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12-28-11, 02:26 PM
Some unboxing pictures:





More pictures to come as we install the hood

12-30-11, 12:14 AM
Dude, that looks mean. I can't wait to see the other pictures.

12-30-11, 06:39 AM
Thanks guys, this is being cross posted from my post over at modernmoparforum.com

Yesterday, in the day light, I was able to align the hood. Damn hood latch was pulling the hood every time it closed - once figured that out, everything from there went sooooo much smoother and my nerves settled a bit. I don't or never drank but I almost started that night/day.

Have to trim the shaker base to clear the STB


From everything I read, they say you only have to trim a little bit. I would say you have to trim a bit more then "little" for my liking but that was a known issues when installing with a STB.

As you can see in the picture above, it's a "trim a little" test fit, "trim some more" and when you think you're done, double check everything. I'm going to try and see if I can get some door molding trim (the C shaped stuff) and clean up the back edge. Note the picture is not the final test fit just one I remembered to take

Test fitting the shaker on the base, as you can kind of see from this shot, you don't really see where I had to trim the base to clear the STB






As you can see from this shot, the shaker is tilted down towards the passenger side. I have to install the Z bracket today (SpeedLogix to the rescue by overnighting it to me - thanks guys). Once I have that, and because I have to remove the Shaker, I'll align that (that is what those mystery washers where for) as well as apply the "Shaker" sticker (not included - but should be for the price)

Regarding the paint match, it's dead on as you can see from the pictures. That in my opinion was the biggest worry (as well as shipping damage to the hood itself). All the other little stuff I can fix myself, rather inexpensively.

While not shown in this post, hood pins (MOPAR) are drilled and installed and will be in the next post once I take a finished shot of that step.

12-30-11, 07:54 AM
Definately my style. Love it! :drooling:

12-30-11, 09:35 AM
Kickass dude, nice job on the install.

12-30-11, 10:18 AM
That thing so needs an Alienware sticker on it!

12-30-11, 01:52 PM
Thanks guys and now that you mention it, it does remind me of Alienware - maybe they should sponsor my car

In regards to rain, there is a rain guard that protects it from rain (driving into heavy downpours as well as 3 drain plugs in the base of the unit. You would then spin the rain guard around if you where racing or wanted max outside air to enter the air cleaner. I'll post some shots of the air cleaner and guard.

12-31-11, 05:17 AM
this is my everyday car (wish I had room in the driveway/garage) but with 2 daughters and the wife's car there is no room (or in my wallet)


12-31-11, 06:57 PM
Finally got the catch can relocated. After shortening one line I found out both braided lines had it's inner core fully collapsed (cheap braided hose?). And to think I only paid $10 a foot for -10 line......

With a new vender open and race quality lines in stock, I got the catch can relocated and hooked back up, the base level and the crank case breather line installed.

Had to use a small stand off held in place with painters tape, as shown just below my STB


Air cleaner with water shield in the open position (air cleaner full exposed to the inlet of the shaker)

front picture of the air cleaner fully exsposed

Air cleaner closed (my normal day to day setup

Also installed MOPAR hood pins as well

While this was nerve racking, as long as you keep the drill perpendicular to the hood, drill slow and use a new hole saw you should be ok (cover engine bay or you will spend a day cleaning everything twice....



After test fitting pins, I used painters tape to hold down the hood protector to make sure the pin closed correctly . I must have opened and closed the hood 100 times making sure it was going to line up right. My fear was that the 3M tape would pull a chunk of new paint off if the pin caught the black hood protector (not sure of the technical term)

Now here is where it gets tricky. A few weeks back some of the old school mopar guys (in their 120's) where bitching about the pins facing the correct "MOPAR" way. As you can see in the photo above, our hoods taper too much to put them in old school. I can only imagine their bitching at the meet tomorrow..... Had to turn them the other way so they actually fit correctly

From the front with pins and hood installed

Front side

The quality of the last two pictures are terrible, I was shooting into the sun setting just next to my garage. I think I'm done with mods now.... what 1/2 covers, BT fuse Box cover and eventually a SC you say... when will it end.. when will it end

Thanks for reading. I think I'm done until the TA part comes in, some time in Feb. I'll update the thread then.

PS I have my HEMI emblems for the shaker, just need to check out another car at the local event tomorrow to see where the best place to fit it .

01-01-12, 06:39 AM
Hood pins are used and recommended when using an aftermarket hood, made out of fiberglass, where you don't trust the hood latch.

The base of the pins are bolted to the cross member of the car, under the plastic covers (nose of car)


and with the plastic trim pieces installed


once the vertical pins are bolted into the bases and holes cut in hood


Then the hood protectors (black) are installed on the hood and the pins are pushed threw the vertical pins holding the hood down. (these are to prevent your hood from flying off on the highway or if you drag or road race


The cables are lanyards so you don't loose the pins, they don't do anything else

Here is a link to the full size image of the pins in their final stage -> click here (http://www.flickr.com/photos/landi_family/6609552707/sizes/o/in/photostream/)

01-01-12, 07:58 AM
I had to put hood pins on my 67 Mustang after my hood latch gave out and the hood flipped up on me going down a country road. I stained a good pair of Sears Buckhide jeans that day :o

01-02-12, 11:36 PM

Damn that's mean looking. :headbang:

Normally, I'm not a huge fan of purple, but on these American muscle cars, those types of colors (bright yellow/orange, that purple, etc.) really pop. It looks awesome. Nice work rudedog. :thumbsup:

01-03-12, 08:50 AM
Why wouldn't they be able to hold the hood down? It doesn't need a huge hunk of metal.
He has a fiberglass hood and my old Mustang had a much heavier metal hood. The hood pins worked great for my metal hood and from what I remember they didn't look any heftier than what he has.

01-03-12, 10:10 AM
The vertical pin has a hole in it. The pin that goes through it is a straight piece with a loop that folds over at the end. The horizontal one slides through the hole in the vertical pin then the loop at the end folds over to keep it from sliding back out. To get the horizontal pin out you flip the loop at the end back over and slide the pin out.

Here's a pic of one with the loop pulled up so you can slide it out. To close it and secure the hood you push it to the right.
http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRoGUkaqf_c9kBzKKqZsn7CePo8j5TsL R55fwNsH6tGWq9T_IRpsnN00ism

It is very similar to just a cotter pin.

01-03-12, 11:54 AM
Every single bolt,screw and nut on a car have a chance of vibrating loose. Maybe we should all walk just to be safe. ;)

01-03-12, 01:53 PM
That is part of what differentiates us Americans from foreigners. You have to have balls to drive or ride a real man's vehicle. :D

01-03-12, 02:02 PM
Ah ok, thanks for explaining. I didn't see that the horizontal pin and the ring/loop are attached.

But it could probably still get loose if the ring vibrates over the vertical pin at high speeds or maybe a big bump. Then the horizontal pin isn't secured anymore and might fall out. But the chances of that happening are probably slim ;)

Cars flex, and the stock latches have a tendency to pop free under extreme driving. Hood pins are the most secure way to fasten a hood. They are even required for most racing classes.

01-03-12, 02:12 PM
Awesome looking hood dude

01-03-12, 03:36 PM
I've seen those on racing cars. But as an aftermarket accessory, I had/have my doubts.

Where do you think they bought theirs... :headexplode:
Same place anyone else can get them...

BTW, I use these. http://www.deftracing.com/aerocatch_hood_pins/index.htm

01-03-12, 03:52 PM
Well, there are certainly different models available for different markets...

A FIA GT1 car most likely doesn't use an ordinary hoot pin.

Actually, yes, yes they do...


01-03-12, 03:55 PM
They're typically carbon fiber hoods. Steel can support it just fine. Hell, steel can support a regular stock hood. They're cars, not rockets. lol

01-03-12, 03:59 PM
There you go. Just count them and you'll know what I mean. Not just two little pins to hold a hood down!
And look at the form of the vertical "pins".

They have multiple ones because they don't have any hinges on the hood. It's so they can just lift the whole hood off to make it easier to work on. Also saves weight of the hinges.

01-03-12, 04:10 PM
Well, there are certainly different models available for different markets...

A FIA GT1 car most likely doesn't use an ordinary hoot pin.

And why wouldn't it? It's not like you need some uber-God-mode-epic-ultra-invincible metal alloy to hold down the hood of a car when racing. :lol:

01-03-12, 04:26 PM
Sophisticated shape? They are just cotter pins.
Slawter are you ok? It ain't that damn complicated, they are just simple hood pins.:lol:

01-03-12, 04:26 PM
They also have to withstand much higher forces.

I know why they're used in racing and I see the reasoning behind it.
But for a normal street car, I have my doubts. I'd say most do it for the looks and might get into trouble for it if they're unlucky.

I use them because I track my car. I have had my stock hood latch pop open once and the safety latch caught it. Never letting that happen again.

And, they are perfectly legal...

Just look at the photo of the Nissan race car, those have a much more "sophisticated" shape compared to a simple horizontal pin with a ring attached.

They are just as simple... It's really just the design you want. I guess my aerocatch pins are super sophisticated then. My car is a space ship now.