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Old 12-18-2011, 09:10 PM   #1
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SD Ram Air Hood?

So I love the look of the SD ram air hood and I plan on getting it, however there are some questions I'd like to have answered. Does anyone have or had this hood? Did you have any problems with it? I know with the heat extractors, the engine gets dirty and water can get in the engine. I am also aware they have water catchers and the heat extractors can even be closed off. I am NOT expecting much, if any gain of power with the heat extractors. I like the hood more for the look, but if I could keep the extractors just to say I have them, then why not I live in Indiana, so I get rain and snow and all that good stuff. I am not so much worried about the rain in the summer and spring, but I am concerned about the winter. If water or snow got in my engine and froze over night, I can't imagine it being a good thing haha. I also thought of the idea of making rubber inserts that I could slide into and plug up the heat extractors over rainy or snowy nights. And during the day, take them off and be all good. I really like this hood, I just don't want it to cause serious problems down the road. Any help would be appreciated!
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Old 12-18-2011, 09:18 PM   #2
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look around, there is one up for sale on here

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i don't remember who has it tho, sorry
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Old 12-18-2011, 09:22 PM   #3
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Old 12-18-2011, 09:25 PM   #4
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that would be it! tyvm
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Old 12-18-2011, 11:40 PM   #5
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I had one for many years. The slots aren't that big, so I doubt you would get snow down them. You can get some water in there from rain running in. There are two options though. You can leave them closed up... because honestly you aren't going to have that much heat coming out them and they aren't going to make ANY power difference either way... or you can open them up and put something inside the hood to catch the water. On mine I used some aluminum C-stock cut to length and glued to the underside of the hood along the edge of the vents as water channels to drain rain water off to the side of the engine bay.

As far as fitment went, it was very good. The only issue I had with mine was the gel coat on top was wavy in a few spots, which would have shown through in final paint, so I had to use a high build primer and block sand the hood to make it perfectly smooth. Mine was an early hood, so yours might not have that problem, but your painter can fix that if it does. Also the underside of the hood in the center is a raw fiberglass finish and does not have a gel coat. It doesn't look very good when it's open. I smoothed mine out with bondo and sanded it before paint for a nicer finish.

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Old 12-19-2011, 12:22 AM   #6
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I had one for many years. The slots aren't that big, so I doubt you would get snow down them. You can get some water in there from rain running in. There are two options though. You can leave them closed up... because honestly you aren't going to have that much heat coming out them and they aren't going to make ANY power difference either way... or you can open them up and put something inside the hood to catch the water. On mine I used some aluminum C-stock cut to length and glued to the underside of the hood along the edge of the vents as water channels to drain rain water off to the side of the engine bay.

As far as fitment went, it was very good. The only issue I had with mine was the gel coat on top was wavy in a few spots, which would have shown through in final paint, so I had to use a high build primer and block sand the hood to make it perfectly smooth. Mine was an early hood, so yours might not have that problem, but your painter can fix that if it does. Also the underside of the hood in the center is a raw fiberglass finish and does not have a gel coat. It doesn't look very good when it's open. I smoothed mine out with bondo and sanded it before paint for a nicer finish.

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That does look nice Aaron! Kinda jealous..
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Old 12-19-2011, 02:25 AM   #7
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I have had mine for a real long time (8+ years??) Last year was the first year that I used it in the winter and it wasn't that bad. The under hood temps vary slightly but nothing to brag home about. The hood is quite light and really changes the look of the car.
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Old 12-19-2011, 10:24 AM   #8
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Thanks for the help guys. I think I'll go ahead and get the SD hood. It gives it a different look and will look pretty good with the spoiler I'm getting. Ill prolly just close the extractors off and not worry about it.
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Old 12-19-2011, 10:46 AM   #9
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At least let the OP tell us.
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Find a black sct hood and I will trade you for mine. See above posted thread for pix of my hood
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Yeah, the nicest thing about the hood is really the looks, and the lighter weight. Other than losing a few pounds from the front end there isn't really any performance advantage. You can use the air ducting to direct air to the air box if you want (have to use a cone filter in it instead of the stock panel filter) but a CAI makes more power anyway, so most people don't use it.
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Old 12-19-2011, 06:28 PM   #14
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This is the spoiler I'm thinkin about getting. I'm just trying to make my grand am a lil different from the average one.

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This is the spoiler I'm thinkin about getting. I'm just trying to make my grand am a lil different from the average one.
Yeah...no. That's just awful.
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Yeah, that wing sucks.
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Old 12-19-2011, 07:14 PM   #18
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better than ram air hood
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i'm going with benefit of the doubt, lets see what you put with that wing, i have seen a couple "big" wings that look pretty good...

i pass no judgement until i see it live on the GA
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Old 12-20-2011, 07:35 AM   #20
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That wing doesnt look that bad but i would remove the ends and finish them differently. At least its not a foot off the deck lid LOL
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