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Old 11-06-2012, 06:06 PM   #55
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Originally Posted by InDiGlOM3 View Post
Only so much you can do to a hood without making it lame. I think all hoods are lame other then stock. Thats just me. Gtr hood is lame from vorsteiner not to mention its flimsy and dont line up at all. Only thing id buy is a hood that has a vent right above hpf intake. Maybe ill cut a hole in my factory hood haha

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I think it would be cool to have a hood designed with a discrete ram air duct positioned just over each headlamp.

Imagine a 1/2" to 1" gap between the top inside edge of the headlamp and the top inside edge of the hood that covers the lamp on each side of the grill. This opening would be triangular in shape where the most acute angle would be formed by the intersection between the top outside edge of the headlamp and the top outside edge of the hood.

The lines of the hood over the lamp will have that aggressive "over-hang" look. The air would flow over the headlamp, into this triangular opening (the "overhang") and pass through the air passage ducting directly to the air filter.

Of course the central portion of the hood would need to be reshaped keep the same relative proportions of the OEM hood and help make such a design work.

The ducting could be held in place by the same snap ins and tabs that another member suggested be used to hold the shutters in place. People without the turbo kit could flip the ducting over so that air could feed an after market airbox on the drivers side (another option for the NA guys).

I hope my description was clear enough.
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