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Dirt Forum Racer

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posted July 20, 2005 08:13 PM  
I'm trying to lighten up the front end on my metric car and tonight cut all of the center bracing from under the hood. I have little pieces of angle welded on the top side in the back as my pivot points so the pivots are on top in the event of the eventual whack during an enduro. I haven't put the hood back on the car yet, but it definately is flopping around. Has anyone ever put a piece of foam on top of the air cleaner (like a mud plug round piece) so that will gently reinforce the center of the hood or how do you keep them from "slapping" the air cleaner? I also considered a small lightweight strip of angle lengthwise down the middle as a stengthener. Any ideas or comments? I'm only at 44% rear percentage and trying to take as much out of the front first before I start adding weight to the rear. Thanks for your help -- Jim.

Dirt Maniac

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posted July 20, 2005 09:31 PM  
I use a aluminum hood from oldsmobile cars 1/3 the wieght -some fit some dont- I had to trim a tad off mine at windshield curve - measure and go to salvage yard not all olds hoods are alum. but when ya find one you will know it when ya lift the hood up if in dought take a magnet with ya

racing is way too cool gave up golf for it

Dirt Roller

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posted July 21, 2005 12:36 AM  
I run a stock gutted hood and it lays on the air cleaner. Actually it bows up in the center because of the air cleaner. It looks cool and hasn't hurt a thing!

redneck racing
Dirt Forum Champ
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posted July 21, 2005 07:46 PM  
Rayline bodies has a steel or fiberglass hood with a scoop in it for $ 120.00. Eddie

Steve Dupree
Dirt Freak

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posted July 22, 2005 04:14 AM  
Really the flopping is part of the look but if you want it stonger get a 6ft.piece of steel gas line cut the fittings off and tach weld it in the middle. Have soneone hold ends so you have preasure on the middle when you weld it and it waorks like a charm.

Dirt Freak

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posted July 22, 2005 10:40 AM  
You can also try a couple pieces of aluminum angle iron one in front of the air cleaner and one behind across the hood. Just rivet it to the hood.

Dirt Forum Racer

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posted July 23, 2005 06:12 AM  
I just use a piece of 1 inch aluminum flat stock across the underside in a couple of places.Put a little bow in it first and it will stiffen it right up.

Dirt Maniac

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posted July 23, 2005 03:51 PM  
I like the foam on top of the air cleaner best if you can attatch it permanently.

Dirt Forum Racer

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posted July 26, 2005 08:56 AM  
Thanks guys - I have the pins in the front tight and the hinges in the back don't have much slop so it seems pretty solid on the car. The center will bow, but I think I might run it for this next race as a "flopper" and see what happens. Psychologically the car is tons quicker already!

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