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It would be nice, but I can give you past experience with a first gen hood.

First off, Howell is not one of my sponsors, they never asked, I would have refused, there's no business connection between us.

I bought a first gen hood from them, the UPS guy made me open the box in front of him because he believed the box was empty and that I was pulling some sort of insurance scam. Well, it wasn't that accusatory, but it was the point of requesting that I open it then.

The box was heavier than the hood, the hood looked great. It was slightly undersized, but I knew that when I bought it, most people never noticed.

I will be asking them for a custom hood for this car, no SRT sccop, instead a NACA duct at the intake and a NACA duct at the turbo. It won't be as pretty as the stock unit, but it will be lighter and should move more cool air over the turbo and into the intake.

Basically, if they have the same quality as they had a couple years ago, I don't mind paying for the part from them.
 

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so how much would the custom one run?
 

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lifeisdeath said:
so how much would the custom one run?
Hopefully a couple degrees cooler on that long tri-oval straight at Texas World Speedway.

The lower altitude, hot Texas Sun, and full boost for extended periods of time isn't exactly kind to the engine.
 

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heheh, sorry, i meant $$$
 

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That's the coolest thing about credit cards, you can call someone up, tell them what you want, confirm the design by email, and then it comes in a box delivered by UPS. You never have to know how much you spent on something that arguably does nothing for power or performance, other than possibly increase life. Of course, there's no real proof that it improves life either, since the engine wasn't previously damaged by running the stock hood.

It's all a wash in the end... spend it on fiberglass, brake pads, track time, doesn't matter... it's all just money spent on trying to stay ahead of the next guy or gal....

But to answer your question, it all depends how they set up the original molds for the hood. If they can't blank the center sccop to get a flat hood, it would be pretty darn expensive. If they can blank the center scoop, resulting in a flat hood, grafting in the NACA ducts is pretty easy.

Of course, this is assuming that the intake duct is far enough back that the duct doesn't end up on the leading edge of the hood. If that happens, we'd have to figure something else out. Basically though, I'll be looking mostly toward getting more air passing over the turbo. It won't help power at all, might even hurt it some, but I hate cooking things under the hood, been there, done that, lost the race....
 
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