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Poision Spyder TJ hood louver on a JK!!

Underhood temps on the JK are crazy!! After a long study of a TJ hood vs a JK hood thought I could make this work..... It Does!! This is not for someone who is timid, as cutting and drilling a perfectly good hood is necessary. It makes a huge diff in temps. I noticed a 20-30 diff in trans temp alone while driving. The guys at Poision Spyder rock!! The shipping was super fast (even for across the country) and the packaging was excellent!!

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Drill with 1" bi-metal hole saw and small drill bit (cant remember the size)
Dremel tool with cut off wheel


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Scary part. Followed the paper template and drilled as indicated. I placed the top of the louver right at the top edge of hood.


Big holes. I only cut the tin foil top and left the cross members in for strength.




You can see in this photo the access holes for the mounting screws, relocated footmans loop, relocated hood bumps and the washer nozzle.


I was in a hurry and had to touch up the screws and the louver. When I feel the need to wrench on the Jeep I will pull the louver and hit it with another coat of flat black.


Even got to test this out in a huge down pour. Very little water on the engine while parked. For the RIPP guys, no water anywhere near the filter/intake.

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Nice details/pic's...thanks for taking the time to put this together.
Couple of questions:
What kind/type of paint did you use?
You said you put the top along the top edge of hood. So this doesn't scrape or interfere with opening/closing hood?
Lessons learned? Anything you'd have done different if you had to do it again?
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nice job! how long did it take w the dremmel?

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Nice details/pic's...thanks for taking the time to put this together.
Couple of questions:
What kind/type of paint did you use?
You said you put the top along the top edge of hood. So this doesn't scrape or interfere with opening/closing hood?
Lessons learned? Anything you'd have done different if you had to do it again?
(Thanks again).
Paint
Self etching primer 1st. Flat black 2nd. Duplicolor I believe was the brand

Interfearing
Nope, no problems at all. I had to bring it up that far because the screws at the top. If you open your hood and look there is about 3/4" before the hood sub framing would get in the way. The sub structure is what actually contacts the foam gasket under your hood, so the bolt and nylon nut are not in the way.

Lesson learned
After drilling pilot holes for perimeter screws, check underside of sub framing and use the hole saw to cut out access holes, not a 1/2" drill bit, I couldnt get my thin wall'd sockets thru. Its really difficult to hold a hole saw steady with no pilot hole.

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The hood sheathing is only attached to the cross bracing with a foam glue, no welds. After the cut you can just pop the panels off. I use a razor blade to scratch the foam off, sanded it down and painted it red.

When drilling the 1" holes for cutting purposes, dont drill all the way thru sub structure. You will feel it when it breaks thru the hood. There is one that can be drilled all the way thru and thats the washer nozzle hole. The louver has a slot that fits the JK's nozzle perfectly.

When putting the footmans loop back on, dont overtighten the nuts. The studs break really easy!

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nice job! how long did it take w the dremmel?
Not to long, the hood is really thin. Maybe an hour or so.

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Looks awesome, very nice work!

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Thanks again YingYang...this is on my list now.
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I've never been a huge fan of hood louvers, but this install looks awesmoe. I might reconsider.

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Nice job.

It would be worth the $89 investment for electric shears from Northern Tool. Would make the project just easier and cleaner.


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Nice job.

It would be worth the $89 investment for electric shears from Northern Tool. Would make the project just easier and cleaner.
That would be easier but I didnt want to cut thru the cross bracing. The shears would do good until you hit the thicker metal. All the cuts got covered over with the louver anyway.
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Did you paint the exposed crossmember black too?


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Did you paint the exposed crossmember black too?
Nope, painted it red, or touched it up back to red. Cant really see it.
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