458 Install Day

Last week, a customer of ours bought a 2012 Ferrari 458 Italia. While the car was being prepped at the dealership, we were asked to come down and install some carbon fiber pieces to the already existing factory carbon that was in the car. The entire install took about half the day and we ended up needing to come back the next day for a few minor adjustments to make sure everything was just how it should be.

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We amplified the cars engine bay, added our new headlight switch surroundcenter console, door sills, and changed out the door handles.

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As you can see, the engine bay of the Ferrari 458 is fairly simple. Removing all the metal and plastic surround was pretty simple – except one part: the Fuel Pump covers. The OEM covers use an insulation that needs to be reused. Now these are hot glued in and can be a little hard to remove. Once everything is off, the 458 engine looks pretty cool. You really can get a look at what masterpiece Ferrari is putting into their super cars.

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The side engine bay covers and the rear panel slide in perfectly. We ended up taking these in and out to find out the best possible way to make them fit. We realized that the carbon pieces have a weather stripping already on them. We found that it would actually look better if you removed the weather stripping on the side of the panels and then reapplied the OEM weather stripping off the original panels. This gave a true OEM look and fitment.

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Once everything fit correctly, it was time to install the fuel pump covers. There are two bolts that hold these in and swapping them out is as easy as one, two, three!

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After the pump covers, rear panel, and side panels are installed, it was time for the engine lock and air box. For aesthetic purposes, we transferred over the emblem from the original air box over to the new carbon one. A simple process using a heat gun and one of our install tools, we pried it off, removed and reapplied new adhesive and stuck it on there.

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Once the engine bay was complete, it was time to take a picture =)

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Now it was time to move towards the interior. The headlight switch surround took about 45 minutes to install. We started out by removing the lower driver side panel, disconnected the switches, replaced the unit and then put everything back in. You can find the install guide to the headlight switch here.

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Once everything was installed and ready to go, we got a glimpse of the dealership putting in all the cars they had on the lot. We spotted a large array of beautiful Ferraris including a few 430 Scuderias and even a brand new 488!

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