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Discussion in '4 Cylinder' started by jaov2k, Feb 5, 2012.

  1. Feb 5, 2012 at 3:20 PM
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    jaov2k

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    so I just got my tacoma like 2 weeks ago, and I gotta ask, whats up with the 50lb hood?

    It's gotta weigh more than the whole rear end......I think I'm loosing 3mpg just by dragging that thing around town...

    any ideas? Drill holes in it?
     
  2. Feb 5, 2012 at 3:29 PM
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    um.... if it's a big deal to you, you can get a carbon fiber hood. I wouldn't drill holes in yours though. I would think that would degrade the structural integrity. If the hood breaks it could go straight through your window, and that would be bad. Of course, if you get a cheap CF hood you could have the same problem.
     
  3. Feb 5, 2012 at 3:31 PM
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    BUCKLE UP! It makes it harder for Aliens to pull you out of your Truck.
    Speak to CARBONGUY and get a group buy going for his 1970 AMX style hood. [​IMG]
     
  4. Feb 5, 2012 at 9:33 PM
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    Is this a serious thread?
     
  5. Feb 5, 2012 at 10:40 PM
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  6. Feb 5, 2012 at 10:41 PM
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    Yes. Drill holes in it. Weight savings will be instant... And the dimple effect will hurtle you down the road, similar to a golf ball.
     
  7. Feb 6, 2012 at 3:23 AM
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  8. Feb 6, 2012 at 3:29 AM
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  9. Feb 6, 2012 at 3:49 AM
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    x2 but make sure yo use the 2 or 3 inch hole saws.. post pics when done so we can see the mod
     
  10. Feb 6, 2012 at 3:52 AM
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  11. Feb 6, 2012 at 4:20 AM
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    They make a model hood with a skewp. The skewp adds 42 horsepower, therefore, counteracting the weight of it. You need a skewp.

    Non skewped hood on a 4 cylinder, equal to riding a bike with flat tires and bricks in a basket.


    On a more serious note, don't drill holes. It's a hood on a truck. If you have a problem with it:

    Carbon Fiber Hood w/ skewp
     
  12. Feb 6, 2012 at 8:07 AM
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    Thanks, Dylon.

    I appologize if the "hole drilling" comment was a bit of a curve ball for some of you. I assure you I would not drill holes. I do apreciate the comic responses though. I did like the 70's hood.

    This is in fact a serious thread. I was genuinely surprised by the weight of the hood when I opened it. And while I realize "this is a truck," a truck doesn't mean it has to be unecessarly heavy. Especially a "light" truck, that is intended to be economical and functional.

    While the carbon fiber is a bit extreme in cost for the simple application of weight reduction it would justify to do the break down to find the break even point. Especially through out the life of the truck which for this little tacomas can be quite long I believe.

    Any follow-ups and suggestions, including flames, are always welcomed.

    Thanks, Jose.
     
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  14. Feb 6, 2012 at 8:20 AM
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    [​IMG]
     
  15. Feb 6, 2012 at 8:20 AM
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    Switching to a carbon fiber hood will cost hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars...all to save ~30 lbs. That weight reduction is almost 100% negligible when calculating fuel economy. Even if you save .1 MPG (which you won't), do the math and see how long that takes to recoup the cost of the hood.
     
  17. Feb 6, 2012 at 4:56 PM
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    Imagine what a "piece of tinfoil" ie light weight hood, would do in the event of a front end collision. That piece of steel will take a lot more force to damage.
     
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    speed holes are always cool.
     
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