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Old 04-12-2017, 07:57 AM
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I am going on a long trip to Chicago leaving from Virginia and am looking for a front bra to use for this trip and I keep seeing the navi stretch front bumper bra. It looks nice and that it fits well but it seems really thin kind of like stretched nylons and I worry that it might not be effective enough to prevent rock chips. I know it will keep the bugs off but the rock chips is more of a concern. Do they make those old school ones that were more heavy duty kind of like a thick black fake leather type for the C7? For sure those type will be the most effective.

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Old 04-12-2017, 08:14 AM
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None of them are worth a darn (IMO). For whatever protection you get from rock chips, sand and dust, and dirt will get under the cover and really do a number on your paint.

The only way to have nothing happen to the car is to not drive it.

Soooo... I suggest you drive the car and enjoy it. Stuff happens, but it can be fixed. Maybe that's why a lot of us got the 3M (insert your favorite brand of protection film here) stuff put on the car when we got it.
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Old 04-12-2017, 08:26 AM
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I used a stretch bra for my trip from Bowling Green to California. Compared to the heavier duty ones I think with the airflow that goes through it there is a chance that it does less rubbing damage, but I have no long term testing to prove it. That said, I was not happy with the coverage of it as well as any other with similar shapes. The picture below is of a very expensive bra that is available for our cars (not my car, stole the photo from another thread that was similar where I used it as well), I circled an area where I got a chip on that trip, it's very exposed as is the hood.

I've since had the car wrapped in Xpel. I'm not a big fan of the look of a bra, especially on our cars because I think it ruins the dramatic lines of the front end. Plus you have to take it on and off when cleaning, etc.

With the clear bra you have protection that doesn't change the look of the car and you don't have to remove it or anything.

I'm a fan of the clear bras of course, they are more expensive but I think worth it.

I would do up the hood as well as along the sides and the mirrors at a minimum, especially if you don't have long rockers and/or spats.
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i find the best bra for the front of my ZO6 on road trips is the GM OEM bra. Itís reasonable, is a solid material that prevents rock damage, fits like a glove and is easy to put on and take off. It also stores compactly. Not sure why anyone would consider the novi stretch fabric that doesnít protect from rock and pebbles, is more expensive and is not OEM. Itís available online but I bought it at my local dealer. Itís calledd GM Cover and also Bra or Mask or Front Cover. They have one for the ZO6 and Grabd Sport and a different one for the narrow body. It cost me aborut $130

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NoviStretch gets my vote - initial install takes 15 min - then on or off in 3 to 4 min. Its flexible, its washable, it dries out quickly if wet, and it will absolutely protect from small rocks and pebbles... Who cares what the bra looks like? First, your protecting your car while driving, not going to a car show and second, no one wants to have a front end with paint chips everywhere, nor spend over a thousand to repaint...just silly when I hear folks say "I dont like how bras look"...




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Speed Lingerie a bit expensive but will give you the protection and looks better than most. Google it.
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XPEL gets my vote if you have the time to get it installed...
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I found that the best way to protect your front end is to give plenty of space between you and the next guy!
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Originally Posted by rkahn View Post
i find the best bra for the front of my ZO6 on road trips is the GM OEM bra. Itís reasonable, is a solid material that prevents rock damage, fits like a glove and is easy to put on and take off. It also stores compactly. Not sure why anyone would consider the novi stretch fabric that doesnít protect from rock and pebbles, is more expensive and is not OEM. Itís available online but I bought it at my local dealer. Itís calledd GM Cover and also Bra or Mask or Front Cover. They have one for the ZO6 and Grabd Sport and a different one for the narrow body. It cost me aborut $130
where did you order the OEM bra from? The Corvette configurator says their bra is $190.
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where did you order the OEM bra from? The Corvette configurator says their bra is $190.
Ebay. Get the GM part number and put it in the ebay search bar. Ebay is where I bought mine. You can also find it on sale at some of the online dealers like Trunk Monkey. I will tell you I had a bad experience with the GM bra. I had the Stingray version on my Z51. It did not fit well between the body seams. Caused more problems than it solved. I ended up selling my GM bra off and had an XPEL Ultimate Plus Clear Bra installed. The Z06 Bra may fit better. But I am done with add on bras. Good luck.
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Get xpel or equivalent ppf.
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You see the theme here. Do it right and get Xpel or other Paint Protection Film. It retains the look without having some flapping "bra" during long trips. Wind+Bras will eat through the clearcoat and right to the paint. If you absolutely have to get a bra, get the Novistretch.
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Originally Posted by djnice View Post
Get xpel or equivalent ppf.
Thank you for your advice. However, I need a temporary solution to drive my R8C new Corvette back home 500 miles away. Where I live I have an expert PPF installer who does LLuminar installations, which is essentially the same as Suntek. He will install the PPF. Just need something temporary for now. I am even considering purchasing Track Tape but I have concerns about whether this method might remove paint from the freshly painted vehicle after I remove the Track Tape at the conclusion of my Corvette Museum trip. First world problems can be difficult sometimes. 😂
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The CCA Vette rolls with NoviStretch

4 Trips from VA to FL in 6 months

https://www.corvettepartsandaccessor...ts/novistretch

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I vote Novistretch for a couple of reasons. It's fairly cheap. It is an easy on/easy off solution. In almost 20,000 miles of use on long road trips I see no harm to the paint or clear coat at all. It washes right up after a trip. And unlike Xpel & Co., it prevents a lot of debris from entering your engine compartment and radiator. Not only bugs, but I picked up lots of hay from hay trucks this last trip. I do not use it locally, but it's a must have on road trips where you are traveling thousands of miles at freeway speeds (or, ahem, a wee bit faster.)
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Originally Posted by mschuyler View Post
I vote Novistretch for a couple of reasons. It's fairly cheap. It is an easy on/easy off solution. In almost 20,000 miles of use on long road trips I see no harm to the paint or clear coat at all. It washes right up after a trip. And unlike Xpel & Co., it prevents a lot of debris from entering your engine compartment and radiator. Not only bugs, but I picked up lots of hay from hay trucks this last trip. I do not use it locally, but it's a must have on road trips where you are traveling thousands of miles at freeway speeds (or, ahem, a wee bit faster.)
I am leaning in this direction. So you use the Novistretch 100% of the time? Do you also have PPF? Are you driving a wide body? TIA
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I am leaning in this direction. So you use the Novistretch 100% of the time? Do you also have PPF? Are you driving a wide body? TIA
I only use it on long trips. I do not have PPF and it's a normal Stingray. The bra will fit a wide body.

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I only use it on long trips. I do not have PPF and it's a normal Stingray. The bra will fit a wide body.
Thanks for your inputs. Just curious, how many miles on your vehicle and do you have any stone paint chips anywhere in the car?
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Thanks for your inputs. Just curious, how many miles on your vehicle and do you have any stone paint chips anywhere in the car?
19,900 miles, mostly road trips in the west. Been on five multi-thousand mile trips in the last 18 months. No chips I have found. I did buy a Dr. Colorchip kit for the inevitable when it happens. I picked her up at the factory/NCM and drove roundabout to Seattle and have just never stopped.
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Originally Posted by mschuyler View Post
19,900 miles, mostly road trips in the west. Been on five multi-thousand mile trips in the last 18 months. No chips I have found. I did buy a Dr. Colorchip kit for the inevitable when it happens. I picked her up at the factory/NCM and drove roundabout to Seattle and have just never stopped.
Wow! That must have been one exciting trip. I thought my trip from Bowling Green to my home in Virginia (560 miles) would be a long trip for a new car but your trip must have been quite a journey. A trip of a life time actually. I am anticipating a late November, early December trip to Bowling Green to pick up my new GS. Concerned about the weather cooperating. I have had concern about stone chips coming home as I want to apply Llumina PPF on the car at a local Virgina dealer. What I like about Lluminar it is thicker than Expel and it is reported it have the best performance in not turning yellow over time. It is also self healing in the event of small dings. It's made by the same company that makes Suntek which is also a good PPF. My local dealer has specialized in Lluminar installs for many years and is about as good an installer as there is.
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