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Old 04-15-2019, 10:45 AM
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Hey. As the title says. What is ur experience getting after market body kit or any Porsche parts online(ebay/alibaba/aliexpress etc)

Example: fittings/quality/shipping/ condition.
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Old 04-15-2019, 12:07 PM
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Good experience with LA DISMANTLERS.
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Old 04-15-2019, 12:18 PM
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I have done some large body upgrades in particular to my previous 4S and i am now doing aero kit upgrades to my TTS.

I have stayed away from Wicked Motors as they seem to run a scam most of the times and just don't have the confidence in some parts shipped from China from unknown manufacturers.
On my 4S I used Porsche OEM parts for the Sport Aerokit, Vorsteiner for the Carbon rear diffuser, DB carbon for the interior bits, Kline Iconel for exhaust and when finished verything fit together and looked amazing. And when i sold the car I removed most of the add on parts except the Aerokit and got a portion of the money back for the pieces because of where they came from I believe.

I am adding the Aerokit to my TTs and using Porsche OEM parts. I have a full carbon fiber rear valance from DB. Do you get what you pay for, most times from reputable vendors or at least you have recourse which you won't from the unknowns most times. Search around on vendors you are considering there are no secrets on who does it well or poorly.
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Old 04-15-2019, 12:23 PM
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Cheap stuff never fits.

Expensive stuff actually fits 25% of the time with modification.

Expensive stuff fits like OEM 5-7% of the time.

These are my unscientific estimates and I know someone will retort that this one time they saw a talking Jackalope riding on a pink unicorn or something of that nature but this is a ballpark reality regardless of the pictures you see online.
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Old 04-15-2019, 03:54 PM
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Originally Posted by garfunkle View Post
Cheap stuff never fits.

Expensive stuff actually fits 25% of the time with modification.

Expensive stuff fits like OEM 5-7% of the time.

These are my unscientific estimates and I know someone will retort that this one time they saw a talking Jackalope riding on a pink unicorn or something of that nature but this is a ballpark reality regardless of the pictures you see online.
a friend recommended me to alibaba to get some body kit.... not sure bout the quality ... thats why im here to get some opinion .... after reading some of the comments.. i guess better not :P
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Old 04-15-2019, 06:40 PM
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Originally Posted by garfunkle View Post
Cheap stuff never fits.

Expensive stuff actually fits 25% of the time with modification.

Expensive stuff fits like OEM 5-7% of the time.

These are my unscientific estimates and I know someone will retort that this one time they saw a talking Jackalope riding on a pink unicorn or something of that nature but this is a ballpark reality regardless of the pictures you see online.
lol, great post!

I concur with these assessments based on my aftermarket experience with non-Porsche cars.

Always, always... always go OEM whenever practical for parts.
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