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The difference between Carbon Fiber and Fiberglass
People ask this all the time. The CF hood arrives with a CF finish and DUPONT clear coat, ready to install. Our Fiber Glass hoods are the unfinshed raw version of our finished CF hoods, so that you can take to your painter for prepping. Prep can include sanding, primer, finishing, etc.

Weight is comparable between the two, CF is stronger, but both are great for car applications (those big cowl hoods at drag strips have been fiberglass for longer than we've all been alive!).
Recieving a Hood
When you recieve a hood, please make sure to inspect it IMMEDIATELY. When you sign for the hood, you are signing a document that is stating that you have inspected the item to your satisfaction and have recieved the item. Once you do that and do not write "damage" on the the form, they will use this to deny damage.

In turn, we allow 7 days from delivery to inspect any hood and inform us of any damage or abnomalities. We will do our best with any claim of damage. After 7 days we cannot accept returns for any reason.
Carbon Fiber and Fiberglass Hood Fabrication Times
CF Hood Fabrication usually take about 4-5 days. As all of our hoods are hand made to order, if there are orders ahead of you for that same hood you production will follow those. In every instance we attempt to fill your order asap.

If you have a deadline please notify us and we can give you an estimated ETA. please allow for some leeway with your own scheduling as we never want to delay your own plans, but delays with shipping, materials, or even heavy order volumes can happen. Please order early enough that a delay will not effect your paint or show schedules.. plan ahead! We do not discount for not keeping to your schedule, we can only make them as fast as possible, first come, first served!
Hood Ordering
Once your hood is ordered paperwork is done asap and it usually goes right into production.

Cancellations (all products)
Cancellations at any time will result in a cancellation fee (20%-40% depending on nature of product). We attempt to fill your order as fast as possible.

As with all products there can be unexpected delays from the manufacturer. Sometimes parts can be backordered, and that delay is out of our control. If you have a deadline PLEASE let us know and we will get you an ETA before you order. We do not like to delay your project. That said, usually all products ship quickly; this message is for those projects that are especially time critical.

Shipping Contact Information
When you order, please include a contact phone number. We always email you if you do not provide it at ordering. We will ship to you if you do not provide it, but be aware that if they cannot contact you, the item may be returned undelivered, and you will have to pay for another delivery. Therefore, please fill out the order form entirely when you order, including contact phone number. Or simply respond when we ask for it. We do not use your phone number at all unless there is an issue.

International Shipping
Any fees that a country may charge for shipping are the buyers responsibility and must be paid by the buyer. It is impossible for us to know what your countries current laws and taxes/customs charges might be.

Vertical door kits require can be self installed, and most are. If you do not have any tool experience we reccomend professional installation. You may need to cut some of the innder fender, as our VLS intsall video shows. It is relatively simple. Please inquire about the level of install knowledge needed before you purchase, as these items are custom made to order, and have a substantial restocking fee. Proof of a defect is required for an exchange, and if that happens, will be handled very quickly.

Carbon fiber hoods typically take less that 15 minutes to install and can be done by a lay person (we reccomend 2 people so one can hold the hoolld while the other bolts the 4 bolts. Yes, hood installs are generally only 4 bolts... real fast! Fine adjustments may take a little longer if desired.

All hoods are custom made to order and therefore sold as-is and are not returnable. In the event we determine an instance requires a return for a reason such as we sent the incorrect hood, we may give a return authorization #. We are located in Southern California. Please keep this in mind and note that because of the high cost of shipping a hood, shipping is never refundable. Keep in mind that items shipped as "free shipping" do have actual shipping costs, and for any return those costs must be paid both ways. Shipping is $150-$165 typically each way. There are no returns on custom items unless we determine them to be damaged in shipping. This can usually be done in emails with pictures.

If an item is damaged in shipping we will decide if/how it will be picked up and replaced once a claim has been filed and accepted byt he shipping company. This will require pictures in most cases if you cannot bring us the hood. ALWAYS INSPECT THE ITEM BEFORE YOU SIGN FOR IT FOR SHIPPING DAMAGE. Although shipping damage is not common, it can happen and once accepted the shipping company may not honor your claim as they do not know if it happened before or after.

In this case typically the shipping company should refund the cost of shipping, and it will be replaced at no cost to you. Please keep in mind that shipping claims can take 2-3 months to clear through the shipping company. This is the only instance where shipping can be compensated; all other instances shipping in non-refundable.

In the event we pick up a hood from you for any reason, it MUST be at a business location. The shipping company will not pick up from a residential address.

ALL returns require a return authorization and are subject to a 50% restocking fee (or more depending on demand).

Because of the typically high cost of shipping for these items, if you do not wish to ship, items can be dropped off at our Southern California location with authorization; email us for details.

All Other Items
Reutrns will be handled as exchanges if possible, and will incur a restocking fee up to 50% (gauges, vert door kits, latches, etc). We are happy to echange any defective items, but of course need proof, usually in the way of photographs. Absolutely no items may be exchanged without a return authorization being issued, and this is at our discretion. Items damaged in shipping or arriving with a factory defect, are typically exchanged very fast.

*We reserve the right to adjust, update, or change any of the above policies on this page without notice. We make every attempt to keep this page up to date.


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About DEFT RACING Carbon Fiber Hoods

Our carbon fiber hoods are of the highest quality... no fading, made in the USA! These are NOT cheap imported CF hoods!

  • Our carbon fiber hoods are 100% made in the USA. We do not use foreign labor nor materials in our manufacturing process. The raw materials are sourced locally and we do 100% of our manufacturing in-house.
  • Count on the durability of American made materials.  Our Carbon Fiber hoods do not fade nor turn yellow like other hoods over time.  As a matter of fact, one well-known competitor's hoods made with overseas materials have been known to turn yellow and fade within 4 months!
  • All of our CF hoods are 100% USA MADE DUPONT UV clear coated to protect the finish!

About DEFT RACING Fiber Glass Hoods
Our Fiber Glass hoods are of the highest quality... they ship black gel coated, ready to primer and paint. Why fiberglass? CF is expensive, and if you are painting your hood, FG is a great alternative to lose the CF premium. Weight savings are comprable, and fiberglass hoods have been used for years in drag/ all racing and show applications.

  • Our Fiber Glass hoods are 100% made in the USA. We do not use foreign labor nor materials in our manufacturing process. The raw materials are sourced locally and 100% of the manufacturing is done in-house.
  • We use only durable American made materials. Our Fiber Glass hoods come black gel coated so that you can take it directly to your painter for prepping.
  • All hoods are custom hand made to order. Cancellations are subject to a fee.
  • All hoods include an steel OEM style latch to work with your existing equipment. We always reccomend hoodpins for safety.

aerocatch hood latch Aerocatch Hood Latches

Aerocatch Hood latches
are simply the best hood securing systems for performance cars we have ever seen. More secure, flush to the hood, no big silver rings, and available in a LOCKING model as well!

Your hood comes with a working OEM position latch that works, but some owners like to use the Aerocatch system for peace of mind, especially for road & spirited driving.

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Deft Racing Carbon Fiber Hoods