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    Default Hood pins on carbon fiber hood

    I'm wondering if you would still need them on a heavier vehicle such as any GM truck because the hood will still be much bigger than that of a sedan or anything else and therefore heavier.

    Perhaps I'm misunderstanding the weight difference between whatever true OEM hoods are made out of(steel or aluminum I'd guess) and CF.

    If I get a Suburban, I eventually want to get an OEM shaped CF hood and then paint it to the color of the car, but I REALLY hate the look of hood pins with with a painted hood. It would look especially ridiculous on an SUV hood.

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    so is there a question there, or are you just rambling thoughts off?
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    Yes. Is there less of a need for hood pins on a CF hood for an SUV?

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    If the hood doesnt have the factory hood latch then yes you'll need the hood pins if you want it to stay in the down position while driving at faster speeds.
    Most of the air draft that forces the hood up comes from under the front bumper and through the grill/radiator.

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    you could duct tape it down

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    Hood pins are so unsightly and they definitely take away from the stock look, I wish there was a way to just put them ONLY internally. Or is there?

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    how could you get to them if they were internal?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 95CTburb19 View Post
    how could you get to them if they were internal?
    If they were attached to the latch or something like that. So fugly they are

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    Check these out this I think would be a sweet option!

    http://www.deftracing.com/aerocatch_hood_pins/index.htm





    Install write up
    http://forums.nicoclub.com/zerothread/206359


    You can also get the ones that use a key but they are not as clean looking to me and some the locks are not as reliable.

    Last edited by Dr_Zero; 04-13-2009 at 12:29 PM.

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    My experience with carbon fiber and fiber glass hoods is use the pins. There aren't too many out there that are made well enough to completely trust the latch that comes on them (if they come with a latch at all). It's not the weight difference, it's the flexibility of the materials that causes a problem. Trust me, I've had my share of hoods coming up and smashing windshield while on the road.
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