WOW! Looks good!
Iím kinda in the same boat. I never realized what a modding community there was for Xbs until now. Not sure where to start on mine.
Good luck with your project!
Long stretches between posts seem the norm on the forums nowadays. Should probably move all this stuff somewhere else... ah well!
Update: Underhood mirror panel (and accompanying DIY for you all)
Abridged DIY: Mirror-like Underhood Panel
So it has been many years since Scionpro/D2BD sold the stainless steel underhood mirror panel (like the ones available for corvettes). I always loved the look, but now that they almost never come up used or people dont want to ship or it costs lots of money, I decided to try my hand at making my own version. Shoutout to Richard Hocott for initial inspiration on a diy version and hardware knowledge.
M8x1.25 bolts (x8)
48"x16" lexan/polycarb sheet
Mirror window film
Oem fiberglass panel
Soap/water spray bottle
Drill & 5/16 or 3/8 bit
Utility knife/exacto knife
Time ~2.5 hours
I initially bought OPTIX acrylic for this project. Dont waste your money on that! Get polycarbonate/lexan. Won't shatter when you cut the curves with your jigsaw. Lesson learned lol
Remove original panel (screwdriver or pry tool. I ripped mine out by hand since I wasn't keeping it)
Took original panel and traced the outline. Marked for holes as well (center 4). Cut out the outline with a jigsaw and sanded the edges smooth with 220 grit paper.
Drilled for the center bolts and test fit the panel on the hood. Bolts thread into the existing holes in hood. Marked the rest of the holes (8 total) and drilled them out.
Removed protective layer on back of lexan. Applied window film to the the lexan with soap/water spray sprayed on the meeting surfaces of lexan and film. Squeegee out air bubbles as best you can. Dry edges as you go. Flip over and trim excess film with exacto/utility knife. Keep clearing bubbles. I took the optional step and applied a second layer of window film to increase the reflection since my film was not meant to be opaque.
Ta da! Mirror-like underhood panel for about $50-60
Same basic process if you want to make it out of another material or wrap a template in fabric or whatever.
Caveats: this is not a perfect mirror. Also, any bubbles, creases, debris under your film will be obvious so be careful and clean as thoroughly as you can. Lastly, I have heard that polycarb "out gasses' when it gets hot which may cause the film to bubble. I'll let you all know if mine does after this weekend.
Hope this helps someone out there if they were interested and never pulled the trigger. Happy modding!
That is all.
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