A few months ago I purchased one of the Squadra Sportiva CF engine covers.
One has to take the aluminum portion, the insulation, and the rubber retainers from the stock one and transfer them to the new unit.
Did that. Kind of a PITA, sore fingers when done. The studs that came assembled on the new cover are/were not long enough to fasten all of the insulation so I used some adhesive to tack the loose pieces in.
TIME PASSES This past weekend I performed my first oil change (1800 miles ). Interesting project! I went to fill the engine oil and when I started to remove the new engine cover, noted that a number of the studs had come loose from the carbon fiber..........NOT PLEASED. BTW, I had removed the engine cover a number of times while doing mods (v2 intake, fire bottle, etc) and had no issues. I also need to add that the four ball studs on the engine that the cover snaps into had been lightly lubed with scientific Hi Temp silicone grease so cover removal would not abuse or twist the cover when removing. The cover is not stiff like the stock one.
I emailed Andre and provided clear photos of the problem. He said he never saw that problem before and intimated that this happened by "not removing the oil filler cap before removing cover" !! That's the first time I 've heard of the need to do that before removing engine cover. What do you guys think about that ??
He offered a nominal refund and the suggestion that I get a high quality 2 part epoxy adhesive to repair myself, or leave it as is if it makes no noise and is stable.
Only 7 of the studs remain fastened ! Andre is receptive to resolving the problem, but for an item of this cost, I find this a marginal solution.
What do you guys think and what would you consider as resolution of this issue?