't think there are really any in my area.

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I did 105 MPH downhill in my smart diesel BRABUS once. On the flats it'll do 95 MPH. So a tuned and derestricted 453 should hit 125 MPH.
 

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So the steering wheel and two dash panels have been removed and will be on its way to the factory for some carbon fiber upgrade.. See you in three weeks or so>:D
I am interested in knowing how you have removed the steering wheel, since, I would like to make carbon fiber the central bezel, but I do not know how it is removed. I am not registered here, so if you tell me my email ([email protected]) I appreciate it. Many thanks. By the way, you looked spectacular.
 

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figured i might as well add this in here, too, since i had mentioned attempting to do SOMETHING with them. used plasti-dip aerosols on those two trim pieces on the dash. 4 thin coats of Black & Blue dip, 3 slightly thicker coats of Sapphire Blue pearlizer, and 2 similar coats of glossifier. After a couple trial & error attempts (this final result is from my 4th attempt), finally got a result i was happy with and with no runs or anything.
 

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figured i might as well add this in here, too, since i had mentioned attempting to do SOMETHING with them. used plasti-dip aerosols on those two trim pieces on the dash. 4 thin coats of Black & Blue dip, 3 slightly thicker coats of Sapphire Blue pearlizer, and 2 similar coats of glossifier. After a couple trial & error attempts (this final result is from my 4th attempt), finally got a result i was happy with and with no runs or anything.
Looks nice! Are you planning to add more this blue theme to your car?
 

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Looks nice! Are you planning to add more this blue theme to your car?
I dunno. Thinking about trying to get some white leather to try making a custom shift boot. Thought about doing something with the vent and clock/tach pod rings, but not sure how to get either of those off without risking damaging them.

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Thought about doing something with the vent and clock/tach pod rings, but not sure how to get either of those off without risking damaging them.
Those rings are pain of butt to remove. I tried to remove them and I was able to remove with minor damage on the edges, barely noticeable but if you use a flashlight to look, sctraches are there. The clips are supper hard to be pushed out
 

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Impressive work! Love how your interior looks with the carbon pieces.

I have a question regarding the removal of the media unit, Brabus offers carbon fiber interior trim for 453 but the piece which sits behind the media unit request removal of the unit for installation. Can you shed some experience based on your work?


I took a lot of stuff before I was able to remove the panel.


It's not hard, just snap them out after you remove the media unit holder.
 

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Impressive work! Love how your interior looks with the carbon pieces.

I have a question regarding the removal of the media unit, Brabus offers carbon fiber interior trim for 453 but the piece which sits behind the media unit request removal of the unit for installation. Can you shed some experience based on your work?
I actually removed that when i took the silver/gray dash panels off my 453 and plasti-dipped them. The mount for the head unit is easy to remove. Easier than the head unit itself. To remove the head unit, you actually just have to pull from both sides, from behind the silver ridge that goes around the unit between the face and the textured plastic piece attached to the dash. It takes a fair bit of force to pull that off. It may be a bit startling at first, because what you're pulling off is basically just a shiny facade that goes around the top and bottom bank of buttons/display on the head unit itself. Once that's off, it's just 4 screws holding the head unit to that plastic piece, pull it out and unplug it. Then, to remove the textured plastic piece, there are 4 screws further back inside the textured plastic piece (two on top, two on the bottom). Remove those screws, and pull the plastic piece off while raising it slightly, as it is also held in place by plastic guide pins.

The hardest thing to get off are the actual silver/gray dash pieces. Numerous clips hold them in place around the edges, I believe with one or two also in the middle of the larger piece. That's not the hard part. the utter PAIN is that there's a raised, almost hook-like piece of plastic that extends behind and around the back of the instrument cluster pod that you have to wriggle free. Actually put a tiny scratch in the plasti-dip when i was reinstalling those panels. Thankfully it was very small and near the top, so it isn't that easily noticed.
 

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carbon fiber steering wheel

Hi guys,

So I was doing my research on my future mods, and I found this:



I contacted the sale guy and he said he used genuine carbon fiber to construct the steering wheel and told me that he has the non-paddle shifters version in stock (He bought OEM basic steering wheels and modify them first), so basically after you place the order, he will ship you the carbon fiber one, and then after you install it, you will have to ship your stock one back to him. If you have sport package or Brabus like I do, then you will have to take your stock one off and send it to him to modify, once he finishes, he will send it back to you. The whole process takes about one week.

The steering wheel cost around $310 after currency conversion. But you have to pay for the two-way shipping fees. The problem with it is that the shop is located in China, and the shipping time and cost could be a little costly.

What do you guys think? Is it worth the investment?
hello mate

crackin job there,new steering wheels looks fantastic.

i have a question and you propably know, how is the steering wheel airbag removal process? Can you do it without removing the steering wheel?
i need to replace mine but not very keen paying dealer prices (as much as the car worth)


cheers
 
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