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Old 05-20-2010, 03:32 PM   #1
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I did a search and could not find the answers I was looking for.

We have a 2005 non-turbo 2.5 RS and have an opprtunity to purchase a Seibon CF Hood. It's the one that has vents everywhere with no hood scoop. My concern is that despite the mesh inserts, it's virtually open to the elements (rain, snow, dust) and have concerns regarding what negative issues this may create for the engine compartment. We live in Oregon so there is plenty of rain.

Any thoughts or valid observations? Thanks
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Old 05-20-2010, 03:54 PM   #2
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why would you care if your engine gets wet? All your electrical connections should be sealed and nothing can get ruined by the rain. Driving it in a lake is another problem
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Old 05-20-2010, 03:59 PM   #3
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why would you care if your engine gets wet? All your electrical connections should be sealed and nothing can get ruined by the rain. Driving it in a lake is another problem
I called Seibon and the gentleman I spoke with said that if it's going to rain I'd need to fabricate covers. He was a bit abrupt and offered no solutions. Bizarre. I guess business if good for him.

It's my daughter's car so I just don't want safety issues with a 17 year old behind the wheel.
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Old 05-20-2010, 04:06 PM   #4
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Seeing as it's for your 17 yr old daughter I wouldn't bother with a c/f hood unless the current one is in horrible condition. You could probably find an Impreza hood for way cheaper. I also looked at the Seibion c/f hood you speak of and was mostly worried with how the vents are right above my intake filter (aftermarket K&N Ram Air). I would also be worried about rain and stuff getting into the engine bay, sure the engine is built tough but a few years of extra element abuse could deteriorate some parts or at least dirty it up easier.
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Old 05-20-2010, 04:19 PM   #5
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the one I have seen on some RSs form Siebon has cover that that bolt on that are removeable, but that may only be on the RS hoow with the turbo style scoop
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Old 05-20-2010, 04:26 PM   #6
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i had the same problem before with a vis hood that had the open vents on my si.
ended up getting surface rust all over my lovefab manifold,i had to cover engine bay with plastic before every wash.
kind of a pain.
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Old 05-21-2010, 12:07 AM   #7
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I have has cf. It looks like **** after a couple years anyway. I wouldn't go that route to start with. To address your question, I wouldn't care if my engine bay gets wet. I wash my engine as often as I wash the outside of my car. Both get a good wash and towel dry atleast every other week if not every week. I doubt her engine bay is kept clean (I get on my wifes case for not washing hers ) so maybe the rain would do it some good
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Old 05-21-2010, 12:16 AM   #8
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i have one with vents and have to tape it up when ever it rains in socal since i have an aftermarket intake sucks this years since we got alot of rain for socal but other that is good in dry weather
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Old 05-21-2010, 12:27 AM   #9
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if your buying it new it comes with rain guards. they are screwed on with 5 screws.

make sure you have the hood cleared before it is put on, and i would advise using hood pins. if the hood somehow flys up the insurance wont cover it.
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