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Hey, guys. Adam here with americanmuscle.com, and today we're taking a closer look at and installing the SpeedForm Heat Extractor Hood, available in the unpainted finish for '05 to '09 GT and V6 Mustangs. You should be checking this out if you're looking to ditch the factory, very traditional GT and V6 hood in favor for something that's gonna give you the super stick styling with an aggressive, really beefed up exterior appearance but also some additional functionality. This is perfect for the car show car owners out there looking to get some of that super snake icon like styling with this very unique hood. Now, this guy has somewhat of a cowl to it with the raised center, but that's really to accommodate that heat extractor and ram air intake feature. What that basically means is it's got the ram air intake at the front end so as you're driving you're pulling in all of that cool air from the front, directing it straight into your cold air intake while also pushing out all of the excess engine bay heat that you don't want under the hood. Your factory hood really traps all that underneath here and you can see that this has that heat extraction capability by pushing it all out toward your windshield.Now, this hood here is perfect for the guys looking to keep the intake temperatures down. We know that lower intake temperatures can result in a nice power gain, and that's something you can expect with the features built into this hood. That's, of course, not something you can say for the factory hood. And we'll take a closer look at those, comparing them too side-by-side a little bit later on in the video. I also wanna point out that we did weigh this hood. I know a lot of guys out there shopping for aftermarket hoods are taking weight into consideration. I will say that this hood is not gonna be for the guys looking for weight reduction. This is gonna be for guys looking for exterior styling and added functionality. If you're looking for weight reduction, there are other options out there that are a lighter weight. This one has a little bit more materials added to it to accommodate for those new features. This is made from the same fiberglass material as your factory hood and with the added features there, it weighs in at about 39 and a half pounds, about nine and a half more than your factory one. And I'll show you guys again that closer later on in the video.Now, this one we have here is painted. Like I said in the beginning, this comes unpainted out of the box so you can expect a bare fiberglass material look which is about sort of an opaque white material. So you are gonna wanna take it to a local paint shop to get it custom painted or paint-matched to your factory color like our red metallic here. So paint matching, it looks great. It really blends in with this, but if you're going with a custom color like vinyl rapper Plasti Dip, there are other options out there, of course, but out of the box, unpainted. Now, as far as the price goes, it's gonna come in right around 600 bucks. Not a really steep price to pay for such a huge impact on appearance and with the quality of this hood being exactly as OEM, it's definitely worthwhile compared to picking up a new factory hood. Now, installation-wise, I'm giving it two out of three wrenches on our difficult to meter. Not because it's a difficult install, but it does require some trial and error to get it lined up properly. And anytime you're working on body panels, we do recommend taking it to a professional to get done properly if you're not comfortable tackling it yourself.A couple of caveats I wanna throw out there before we move forward, this does not have pre-drilled holes for your washer nozzles that would originally be located somewhere up here on the top of the hood. If you want to do some custom modification, you can drill those yourself, but I recommend picking up a washer relocation kit which you can get separately to relocate them back to the cowl section, which is a very common way to go when it comes to picking up aftermarket hoods for the early S197. Secondly, the heat shield that goes underneath of your factory hood can be transferred over to the new hood, but again, would require some modification with drilling. Neither of those things we'll be doing today with this hood. We don't wanna be drilling into this. We'll be going back to stock later on, but keep in mind that those are your options for that. Now, I'm gonna show you guys every step of the installation. It'll take you about an hour, maybe two from start to finish, what do you say we get started?Tools used the install include a panel removal tool, ratchet, 10-millimeter, and 14-millimeter deep sockets. First up in the uninstall process here, pop your hood, of course. Make sure your hood props in position. Instead of taking the hood off at first at the hood latches, what we're actually gonna do is take off the under-hood heat shield. Now, in order to do that, you wanna grab a panel removal tool. There's a bunch of these Christmas tree, plastic Christmas tree clips holding it onto the underside. Just go around the entire thing, pulling them all off, and then we'll set that whole thing aside. I'm gonna start here on our driver's side.All right. They come off pretty easy, they're very short. Set them aside and work your way around. You do wanna be careful that they don't drop in the engine bay, so just have your hand there to support it. Okay. From there we can let the whole thing drop and set it aside. At this point we can disconnect our washer fluid reservoir nozzles. Now, in order to do that, we have a hose running from the passenger side all the way to the driver's side nozzle. I'm gonna start here with this Christmas tree clip, just holding it in place. Just pull that guy straight off. Work your way over to the passenger side nozzle. This is a Tee fitting. That's super easy to pull off. You're gonna have to put a little bit of firm pressure on it, but it pulls straight back like that. Now, if you're looking to drill holes and your new hood to put your factory washer nozzles in, you can pull these guys out now. I recommend picking up a relocation kit which is sold separately. In which case you wouldn't have to reuse these, you would just pick up the new one.Now, I'm gonna be moving on since we're not drilling holes. We're gonna disconnect this washer nozzle hose on the other side. All right. Same thing on the other side, you're just gonna twist and pull straight back. Now we can set this whole hose down here on our cowl. Next step, grab a 10-millimeter socket and a quarter-inch ratchet and we're gonna loosen up the hood hinges. Now, in order to do that, there are two bolts on each side. I'm gonna loosen them up and then keep them on for now and then I'm gonna grab a helping hand to help get the rest of it off and set our hood aside. You wanna make sure you're taking extreme caution with this because you don't wanna damage your factory hood. You don't wanna just take them all off completely at once and then do the other side because that's how things started to fall apart. So let's crack them loose. All right. Same thing on the other side.All right. Since they're nice and loose here by hand, we can take these off. I'm gonna grab a helping hand to do this with one person on each side. At this point I've got my buddy Jared to help me out on the passenger side. I'm gonna work the ratchet on our driver's side just to finish off these bolts. Remember, before you take the hood off, take the hood prop off first so that way you can support it with your hand on the top. All right. Pull the hood off in one piece and set it aside. So we got our factory hood off of our '06 GT and it's on the ground next to our SpeedForm Heat Extractor Hood, and I wanna talk through some similarities and differences between the two. And I got to say, in terms of similarities, really the only thing they share is fitment.This is gonna be an OEM fit and finish. It's gonna look like it came on the vehicle off the factory line, but in terms of design, it's completely different. Now, the name of this is the SpeedForm Heat Extractor but as you can see, it's really the super snake style hood. It gives you the ram air intake and the ram air heat extractor on the back end so as you're driving, especially down the highway, you're pulling in all of that cool air, it's being completely directed into your core air intake to make its way right into the engine to keep intake temperatures down, which as you know, can translate directly to a better power gain. A cooler engine equals a better, efficient engine which can translate to more power.On the flip side of that, you're also exiting all of the hot air. So the engine bay heat, is making its way out that heat extractor you see at the back end with that super snake style vent system. So you have best of both worlds. You have better cool air coming in the front end being directed into the engine and you're pushing all the hot engine bay heat out that would otherwise be a little bit more trapped under the hood. Now, that compared to the factory hood, this guy doesn't have any of those features. It's a very traditional stock Mustang hood. It doesn't have heat extraction, doesn't have any real way to pull in cooler air at the front end. This is a huge upgrade in the functional department as well as adding some aggressive appearance to it with, of course, the beloved super snake styling.There are some give and takes with this hood though, I wanna mention. We did throw both of these hoods on a scale. We put a couple of woodblocks on the scale first, zeroed out that weight, and then added our stock hood. The stock hood weighed in at exactly 30 pounds. The new hood here, we added to the scale and it measured in at 39 and a half pounds. So we added nine and a half pounds of weight on our vehicle with this new hood. With that said, this is not gonna be the option for guys who are looking to shed weight. But if you're looking to add an aggressive style and some functionality with a cooler intake temp, this is a perfect option for you. So you have to weigh your options. If you're in it for weight reduction, there are some other options out there.Another thing to mention here is that if you're looking to transfer over your factory washer nozzles, you will have to make modifications to the top end of this hood here, drilling those holes to make it fit. The alternative solution, one that I would suggest is picking up a washer relocation kit, which you can pick up separately, that way you don't have to modify it there on the top end. Secondly, if you wanna transfer over your heat shield on the underside of the hood, you will have to drill additional holes to get that snap back in. I don't think that's too difficult to tackle, but it is optional. You don't have to transfer it over if you don't want to. At this point, I wanna transfer this guy onto our Mustang and show you guys how it's installed.All right. With the helping hand of a friend, set your new hood in place. First step to make your life a little easier is to put the hood prop back up. That'll balance the front end weight and then you can lift from the other side and line it up with your factory hood hinges. For this next part, you're gonna grab your 13-millimeter socket, that's the size of these bolts here, and you're gonna get the bolts nice and snug. Don't over-tighten them too much. Just get them snugged to hold the hood on. We're then I'm gonna have a trial and error process of closing the hood, making sure it's lined up properly, and that's gonna take a few trials. Might close it and might have a bigger gap on one side. You have to open it, make some adjustments, so on and so forth. So that's what we're gonna do now, get the bolts snug, then we'll test it out. All right. Same thing on the other side.All right. Here's that trial and error process. Lift this guy up, drop your hood latch. Now, before you close it, keep an eye on each side where it connects to the fender. If any point overlaps the fender, you might crunch the hood or the fender and cause some damage. You don't wanna do that. If you start to see it, look like it's coming in contact with the fenders, you wanna stop and go back up. Ours looks like it's got a gap on both sides, which is good. Before you lock that guy shut, see what it looks like. Actually, it looks pretty good at this point. Once you like the position of the hood side to side and front to back, lift it up and tighten those four bolts down. Shut your hood and you're good to go.That's gonna wrap up my review and install for the SpeedForm Heat Extractor Hood in the Unpainted Finish, available for the '05 to '09 GT and V6 Mustang. Get yours right here at americanmuscle.com.
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