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Old 10-17-2001, 05:45 PM   #1
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Default Turbo 2.2L Hood options?

Ok, aluminium, stock RS, or carbon fiber? These are the options I'm aware of. Are there any others? Can you paint a carbon hood? Seems like a waste of carbon, but I dont think I like the look. I like the aluminum option best, but may lean towrds the stock new or used RS/OBS due to cost. Any pros or cons like air flow to the intercooler.
Thanks for any ideas, just ordered a turbo kit and need to round up a few things.

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Old 10-17-2001, 10:35 PM   #2
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You can have carbon fiber painted, but you're adding the weight of the paint.
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Old 10-18-2001, 02:21 AM   #3
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I'd say get a painted CF hood... probably still weighs less than the stock RS hood.
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Old 10-18-2001, 10:35 AM   #4
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I say stay away from carbon fiber because it will not crumple in an accident it will just remove your head for you
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Old 10-19-2001, 09:54 AM   #5
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remember the aluminum hood can dent easily, ie: hail storm

the carbon fiber will need pins to help keep it down at highway speeds
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Old 10-19-2001, 10:45 AM   #6

I had a carbon hood on a dark blue integra and it looked really good, there is something about seeing that much polished carbon fiber all at once..

there were a few problems though, the biggest problem is that it will flutter like butterfly wings around 80 to 100mph, mine even had fiberglass bracing on the inside.. the other problem is it draws lots of attention, i hope you live in an area with a low crime rate.

I would get an aluminium hood, because it wouldn't flex like the carbon hood, and most carbon hoods i've seen are polished, if you wanted to paint it, you would have to find one that isn't polished. Mine had a polished gel cout finish and it stood up to scratches really well.. well i guess you could sand the hell out of it too..

the other thing to consider, is there is an abundance of al hoods out there.. i have yet to see a carbon hood for a subaru.. i think functionaly, the Al hood is going to be better.. Carbon hood is prettier, if you like that look, but more hassle..
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Old 10-19-2001, 11:20 AM   #7
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Does anyone make a fiberglass hood? I imagine it'd be lighter than stock (depending on # of layers of course) and pretty cheap to make.
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