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Old 04-22-2003, 08:51 AM   #1
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Default Carbon Fiber Hood Install Questions.........

I have some questions for those of you that have installed a Carbon Fiber Hood on your WRX's:

1. Are you using hoodpins, or are they not needed?
2. If you used Hood pins were did you place them on the cross member under the front of the hood? Pics?
3. Also did you guys wax or polish your hood, or just clean them with normal car wash stuff?

Thanks for all the help.
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Old 04-22-2003, 08:57 AM   #2
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1. I didn't use them on mine. The latch seemed beefy enough. Judgement call.
2. n/a
3. I wash and wax my hood just like the rest of my car.
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Old 04-22-2003, 08:59 AM   #3
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Default Carbon Fiber Hood ?

Thanks for the info.

Did you reuse the stock IC splitter, or did you do away with it?

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Old 04-22-2003, 09:01 AM   #4
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reused it
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Old 04-22-2003, 09:27 AM   #5
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How did you attach the Splitter? Did you just use some self tapping screws and screw them into the Hood webbing or did your hood have the threads in it for the splitter?

Thanks for all your help.
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Old 04-22-2003, 02:52 PM   #6
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Old 04-22-2003, 04:59 PM   #7
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ok so mine is not a wrx but its just to give you an idea.

1. yes i used pins
2. see pics
3. just like a normal car. it has or should have the same clearcoat as your car, so just was and wax

here is how the post is mounted

close up of the pin

under side of hood where post goes threw
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Old 04-22-2003, 07:32 PM   #8
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The reason for the hood pin is the prevent the hood popping out
Most CF hood is 2 pieces. Upper CF face and bottom reinforcement
Everything that holding the chassis and the hood is attached on the bottom reinforcement part of the hood.
If the quality of the hood does not meet certain standard, both part of the hood might tear apart while driving.
When that happened, the upper part of the hood will basically fly away and the bottom part of the hood will stay on your vehicle.
The purpose of the hood pin is to hold upper part of the hood by pushing it down
It is not necessary to have the hood pin, but its is highly recommended for extra secure purposes

I know this place www.rg-s.com they sell CF hood with free sparco hood pin
E-mail them if you guys have any question
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Old 04-23-2003, 06:45 AM   #9
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Default my opinion

1. I'm not using a hood pin, because they told me that i didn't need it and that the hood would hold up just fine

2. N/A

3. I'm just washing it and waxing it like the rest of the car

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Old 04-23-2003, 09:07 AM   #10
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Thanks for the great useful info, and thanks jynx for the close up pics.

I am installing my hood on thursday, so I will let you guys know how I make out.
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Old 04-30-2003, 10:42 AM   #11
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I just installed my VIS Racing CF hood and it re-uses the latch from the stock hood as well as all the "weather stripping" material to keep air turbulence to a minimum. At 70-80mph the hood still wobbles around a bit. I don't *want* to use hood pins, but I may need to just for piece of mind.

Does anyone else have long-term experience using the VIS hood w/o hood pins? I'd rather not drill my new CF hood if I don't have to!

Thanks.
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Old 04-30-2003, 11:26 AM   #12
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Just as a FYI, hood pins are required in many states on any composite hood. Also, if you take it to the track at all, I believe that most tracks require them for composite hoods or you can't run. In general they're a good idea on any fiberglass or carbon fiber hood, regardless of what the manufacturer may say.
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Old 04-30-2003, 11:31 AM   #13
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i would strongly suggest hood pins. The carbon is VERY easy to drill. Just start small and work your way up in drill bit size till you get to the size you need. Also if you dont like the color of the pics just paint them or get the coated.
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Old 04-30-2003, 11:48 AM   #14
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Thanks for the info.
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