Project Forte: KIA Forte Coupe

Project Forte: KIA Forte Coupe - SEIBON Carbon Fiber Hood Install

Every enthusiast agrees that any project build must comprise a balance between looks and performance. As such, there is no better aftermarket part than that of a carbon fiber hood – specially, one from TurboKits.com. The switch from an OEM hood found on one’s car to one made from carbon fiber not only adds to the race-inspired look of any vehicle, but also improves performance figures by shedding unnecessary weight above the front wheels.

Below, is a step-by-step explanation on how the KIA Forte Koup went from a clean white sporty car to a menacing one just by switching to a TurboKits.com provided, SEIBON carbon fiber OE-style hood.

Project Forte: KIA Forte Coupe

Tools:

- 12mm socket

- Ratchet

- 2nd Set of hands / helper

- Drill (If install piece desired)

Preparation:

- Remove packaging (careful not to scratch the new carbon fiber hood gel coat)

- Remove wood blocks on mounting holes

- Save bolts holding wood blocks to the new carbon fiber hood as they will be used during the transfer.

Project Forte: KIA Forte Coupe - SEIBON Carbon Fiber Hood Install

Step 1: Prepare vehicle

- Pop the hood open and clear any debris caught in the vents and loose pieces.


Project Forte: KIA Forte Coupe - SEIBON Carbon Fiber Hood Install

Step 2: Loosen and remove four (4) 12mm bolts holding the hood to the hood brackets (two on either side).
*Note: It is recommended to take fender edge to prevent chipping and scratching of paint.


Project Forte: KIA Forte Coupe - SEIBON Carbon Fiber Hood Install

Step 3: Carefully remove hood with help of a second person


Project Forte: KIA Forte Coupe - SEIBON Carbon Fiber Hood Install

Step 4: Align new carbon fiber hood

- While one person holds the new hood in place, the other person checks for fitment assuring that there is a factory-like gap on either side of the hood where it meets the fender.

- Use the provided hardware (botls) and four (4) washers to secure hood in place.

- Tighten by hand until secure.


Project Forte: KIA Forte Coupe - SEIBON Carbon Fiber Hood Install

Step 5: Adjust hood for fitment

- With the hood in a closed-type position (making sure not to close it complete), check for proper fitment and gaps around fender lines.


Project Forte: KIA Forte Coupe - SEIBON Carbon Fiber Hood Install

Step 6: Switching factory hood prop rod

- Remove factory hood prop rod and accessories (prop rod clip, under hood sound shield, clips, etc) from the factory OEM hood.


Step 7: Transfer factory hood prop rod (and accessories) to new carbon fiber hood

- When installing prop rod clip, drill a 3/8th hole (carefully so as not to break through both sides.

- Insert prop rod clip and twist to secure.

- Test for proper fitment

Project Forte: KIA Forte Coupe - SEIBON Carbon Fiber Hood Install


Step 8: Close new carbon fiber hood completely and perform final checks

- Lower the carbon fiber hood and close until click is heard and locked.
Note: Make sure not to slam the new hood or put too much pressure on the center locking mechanism.

- Pop hood open (from in car as you normally would) and check for any clearance issues in way of marks on the underside.

Project Forte: KIA Forte Coupe - SEIBON Carbon Fiber Hood Install


The KIA Forte Coupe now looks like a true sporty two-door with the addition of the SEIBON OE-style carbon fiber hood. The design lines of the white Forte Coupe pop with the mix of black carbon fiber weave in the hood taking it to the next level of performance while turning heads on the road. A true win-win scenario!

Project Forte: KIA Forte Coupe

More Articles

Airing It Out: The History of Air Suspension

Let me see you get low. (You scared?) Words by Micky Slinger. Photography by Jeremy Alan Glover, Icon Media, Intuned Online, William Lam, Kevin Choi, Cimon Brouillette & Jordan Lenssen. Pssssssht. Up. Pssssssht. Down. There really is nothing comparable to…
Read More

Target: Newfoundland - Inside the Speed Academy Scion FR-S Targa Racer

Written by Jordan Lenssen | Photography by Speed Academy & Scion Canada Targa Newfoundland is the perennial North American event for automotive enthusiasts and club racers looking to push their skills and vehicles to the absolute limit. The week-long rally…
Read More

Jacob's Drift: Formula Drift PRO 2 Rundown

In years past, newly-licensed Formula Drift ProAm graduates have faced a steep learning curve, getting thrown into the mix with some of the best and most experienced drivers in the world instantly. Formula Drift recognized this lack of a stepping…
Read More

Test Drive: 2012 Scion tC

In 2011, Scion introduced the totally redesigned tC with a bigger 2.5-liter engine, six-speed transmission and a more aggressive overall look for the signature two-door coupe. On paper, the car only has 20 more hp and 10 more lb-ft of…
Read More

Bulletproof FR-S Concept One

Written by Patrick Lagowski | Photography courtesy of Scion Bulletproof Automotive is known for providing massive power gains to already-fast cars and its new FR-S Concept One is no exception. The Concept One is its take on transforming an FR-S…
Read More