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My Elise repaired (seamless clam photos)

I didn't want to jinx the insurance claim, so this is my first post about an unfortunate incident late last year. A suicidal critter decided to end it all by jumping into my grill at high speed, cracking my clam near the plate holder. There was no other damage.

Now the good stuff. The front clam seam? Gone! I didn't shave the plate holder off because I was worried about weakening a brand new clam. I regret that. The shop also painted every outside plastic bit, and the engine covers, a gloss black. It doesn't show in the pictures but, , it looks so much better. You sorta need to see it in person if you haven't already.

If you're in DC/VA/MD, here are the shop details. There's finally a an option that's not Criswell.

I went with Ferrari of Washington's recommendation: JT's Collision in Eldersburg, MD. JT did a superb job with flawless customer service -- I told him what I wanted, he did it and took care of everything. Paint match so far seems flawless. I do have an issue with the aftermarket starshield having lots of bubbles, but it was installed 1-2 days ago so he says and it's supposed to dry out in the sun. If not, he'll take care of it -- lifetime guarantee, etc.
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Looks MUCH better without the seam Now I know what to do if someone backs into me.....

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Very nice! I've been a huge proponent for filling in the seam any time work is going on up there since I realized that was what made the Exige clam look so much sleeker.
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As a bonus, I just got my insurance renewal and it only went up $76/year. (Lost the "no accidents" discount)

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I'm always amazed at just how much better the car looks without that seam. It's such a minor detail, you wouldn't think it'd have that much impact, but wow. Looks great!

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It really does look great !

And although the starshield seam is visible, it's still a much better look than the clam seam. very nice, I wish I'd gone that way when I had my "incident".

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That really looks fantastic. Well done!


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It looks great!

Is there a reason there is a seam there in the first place? Cheaper to manufacturer?

Also, why did you have the star shield put on so low? Stock it goes up at least 6 inches higher...
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Thanks for posting these pics. Looks fantastic!

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Yeah, it's cheaper to make in two pieces and then bond the pieces together. The Exige clam is molded in one piece with a different process so it's more expensive.

Not sure what you mean by "too low". I didn't have anything to do with the starshield install (it's the only thing I'm not satisfied with yet). It should be the same as stock? I have my original clam, so it's easy for me to verify.

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Looks killer!
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Am I the only one who likes the seams?

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I love the look! It really does make a world of difference! Now, I just have to get a moron to back into me in a parking lot...
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I love the look! It really does make a world of difference! Now, I just have to get a moron to back into me in a parking lot...
Go on a military base and drive around the parking lot slowly for a couple of minutes. Young enlisted kids zoom around in their supped-up race rockets like nobody's business. A Marine shaved off my front bumper the other month with his Civic by cutting through my lane, so my 90K old Nissan SE-R now has a brand new front, courtesy his insurance.

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Am I the only one who likes the seams?
No. I agree with you. I like the seams. I have seen the seamless Exige right next the Elise and the Exige looks more plastic/toy-like/kit-car. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and this is just my opinion. Maybe I'm used to American metal cars with seams everywhere!

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Am I the only one who likes the seams?
No. I agree with you. I like the seams. I have seen the seamless Exige right next the Elise and the Exige looks more plastic/toy-like/kit-car. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and this is just my opinion. Maybe I'm used to American metal cars with seams everywhere!

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I think I'm with you guy's. My car goes in for a front respray on Monday (due to parking muppet) and I have been pondering the seam removal. Suspect it will stay.
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Someone likes the seam? Why? It totally breaks up the lines of the car. It wasn't intended to be there by the designers, it's just an artifact from the manufacturing process. I fail to see how the big seam running right across the front of the car would make it look more substantial. Next someone will say that they prefer the forethcoming bumperettes...

Different strokes, but you guys are a little weird .
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No. I agree with you. I like the seams.
Guess I need to get out the Dremel and put the seam back in.

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It looks great without the seam!!(and LB is my color too)

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Someone likes the seam? Why? It totally breaks up the lines of the car. It wasn't intended to be there by the designers, it's just an artifact from the manufacturing process. I fail to see how the big seam running right across the front of the car would make it look more substantial. Next someone will say that they prefer the forethcoming bumperettes...

Different strokes, but you guys are a little weird .
I can't explain it. I don't think it breaks up the lines, I think it defines its shape a bit more, whereas a seamless look looses some shape in the monotony of color... weird even for me, as I've always been an advocate of simplicity.
The "plasticky" argument works for me too, I feel it as well.

The only reason to go seamless for me is if I got the Exige front, so I get the diffuser and the downforce. Otherwise I'd keep the seam. Just a preference.

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