I have a 2013 Sahara unlimited. Do you think it's worth the money for the vented hood? I know it looks nice but is there any other perks?
i'll just leave this here. Heat soak is the biggest worry on the JK/JKU as it can result in plastics and hoses decomposing or dry-cracking earlier than they should. I found great benefit in my '11 JKUr by installing these (easy) great,light,good-looking &functional louvers on it's hood th first month I owned it. In the South, black JK and summer then add slow crawling for 6-8 hours at a time? I couldn't touch the hood after doing so. I installed these & can literally see the heat being evacuated. do it & if you're in an auto install an aux tranny cooler aside from the factory's as both are no brainers.
I run the Rugged Ridge hood louvers right now. But will be installing a pair of Run Cool (hood louvers.com) louvers installed above the battery and master cylinder with small electric fans pushing air out of them.
The only water issue I have had was a deep water crossing where the water went over the hood and a little water got into my transmission via the breather tube. Since then all my breather tubes have been relocated inside my Jeep. But that most likely would have happen with out the louvers too.
I'm running the Synergy louver, and its great. Like stated above you can see the heat coming through the louver. I know here in AZ it gets toasty specially on a trail, moving at super sonic speed (Balls SLOW) it does great. Never have had any over heating problems. They are well worth it, my .02.
Same here... after a half day of crawling in the heat I almost torched my hand by placing it on the hood.
Never had an issues with water and the heat is visible leaving the hood.
My plan was additional fan to help with pulling the heat out, but never installed it as the venting works pretty damn good.
This was for the synergy louver, the poison spyder is similar. They each offer a few cut options. I went all out and removed the most material and a majority of the crossmember under it. The louver adds back some of the rigidity lost by the removal of the crossmember