I’m really stoked with how these came out – while I didn’t think it’d be a very noticeable part at first, it turns out the very opposite is true.
I see these every time I open the door, which means I’m greeted with carbon fiber awesomeness before I even get inside.
The funny part is I just had a guy at a gas station ask me where I got these done as he liked it so much! Of all the mods done to my car, these stuck out at him the most!
I took this picture to show how nicely it ties together with the interior trim:
Another really cool part about these is that they’re relatively subtle from far away. From a distance, they look pretty similar to the OEM gloss black finish – they blend right in for a very clean look. It’s only when you’re up close do you really see how slick these are, which is what I love about them.
To make these, they take the OEM B-pillars and wrap them in raw carbon fiber material, which starts out as a soft fabric much like a blanket. They have to stretch and wrap the part just perfectly, then apply a resin to harden the carbon fiber and make it super strong. Once the resin has cured, then begins the hard work of finishing it. They start by sanding it, then applying clear coat, then another round or two of sanding and polishing until it is absolutely perfect. It’s a very manual and labor intensive process, but the outcome is worth it for the depth and clarity of real carbon fiber versus any vinyl imitation products out there.
To install or remove the B-pillars, it’s quite simple. Simply open the driver’s door and you’ll see there are two small torx bolts holding it on from the bottom. You’ll have to pop off a plastic cover to expose the bolts, but then they’re easily removed with a torx bit (T20 if I recall correctly) turning counter-clockwise. Once you’ve removed the bolts, pull down and out and the B-pillar cover should come right off.
From there, ship your cores to oCarbon (or buy spares and have them wrap the spares) and when the oCarbon carbon fiber B-pillars are ready, simply follow the reverse process to reinstall the new ones. All in all, it should take you about 10 minutes a side.
Whenever you remove a part like this, I always recommend cleaning behind it to keep the car insanely clean. Ideally you should use something with a little built in wax or hydrophobic properties to keep dust or dirt out of there in the long term, as it’s unlikely you’ll ever have the need to remove your B-pillars again.
Thanks again to oCarbon for the great work – I love that they let me choose the fabric & weave pattern of choice. Right now, I’m the only Audi running 5HS fabric (each strand of fabric goes over 5 other strands, then under one, versus the 1×1 or 2×2 twill pattern that is more common). They have also done some really cool projects in colored kevlar/carbon fiber (silver, blue, yellow, etc) as well as unique parts and styles, and they really tailor each piece to look exactly how you want, which is awesome.
For orders or inquiries, hit up firstname.lastname@example.org! They should be able to make this for any vehicle as long as you can provide the core to wrap.