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Old 06-20-2004, 11:56 PM   #1
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Default Hail Damage

I have a 04 WRB STI. We got some bad hail a couple days ago, about marble size. All of the panels are fine except for the aluminum hood. Theres about a dozen dimples.

Now here is my problem. Do I repair the aluminum hood only to have it damaged during the next batch of hail? Get a steel Impreza RS hood (I have a front mount intercooler) that will hold up to the hail like the rest of the body? Or get a carbon fiber hood?

Ive only been in Colorado for a couple months and havent had to deal with hail this large before. Any helpful input would be appreciated.
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Old 06-21-2004, 12:00 AM   #2
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fix the hood however you see best fit. if you see hail try to get cover for your car. otherwise i wouldn't worry about it. major hail damage doesn't happen that often.
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Old 06-21-2004, 01:45 AM   #3
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Major hail doesn't happen that often at all. That said, I had my car damaged last year by hail.

Since you have a FMIC, I personally think an RS hood would be nice. Very stealth. The only problem is the added weight but it is really minimal when you compare it to everything else.
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Old 06-21-2004, 02:36 AM   #4
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RS hood, much less bugs and dirt and crap gets sucked into your engine bay. If you're really motivated, cut strategic vents into your screwd up hood and use it's lightness/coolingness on track days.
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Old 06-21-2004, 09:38 AM   #5
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Since it's only a few dimples, I'd just fix it. As that'd probably be cheaper than an entire hood.

A couple of years ago we had a really bad hail storm here. Had $650 worth of damage to my hood. A new hood was $600. My insurance company would pay to get my hood fixed, but not get a new hood
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