If we wanted light weight cars, then we chose the wrong vehicle all together.
-That's why every TBSS owner's second vehicle should be a corvette . A modified TBSS has sleeper appeal, they can be made lighter and/or more aerodynamic and/or much more powerful. Many have found it more satisfying to beat a 6-figure sports car with a black brick than a black bullet.
The perception of the cowl induction hood made of carbon fiber interests me but without the required frame work of safety and no provisions provided by the manufacturer is a huge turn off to me.
-It's probably preventing many would-be cf kaminari admirers from pulling the trigger. The VIS hood is stock-style but going for just a grand now if that helps ease the pain of hood pin installation. Or using this site, find a local member who has done the hood-pin install to help you. Where are you located?
-I agree 100%, The burden of safety provisions should be on the manufacturer... Don't make it any harder for your customers to be as safe as you, yourself (the manufacturer) are recommending for your own product, right?
Mitch did give a good option of the old style SS stripes to make the vehicle you own without losing safety aspect.
-I don't like stripes but the way Mitch had it done looks great.. like ghost stripes almost. I don't think any decals would pull off this look as well as the painted option.
I want to replace the hood due to rust on the underside frame where water collected somehow before spring in the Northeast.
-CF or FG will prevent that rust from ever hurting your TBSS again
Best of luck whichever way you go, it always comes down to picking the lesser of all evils.