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Old 10-23-2014, 03:01 PM   #326
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I can't advise on part number as my shop ordered it and I picked it up. Cost was like $40, I think and that was their discounted cost


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Old 10-29-2014, 07:50 PM   #327
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Hey guys, I recently did this install roughly following the advice on pg. 1 of this thread. Made the template the exact same way as described by the OP, worked great, wish the cardboard was sturdier but it works. Measured down the recommended 16 and 3/8” from the top of the hood to the outside rear of the template, taped her down and traced the inside with a silver sharpie (black car).

For whoever just asked about part number, I ordered from gmpartsdirect.com using this part number, 22828242

URL below to exactly the page I ordered from:

http://www.gmoutletparts.com/oe-gm/2...h_str=22828242

As has been stated, this part number ships you the extractor only. It has 6 bolts pre-attached to it, you DO have to go buy the 6 needed M6-1.00 nylon nuts to secure the extractor. I found these easily at Lowes in one of the drawers in Hardware, sold in packages of 4 or 5 so you will need two.

We started cutting the hole initially with a Dremel (mine is actually Blue Hawk brand...). The cutoff wheels I had were way too flimsy so we left to go back to Lowes and get Dremel-branded "reinforced" cutting wheels. They were much thicker and only came like 5 per package. You will need one or two packages to finish the cut. These wheels worked great; they wear down until they are too small (in diameter) to keep using, but they don't shatter after 30 seconds like the ones I started with.

After we got new cutting wheels we blazed through the rest of the detail cutting (from the top). The Dremel wheels are not large enough to also cut through the multiple cross-members under the hood's skin. For this we used a cheap sawzall from Harbor Freight with the "metal" cutting blades. We opened the hood and cut from the bottom, using the already dremeled cut as a guide for the blade. This was not fun, the sawzall is a brutal and unwieldy beast, but it cuts through the cross-members like butter. Have someone watch you cut from near one of the side view mirrors, instruct them to flag you if you accidentally start making a "new" cut (blade breaks out of the existing cut).

With the cross-member cutting done the portion of hood within your cut will come right out. Place that to the side and test-fit the extractor. We cut conservative so it was too tight of a fit at first. Put on a new reinforced cutting wheel on the Dremel and "grind" the sides/edges of your cut to slowly enlarge the hole ("grind" meaning to use the side of the wheel, not the edge). Continue to test-fit, find the specific area that is catching, and re-grind as needed until you get a nice tight fit.

At this point the nerve wracking stuff is over with; chill out and drink a beer or something. Next up is cutting the 3/4" aluminum strips (as recommended by the OP) to fit across the 3 pairs of bolts under the extractor (horizontally). We just held the aluminum up under the hood while the extractor was installed and marked the aluminum with sharpie where it grabbed the cross-members sufficiently. Cut to size and drill the necessary holes to accept the bolts. The OP got away with using a 1/4" drill bit, I had to waddle that at quite a bit to get the bolts to slide through easily, aluminum is soft so this was not difficult.

You're done! We used an electric leaf blower to blow out all of the metal shavings from the engine bay, adjusted the 6 mounting bolts for an even fit, closed the hood and gave it a quick polish.

Here is a time lapse video of the whole install, took about 4 hours (since we're newbs), wish I knew how to properly embed this:



P.S. For those of you who want to do this install and are "afraid" of it. This is not actually very difficult, it takes some patience and concentration but in reality it is not as big of a deal as you may believe. I have spent a bit of time wrenching on cars, BUT this is the first work I have ever done with the literal sheet metal of a car! It's all about making the template properly, if you can do this (it is a simple check by fitting it to the bottom of the extractor) you are almost there. Take your time with the rest and you'll be fine! Feel free to PM me any questions too, happy to help detail any of the bits of this install if it makes you feel more comfortable with it. Cheers!
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Old 10-29-2014, 08:42 PM   #328
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When I put in my ACS TL1 insert I just used my Jigsaw with a sheet metal blade. It cut through the hood and bracing easily and never wore out. Sounds like the dremel is a pain and you use a lot of cutting disks.

Could someone tell me the actual measurements on the insert? I would also like to know the depth with and without the water diverter. Thanks
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Old 10-29-2014, 10:05 PM   #329
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When I put in my ACS TL1 insert I just used my Jigsaw with a sheet metal blade. It cut through the hood and bracing easily and never wore out. Sounds like the dremel is a pain and you use a lot of cutting disks.

Could someone tell me the actual measurements on the insert? I would also like to know the depth with and without the water diverter. Thanks
Jigsaw would be a great choice. I own one but it was out at the woodshop in another county so I made do with my existing Dremel-clone (purchased for flow-tie creation/install) and sawzall (which I bought for my axleback install). I did not order the water diverter but I can measure the extractor for you at some point in the next few days if you want?
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Old 10-29-2014, 10:22 PM   #330
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Jigsaw would be a great choice. I own one but it was out at the woodshop in another county so I made do with my existing Dremel-clone (purchased for flow-tie creation/install) and sawzall (which I bought for my axleback install). I did not order the water diverter but I can measure the extractor for you at some point in the next few days if you want?
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Old Yesterday, 11:37 AM   #331
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How would this work on hoods with the vinyl stripes? I imagine I would possibly need to replace them?
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