Hood Lifts at Speed?

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  1. VanishingPoint

    VanishingPoint Silver Member

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    I noticed my hood was a little off, which I attribute to Dodge's well know attention to detail. I played a bit with the hood adjustment knobs to try to lower the drive side (turns out I needed to raise the passenger side a bit to put pressure on the other side).

    What I did notice was as I went from 60mph and beyond, I could see the hood start to raise against the latch, and it seemed to curve.

    This was no trick of the eye, as I duplicated it several times, and as speed increased, so did the bulge. I became concerned the hood was going to go bye-bye under true high speed conditions.

    Is this "normal," have you noticed it, and is there a fix (other than hood pins)?

    *I recommend that people obey the posted legal speed limit, pay attention to the road and not their hood, and use caution when changing or altering anything to their cars.*
     
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    I noticed the sides lifting up, in the Ignition review video, when he does the standing mile.
     
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    Some matte black pins wouldn't be bad. I know a lot of guys don't want holes in their hood, but I think it would look good and be ok,
     
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    I noticed the back of the hood (by the windshield) moving up and down in a bumpy motion when I was over 100. Got scared the first time I noticed it but assumed it was ok.
     
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    I just captured a picture from the ignition video and will upload it. It is apparently normal, and yet extremely disturbing, as almost as if it was designed to do so.

    I DO NOT LIKE THIS OR TRUST A single latch hood made of ******* paper mache :mad:

    Someone needs to fix this?
    Another pair of vents?
    Bracing?
    Seal it so air can't escape?

    If sealed, will it cause front end lift?

    I mean screw it, I will if there is a means too! I don't know enough about pressures and stuff and wind tunnel testing with this thing. IS their an SRT Q&A email somewhere?
     
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    Im adding black mopar pins. I love the look and the extra assurance.
     
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    Be careful-because that could stress and bend the aluminum, or hog out the holes over time because apparently, it moves quite a bit.
     
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    Here is the pic from ignition TV

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    your worrying about nothing.....Dodge didnt design the car to need hood pins...if the hood lifts up and comes off you get hurt and then you sue Dodge.......Dodge made sure it wont come off

    i wouldnt drill my new hood

    ive been to 120mph so far.....im busy looking at the road...not looking at my hood.....i recommend keeping your eyes on the road and not your hood......your hood will be just fine
     
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    Thanks hugs but I'd rather not have my hood come off at any speed, and I don't know the last time you tried to sue a car company, but even if you win you w probably still be responsible for your lawyer fees, whitch would be a lot of $$$.

    A hood leaving a car at the hyper speeds this was intended to be pretty catastrophic to you and other around you. Also remember metal weakens over time.

    I think the thought they put into the hood is the same as other components-like the drive shaft-they went by going with the lowest bid to get the minimum amount into the car, expecting only a small percent of the owners to use the car the way it was intended and promoted-and break, get hurt/killed, and sue-but only under "Race track conditions."

    However, I have seen the hood begin to lift at legal 75-80 mph speeds.
     
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    I've not paid attention at high speeds. I will next time:confused:
     
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    Not the same animal, But KTM had a problem like this with their 2004 and earlier front fenders. By 05 I think, They had it beat with a beefed up plastic brace. I'm sure someone will come up with a light weight wish bone frame that installs under the hood. That should cure the flex problem...No?
     
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    I am wondering if a seal along the hood might help; it would not prevent the air pressure-but maybe move it? I will show you later with a picture.
     
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    We have a hood scoop and vents in the hood, the hood scoop will of course bring air under the hood which will cause pressure and lift, but the heat escapes should relieve the pressure to some extent.
    I don't think you can have a hood with a scoop like ours that takes a lot of air into the engine bay without some lift or bounce of the hood. I agree with Huggytree, doubtful we have anything to worry about. Doesn't look the greatest lifting up a bit at high speed, but if it didn't come off at 200 mph, it surely won't come off at 120 mph when the air pressure under there is probably half or less. Don't worry about it.
     
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    There is a redunant latch from the factory. Thats why you have to push a lever over when lifting the hood. Still hood pins offer piece of mind and i like the old school look
     

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