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AllCarFan 09-02-2012 03:09 PM

Hood selection for 05+
Seems like the 00-04 models have a lot more selections for aftermarket hoods than we do.

I have hood choices narrowed down to two:

Option 1:

Pros - looks different - quality has good feedback
Cons - only comes in black carbon fiber, not sure if I trust that many vents with water.

Option 2: the good ol invader hood here:

Pros- semi functional. It should help keep my weapon R intake manifold a little theory. Water would only drain over the intake manifold. Comes in a royal blue color which is a little closer match to my car.
Cons- says it is made from a fiberglass frame, but hood is carbon fiber. I dont know if that is the norm. Unknown quality.

Any opinions or info would be appreciated. This would be going on a Sonic Blue Saleen Focus.

VEGAS 09-02-2012 05:11 PM

I have a CF hood from the same maker, in 1 year it needs to be sanded, CF is browned. And with that many dipps, would be a PITA to sand and refinnish..

AllCarFan 09-02-2012 05:18 PM

The CF browned through the clearcoat? Which one do you have?

do we have any other options? Fiberglass, I would be happy with, but by the time i get it painted and fitted, it will cost more than a carbon fiber hood.

VEGAS 09-02-2012 05:42 PM

yea, browned thru the clear coat.. not many Options... I suggest getting the CF hood you like then pay later to paint it later to a solid color.

VEGAS 09-02-2012 05:46 PM

most Hoods unpained is 100$, painting them is $200 so it is cheaper to get OEM Unless you go to the pricey shops

Painted to your Color... $325

AllCarFan 09-02-2012 05:51 PM


Originally Posted by VEGAS (Post 4332974)
yea, browned thru the clear coat.. not many Options... I suggest getting the CF hood you like then pay later to paint it later to a solid color.

This is a good idea.

felixthecat 09-03-2012 12:34 AM

You could do the faux carbon fiber wrap & then you wouldn't have to deal w/ hood pins or water issues. Use 3M's 1080 wrap.

VEGAS 09-03-2012 04:07 AM

no need for hood pins with these hoods... I have had mine at 130+mph and no slop, they are very stiff and are reinforced. they latch.. its not a singer layer of cf like a race hood. Its Ribbed.

Also, no water issues with mine... 3+ years..

AllCarFan 09-03-2012 11:32 AM

Carbon fiber vinyl wrap? HELL NO! ha!

I am going to get the invader hood, with royal blue carbon fiber....keep the car covered in the driveway or park it in the garage to help extend the life of the fiber. SHould it start to turn yellow/brown, I will just get it painted.

I just cant bring myself to buy the hood i referenced on Ebay. Those are a LOT of fins/vents for water.

VEGAS 09-03-2012 11:35 AM

they are covered, there is a baffle that is solid, no water gets in.. Unless you remove the baffle. I love the hood, However I strongly suggest a new clear coat with UV protection before you mount it..

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