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post #61 of 118 (permalink) Old 06-22-2015, 02:58 PM
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Sorry but that gray surrounding the grill just does not look good in my opinion.
The rest of the car looks great!

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post #62 of 118 (permalink) Old 06-22-2015, 03:53 PM
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She is absolutely stunning. I love the stripe going over the Hard Top. The recessed grills look great. You could paint the grill frame black but it kinda works for me the way you have it. I think she is a masterpiece. Are you happy with the hard top? It looks wicked! I think you have the GXP splitter on your Coupe so you probably know this ...... It is a real magnet for stone chips. I had a clear bra custom cut and put on it. Has worked great to keep it looking mint.
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post #63 of 118 (permalink) Old 06-22-2015, 06:49 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the comp guys, appreciate it. Found an old SD card w/pics of the cars together and w/the 09 at Woodward Dream Cruise from a couple years back. The numbers on the 09 are magnetic vinyl, they're not normally on the car.

SN, very happy w/the hardtop, can't say I'm as happy w/the paint job on it (couple of paint prep defects), but it's not a show car so I'll live w/it.










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Has any one had trouble with Smoothline Hardtops? I ordered my top on March 3rd. I was told it would take 8 to 10 weeks. It has now been 17 weeks and the last two times I called them they haven't returned my calls! I put down more than half but haven't heard a word on my top.
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Has any one had trouble with Smoothline Hardtops? I ordered my top on March 3rd. I was told it would take 8 to 10 weeks. It has now been 17 weeks and the last two times I called them they haven't returned my calls! I put down more than half but haven't heard a word on my top.
What you are going through is the norm. Keep calling and eventually you will get Jack. They will come through......eventually ....... and you will love the top.

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post #67 of 118 (permalink) Old 07-01-2015, 06:01 AM Thread Starter
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Has any one had trouble with Smoothline Hardtops? I ordered my top on March 3rd. I was told it would take 8 to 10 weeks. It has now been 17 weeks and the last two times I called them they haven't returned my calls! I put down more than half but haven't heard a word on my top.
It took a total of 19 weeks for mine to arrive. That included having to wait additional time for the optional glass w/defogger rear window because it was on back-order. Along with being shipped the wrong hardtop the first time (Apparently two hardtops had been shipped out on the same day and the address labels were placed on the wrong boxes). That snafu took an additional couple of weeks to get straighten out.

I also called Smoothline a couple times during the wait for a status update, sometimes they would answered the office phone, and sometimes they didn't. But I did get a couple replies regarding status via email. All I can tell you is to leave voice-mails, and follow-up with an emails.

I know the wait sucks, but I was very satisfied with the top once it arrived, and expect you will be too. In fact, I prefer the looks of the car with the hardtop on better than the soft-top down.

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Few recent pics of our 06 that I recently converted to look like a GXP. I had a local graphic shop replicate the Street Edition stripe in 3M Hotrod red, Smoothline Club Racer Hardtop, Gravanna J2 staggered wheels, Norms GXP lower splitter, and Aftershock ducktail spoiler, and their recessed grills (which may be offered again in the future). I'm not 100% happy with it yet and still consider it a work in progress. And I borrowed my neighbors cheap camera so that's one reason the pic quality isn't that great.






In this pic you can see how the top dips in the center to give it a subtly double bubble hardtop look.


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I really like the fact that you have done this at all, but the end result is really great. The gray grill is a point of dissruption of the overall design and draws the eye. if that is your intent, then you succeeded. However I think the integrity of the design would benefit from having them match the rest of the car.

I like the idea of your window decal being XX of XX. Maybe I need 1 of 1 for Punisher?

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post #70 of 118 (permalink) Old 07-01-2015, 12:54 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Roxer, appreciate the comp.

You're correct Rob, I wanted the eye to be drawn to the recessed grills, it also helps to give the fascia some dimension instead of being/looking totally smooth. Makes me think of someone getting angry and their nostrils flaring. Hey it could of been worse, originally I wanted to have them plastic chromed. But I have them no idea what the composite is, plus the thought of them being lost or damaged in transit killed that idea. Also, the pics make them look like there flat silver but they are gloss silver metallic. The pics don't them justice, the silver looks much better in person.

Still hoping Aftershock follows through on producing new recessed grills.

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post #71 of 118 (permalink) Old 12-26-2015, 08:51 AM Thread Starter
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My wife bought me a couple 2015 Christmas gifts for the cars. A Solo HFCC for the 09 GXP.

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post #72 of 118 (permalink) Old 01-21-2016, 04:09 PM Thread Starter
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Christmas 2015 Part 2. After waiting for over four weeks I finally received my Hurst shift knob yesterday, it comes w/various size inserts. I'll be using the 12 X 125 to install it on the DDM short shifter.


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Doing my part for the Save the Manuals Campaign. My new manual 06 license plate surround.

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post #74 of 118 (permalink) Old 03-26-2016, 03:59 PM
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28. Griots Garage Autobahn blindspot mirror
Just looked it up on the interweb.

Do you have a photo showing the mirror position and hook up in your Solstice ?
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Here you go, unfortunately, Griots appears to have dropped this item, and I haven't seen anything similar to it online, though I'm sure it's out there. As you can see it has a double articulating arm to provide multiple adjustments. It use a 3M like attachment system, once it's on, it's on. The mirror is convex and works well, if you can train your eye to use it because I sometimes forget that it's there.




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