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Old 01-16-2013, 03:40 AM   #1
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AEV Heat Reduction Hood

I really like the look and I'm almost ready to pull the trigger on one for my 2011 Rubicon. Besides the appearance, are there any other true benefits? Otherwise, I could probably get more use from a set of Trekarmor seat covers.

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Old 01-16-2013, 08:31 AM   #2
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Just like it says, it reduces under hood temps. Our 3.8L run hot under there.

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Old 01-16-2013, 09:46 AM   #3
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I'd double check with other members to make sure that water, snow, dirt, etc. doesn't find its way in.
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I'd double check with other members to make sure that water, snow, dirt, etc. doesn't find its way in.
All that stuff usually finds its way in the engine bay.
We dont have any worries with that coming in since most connections and components under the hood are protected from that stuff, Hell I know people that hose down their engine bay after a day of wheeling so it shouldnt hurt.
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Old 01-16-2013, 09:50 AM   #5
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Have you looked into the Poison Spider Hood louver?

its less then $200 and does the same with the engine temps under the hood.

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Old 01-16-2013, 11:49 AM   #6
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The AEV hood is also heavier, and should eliminate hood flutter.
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All that stuff usually finds its way in the engine bay.
We dont have any worries with that coming in since most connections and components under the hood are protected from that stuff, Hell I know people that hose down their engine bay after a day of wheeling so it shouldnt hurt.
I disagree. It's one thing to go wheeling, get it dirty and clean it up after. It's another thing entirely if water & debris is getting in on a regular basis and collecting there without you knowing, and that can cause issues.
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The AEV hood is also heavier, and should eliminate hood flutter.
So does removing the hood spring. Best of all, it's free.

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Old 01-16-2013, 12:33 PM   #9
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I love my AEV hood. I'll admit that it's probably 60% for looks, but I live in Vegas and you can absolutely feel the heat escaping the vents. Just less trapped underhood. Also, dont know about heavier, it might be the "hood bulge" shape, but yes, no flutter at all.

No issues with excess water besides what splashes in from underneath anyway, but I DO live in Vegas, so not a major factor.

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I love my AEV hood. I'll admit that it's probably 60% for looks, but I live in Vegas and you can absolutely feel the heat escaping the vents. Just less trapped underhood. Also, dont know about heavier, it might be the "hood bulge" shape, but yes, no flutter at all.

No issues with excess water besides what splashes in from underneath anyway, but I DO live in Vegas, so not a major factor.

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Thanks for the feedback and picture. I'm sold; this is gonna happen.
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Thanks for the feedback and picture. I'm sold; this is gonna happen.
Pics or it won't
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Old 01-17-2013, 06:21 PM   #13
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Yes, they are great hoods! My son and I had them put on our 2012s early last summer after a spring hail storm damaged our stock hoods (isn't insurance wonderful?!!). They are heavier steel (better able to stand up to hail) and they eliminate the underhood overpressurization that causes hood lift from other vehicles. Obviously they reduce underhood heat a lot. In addition I think they look much better than the stock hoods. We've run ours now for about 7 months on and offroad here in Colorado and Moab, etc. Absolutely no problems to date.

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Yes, they are great hoods! My son and I had them put on our 2012s early last summer after a spring hail storm damaged our stock hoods (isn't insurance wonderful?!!). They are heavier steel (better able to stand up to hail) and they eliminate the underhood overpressurization that causes hood lift from other vehicles. Obviously they reduce underhood heat a lot. In addition I think they look much better than the stock hoods. We've run ours now for about 7 months on and offroad here in Colorado and Moab, etc. Absolutely no problems to date.

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Old 01-17-2013, 08:34 PM   #15
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Question to the people that have them:

who you order through? any issuse on reciving them with damage?

Did you order them already painted? IF not was it a pain to find a shop to match and do the paint? What was the cost to paint?

On the rubi stickers did they clear coat over them or did you just put new stickers on ?

Thanks, I had a thread about this before, but still had some questions
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Old 01-17-2013, 08:55 PM   #16
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You can get them through aev-conversions. They work closely with Jeep and I believe you can order it in the appropriate factory color.
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Old 01-17-2013, 08:55 PM   #17
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I ordered mine from Q Tech and had it drop shipped to a local paint and body shop. Didn't have any issues with it having any damage.

A good shop will be able to match the color. The main question on matching color is how old is your Jeep. The older it is, the longer it has been in the sun and the paint will fade. Although fading isn't as bad as pre clearcoat days, the color will still fade a little.

You have to put new rubi stickers on. My rubi stickers were put on over the clear coat. I suppose you could have them clearcoated if you want though.

Here's a pic from inside:

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Old 01-17-2013, 09:07 PM   #18
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Because our hoods were being replaced by our insurance company due to hail, we just took our two jeeps into our local jeep dealer's body shop (one of the local facilities approved by USAA) and they ordered the hoods from AEV, painted them, and installed replacement Rubi decals. For us, incredibly simple and no hassle. Not to mention very inexpensive!
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I spoke with a guy at Fortec and he said they have to put AEV's on hemi conversions b/c of the heat so I guess it does make a difference. Regardless of the reasoning, aesthetic or practical, it is a bad ass looking hood. If you can get a BOGO deal, drop ship one my way. I sooooo want one!!!!
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Old 01-17-2013, 09:49 PM   #20
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I heard the steel is no longer thicker than stock. Not sure if true- actually I read it on a couple of forums.
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I'm deployed but I'm having the wife drop by my dealership tomorrow to see how much it'll set me back to get it from them, painted, installed, w/Rubicon applied. Otherwise, I'll wait till I get home and go Q-Tech.
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Old 01-17-2013, 10:07 PM   #22
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Love mine. One of my favorite mods. It suppose to help reduce the tremendously hot engine compartment. Not sure by how much but I know you can almost burn your finger if you touch the vents after a long trip.

AS far as water, I was worried about it at first. I wouldn't even spray the hose near it when I washed my Jeep. But cam to realize that it wasn't an issue. I can even spray a car wash wand right over it. I wouldn't suggest holding it against the vent but the holes in the vent are just small enough to allow the water to bead up and just run off

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Here is some info I have found out in my quest for the hood:


I talked to 3 dealers about them getting one when i order our other jeep and ask about a hood swap and price. 2 of them said ofcourse they would but no one really would give me a price (on the paintjob) and they seemed to hint it would be better if i did it on my own or they did not want to deal with it. They all said they would give me no credit or do a hood swap witht the brand new one being ordered. One of three was a AEV dealer, the AEV dealer was the only one that gave me a price range around 500 bucks to paint, but not being in the local area he again suggested doing it local. no credit or hood swap from them either.
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continuing from my above post, I am going to some local paint shops to get some ideas of price in the next few days. I will let you know what price range I find. I am guessing I would either just keep the hood as an extra or just reuse the shipping box and put it on ebay or something.
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I live in Canada and it seems to snow here every now and then and I have had NO problems with the hood here. I took my hood to my local Jeep dealer to have it painted and installed.



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I stopped by my Jeep dealer in Colorado Springs, and the deal is that if you buy from their parts department it works out better because you don't pay for shipping. Mu issues is weighing which front and rear bumper to go with. I like AEV MODs but they're so expensive!
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The hood is spectacular, I wonder if we could get a 'group buy' together for an exceptional deal?!
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$1169.99 in any color you want as long as you do not have a custom color.

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I live in Canada and it seems to snow here every now and then and I have had NO problems with the hood here. I took my hood to my local Jeep dealer to have it painted and installed.



Where did you order yours from and how much did you pay if you dont mind me asking? Im in canada too and shipping can be such a nightmare when it comes to stuff like this.
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Price is $800 for just a primer hood. $1169.99 for any color.

For those of you that bought it and then went to a shop to get it painted, why not order it already painted? For $370 more, it'll save you time and money. Unless you can find a shop to paint it for under $370 and make sure it'll be an exact match

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