Originally Posted by Lynx
Well, here's how I see it. On one hand, you have the opportunity to be one of 25 in the United States (for conversation sake) to have a hana front bumper for your 03-06 Tiburon. The bumper is awesome, and I love the way it looks.
But, on the other hand, you have a single front bumper at the cost of an entire kit (or more expensive than some).
Being part of the 25 that get this GB off the ground means you are paying for the R&D to make it work, vs going out and buying a kit "off the shelf" that has already sold enough to have paid for the R&D (or was "stolen" and reproduced, not costing any R&D for the company).
So, although I love the look of the front bumper, I see a better investment for me, to buy a kit that is already available at a fraction of the cost.
In my experience any kind of "body kit' that costs no more than what this Hana front bumper cover goes for is not a kit worth buying as the materials are painfully cheap.
I say "painfully" because, not too far down the road after one pays to have it's poor fitment corrected by the body shop and then painted, it falls apart with normal use.
If you had a carpet queen, then maybe thats a different story. If you use your vehicle daily, a $400 body kit it is a waste of time and money.
Besides, I feel this front end are for those who don't want something over the top but would like a clean, tasteful style that works with the existing body lines. It's a very flexible front end design that works well alone or with sideskirts, rear bumper/diffuser, etc.
Flexibility aside, it's made with high quality materials and has an excellent fit and finish.
In the end "the cheap man spends the most money". I used to be that man when I was young in my teens. I learned my lesson.
I suggest rather than "saving" money and getting the knock-off copy kit, save up for the real deal. You might spend a tad more up front but you won't be doing anything twice.