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Old 05-18-2005, 05:13 PM   #1
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as expected, my dad is getting on my case for taking off the insulator thing attached to the underside of the hood. he claims that is there to protect the paint and that without it the paint is going to start chipping off.... and he wont accept my answer that its a sound insulator and that 8000000 ng900's have taken it off with no problems.... is there anything i can show him to prove its not going to mess with the paint? can anyone leave a reply that will tell him that its not a paint protector ? *sigh* thanks
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Old 05-18-2005, 05:21 PM   #2
 
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As much as it pains me to say this, being the father of four, you're right.

But...

There's really not much reason for you to take it off because you don't have a turbo and you're not creating the kind of underhood temps that would compromise performance by keeping intake temps high.
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so let me just confirm this, that I am correct that it won't do anythign to the paint? and is there anywhere it says this because he probably wont trust "some random people on the internet"..... or can i find a bucnh of pics of people with the hood popped and no insulator thingy? thanks
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Old 05-18-2005, 06:55 PM   #4
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another great weight reduction for us non-turbo folk would be to drain the washerfluid, but definately, removing the underhood lining is by far the best weight reduction method, far greater than removing the rear seats or anything heavy

lol, dude, you wont notice a difference either way, our engines don't get hot enough, and no, it wont chip your paint, or anything like that

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I took off mine in my car a couple months ago, no difference at all just louder. Its not going to hurt your paint. My dad said the same thing at first but it worked out fine.
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Old 05-18-2005, 08:09 PM   #6
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im taking mine off 2morrow

tell yur pops not to trip..... tell him if it chips the paint yull fix it....
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hate to play devils advocate here, but one of the reasons for the hood insulation is indeed for the paint. ever feel your hood on a very hot day after it's been running for hours? it's damn hot! automotive paint is not rated for 300+ degrees, and an exhaust manifold is what, 1600? granted your hood is not 1600 degrees, but it might very well be around 250. it *could* in theory shorten the paint life. I doubt it would last less than 10 years, and that's probably longer than the lifespan of your typical GM-900


anyway, what the hell does your dad have to do with this? he inspects under your hood? Wonder what else of yours he inspects...
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Old 05-18-2005, 09:06 PM   #9
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Yeah I kind of agree with delorean. I would just leave it on...make your dad happy, plus make things easier on your Dual 7500 or whatever ha. It can't make your NA that much faster to remove it, you arent some sort of professional racer, and paint is kind of expensive... I'll stick with leaving mine on personally
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Here is a happy medium, this is what I did.

Remove it, then take some of the silver insulation tape, (Not Duct Tape) and put a few strips of it just above the manifold and turbo, on the hood.
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Dan, man, I hear you, I know where you're coming from. My dad gave me crap just for putting clear side markers in, and for having blue-ish hyper white bulbs it them. Thank God he doesn't look under the hood, he'd freak.

Just be patient, once you're away to college in a year or so (depending on what year you are in high school), you'll have a bit more freedom with the car.
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dude just leave it. you have not turbo. what do you expect you will gain besides possibly ruining your hood?

And I totally undertstand about the parents thing. my parents were way toooo strict and for no reason. sometime they would look into my trash basket in my room to see if I ate any candy or soda before dinner. then i would get in trouble if they found wrappers from a twix bar....

for real. and I once got accused of "doing drugs" because I didn't want a ride to the pool, I wanted to walk a few blocks with my buddies and not be seen with the parents.

just leave the insulation and then focus your efforts on doing well in school so you can get away and go to college, eat tons of candy and drink tons of soda and beer, do lots of drugs and remove your hood insulation. no one can stop you at that point...
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eat tons of candy and drink tons of soda and beer, do lots of drugs and remove your hood insulation....
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my parents were way toooo strict and for no reason. sometime they would look into my trash basket in my room to see if I ate any candy or soda before dinner. then i would get in trouble if they found wrappers from a twix bar....

for real. and I once got accused of "doing drugs" because I didn't want a ride to the pool, I wanted to walk a few blocks with my buddies and not be seen with the parents.
man, your parents really sound psycho... if my parents were like that, someone would probably end up dead
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lol im not removing it for weight reduction or anything, im just takin it off cuz i like how it looks.... about heat, i highly doubt the hood gets to 250... i know sumtimes if u touch it that it is hot, but keep in mind water boils at 212 and its not like if u put water on the hood its gonna start boiling......

and yeah my dad is kinda restrictive like that, and the reason he cares so much about it is because he OWNS it... i drive it and make it better tho.... lol
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Oooooohhhh....It's his car?

Well, then that's different.

Leave the man's car alone. When you get your own car, then you can do anything you want to it.

Paint it purple, put on huge ass 22 inch wheels, a massive fart can muffler, underbody neon, a fake blow-off valve, zebra-fur seats, a waterbed in the hatch...anything you want...when it's your car!


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the term "leach" comes to mind

I'm just kidding...
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I still think you need to go to college and do lots of drugs

I can see the girls gone wild video empire expanding...

"kids gone wild: removing hood insulation"
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haha "kid's gone wild"

i honestly don't think it's right that you encourage him to do drugs, and it actually offends me in a small amount because my best friend recently died because of drugs.

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ok dont do lots of drugs...but a blunt to the face once a day, everyday, never hurt anybody

but lets not get into that whole 'gateway' discussion
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