3 Things to Know Before Using Carbon Fiber Auto Parts


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When choosing any new parts for your car, you have to consider the vehicle’s make, model, year, and brand. Price is another factor that may determine who you buy the part from and if it comes with a warranty attached.

However, one of the underrated aspects to consider is weight and durability. Many metal parts are durable but add a lot of weight to your vehicle. Plastic parts are lighter but won’t hold up as well in an accident.

Here are three things to know about carbon fiber auto parts that will have you looking into them for your next purchase.

1. Weight Reduction

Car carbon fiber is widely known for its lighter weight. When compared to steel, it’s roughly five times lighter. That means you can work a lot more carbon fiber into your build than you would with traditional vehicle parts. It’s also a good option if you want to reduce your car weight without compromising on its durability.

When your vehicle weighs less, it handles better. You can take turns more effectively without worrying about the mass working against you. You’ll also get better fuel efficiency, which is especially handy if you drive a lot for work.

2. Durability and Maintenance

Another reason to try out carbon fiber is because of the material’s durability. Carbon fiber is known for being surprisingly strong considering how light it is.

It’s estimated to be roughly ten times stronger and boasts ten times less heat conductivity than steel. On top of that, carbon fiber is resistant to corrosion.

The only problems with this material are that it doesn’t fare well in impacts and requires special care when repairing. More ductile materials than carbon fiber can bend and absorb energy. Not all auto shops have the skills or equipment to repair carbon fiber, and they may have higher repair costs.

3. Cost Considerations

Speaking of money, expect to spend more overall when it comes to carbon fiber parts. While composite manufacturing is generally less expensive, the materials are not. Car carbon fiber is one of the most expensive materials to use for vehicle parts.

As such, you need to be able to distinguish between fake and real carbon fiber.

Real carbon fiber reflects light with a holographic effect. This happens because each fiber reflects it uniquely. Fake products won’t give the same effect, though some recent ones may try and fail.

Your carbon fiber part should also feel lighter than steel or aluminum. Keep that in mind when you’re buying these parts.

Try Carbon Fiber Auto Parts

While carbon fiber auto parts are pricey, they’re usually worth the investment. They’re lighter, more durable, and give your vehicle a unique appearance. Just remember that they may not handle collisions well, and you’ll want to find an auto shop near you that has experience working with it.

SMI Composites provides composite materials for the Department of Defense, the automotive industry, the aerospace industry, and more. Request a quote today on your next order and reach out with any questions.

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