(approx) 1 Hour
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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Hey, guys. Today, we're gonna be taking a look at and installing the Anderson Composites Type-SA Heat Extractor Hood in Carbon Fiber for 2018 and newer GT and Ecoboost Mustangs. This is gonna be a good option for someone looking for something different. So carbon fiber offers a very different look in of itself, but take away the carbon appearance and the styling of this hood itself is also different. It's a heat extractor hood with large vents all the way up. There are three extractor vents on each side of the hood, and they do have removable mesh screens, and then that can be easily painted. This is a direct fit replacement and it is double-sided carbon fiber with a high gloss finish. You will need hood pins and a heat shield for safety reasons, and for finished reasons. And of course, gas struts are not recommended on this hood. So keep in mind that carbon fiber can always be painted too, if you guys don't like the carbon fiber appearance, or you can leave it as is. It can be a statement piece or you can grab other carbon fiber items to accent it. This is a good option if you're looking to drop weight or if you're looking for the functionality of having a heat extractor hood like this one. It cost about 1,500 bucks and it's easy to install. I'll call it a two out of three wrenches in the difficulty meter, and we'll show you how to get it on your car now. For this install, we used two different 10-millimeter sockets, a 3/8 drive, and a quarter-inch drive, a quarter-inch drive ratchet, as well as a 3/8 drive impact gun, and a body clip removal tool.All right, guys, so the first step of your install is obviously gonna be to pop your hood. Now we do have a few things to transfer over to our carbon fiber hood from our factory hood. All right, we do need to transfer over our latch here as well as the nozzle, so we'll be removing both of those. I have a 10-millimeter socket here and we're gonna go ahead and just unbolt that now. So for our next step, we're gonna be handling our fluid line here, so I'm gonna use a body clip removal tool. And what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna unclip it from the hood here, then I'm also going to remove some of the clips from the insulation, peel that back a little bit, and we'll remove the line. We are gonna save removing the nozzles until we actually get the hood off though. All right, so you guys are gonna have one push pin here, we're missing that on our car, so you guys can see your insulation hangs down a little bit. You'll also need to go in a little bit further and pull this second clip here as well. So we're just gonna go ahead, work that out of the hood. And you guys can see right here where our line connects, we'll need to pull this out as well. But, basically, what you're gonna do is you're gonna disconnect the line from here. We'll leave this in the hood for now. We'll pull this clip out. And then we have to reach a little bit further in, undo a couple more clips, and then go to the other side to grab the other end of the line. All right, guys, so now we're gonna go over to the other side of the hood. We are going to use our tool to remove the line from the hood here, and then we're also gonna disconnect the line right here.So at this point in time, you are ready to remove your hood, you'll need a 10-millimeter socket for that, and a second set of hands is really gonna make things a lot easier for you. I have Joe here to help me. What we're gonna do is we're gonna remove the hood from the hood prop, we're gonna push the hood up as far as possible, take our 10-millimeter socket, and unbolt the two nuts on either side of the hood that are right here. So, remove the hood from the hood prop.So with a little bit of help, we now have our factory hood removed, and we do have it sitting on a piece of cardboard to protect the paint. You guys are probably gonna wanna do the same thing, just in case you ever wanna return to your stock hood or if you wanna sell it. What we're gonna do now is actually transfer over the nozzles, and I'll show you guys how to remove them now. So these are really easy. What you're gonna do is you'll just put your finger underneath of them, you'll push up, and it'll pop right out of place. We'll do the same thing on the other side. All right, so now we're gonna transfer these over to our new carbon fiber hood. So these are simply gonna slide into place and then clip in. You might have to fish the end of the line through the hole here. Okay, that one is clipped in, we'll go ahead and do the other side as well.So the last thing we need to do before we can get the hood on the car is actually transfer over our latch. Now, there will be some hardware here, but we're gonna go ahead and use the factory hardware. So we'll just remove these. These are 10-millimeter nuts. We'll get our latch in place. I am gonna use a hand ratchet for this because we don't wanna overtighten these and crack the carbon fiber.All right, guys, so once again, a second set of hands is really gonna help you out here. Joe and I are just gonna work together to line this up and get it bolted into place. The first thing you're gonna wanna do is obviously just get your hardware into place. Don't worry about tightening it down yet, because you might need to align the hood a little bit. So at this point, we're gonna leave the hardware loose. We're gonna lay the hood down. We have to figure out the adjustments that we need to make before we can tighten the hardware down. So we're gonna try to lower the hood and just see where it's sitting right now. Gonna watch all the corners, make sure you're not going to chip any paint.So at this point with hardware as loose as it is, you can see Joe was able to latch the hood and we can kind of wiggle the hood back and forth a little bit, just to make sure all the lines are correct before we tighten things down. So at this point, Joe, and I really like where the hood is sitting in the gap on either side, so by hand, I'm gonna take a 10-millimeter socket and I'm just gonna snug these down while Joe holds the hood for me. All right, so now we're slowly lifting up the hood, we're gonna make sure it doesn't move at all, and I'm gonna tighten up these down on this side. Once again, you guys don't wanna overtighten these, you don't wanna crack the carbon fiber. So one of the last things we have to do is reconnect our fluid line. So what we're gonna do is bring this up here, just snap it back into place, on both nozzles. And then as you guys can see, there's nowhere to clip our line into, so what we're gonna do is we're gonna tuck it further down into the car just to make it a little bit cleaner. You guys have a couple different options with this, that's just what we're gonna do. You guys can remove these clips too with a flathead screwdriver if you wanted to.All right, guys, that's gonna wrap up this review and install. Keep in mind, you can always check this hood out more online right here at americanmuscle.com.
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|Hood Material||Carbon Fiber|
Impressive Style. Upgrade your 2018-2023 Ford Mustang to get the classic muscle car styling you've been searching for by replacing its boring stock hood with Anderson Composites' Carbon Fiber Type-SA Heat Extractor Hood. This powerful hood features a hardcore style that includes 3 heat extractor vents on each side for a streamlined yet brawny look that will turn heads wherever you go. To further customize your unique Pony, the hood comes with a mesh screen that can be removed and painted whatever color you want, allowing for a one-of-a-kind accent to your distinctive muscle car.
Powerful Performance. Not only does the Heat Extractor Hood's heat extractor vents offer an easy way to help your Mustang stand out, but they also work to dramatically boost its performance. Featuring a design that draws heat out of your engine bay, these vents keep your Pony as powerful as possible as the cooler function allows for increased torque and horsepower.
Maximum Durability. Designed with a carbon fiber skeleton that is bonded to the underside of the carbon fiber hood for a lightweight, high-strength construction, this Heat Extractor Hood is as hardcore as they come. The direct OE replacement requires a heat shield and hood pins for safety reasons, but it does come with a high-gloss finish that adds a sleek style for maximum shine.
Installation. Those with moderate mechanical skills will be able to use the OE hardware to secure the hood in just 1 hour. Modifications may be necessary for correct fitment of the OE windshield washer spray nozzle system, but re-installing the gas shocks/dampers/struts isn't recommended.
Application. Anderson Composites' Carbon Fiber Type-SA Heat Extractor Hood is made to perfectly fit all 2018-2023 Ford Mustang GTs and EcoBoosts.
Anderson Composites AC-HD18FDMU-SA-DS
CA Residents: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov
(approx) 1 Hour
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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