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Old 06-18-2011, 05:44 PM   #1
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To hood or not to hood?

I am trying to decide whether or not I really want to replace my OEM Aluminum hood. Why? because it seems weird to me to replace a perfectly good hood with another. The OEM hood fits perfectly etc, and it's aluminum, so it's lighter than it would normally be already...

I have two hoods in mind.
The MPD1 Z-Force hood.





Or the MPD1 Cowl induction hood.




My car is Aqua Blue. It is currently having the front and rear painted black (LS7 Concept style)and my stripes will be black as well, once I decide if I am going to replace my hood or not. I love the look of the scooped hoods, they look aggressive, and powerful. I really like the Revolution hood the best, because the scoop sits further back on the hood, which works great with the mail slot. But as some of us know they had some issues earlier in this forum that make me less confident with going that route, and Eric with MPD has had nothing but great things said about him and his products.

For as long as I can remember I have always loved the '69 Camaro with the COWL induction hoods, hence my reason for wanting one now. Plus it is less common on the 5th Gen. I think it would look great with the stripes I plan to put on it. Anyway I just wanted to get everyone's opinions and ideas before I make a decision on it.

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Old 06-18-2011, 05:45 PM   #2
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I like the MPD1 Cowl induction hood. It looks meaner
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Old 06-19-2011, 03:20 PM   #3
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bump for being in the same situation as you... sinister hood but idk if its worth it
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Old 06-19-2011, 03:22 PM   #4
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I am not sold on any hood just yet. I like Leno hood. I do not like double scoops..
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Old 06-19-2011, 03:23 PM   #5
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I am not sold on any hood just yet. I like Leno hood. I do not like double scoops..
x2 ive contemplated a few hoods, just cant find the "one" once i decide im like but what about this other one
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Old 06-19-2011, 03:31 PM   #6
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I had trouble trying to figure out which one to get too (if I end up spending the money on one) and decided on the sinister hood. The Leno hood seems to be growing on me too now though
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Old 06-19-2011, 03:33 PM   #7
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Specter Werks or ZL1 hood (if available) are my favorites
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Old 06-19-2011, 03:58 PM   #8
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I had trouble trying to figure out which one to get too (if I end up spending the money on one) and decided on the sinister hood. The Leno hood seems to be growing on me too now though
lol u sound like me, i like the leno but it looks too much like stock imo, if your gonna do a hood might as well get something different that people will be like damn, thats a sick different hood lol thats why im leaning sinister, but 1300 total cost is alot for a darn hood
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Old 06-19-2011, 04:08 PM   #9
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Fit and finish are what keep me away from an aftermarket hood. Plus what the heat of the sun will do long term. At least with the new Leno style hood inserts from ACS, you can keep the aluminum hood. After my cf diffuser situation, I don't believe product fit and finish pictures at all.
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Old 06-19-2011, 04:14 PM   #10
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You all have said the same things I'm feeling, the sinister and mpd1 hood scoops are too close for my total liking that's part of why I consider the cowl too. The revolution hood scoop sits further back which is part of it appeal.
Plus the cost plus the paint etc. For a hood that my not fit as well as the OEM... Or have chipping issues down the road... I need to decide so I can get my rally stripes painted. I'd rather not paint them on my stock hood if I swap it out later. And at the same time I'll have a stock hood sitting in storage... Ugh decisions decisions... For those who have hoods how are the holding up with time? Do they fit well?


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Old 06-19-2011, 04:21 PM   #11
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They are both good choices, and getting an aftermarket hood will really set your car apart. You might even be able to sell the stock one... there have been a lot of fender benders already in these cars.
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Old 06-19-2011, 05:24 PM   #12
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lol u sound like me, i like the leno but it looks too much like stock imo, if your gonna do a hood might as well get something different that people will be like damn, thats a sick different hood lol thats why im leaning sinister, but 1300 total cost is alot for a darn hood
yeah i kinda thought that too, but after talking to the guy from PFYC.com at C5 Fest 2, i'm sold. super nice guy and the hood is awesome!

a secret he told me is that when they get a carbon fiber one in and it's not laid well (the lines are kinda messed up or whatever), he'll just primer it and sell it as fiberglass. not sure how many end up like that, but i thought that was cool.
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Old 06-19-2011, 07:27 PM   #14
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id go with mpd1 but fill out the mailslot
cowl induction sucks imo :p
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Old 06-19-2011, 10:18 PM   #15
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They are both good choices, and getting an aftermarket hood will really set your car apart. You might even be able to sell the stock one... there have been a lot of fender benders already in these cars.
I wouldn't want to sell my OEM hood. but I agree it would be another feature to set it apart. I think the rallies will do that with the color I am doing.

montreal2010yellow ACS makes some nice hoods too.

I guess I am waiting for the one that just screams at me this one. The Revolution hood did when it first came out. But a lot has happened since and many others have come out that make me wonder...
Frustrating to not be able to decide. Maybe I will stay stock and put those tape attached pipes through the hood?

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Old 06-19-2011, 10:19 PM   #16
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I will be getting the cowl hood
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Old 06-19-2011, 10:34 PM   #17
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Fit and finish are what keep me away from an aftermarket hood. Plus what the heat of the sun will do long term. At least with the new Leno style hood inserts from ACS, you can keep the aluminum hood. After my cf diffuser situation, I don't believe product fit and finish pictures at all.
what issue with diffuser? cowl hood looks good but how does it look and act when driving and staring at it?
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Hoods are sooo expensive. Some look really cool but when you figure the hood, shipping, prep, paint, and install, you are climbing into some scary numbers.

Some of these hoods require extensive prep to be painted and then lots of work to fit properly, and often never do line up quite right.
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id say sinister or mpd1, similar look but both mean. just an opinion, good luck with choosing =)
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Definitely the MPD 1 Cowl Hood
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Old 06-20-2011, 12:50 AM   #21
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what issue with diffuser? cowl hood looks good but how does it look and act when driving and staring at it?
The mounting system was made by a 4 year old, and the fit isn't what I'd call good. There were oblivious flaws in the layup and the trimming of the part. The customer service was horrible as well.
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Thanks for all the additional input guys.

I know the MPD1 hoods have had a lot of good comments about them fitting very nicely and matching the OEM clearances. I'm really leaning to the cowl hood because I don't see many plus I have always like that look. I wonder what shipping runs. Probably as much or more as it cost to ship my body kits.
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Hoods are sooo expensive. Some look really cool but when you figure the hood, shipping, prep, paint, and install, you are climbing into some scary numbers.

Some of these hoods require extensive prep to be painted and then lots of work to fit properly, and often never do line up quite right.
Yep
700-1500 for the hood
150 in shipping
400-700 for paint and install

Easy 2k
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Yep
700-1500 for the hood
150 in shipping
400-700 for paint and install

Easy 2k
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I might just get my OEM hood striped then... that's a lot, plus if you add the "dual tone" for stripes and labor for that, paint will run a few hundred more I'm sure... I should call and ask him how much to do stripes now...
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Stock hood is perfect.. why spoil it with another?!

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