Installation Time: Shop Install
September 03, 2011
Wife sez it's too ...."Menacing and aggressive" ! [ Black 2010 GT- Auto]
I like functional items. I was going to modify the back end of this scoop, open it up, and use it as a heat extractor. That way, the heat extractor's cut into the old hood would be covered up by this new scoop. Not enough vertical height to pull that idea off. It was suggested to me by my favourite paint shop not to buy a pre-painted scoop, since there well may be 12 x shades of the same black..esp with a 2+ year old car that sits outside all year long. They colour matched it dead on.
I had it installed by a local custom shop a week later. The fellow there had done a lot of custom work, including a lot of mustang hood scoops. I told him about the reviews and the lousy supplied template. He agreed, and used a FULL SIZED template he made, just for this install.
I also told him to use loctite on the 4 x supplied 10-32 machine screws and 4 x flat washer's. The scoop comes with double sided tape, that lines all 4 x sides, already installed. I wouldn't trust tape alone to hold a scoop on. Without loctite, no doubt the screws would eventually loosen up. The last thing I need, is a scoop coming off at 100+ mph !
The install took almost 2 hrs. The seam down the middle of the scoop lines up dead on with both the seam on the the hood itself..and also the seam on my new CDC front lower chin spoiler. If done right, there should be a small lip running down each side of the scoop. The hood liner has to be removed, and also re-installed, so you can get the screws installed. The windshield washer's are recessed into the back end of the stock hood.... and fed via a small diam black tube in the upper left hand corner. Be careful, as the back 2 x new screw holes [closest to the windshield] are close to the windshield washer nozzles.
OK, it's still a fake, non functional hood scoop, but man does it look wicked, the best of the fake hood scoops. Mine came with a black [not silver as depicted in AM's pix] 'grate'..that had double sided tape on the back side of it. The grate is supposed to get installed onto the front end of the scoop. Since the car is black already, and the grate is recessed quite away's back from the leading edge, it was agreed by myself and the custom shop, to leave the supplied grate.. OFF. The paint shop had done a superb paint job on the scoop, and with the grate left OFF, it actually looks way better. You would swear there was an actual opening. Being recessed so far back, and with a slight downward slope, the recess is always in a shadow anyway, which makes it darker still. The black plastic 'grate', if installed, would in my case make it really look fake.
The scoop is just the right height too. I had looked at cowl hoods and decided I didn't want anything too high.... since I DON'T want my forward vision / line of site, restricted in any way. This scoop is just under 1" high at the back end, doesn't restrict your vision at all, and folks really take notice...esp when used in conjunction with the CDC front lower lip spoiler. At the very most, some will want to raise the driver's seat by .25" - .5" .
It may be fake, BUT the blower under the hood plus grille fed CAI sure as heck isn't. I also added Roush side air splitter's and a 2012 shelby rear spoiler [comes with a gurney flap] + 2012 shelby rear lower diffuser + Ford racing FRS-500 mufflers. Also chrome [staggered] deep dish bullitt wheels + 255/275 nitto NT-555 rubber. Mash the gas pedal, instant boost, and folks will no longer be guessing. They will convince themselves your hood scoop is the real deal..if they can still see it through all the smoke. Non functional hood scoops have been around since the 60's. This one is big. It's the physiological effect on the guy beside you at the red light that counts....and it works.