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post #1 of 46 Old 02-03-2010, 05:14 PM Thread Starter
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Thumbs up Got my AEV Hood back from paint! (Pics)

Form or function? Both?!!

I've been building Jeeps and other custom motor sports things for 25+ years and one universal truth is that heat is NOT your friend. Two simple things I have learned about keeping mechanical things alive. 1) Keep it clean 2) Keep it running cool.

Even with the little 3.8L motor the JK is starting to get a reputation for heat related issues. It would seem most are related to the auto trans at this point and that cooling issues may be related to the tow rating also. Once I add a trans cooler the additional cooling from the hood vents should make it that much more effective.

There are a ton of things I need and want to do to the JK. (like a rear tire carrier but waiting to see the finished Aberle Offroad unit to decide) So I figured I would take a moment to do a cool looking "supporting" mod first.

At some point I want to due a Hemi or at least a supercharger, both of which could greatly benefit from additional cooling capacity. I figure, get the hood on now and it will make some of those other additions easier later on. It will also give me the cooling to keep the 3.8L running strong until I decide.

One really nice thing about the AEV hood is that it is all steel, real steel, not that flimsy stuff the stock hood is made out of. MUCH thicker!! No more hood flapping in the wind. Even with my Daystar hood latches the hood sheet metal would buckle up and down with the stock hood. I can't imagine the AEV hood doing that.


Anyway, got it back from paint today. Still need to put new Rubicon decals on it. Want a "factory" type look, even though this hood has a much more aggressive stance to it than the plain stock on.


I will get more pics with the decals on later, here it is for now.

Here is the Jeep with the stock hood first for reference.



Now with the AEV Hood.





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Love it! that hood is sweet! with all the rain here in FL I would be concerned about the top vent though

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Love it! that hood is sweet! with all the rain here in FL I would be concerned about the top vent though
I have never been too concerned about any modern engine getting wet with all the new connectors types. The older stuff that could get water in the connectors could leave you stranded for sure.

However, I can certainly see the concern. You get way more rain than we get snow. 90% of our snowfall seems to come at night while my Jeep is in the garage too.

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Knew sooner or later that this would happen.

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I wish that hood would work with the Avenger kit.

Cole, great looking functional mod.
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Real nice, mine is at the painter as we speak. I had the vents powder coated in mat black.

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Very cool


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very nice, looks good, im picking up mine tomorrow in dallas. looking at this makes me miss my jeep.

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looks great i love mine

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ive been thinking about getting one as well

did you get it painted while on the jeep

or painted then installed, if seperately how is the color match???
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example:

I have stainless steel hood hinges so, you could paint it separetely

However,

if you have factory hinges, i would think you would paint them with the hood so can seal the edges around the hinges to give it that factory look.

The paint code on you driver door should be fine to color match. (PPG)

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example:

I have stainless steel hood hinges so, you could paint it separetely

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if you have factory hinges, i would think you would paint them with the hood so can seal the edges around the hinges to give it that factory look.

The paint code on you driver door should be fine to color match. (PPG)

mine was painted off the jeep and i must say Clackey did a hell of a job

the color is perfect

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That hood looks great! Very nice photos too! What camera and lens do you shoot with?

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mine was painted off the jeep and i must say Clackey did a hell of a job

the color is perfect
EXACTLY!

Just find a painter that can mix their own paint because - they look up the paint code, and mix it precisely.

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I wish that hood would work with the Avenger kit.

Cole, great looking functional mod.

I agree. Clifton at Poison Spyder had one of the early Avenger kits (pre production) and had to give up his AEV hood to use it. Actually had to cut a hole in the factory hood and add a scoop to make it work.



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Real nice, mine is at the painter as we speak. I had the vents powder coated in mat black
That should look sweet on a yellow Jeep. I really wanted the vents to contrast on the black so chose to leave them silver.

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did you get it painted while on the jeep

or painted then installed, if seperately how is the color match???
Paint shop did the hood off the Jeep. They took my VIN number and got the color code that way. It is a perfect match. The only thing you might see in these pics is that the rest of the Jeep is dirty and the hood went on clean this morning.

I took off my stock hood and drove over to the paint shop this morning and they installed the hood for me.


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That hood looks great! Very nice photos too! What camera and lens do you shoot with?
I shot that with a Nikon D90 with the kit lens on it today. (18-105). Just an easy all around lens for day to day.

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i know you were trying to keep the jeep light, how much more does this hood weigh than the stock?
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i know you were trying to keep the jeep light, how much more does this hood weigh than the stock?

I put a bunch of thought into that. The AEV hood is heavier, but adds function. I spent some time trying to figure out what was going to be more valuable in this situation the airflow (and style) or the light weight.

The AEV hood feels heavier lifting it up, but surprisingly did not feel all that much different putting it on vs. taking the old one off. I'll see if I can figure out the real weight difference.

The AEV hood is thicker steel, but eliminates steel in some spots the stock one has it.

I would really be interested to know. I think one of the important things is that since I saved weight on the bumper, and winch cable I can reasonably add some and still be lighter than other rigs. Always going to be a bit of compromise. Better than just saying "screw it" and adding heavy everything.

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Looks great Cole! I can't decide between Burnsville's and AEV's, I like the AEV's better but don't want water on my engine all the time(I'm particularly neat for a Jeep guy).

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I agree. Clifton at Poison Spyder had one of the early Avenger kits (pre production) and had to give up his AEV hood to use it. Actually had to cut a hole in the factory hood and add a scoop to make it work.
Since it is steel, I wonder how far off that buldge is and how hard would it be to extend it.
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i know you were trying to keep the jeep light, how much more does this hood weigh than the stock?
I dont know the exact difference but I know it is "significant" because the Hoodlift hood struts cant handle AEV hoods.
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Looks great Cole! I can't decide between Burnsville's and AEV's, I like the AEV's better but don't want water on my engine all the time(I'm particularly neat for a Jeep guy).
I wash my engine every time I wash the Jeep. Have done this on all my Jeeps for years. Dirt attracts oil and grease which hold in heat and eat away at seals. Much easier to get a good running high mileage motor just by keeping it clean. So this really should be no different.

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Great shots of your hood, you're learning your way around that new Nikon. Nice build that you have going on there Cole. Looking forward to the pics of the Hemi build later on. Get some Rubi stickers made that are about an inch or two shorter, fits much better. The stock stickers go right up the the edge of the hood vent and trailing edge of the hood. Looks too tight.

I'm with you, I wash the motor and trany every few weeks.

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I wash my engine every time I wash the Jeep. Have done this on all my Jeeps for years. Dirt attracts oil and grease which hold in heat and eat away at seals. Much easier to get a good running high mileage motor just by keeping it clean. So this really should be no different.
Haha, I thought I was bad doing it once or twice a month, every was is nuts! Props to you bud! Thanks for that thought, I never really thought about it that way!

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I dont know the exact difference but I know it is "significant" because the Hoodlift hood struts cant handle AEV hoods.
I got an answer back from AEV today. Stock hood is 0.67mm thick. The AEV hood is 1mm thick. They estimate it is a 45lb difference in weight.

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