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Xtremjeepn-Cole Ford
February 3rd, 2010, 06:36 PM
Form or function? Both?!!

I've been building Jeeps and other custom motor sports things for 25+ years and one universal truth is that heat is NOT your friend. Two simple things I have learned about keeping mechanical things alive. 1) Keep it clean 2) Keep it running cool.

Even with the little 3.8L motor the JK is starting to get a reputation for heat related issues. It would seem most are related to the auto trans at this point and that cooling issues may be related to the tow rating also. Once I add a trans cooler the additional cooling from the hood vents should make it that much more effective.

There are a ton of things I need and want to do to the JK. (like a rear tire carrier but waiting to see the finished Aberle Offroad unit to decide) So I figured I would take a moment to do a cool looking "supporting" mod first.

At some point I want to due a Hemi or at least a supercharger, both of which could greatly benefit from additional cooling capacity. I figure, get the hood on now and it will make some of those other additions easier later on. It will also give me the cooling to keep the 3.8L running strong until I decide.

One really nice thing about the AEV hood is that it is all steel, real steel, not that flimsy stuff the stock hood is made out of. MUCH thicker!! No more hood flapping in the wind. Even with my Daystar hood latches the hood sheet metal would buckle up and down with the stock hood. I can't imagine the AEV hood doing that.


Anyway, got it back from paint today. Still need to put new Rubicon decals on it. Want a "factory" type look, even though this hood has a much more aggressive stance to it than the plain stock on.


I will get more pics with the decals on later, here it is for now.

Here is the Jeep with the stock hood first for reference.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2491/4189009304_f645d23abc_b.jpg

Now with the AEV Hood.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4030/4328376463_c7d5229e62_b.jpg



More detail.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4019/4328389997_365d263884_b.jpg


http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4037/4328375269_7c32931c36_b.jpg


http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4025/4329117840_f25e77994b_b.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4072/4328369369_388c6ec048_b.jpg:thumbsup::thumbsup:

AddictedOffroad
February 3rd, 2010, 07:00 PM
Nice!

Colin
February 3rd, 2010, 07:08 PM
Jeep's looking real slick Cole :thumbsup:


I rode in a JK on 35's for a couple hundred miles. Thing was the smoothest ride i've been in awhile, I actually fell asleep in the backseat which is something I rarely can do in cars.

Steve
February 3rd, 2010, 07:20 PM
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4037/4328375269_7c32931c36_b.jpg

That is one helluva great rain and water catcher. Does it simply drain onto the engine underneath, or is there something underneath that funnels it to the sides or something? That would put an awful lot of water into the engine compartment during a heavy rain storm, or even when you wash it.

I do like the lines of it, but it needs flames. :D

RockYacht
February 3rd, 2010, 07:42 PM
I do like the lines of it, but it needs flames. :D

Like this???

http://i711.photobucket.com/albums/ww112/TnTCustoms/TREKS%20JK%20Unlimited/DSC00440.jpg

http://i711.photobucket.com/albums/ww112/TnTCustoms/TREKS%20JK%20Unlimited/DSC00441.jpg

http://i711.photobucket.com/albums/ww112/TnTCustoms/TREKS%20JK%20Unlimited/DSC00442.jpg

The hood vent does get the underside wet. It should have a tray, IMO. With the V-6 it's not a big deal as the motor is back behind the vent. With a HEMI, you'll have cleaning to do...

Bob

Steve
February 3rd, 2010, 07:46 PM
Yes Bob, like that. :thumbsup:

tantonio
February 3rd, 2010, 07:52 PM
That is one helluva great rain and water catcher. Does it simply drain onto the engine underneath, or is there something underneath that funnels it to the sides or something? That would put an awful lot of water into the engine compartment during a heavy rain storm, or even when you wash it.

I do like the lines of it, but it needs flames. :D

Very sweet!!...IMHO...leave off the "Rubi" stickers and go with it as is or a little custom work....

Steve
February 3rd, 2010, 07:56 PM
Very subtle dark purple ghost flames.

'Nuff said.

tantonio
February 3rd, 2010, 08:36 PM
Very subtle dark purple ghost flames.

'Nuff said.

Agree! X2 for sure.....

Xtremjeepn-Cole Ford
February 3rd, 2010, 08:50 PM
That is one helluva great rain and water catcher. Does it simply drain onto the engine underneath, or is there something underneath that funnels it to the sides or something? That would put an awful lot of water into the engine compartment during a heavy rain storm, or even when you wash it.

I do like the lines of it, but it needs flames. :D


Not really sure what you are worried about getting wet. The engine compartment is considered a "wet" compartment by Jeep. I wash the engine every time I wash the Jeep anyway.

Modern electrical connectors will put up with being wet just fine. Besides, the only thing directly under that vent on a JK is the ground and maybe my front axle. The engine itself sits very far back in the compartment and leaves a HUGE gap up front.

PaleBlue90
February 3rd, 2010, 10:29 PM
makes me want to ditch my truggy project and build a JK! lol i cant afford one though....

Colorado 5.9
February 4th, 2010, 01:06 AM
Fancy Schmancy!!


My hood's still better.:flipoff2:

Steel Dragon
February 4th, 2010, 08:56 AM
Looks Great!
I put an AEV hood on my wife's JK last year, it changes the whole look of the Jeep. Her Jeep is black also, I powder coated the vents orange to match other accents on the Jeep

Xtremjeepn-Cole Ford
February 4th, 2010, 04:42 PM
Looks Great!
I put an AEV hood on my wife's JK last year, it changes the whole look of the Jeep. Her Jeep is black also, I powder coated the vents orange to match other accents on the Jeep


Pics?

Steel Dragon
February 4th, 2010, 09:36 PM
I'll take some this weekend, and post'em up

Bike Guy
February 6th, 2010, 10:25 AM
Cole the hood looks Great, Hell the whole JK is looking :thumbsup:!
You are dead nuts correct about the Heat issue, since changing our hood everything under it is much Happier.
The only thing is we don't have that AEV type of $, so we had to do the poor mans AEV with Gen-Right Louvers and a WRX hood scoop. :P

http://www.colorado4x4.org/gallery/files/5/1/3/3/img_0256_thumb.jpg (http://www.colorado4x4.org/gallery/showimage.php?i=7813&c=3)

X2 on leaving the Rubi stickers off! :beer:


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firegod33
February 9th, 2010, 11:43 AM
Nice! I like it!

Sixgun
February 14th, 2010, 09:19 PM
Love the look,
I know where you are taking those pictures.:P That may be my train heading to Sharon Springs Ks. I take them there and back, and there and back, and there and back. Did you run over any p-dogs.:D