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Thickness of an AEV hood? (hail damage)

My JK got beat up pretty well last night from hail. The hood and the whole drivers side is like a titleist. I may try to swing to upgrade to an AEV hood if we run it through insurance and I'm looking to see if anyone has had theirs to attest for hail? It mentions it's all steel, no gauge thickness.

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My JK got beat up pretty well last night from hail. The hood and the whole drivers side is like a titleist. I may try to swing to upgrade to an AEV hood if we run it through insurance and I'm looking to see if anyone has had theirs to attest for hail? It mentions it's all steel, no gauge thickness.

Any other options or input is appreciated!
Yes my TJ/LJ went through a recent hail storm that damaged 200 cars on out lot. My Aev hood undamaged! So were the stock TJ's though!

Stock TJ 18ga Aev Hood 14ga Stock JK Hood:25ga?? LOL

We can get you that Aev hood btw!

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No help on the hail part but the weight diff between the 2 is crazy the AEV is 3 times heavier....

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That sucks a lot. It would be pretty funny if you had a small Titleist sticker on your windshield. Here's your answer from AEV forum.

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Hood lift seems to work fine with the hood. The UAJK has one and I know Dave sent the weight of the AEV hood to Hoodlift. The AEV Hood is about 30% heavier than stock. Its been gauged up to 1mm thick inner and outer, vs the OE 0.7mm.

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No help on the hail part but the weight diff between the 2 is crazy the AEV is 3 times heavier....
Wow I would look for something lighter... just my .02
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Jester has the AEV hood. Fucker is heavy. Solid.

And it looks great if you like Hummer 2s!



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Wow I would look for something lighter... just my .02
you wouldnt

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Jester has the AEV hood. Fucker is heavy. Solid.

And it looks great if you like Hummer 2s!

i love hummers

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you wouldnt
Yep, I would LOL Probably some kind of composite. Living in Co we get a lot of hail and I still wouldn't add the extra weight of an AEV hood when you can buy something lighter that will hold up.
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Thanks, the thickness sounds like what I'd be after. At least I wouldn't "really" have to worry about that again. It's the most damage prone spot on there!

As far as the weight, it makes no difference to me. I think it's funny some toss 100lb winches, 125lb wheel/tires on their rig. Yet 30% more of a, what? 30lb/40lb stock hood? Big deal! Do you guys never fill up either because it's dead weight?


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It will solve you hodd lift as well lol

just dont use the nots that come with it to reattach the grills after paint, there should be a small pack of clips to use.

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thinking of getting an AEV hood too. My hood took a pounding Sat night. Baseball sized hail. Screwed it all up
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What about the Lexan hoods.. light and strong.

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IIRC AEV hoods are made by the same Co. that stamps the factory JK hoods.
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The AEV hood is heavy enough and sturdy enough that when it's flipped up onto your windshield it will dent the windshield frame in 2 places and the hood itself will be unaffected.

This is now the 2nd time a dealership has done this. I figured I'd take advantage of a 10 dollar oil change and get on the list for a new gas tank. Now I've got to go back for them to fix it.

The TruckMasters hood would be a good option, can't dent and it's got to be lighter than the AEV, and while I love my AEV hood, having water pour into the engine bay through the hood vent during a storm doesn't thrill me.
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jeez Mike, my house didnt get any hail in Saginaw, and here in coppell we didnt either.

Ive seen one AEV hood up close and its beefy but with hail, i firmly believe it can dent anything in the right spot.

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you don't need a hood. God!


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Yeah very thick and solid hood. You can check mine out if you want, let me know and I'll run it over.

My stock hood got taken out the same way a couple of years ago. With the insurance it only cost me a couple of hundred to go with the AEV

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Yeah very thick and solid hood. You can check mine out if you want, let me know and I'll run it over.

My stock hood got taken out the same way a couple of years ago. With the insurance it only cost me a couple of hundred to go with the AEV
Not sure mine is bad enough to get replaced. I don't do body work!

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Doesn't look like I'll really be able to work in the AEV hood. Only got $325 toward PDRing my stock hood. I was hoping for a replacement + paint. Getting another estimate or two though. AEV will still cost me another ~$575 or so once painted, can't justify it right now.

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I was back and forth with the AEV hood until I saw one...They are beefy and pretty damn heavy.

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jeez Mike, my house didnt get any hail in Saginaw, and here in coppell we didnt either.

Ive seen one AEV hood up close and its beefy but with hail, i firmly believe it can dent anything in the right spot.

Texas Hail can for sure,,,,,

We got hit but it was pea sized !!!

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My friends thought for sure that I took a ball peen hammer to mine but it really was hail

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Looks good Kevin, I'd say I have a couple more dings. Hopefully this other estimate isn't lowballed like the insurance companie's


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jeez Mike, my house didnt get any hail in Saginaw, and here in coppell we didnt either.

Ive seen one AEV hood up close and its beefy but with hail, i firmly believe it can dent anything in the right spot.
I'm assuming you work in Coppell?

I live about 3 minutes from Mike, just on the other side of 380 and we got hammered. I'll try to get some pics of my hood here in a bit once the sun comes up a little more. I'm sort of glad I didn't have my hard top on at the time. Suffered a hole in one window of my TrekTop, though. So I'm definitley pushing for insurance to replace that with a new one. But looking at my JK just makes me sick....I mean it's only 4 months old! And I just put a factory stubby on it Sunday morning, too. I don't think there's a single panel on the passenger side that didn't get pounded by hail. And my wife's 2010 Xterra got it worse since it was parked beside the JK.

But yeah, I was considering upgrading to an AEV hood yesterday myself. Any other options out there? I don't really dig all the vents in that thing.

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