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Spoilers, air dams, and side skirts are great, and can even make your ride more aerodynamic, but nothing makes a high-performance statement like a custom hood. Your hood is perched front and center on your machine, so any change you make to this panel can’t be ignored. If you’re bored with your plain, flat hood, check out our selection of custom hoods for the power bulge, scoops, or vents that will give your racer the looks to match its speed.

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Our extensive selection includes premium hoods available in various styles and materials including steel, fiberglass, and carbon fiber. While steel is a good choice for some applications, if you want to save considerable weight go for a fiberglass, carbon fiber or composite hood. Along with great head-turning looks, the reduced mass will mean your engine has less of a burden, so your hauler will not only look faster, it will actually be faster too.

Along with power bulges that advertise all the ponies underneath, another common feature on custom hoods are scoops that can help create more horsepower. Channeling cold air to your engine’s intake tract is a proven way to make more power and hood scoops provide the entry way. Colder air is denser and contains more oxygen for better combustion, which results in increased horsepower. Some scoops are positioned so they can increase the speed of the air entering the engine, for a “ram air” effect, but such benefits are only attainable at high vehicle speeds.

Another way to look cool as well as make your car run cooler is a custom hood equipped with vents or louvers. Excessive heat not only reduces performance, it can also considerably shorten the lifespan of your engine and other underhood components. Vents and louvers allow this damaging heat to escape. The continuous flow of cool air drawn in by the cooling fan and out through the vents or louvers reduces underhood temperatures. For years, vents have been a feature on many high-performance and racing cars, and louvers have long been essential on hot rods. Now you can get their cooling benefits for your vehicle.

If you don’t want to replace your entire hood, but still crave cold air and less heat, browse our large assortment of individual scoops, vents, and louvers. Most are available in the same high-tech materials as our hoods, like carbon fiber, and many are molded in the classic styles popularized by muscle cars and sports cars. Scoops, vents and louvers are proven methods to increase performance, but even if you never cut a hole in your hood and just want the awesome looks, our scoops, vents and louvers will make your ride a hit on cruise nights.

Although some custom hoods come configured to mount to factory hood hinges and use the OE hood latch, for many hoods the manufacturer specifies that hood pins be used for safety. No matter whether you’re cruising down the highway or barreling down the front straight, nothing will ruin your day, and your hood, like having it come loose and blow back against the windshield. We have a huge selection of hood pin kits from which to choose, including traditional and the latest flush mount styles, to ensure that your hood stays closed under all driving conditions. We also have low tension hood springs to prevent bending, cracking or breaking your lightweight hood, as well as custom hood latches for Jeeps.

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  • Custom Hoods
    What Is The Procedure To Install A Hood Scoop?
    In the custom hoods section of our website, you'll find add-on hood air scoops that create an unmistakable look of power. Since the beginning of hot-rodding, racers have been fitting scoops onto their cars both for looks and function. Over the years, many high-performance muscle cars have even featured them as original equipment on top trim levels. Hood scoop openings can face forward in order to guide cool air into the engine, or the openings can face rearward to take advantage of the high pressure area at the base of the windshield. Whichever way they are positioned, airflow under the hood increases - a factor that improves both induction and heat ventilation to varying degrees.
  • Custom Hoods
    What Are My Choices For Custom Hood Materials?
    An automobile hood is one of the body panels on your vehicle with the largest surface area, and it's the one panel you'll be looking at every minute you're behind the wheel. Considering this, maybe you find it as odd as we do that many vehicle manufacturers have chosen to make modern hood panels flat and boring, thanks in large part to the search for low wind resistance.
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    Lightweight Body Panels | Cut Pounds, Go Faster, Save Fuel
    If you're an automotive enthusiast who has visited our performance sections, it's likely that you know that reducing overall vehicle weight is an effective way to enhance your vehicle's performance, handling, and fuel economy. Naturally, there are different schools of thought on the subject of vehicle weight reduction.
  • Replacement Hoods
    How To Replace Hood Latch Cables And Hood Support Struts
    When your hood release lever becomes inoperable, you're literally in a catch-22 position. One of the parts that opens the hood has broken, but you can't open the hood to locate and replace it. If you find yourself in this unfortunate predicament, don't panic. In this article, we'll cover how to get that hood open, and we'll guide you in performing the necessary repairs. We'll also discuss replacing gas strut supports if your vehicle uses them under the hood, trunk lid, or tailgate.

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Duraflex Ram Air Hood
Product is damaged upon delivery, but was easily installed and repairs will be done.
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2002 GMC Sonoma
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