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Hey, guys, Adam here with americanmuscle.com. And today, we're taking a quick look at and installing the SpeedForm single inlet ram air hood with heat extractors, available in the unpainted finish for 2013 to 2014 GT and V6 Mustangs. You should very simply be checking this out if you're looking for a more aggressive unique front-end look to your Mustang, but more importantly, if you're looking for a more functional hood.Now, this one shares a lot of similar characteristics to the stock GT hood that we had on our 2014 here in Deep Impact Blue. But you want to keep in mind, guys, that this also has the addition of the ram air inlet. That's going to help keep your intake and engine temperatures down, which as you know, a cooler engine, cooler intake temps can translate to a better horsepower and torque gain. You're also going to retain the similar characteristics from the factory hood here with the heat extractors. It does come with two new louvers that'll insert into those openings there, using a very simple 3M automotive bonding tape underneath. So, that's going to help push all the hot engine bay heat out the back. On top of that, you get a little bit of a cowl design to accommodate for that ram air inlet there, so the middle section of the hood, following the similar body lines, has a little bit of a gain there as well. So, a lot more of an aggressive profile, but also a little bit more functionality with it, and that ram air inlet there does have a mesh screen insert. That also is paintable if you'd like to go that route as well.Now, as you can see, we've had ours paint matched to, again, our Deep Impact Blue. Our louvers here are painted black. Now, that's optional. You can paint it black. You can paint it your own custom color, or you can color match it to the Mustang color of your choice. Keep in mind though that it does come unpainted right out of the box. We just wanted to give you an idea of what a finished product would look like. Now, the unpainted finish is on a fiberglass material with a smooth gel coat on the top and bottom. So, it is ready for paint out of the box. Same goes for those louvers. Now, the underside does not come with a heat shield. You can transfer over your factory one if you do choose to do so. Keep in mind, guys, that it would require some custom drilling as the holes to retain that heat shield are not drilled out out of the box, so you would have to do that separately. Bit of a custom job there. We're not going to be doing that today, but it's worth mentioning. Similar thing goes for your washer nozzles. Now, the openings are there for the nozzles themselves, but you will have to drill holes on the underside to have the tubings feed through. Again, we're not going to be doing that. A little bit of a custom job, but worth mentioning. Again, it's a little bit of a custom job. I would recommend picking up a washer relocation kit if you're not interested in doing any custom drilling yourself.Now, when it comes to the price tag, this guy comes in right around 650 bucks. The install here is going to get two out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. It's not a very difficult install. It is a two-man job, however, and it'll take you about an hour, maybe two from start to finish, depending on if you are choosing to do some custom work to get the heat shield and washer nozzles transferred over.Tools used in the install include a ratchet, 10 and 14-millimeter deep sockets, panel removal tool, and I recommend using a knife and alcohol wipes for the 3M.First, up here the uninstall, what we have to do is pull back our heat shield liner under our hood, and disconnect our washer fluid nozzles. Now, your heat shield is held on by a bunch of push pin clips. We have a couple of missing here on our passenger side, so that's where I'm going to start. You're basically going to pop those guys off if you have them. Peel this guy back and expose where the washer nozzle connects to the actual hose that leads down to the nozzle itself. So, we're going to pull that and disconnect it, and then pop off the retaining clips on the hood here, and then repeat on the other side.All right, so here we have this T-fitting. We're just going to pull straight back on that. All right. So, that disconnects. You can pull off from here, and then in this corner. Follow that down. We have one more, and now that's free from the hood. Repeat that on the other side.Next, we're taking a look at the hood hinges holding the hood on. Now, these are two 10-millimeter nuts on both sides. Now, I'm going to use my ratchet and 10 socket, 10 deep socket, and loosen these guys up. I'm not going to completely remove them because we still want it to hold the hood on for now. Just loosen the nuts up all the way until they're hand-tight that way you can just pop them off by your fingers. All right. So, now I'm just going to loosen this bolt all the way back, and just get it a couple of threads in by hand. All right, same thing on the other side.At this point, I got my buddy Marco to help me out. You're going to take these bolts off. Again, we left them hand-tight, so you should be able to get them off by hand. The first thing you want to do is pop this hood prop off, and then work this guy off by hand. All right, from there carefully set the hood aside.So, we got the hood off of our factory 2014 GT, and it's on the ground here next to our SpeedForm inlet ram air hood. I want to take you through some similarities and differences. And as far as aftermarket hoods go, there are a lot of striking similarities between these two hoods. This one is just going to have one additional feature with a little bit more of an aggressive cowl feature. The factory hood does come with two heat extractors to help push all the hot engine bay heat out, but it's not really optimized for air intake. This new SpeedForm hood replicates those two heat extractor vents. They are a little bit shorter, but they are still there. But it also adds the ram air inlet vent. Now, that vent in the middle is going to follow similar body lines with just a slight higher cowl. So, it is a lot more aggressive-looking. So, at first glance, it might look like a factory hood, but the closer you look at that guy, you can see that it does have some pretty cool upgrades.That ram air inlet is going to help keep intake temps and engine temps down, which of course, can translate to a more efficient engine, giving you a little bit more power and torque. But it's going to simultaneously push all the hot engine bay heat out through those heat extractor vents. Now, like I said, those vents are a bit smaller than the factory ones, but that's to accommodate some of the room needed for the ram air inlet. So, at the end of the day, you are adding some really nice functionality to this hood.Now, like I said earlier, this is painted to our Deep Impact Blue. Out of the box, however, you will have just a bare white fiberglass material with a smooth gel coat on the top and bottom, because it is paintable at the top and bottom. The bottom is a finished fiberglass material ready for paint. So, with that said, you can take this straight over to your local paint shop to have custom painted, or paint-matched to your factory color right out of the box.Now, we do have louvers that we have to install into those vent areas similar to our factory ones. They don't come pre-installed, so we got to bolt those guys up, and then we're going to get to work transferring it over. Keep in mind, guys, that this hood does not have pre-drilled holes for your factory washer nozzles or the heat shield under the hood. You can transfer all of that over to your new hood, but it would take some custom measuring and custom drilling, which we're not going to tackle today. We're just going to be bolting the hood up just to show you guys what that looks like. But keep in mind that it is doable if you're looking to do that. For the washer nozzles, I do recommend picking up a washer relocation kit because the nozzles do require some fancy holes. So, in order to alleviate some of that pressure, I would recommend switching over to a relocation kit that would put the nozzles in the cowl. With that said, let's get to work assembling those louvers, and then we'll install.All right. With the help of a friend, pop your new hood in place. Use the hardware included in the kit to bolt it down. All right. So, at this point, we can grab our 14 socket and start tightening down these bolts. Now, what I'm going to do is just get them nice and snug, so it holds the hood in place. But then we're going to have to test fit and make sure everything is lined up, and then we'll come back later and fully tighten them. All right. Now, you can carefully put your hood down and test fit. All right. So, now we can shut our hood carefully and make sure it's aligned on each side.Next up, we're going to clean off the area on the back of our louvers here that go on top of the heat extractors, along with the actual area that it will apply to on the hood. I'm going to use some alcohol wipes. Now, they're not included in the kit. I would definitely recommend picking some up, just a couple, just to make sure you're cleaning off the area, especially after paint. Can leave behind some of that residue, and you just want to make sure you're properly getting rid of all the dirt and dust. So, we're just going to clean off this little divot here where that 3M will apply, to make sure it gets a really good bond with the hood. Once you have that cleaned off, do the same thing for the underside of the louvers where you're going to apply the 3M because just a little bit of that residue will come off. All right. So, now we can apply 3M to the back of this, and stick it under the hood.Next up, take the roll of 3M included in the kit. You're basically going to apply a piece of that, from the roll directly to the side here, and then work your way straight down. Now, it is optional to use adhesion promoter on both the louver side. You can apply it right to the top of the 3M here, and then just rub a little bit onto the location on the hood that you're going to be applying it to. Not necessarily completely required, but if you see this being a more permanent thing, definitely worthwhile looking into. And grab a knife, and just cut each strip off once you apply it. All right. Do that same thing all the way around for both sides. Now, you can peel off the backing and apply it to the hood. All right. Now, obviously, there is a cutout already for it, so you just want to start at one corner, stick it down, work your way down to the other corner, and put pressure on to get it to adhere. Again, adhesion promoter before applying it is optional. Repeat that same thing on the other side.That's going to wrap up my review and install for the SpeedForm single inlet ram air hood with the heat extractors in the unpainted finish for the 2013 to 2014 GT and V6 Mustang. Get yours right here at americanmuscle.com.
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