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Like the title says "why are the replacement aero wings so over priced"? Like many of you my wing has seen better days and I was considering replacing it with one of these aftermarket jobs. After spending a considerable amount of time shopping around I have found out they are pornographicly overpriced, then tack on shipping your at around $800.00. That doesn't even take into consideration the cost for materials to finish it. This will cost about 1K even if you have the wherewithal do it yourself. At the end of the day it's just a piece of fiberglass so why does it cost so much? I would like a real explanation not because they can get it, capitalism supply and demand type of answer that's not an answer. Haven't removed mine yet but I'm going to do it soon and then probably just repair what I have take my time do it right and reinstall it rather than pay this ridiculously inflated price. In my opinion from what I've seen these units should cost no more than $250 before shipping costs.
 

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Okay just an update. I decided I was going to bite the bullet after removing my wing and finding what everyone else finds rot. When I was closing my hatch I would get rust flakes and I was wondering where it was coming from so I removed the wing and voila the interior is rotting out under the pedestals. Problem is you can't even buy one anywhere right now. You're basically getting on a waiting list. I spoke to the people over at classic and at Hawks and no one knows when you'll be able to get it basically you're waiting indefinitely until they get around to it. I even read some of the comments on eBay for Hawks and one person said 16 weeks waiting he still doesn't have his wing. So I decided after a lot of back and forth with Hawks eBay division because the only way you can get anybody is through email no one picks up the phone anymore, I've decided not to fork over $700 of my money because that's what's going to cost shipped, for something I'm going to buy that doesn't even exist and they don't know when they're going to be able to produce it and get it to me. Which leads me to my next step I'm going to hollow out and repair the areas on my old wing and then just reinstall it. The outer shell isn't bad it's got one or two areas that are bulging on the extensions that go up to the rear glass, I figure I can fill it and clamp it and bring it back to its original form. As far as the mounting holes go after I fill that I'll drill it and tap it and reattach it that way. Did I want to go through this no but with the current state of affairs I really don't have a choice. To be continued.
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Okay just an update. I decided I was going to bite the bullet after removing my wing and finding what everyone else finds rot. When I was closing my hatch I would get rust flakes and I was wondering where it was coming from so I removed the wing and voila the interior is rotting out under the pedestals. Problem is you can't even buy one anywhere right now. You're basically getting on a waiting list. I spoke to the people over at classic and at Hawks and no one knows when you'll be able to get it basically you're waiting indefinitely until they get around to it. I even read some of the comments on eBay for Hawks and one person said 16 weeks waiting he still doesn't have his wing. So I decided after a lot of back and forth with Hawks eBay division because the only way you can get anybody is through email no one picks up the phone anymore, I've decided not to fork over $700 of my money because that's what's going to cost shipped, for something I'm going to buy that doesn't even exist and they don't know when they're going to be able to produce it and get it to me. Which leads me to my next step I'm going to hollow out and repair the areas on my old wing and then just reinstall it. The outer shell isn't bad it's got one or two areas that are bulging on the extensions that go up to the rear glass, I figure I can fill it and clamp it and bring it back to its original form. As far as the mounting holes go after I fill that I'll drill it and tap it and reattach it that way. Did I want to go through this no but with the current state of affairs I really don't have a choice. To be continued.
Okay so scratch almost everything I said above. I was finally after 3 days of trying got a salesperson from Hawks on the phone, a very nice lady by the name of Amber answered all of my questions to my satisfaction and I ended up placing the order it was just shy of $700 shipped to my door but at least I won't have to mess with that Rusty Hulk that I have out there. I know whatever repair I did it would look great and it will last for a while but it would still weigh twice as much as the replacement and the repair would still just be temporary. This is going to be permanent and it's going to be a big upgrade for my bird. I'll post pictures here after I receive the new wing and its installed... to be continued again.
 

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Okay just as a temporary stop Gap. I did or I am in the process of repairing the original spoiler to hold me over until the new one arrives from Hawks, that could be four to six weeks plus a week or two of delivery so you know we're looking at two months. Well I'm not going to leave my vehicle parked for 2 months so I decided to do a temporary repair so I can reinstall the original until the replacement arrives. Started by cleaning out all the that is on the driver side pedestal that was the worst part of the area, the passenger side still hasn't blown out yet. I used gorilla construction adhesive this is great stuff I've used it in other areas of the car to reglue the console where it bulges out on the left side near the driver and on other small applications, this stuff is flexible and holds like iron. This will get me by until the new spoiler arrives. To refasten the tail to the trunk lid I'm going to install a couple of fresh bolts and then thread them directly into the spoiler and then bolt it from the trunk side with nuts and washers. My progress so far.
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Updated photos of my temp reconstruction progress. While I was chasing the threads in one of the pedestals in the spoiler the retaining nut that is part of the metal frame broke loose. I removed the nut cleaned the area thoroughly and then reinserted it with JB weld two part epoxy and then rechased the threads.
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Here's a photo of the two screws that held down the pedestal with the replacement screw that I had to fabricate from a collection of old hardware that I had on hand, my father used to call Old hardware "gold", today it was gold to me. Obviously one of the old ones was rotted so badly that it couldn't be reused, so I found a thread pitch that matched I cut it down and cleaned up the threads. It's got a Philips head on it but it doesn't matter once it goes in and I cover it with the body cap no one will be the wiser and once again it's only going to be temporary until my new spoiler comes from Hawks.
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One issue with ordering reproduction parts is that the manufacturers don't produce every day or even weekly or monthly. They will wait till they get a sufficient number of orders then they will produce a batch of that part. Typically they will produce a little more than the orders they have, so they don't have to run that part again for a while.

This is happening with 2nd gen dash pads. Everyone gets mad at the sellers, when it typically isn't under their control. They are at the mercy of the manufacturer.
 

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Makes sense. On the other hand the vendors should be more forthcoming instead of some of of the business practices I've encountered. Seems they want to get your money then the foggy undisclosed wait is on. I had this problem with the green filter company, matter of fact after waiting 2 months for a simple air filter I had to cancel my order then went on eBay and bought one for $10 less shipped to my house 10 minutes after I canceled, should have done that in the first place. But I followed the link from this forum and figured it was the way to go. Thanks again for your take on the situation.
 

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A few pictures of the repair progress. All is coming along nicely, I removed the clamps and it all held and for the most part straighten out. I was able to get rid of a few unsightly bulges that were caused by the interior rotting. I then file down all the rough edges left over from the epoxy fill and then covered the abrasive areas with foam tape or electrical tape, then sealed any remaining openings so any flaking rust will not escape or make contact with the paint or the trunk lid. Whatever is inside of the spoiler will stay inside of the spoiler until my replacement from Hawks arrives. The spoiler will be re mounted soon.
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Finished repair and reinstalled. Only issue, the clown light (third brake light) didn't work at first after reinstallation. Turned out the contacts needed to be cleaned up then I put a little dilithium grease on it to preserve them, works like a charm now 👍. Of course this is a repair it is completely sealed so nothing that was rotting internally can escape and it will hold for quite some time but that does not change the fact that the interior skeleton is still rotting away so this will have to do until my new fiberglass replacement arrives from Hawks at least it'll get me by for the next couple of months. Who knows it could last indefinitely, to tell you the truth I was so impressed with the repair that I almost called Hawks and canceled the order, almost 😁.
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Well got my new Hawks rear wing spoiler fit and painted. I also had some paint work done on the front driver side fender. I had to have the paint scanned and computer match to make it right, I had tried to find a solution on my own and went to several body shops and everyone seemed intimidated to try to tackle the job. Ended up finding someone through a contact at a car show. This guy was unconventional to say the least but after him having possession of my vehicle for three months and three days it looks outstanding now.
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...but after him having possession of my vehicle for three months and three days it looks outstanding now.
Indeed!
 
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