Installation Time: Afternoon
August 10, 2018
Turn your mustang into a beastang!
I was never a big fan of cowl hoods, always opting for hoodscoops or vented hoods instead. But there's just something about the s550 that made me change my mind.
This hood will DEFINITELY make you stand out from the vast crowd of non-modded mustangs.
As it is a product from Anderson Composites, the carbon fiber, overall finish and fit were perfect, or as close as you can get. It definitely helps to have an extra set of hands for placement as well as dialing in the fitment. The only slight modification that I made was to drill 1-2 inch large holes so that the rigid lines for the wiper-sprayers could fit through.
The hood can re-use your stock hood latch, and it is easy to transfer it over from your OEM hood. That said, I highly encourage adding a set of hood latches, as you can clearly see the hood flex due to the air pressure that builds up in your engine bay during high speeds. That said, the flex is minimal, but still enough to warrant adding a good pair of hood latches (unless you want to run the risk of losing your expensive new hood and a windshield).
In terms of visibility while driving, you can definitely tell that your car is sporting this hood, as it sticks up 3 inches higher than stock (as is stated in the product description). That said, the visibility is completely fine, and you quickly grow accustomed to it. If anything, it's actually neat, as the rear section of the hood has air vents, giving you a slight line of sight to the top of your engine.
Aside from that, my only recommendation is to add some sort of UV protectant, and/or to keep your car garaged or covered if left outside. This will eliminate or drastically minimize any potential risk of your hood's CF changing color.
I hate recommending this hood, as I want to be the only one that has it. But it is a thing of beauty. Also, it will give me ample space to fit a whipple under it in the near future.
If you want a hood that clearly makes you stand out from the crowd, as well as to show that your car means business, then look no further, as THIS is the hood for you! I know that it was definitely the hood for me!