Hoods - Fiberglass

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Hoods - Fiberglass
Hoods - Fiberglass

Fiberglass hoods are used on high performance vehicles, because they weigh less and are resistant to bending or denting, in harsh conditions. Since these hoods are made out of fiberglass, they can weight almost a fraction of what a standard steel hood would. This makes these hoods very desirable on vehicles centered around performance because a lighter vehicle will have increased handling as well as faster acceleration.

Most fiberglass hoods are a drop-in installation when replacing your old steel or aluminum hood. This means that the original hood mounts can be used to secure the hood once it is in place. Since a fiberglass hood is so light, it is a good idea to use hoodpins as an added safety measure in case the original steel mounts fail. These hood pins are recommended because a lighter hood can be ripped open by trapped air much easier than a heavier steel hood. After installing the hood and ensuring that no adjustments are needed for a proper fit, the hood may need to be painted and finished so that it matches the other exterior panels on the vehicle.

Fiberglass hood scoops come in a variety of different shapes and styles. Some of these hoods will be no thrill replacements while others will come with built-in hood scoops or vents. Upgrading to a fiberglass hood that already has a built-in scoop is a huge plus because installing a scoop on a hood that does not have one can be a difficult and time consuming process. Basic fiberglass hoods are typically used on every day vehicles that are striving for some added performance or vehicles that have received damage in bad weather conditions. A fiberglass hood stands up better to weather because it won’t bend or dent like most metals will when something such as large hail hits it at high speeds.

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