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  • Coupe vent covers for washing your car

    I know a number of people are looking for something like this:

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    Imagine this scenario. It's a warm Saturday afternoon and your C8 Corvette is sitting in the driveway, ready for a cruise in the canyon. Well, almost ready – there's still road dust from last weekend's canyon cruise on the fenders, and you can't head out with a dirty 'Vette. Unfortunately, you have a 4:30 p.m. golf outing, and washing the Corvette always requires engine detailing because water gets in through the vents on the cover.

    Some might consider this a first-world problem, but we came upon a company called Quinten Racing with a novel solution. In a recent Facebook post, the company unveiled a set of C8 car wash covers that fit neatly into the engine cover vents. They are designed specifically for the two side vents and the single vent at the base of the hatch, and they can be yours for $199.

    According to Quinten Racing's website, the company offers carbon fiber parts but these covers are actually made of flexible urethane. Images show the covers in a bright shade of blue, though orange is also available. Suffice it to say, these aren't meant for full-time use while driving. However, they're not meant for automatic car washes either. Apparently these are are hand-wash-only items, with the listing explaining they should be stored flat in a climate-controlled environment and cleaned before use. The listing also advises that water could still enter the engine bay due to drains that empty there.

    Commenters on the Facebook post are of various minds regarding the cost. Shipping in the United States is an additional $35, raising the total price to $234.99 before applicable taxes. It's not an inexpensive solution by any means, but according to one commenter, the current supply of car wash covers is already sold out. We don't know how many that includes, but it seems at least some C8 owners are keen to skip the engine detail in lieu of making tee time at the country club.
    Not a forum vendor, so no link, but if you're interested Google Quinten Racing
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  • #2
    "Very Interesting......"
    I have thought about this, and I don't have my car yet, but, how about this.
    Suppose you purchased a wide roll of painter's tape. You know, that blue colored, tape that you use to mask areas before you paint the walls etc.
    Well, suppose you purchased like a 6" wide roll, opened the hatch, and put three strips over the opening, from the underside, to keep the water out?
    Do you think this would work?
    You could buy a hell of a lot of painter's tape for $199.00!

    Thoughts?

    Mike Scibetta
    St Cloud, FL


    2022 Corvette Stingray Coupe – 2LT – Elkhart Lake Blue – Black Interior – Z51 – Stingray R – Front Lift – Mag Selective Ride – Museum Delivery/Pick Up 3/11/2022

    “American Muscle on ICE”

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    • #3
      Looks like a quick easy solution for the water issue. Seems a bit pricey but if they're made well and durable, probably worth it. I don't do a full wash on my car usually, but I know some day I'll have to after getting caught in the rain when the atmosphere is dust!

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      • #4
        I really do not understand the issue. The engine compartment gets dusty and needs to be cleaned out when it is washed. It takes about five minutes. I actually enjoy doing it.
        Torch Red Z51, 3LT, Lift, Transparent Top, Black Trident, Red/Black 2 Tone-seats, Mag, Carbon Flash wing and mirrors.

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        • #5
          This is mildly intriguing at $99, but no way at that price! A suggestion was made on this forum some time ago that I use. I open the rear hatch and place towels underneath these openings. I wash the car and then remove the towels. They absorb vast majority of the water. Works great for me anyways. I also avoid spraying water directly into the vents.

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          • #6
            This margin on this product has got to make it a contender for "corvette tax of the year". I live in the rainy PNW and drive my car year round so trying to keep the engine bay pristine has never been on my list of priorities. As others have mentioned it's a 5 minute job (at best) that I do maybe once a month.

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            • #7
              I agree its expensive, and I have an HTC so have no dog in this anyway. But having had some involvement with small volume manufacturing* the cost may not be out of line with what it actually costs to manufacture, once you factor in the design time, manufacturing of molds (with possible multiple iterations of trial and error), buying materials in relatively small quantities, etc. And given the response above, knowing that sales will probably not be high enough to amortize those costs over large volumes.

              If they were making thousands of these every month in China, you could probably sell them for $50. Making a total of a few thousand in the U.S., not so much.

              *If you're curious, I worked with a company that designed, developed and manufactured precision cutting tools to manufacture soft contact lenses, and made and sold those lenses to optometrists. Then Bausch and Lomb completely reinvented the industry. B&Ls process produced lots of worthless lenses, but made them so cheaply they could still retail them for less than the small company I worked with could manufacture them.
              Delivered 5/29!: Scarlet Fever 2021 2LT HTC, Red Mist Metallic Tintcoat, two-tone Naturalw/ suede inserts, Mag Ride, Performance Exhaust, MRR 755 Gunmetal wheels

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              • #8
                Originally posted by PastaPrince View Post
                This is mildly intriguing at $99, but no way at that price! A suggestion was made on this forum some time ago that I use. I open the rear hatch and place towels underneath these openings. I wash the car and then remove the towels. They absorb vast majority of the water. Works great for me anyways. I also avoid spraying water directly into the vents.
                My C8 is approx. 2 years old with 27K miles.I went through this issue at first until I realized that the cars are given a bath in Bowling Green to check for leaks. And when it rains, lots of water gets into the engine compartment. And the trunk has a channel so no water gets into the storage area. I just wash and foam the whole car, and then just blow the excess water out of the engine compartment. While at it wipe the engine cover. Not an issue. Do not waste your money and time!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by PastaPrince View Post
                  This is mildly intriguing at $99, but no way at that price! A suggestion was made on this forum some time ago that I use. I open the rear hatch and place towels underneath these openings. I wash the car and then remove the towels. They absorb vast majority of the water. Works great for me anyways. I also avoid spraying water directly into the vents.
                  Exactly my method using the giant Adams plush towel. The towel gets wet then used to wipe down the engine bay taking all of maybe 5 minutes. Cost, $40 and can be used for many other uses.

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                  • #10
                    1: too pricey and on top of the 199 you add shipping to any state ($35). ROI is not there at that cost. At 50-100 including shipping, maybe.
                    2: Those covers has to be cleaned before use to avoid scratches and even then when you look at the installation of the middle piece, either you firstly clean where you need to tuck it in between the glass and the carbon flash piece or you will scratch the paint over time. So assuming you want to avoid those scratches and clean both the covers AND the carbon flash paint beforehand, you will get water in when prepping for installation which ties into the cost benefit above… how big of an “issue” are you actually cancelling for the cost of $250… and how much trouble are you actually adding.

                    I use painter’s tape… So that is my current cost level. Send me the covers for less than 100 including shipping and taxes and I will try it out
                    Coupe, 1LT, Rapid Blue, orange seat belts and black interior. ETA Late 2021.

                    First mods: tinted windows, orange DIY stitching, orange 12 o clock stripe on steering wheel, orange EL-wire in the cabin, orange engine cover, orange painted grille protectors and orange led light in engine bay✌️😎

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                    • #11
                      I guess dried soap on the motor is the worry, not rain.

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                      • #12
                        I echo Top Off Action’s concern that concern that before I would put anything on my car, I would get out a microfiber and detail and clean all potential areas where it would touch for as we all know any abrasive materials no matter how small can induce at lease surface scratches when moved without lubricity.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Jetdriver View Post
                          Looks like a quick easy solution for the water issue. Seems a bit pricey but if they're made well and durable, probably worth it. I don't do a full wash on my car usually, but I know some day I'll have to after getting caught in the rain when the atmosphere is dust!
                          Be careful ordering anything from Quinten Racing LLC. They have no address on their web site, nor a phone number. They do not answer emails.

                          They represent that they manufacture all the products they sell yet the Michigan Department of Corporations indicates that their "corporate" address is a private home in a residential neighborhood. The owner of the LLC is listed as Matthew Lawrence. Repeated attempts to contact him have been unsuccessful after I purchased a set of their car wash covers. Their web site indicated a lead time of 6 weeks when I placed the order in early April. Today their web site lists the lead time as 8 weeks. Users on other forums report waiting over 3 months to receive their CF front splitters. And those posts date back to June 2021. You can only blame "supply chain issues" for so long. The shipping charge gives away the fact that either he is a very infrequent shipper via UPS ($35 for the car wash covers which could ship USPS Priority Mail for $15) or he's making money off the shipping fees.

                          I have requested a refund to no avail. I will keep everyone posted.

                          Caveat emptor.

                          Ray
                          2022 Z51 Silver Flare Metallic Coupe #8842. 3LT; GT2 seats; Black; Front Lift; Mag Ride; Engine Appearance Package; Racing stripes; Carbon flash accents. Sold my 2007 Ferrari F430 F1 for my C8. Owned a total of six Corvettes including 2 Z06.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Ray Smith View Post

                            Be careful ordering anything from Quinten Racing LLC. They have no address on their web site, nor a phone number. They do not answer emails.

                            They represent that they manufacture all the products they sell yet the Michigan Department of Corporations indicates that their "corporate" address is a private home in a residential neighborhood. The owner of the LLC is listed as Matthew Lawrence. Repeated attempts to contact him have been unsuccessful after I purchased a set of their car wash covers. Their web site indicated a lead time of 6 weeks when I placed the order in early April. Today their web site lists the lead time as 8 weeks. Users on other forums report waiting over 3 months to receive their CF front splitters. And those posts date back to June 2021. You can only blame "supply chain issues" for so long. The shipping charge gives away the fact that either he is a very infrequent shipper via UPS ($35 for the car wash covers which could ship USPS Priority Mail for $15) or he's making money off the shipping fees.

                            I have requested a refund to no avail. I will keep everyone posted.

                            Caveat emptor.

                            Ray
                            Assuming you used a credit card, and still want a refund, file a dispute with your credit card company. If he doesn't respond to them, they'll give you your money back and issue a chargeback against his account.
                            Delivered 5/29!: Scarlet Fever 2021 2LT HTC, Red Mist Metallic Tintcoat, two-tone Naturalw/ suede inserts, Mag Ride, Performance Exhaust, MRR 755 Gunmetal wheels

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                            Never grow up - It's a trap.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by meyerweb View Post

                              Assuming you used a credit card, and still want a refund, file a dispute with your credit card company. If he doesn't respond to them, they'll give you your money back and issue a chargeback against his account.

                              I received an email from him this afternoon informing me he has issued a refund. This was in response to an email I sent him on Wednesday stating the information I posted above and additional information I was able to glean about his operation.

                              I believe he just got in over his head in terms of handling the orders and is not exactly the Jeff Bezos of Corvette aftermarket parts. Customer service is not his forte.

                              It's a shame because I think the product I ordered served a useful purpose and I hope that someone else offers something similar in the future.

                              Contacting the credit card company to dispute the charge was in the ready rack, but their procedure requires they contact the merchant first and it's a rather lengthy process. But thank you for the feedback.

                              Ray
                              2022 Z51 Silver Flare Metallic Coupe #8842. 3LT; GT2 seats; Black; Front Lift; Mag Ride; Engine Appearance Package; Racing stripes; Carbon flash accents. Sold my 2007 Ferrari F430 F1 for my C8. Owned a total of six Corvettes including 2 Z06.

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