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    My take on the hood scoop idea

    Well everyone else has been posting theirs lately so I figured I would post up a couple pics of mine. It was relatively easy to do and the only tools needed were a sharp x-acto and some heat (heat gun being best). Here it is....


    I need to do a tick more molding to flatten out the top of the "scoop" but it's close enough. Used the back end of the knife (handle) to make the curves in the sides.
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    Also I noticed a difference of at least 20 degrees after having done this. I am considering some opening(s) in the back to let the hot air flow right out to help as well.
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    It looks a wee bit like a Subaru air scoop

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    That looks pretty good. Do you have instructions on how to do so? And what kind of tires are those?
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    Does that temp drop include the grill cut out also or just the scoop?
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    The grill had been cut prev iously, but I didn't feel as though it was doing much (if anything at all), so I went for the scoop design, that yes, looks exactly like a Subaru.
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    As for instructions....
    I started by marking off the area where I wanted to make my cut with masking tape.
    I did about halfway up the part in the hood that is cutout, and then from the sides I left about 1cm on either side.
    I used the tape as a guideline to help make a straighter cut with the blade.
    Make a lot of lightly-pressured cuts, so you don't jump off course.
    Once the cut has been made I started with a small phillips screwdriver shaft (size smaller than a NO.2).
    Put the screwdriver through the crack from the front and slowly move to one side.
    Once you get about 1cm from the side you should notice it getting pretty tough.
    This is where the heat gun comes in, heat the plastic where the screwdriver is.
    ----BE CAREFUL----it doesn't take much heat to do this, so start with the gun far away and be patient.
    As it gets hotter and easier, move the screwdriver closer to the end of the cut.
    Don't push too hard or you will elongate the cut and mess up the hood.
    I put the heat a little closer when I got to the corner to help stretch it that final bit.
    Next step was the good ole' No. 2 shaft, and finally the exact-o handle.
    Repeat on both sides.

    I will be doing a friends soon so I will try to remember to get a quick video or something.
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    Quote Originally Posted by streetdemon View Post
    As for instructions....
    I started by marking off the area where I wanted to make my cut with masking tape.
    I did about halfway up the part in the hood that is cutout, and then from the sides I left about 1cm on either side.
    I used the tape as a guideline to help make a straighter cut with the blade.
    Make a lot of lightly-pressured cuts, so you don't jump off course.
    Once the cut has been made I started with a small phillips screwdriver shaft (size smaller than a NO.2).
    Put the screwdriver through the crack from the front and slowly move to one side.
    Once you get about 1cm from the side you should notice it getting pretty tough.
    This is where the heat gun comes in, heat the plastic where the screwdriver is.
    ----BE CAREFUL----it doesn't take much heat to do this, so start with the gun far away and be patient.
    As it gets hotter and easier, move the screwdriver closer to the end of the cut.
    Don't push too hard or you will elongate the cut and mess up the hood.
    I put the heat a little closer when I got to the corner to help stretch it that final bit.
    Next step was the good ole' No. 2 shaft, and finally the exact-o handle.
    Repeat on both sides.

    I will be doing a friends soon so I will try to remember to get a quick video or something.


    If you do your friend's, please shoot video of it, as it would be heplful for those of us that may want to try it.

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    I will be sure to do that.
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    That looks really nice. Very interesting idea to just cut and heat the body. Probably the easiest idea yet really. No new parts or glue or bolts at all.
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    Thanks Pav. Your idea was just a bit too large for me haha. That and I know I would end up tearing that thing off having two of these things to run and the amount of failed attempts at tandem drifting ending badly.
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    Nice +1000

    Quote Originally Posted by streetdemon View Post
    well everyone else has been posting theirs lately so i figured i would post up a couple pics of mine. It was relatively easy to do and the only tools needed were a sharp x-acto and some heat (heat gun being best). Here it is....


    i need to do a tick more molding to flatten out the top of the "scoop" but it's close enough. Used the back end of the knife (handle) to make the curves in the sides.

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    Just wondering if you checked temps with body off?
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    No I haven't yet. I would like to but I'm going to have to do that with it riding low on stock tires. With the lack of spare parts available as of yet I'm afraid of ruining my body posts running without the body for right now. It tends to traction roll a good bit as is.
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    Looks good! I like the clean look too much to give it a scoop, but maybe a taller add-on scoop would suite my taste. What wheels are you running... i've been looking for a similar set!
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    Hey eurofocus, check out Havoc's hood scoop in this thread:
    Hood scoops for the rally

    Mine is clearly the monster scoop... but Havocs is really nice looking. Looks totally factory on the body.
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    I'm not positive who makes the wheels and tires. They were a sort of generic-type of set that the not-so LHS had on hand. Probably from ebay judging by the packaging.
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    Thanks. Might be doing my friends tonight if I go over there, so I'll shoot a video. I'm just gonna shoot the whole process, so anyone wanna edit it to a shorter time span for me?
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    good idea!
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    Love it great job !!! congrats. Have you consider making a roof scoop?

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    i just did that about 2 days ago..
    hmmm what did i break now

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    Post up new pictures of your hood scoop please....
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    here my roof scoop...


    hmmm what did i break now

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    Is that a separate piece ?


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    Thumbs up

    Nice !!! looks great.

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    yea i used another old card and the carbon fiber sticker it came with...
    hmmm what did i break now

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    I'm just afraid of the roof scoop getting damaged during driving being exposed. But I have plenty of time since I snapped my chassis and broke the rear bulks off my car....
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    Quote Originally Posted by streetdemon View Post
    I'm just afraid of the roof scoop getting damaged during driving being exposed. But I have plenty of time since I snapped my chassis and broke the rear bulks off my car....
    ??? How'd you pull that off? lol
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    Oh I wanna know too
    and how about a photo as well

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    I'll see if I can get a photo tomorrow. Let's just say that if you and a buddy decide to tandem drift, do it right and go the SAME direction around a corner. Parking garage, 1030 at night, cold weather=snap.
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