Things to Look at When You’re Still Undecided on what hood to get
Unless you got a ride meant for the strip, show, or summer Sunday drives, having a hood to cover your engine can safeguard most of its components from the outside elements. Besides, hood designs can even help you facilitate better air flow. Thus, it can help reduce the drag coefficient. More than that, the material of your hood can contribute to reducing the weight at the front of your vehicle. So if you are still undecided with the kind of hood you are getting, you might want to consider the following factors.
Are you keeping your vehicle stock or are you thinking about upgrades?
You have to thoroughly compare the benefits of having a stock hood versus getting an aftermarket hood. Keeping an OE hood means that you get to preserve the appearance of your ride. More than that, it can potentially keep its value at a more secured level. On the other hand, an aftermarket hood can provide bigger room for engine upgrades like bigger air filters, supercharger or turbocharger systems. Additional vents can also improve the air flow and cooling of your engine. But your ride will not pass as original anymore, at least on the outside.
Choosing the composition of your hood.
These days, there are a variety of materials used to build your hood. The compositions offer different characteristics that can affect the integrity, cooling, weight and performance of your vehicle. Sometimes, it can also give you extra appeal depending on the car scene you are in. Here are the four that are commonly used to construct a hood:
- Carbon fiber
Other hood features and styling
When you start deviating from stock and begin to explore the dark side, you might want to consider functional aftermarket hoods that look more aggressive. You can choose from types like the cowl induction and ram air hoods that are closely associated with the V8 block movement, or maybe vented hoods for your tuner applications. This can help boost the response, cooling and aerodynamics of your favored weekend warrior.
How to Install a New Hood in Eight Steps
Replacing your old hood with a new one is not a very difficult task. Only a few tools are required to help you do the job, but you will need a friend to lend you a hand in the process. Below is a simple guide that you can follow to properly install your new hood. So, be safe and have fun while equipping your car with a new component!
(Note: These are general instructions for all types of automobiles.)
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Safety Reminder: Put on protective glasses while installing a new hood or fixing other things in your car. If needed, you can also wear latex gloves, closed toe shoes, and other personal protective equipment (PPE).
- Open the hood by releasing the hood latch. Detach the windshield washer tubing.
- Take out the washer tubing, hood insulator, and emblem if needed.
- If applicable, you can install a hood prop and take out the hood struts.
- Take out the bolts that hold the hood to the hood hinge on one side of your automobile. Request somebody to support the hood while you are removing the bolts. Take the hood out.
- If you want to, you can paint your new hood to have the same color of your automobile. Review your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) for the color code to know if your vehicle has the original paint.
- Connect your new hood to the hinges with a friend's help. Secure it with bolts. But, don't tighten the bolts yet.
- If you took out the washer tubing, emblem, insulation, and hood struts earlier, now is the time to install them into the new hood.
- Shut the hood and check its alignment. Adjust your new hood and tighten the hinge bolts.