March 05, 2011
Great, but difficult to get there...
I felt compelled to write this review after actually dealing with this product. First off, now that it is on, it looks great. Definitely adds a meaner, more aggressive look to my sixer.
That said, there were quite a few issues!
I spent at least 3-5 hours on this product, which should have been an hour long job maximum.
Now there are a few reasons for this. Primarily, the layout measurements are inaccurate. I flattened/pulled the paper until it was fully flattened, with not a single ripple. Drilled the holes precisely on the indicated locations. Yet, the bolts REFUSED to align, especially in the front.
I had myself and two friends work on it (and yes, we are not new to this kind of stuff) It is necessary to push and pull on the different bolts/hoodscoop, in order to have them align. As we got closer to actually finishing, one of the bolts would always pop out, forcing us to remove the hood in order to place it back in its location. The other main problem is that the bolts are simply too short! It was eventually impossible to have one of the bolts slide through the hole, even though we finally managed to align it perfectly with the hole.
So, my solution was to go buy my own LONGER bolts from Home depot. This required me to also buy new clips, as the bolts that come with the package may not be removed from the clips.
Even though the bolts were long enough, we faced the problem that they continuously would jump off of the hoodscoop, forcing us to remove it and replace it. We eventually got sick of doing so, and decided to superglue the clips onto the hoodscoop in order to secure them. This did end up working. Finally, we were able to install the scoop, although there still exists visible spacing between the scoop and the hood (which isn't too drastic, but is still rather noticeable)
There is definitely a possible way to avoid all of this hassle, and this would be to simply allow a screw to screw into the hoodscoop, through the hole from inside the hood. I personally believe this would make everything much simpler.
SO! All this said, I would recommend that, before you purchase this scoop, go and purchase at LEAST:
. A set of longer bolts ( I personally used 8/32 x 3/4" and they worked great)
. Superglue in order to fasten the clips
. Extra washers and nuts in case you lose some of the ones that come with the package
All this should amount to approximately $5, but will save you hours of pointless trial and error and a big headache.
My scoop now looks great, but the labor required (due to small malfunctions in the design) was rather unnecessary when it really should have only been an hour long project max.
Also, the fasteners for the insulation are almost impossible to remove without breaking them, so pick up a few of those too.
At least the shipping was on time.