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Old 05-11-2013, 12:01 AM   #1
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Vector UFO Install on the 10A Rubicon Hood

Since I don't ever see myself dropping the windshield down, I opted to install Vector UFOs on the hood of my 2013 10th Anniversary Rubicon. This was slightly more complex on this new hood, so thought I would share my lessons.

Steps are as follows:

1. Admire the old bumps one last time:
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2. Remove hood liner (if you have one) by pulling the nine (I believe) black plastic pop-rivets carefully, as you will reuse these.
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3. Pinch and push the backside of the old bumps (arrows), while gently twisting and pulling from the topside until the release.
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4. The bracing on this hood presented a challenge as the holes noted by the red arrows, are also where you will have to place the washer and nut through to thread to the allen bolt from the topside. The #1 issue with UFO install is people dropping their hardware into the hood bracing and/or the engine. That remains a risk here, but is complicated further by the tight space.

5. I first opted to place a small amount of superglue on the nut, and bonded it lightly to the washer, so these would stay together as a unit while I attempted to thread them.

6. Next I placed the UFO and optional rubber gasket, with the allen bolt through the hole on the hood.

7. I then slipped the nut/washer combo over a 4mm allen wrench to guide it through the hole. Originally I planned to use a socket, but the socket would not fit into the hole. With this set-up, I managed to thread the allen bolt to the nut secure enough to hold it in place.

8. Next I used needle-nose pliers to hold the nut, while tightening the bolt with an allen wrench (4mm). Before tightening all the way, make sure you are happy with the placement and alignment of the UFO and gasket. Then tighten away.

9. Repeat #3-8 for the other side.

10. Reinstall the hood liner, and you're done!

Then sit back and admire your new view:
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Old 05-11-2013, 12:03 AM   #2
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Since I don't ever see myself dropping the windshield down, I opted to install Vector UFOs on the hood of my 2013 10th Anniversary Rubicon. This was slightly more complex on this new hood, so thought I would share my lessons.

Steps are as follows:

1. Admire the old bumps one last time:

2. Remove hood liner (if you have one) by pulling the nine (I believe) black plastic pop-rivets carefully, as you will reuse these.

3. Pinch and push the backside of the old bumps (arrows), while gently twisting and pulling from the topside until the release.

Old and New:

4. The bracing on this hood presented a challenge as the holes noted by the red arrows, is also where you will have to place the washer and nut through to thread to the allen bolt from the topside. The #1 issue with UFO install is people dropping their hardware into the hood bracing and/or the engine. That remains a risk here, but is complicated further by the tight space.

5. I first opted to place a small amount of superglue on the nut, and bonded it lightly to the washer, so these would stay together as a unit while I attempted to thread them.

6. Next I placed the UFO and optional rubber gasket, with the allen bolt through the hole on the hood.

7. I then slipped the nut/washer combo over a 4mm allen wrench to guide it through the hole. Originally I planned to use a socket, but the socket would not fit into the hole. With this set-up, I managed to thread the allen bolt to the nut secure enough to hold it in place.

8. Next I used needle-nose pliers to hold the nut, while tightening the bolt with an allen wrench (4mm). Before tightening all the way, make sure you are happy with the placement and alignment of the UFO and gasket. Then tighten away.

9. Repeat #3-8 for the other side.

10. Reinstall the hood liner, and you're done!

Then sit back and admire your new view:
Looks good! I want a pair as well.

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I'm thinking this is something I shall do as well.
Thanks for sharing man
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Thanks for posting pics of the 10A hood...I'm looking to upgrade my stock rubicon hood from hail damage and seeing the underside helps
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So the stock bumps are only snapped in? No screws?
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Sooo the change is going from random big black round things to aftermarket random big black round things?

Do these ufo's serve any other purpose?
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So the stock bumps are only snapped in? No screws?
Pop in only, no screws.

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Sooo the change is going from random big black round things to aftermarket random big black round things?

Do these ufo's serve any other purpose?
Blocks the holes with a bit more style, metal not plastic, and a lower profile. No more dealing with wax on the plastic either. No other secrets...
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Pop in only, no screws.



Blocks the holes with a bit more style, metal not plastic, and a lower profile. No more dealing with wax on the plastic either. No other secrets...
ah yes the annoying wax on plastic issue. True.
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I don't get it.... what do they do again?
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I don't get it.... what do they do again?
They take $20 out of your pocket and 20 minutes out of your weekend.
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F(air) = -cv^2

In vector form, the equation for the force is:

ma = mg - cvv

where the bold letters are vectors.

In converting this to a one-dimensional problem, you need to define a directional axis to call the positive direction.

For example, suppose you choose upwards as the positive direction, and you're talking about a falling object. Then:

g is negative (since gravity acts downwards)
v is negative (as the object's velocity is downwards)

So, the equation is:

ma = m(-g) - cv(-v)

where g means |g| and v is |v|.

So:

ma = -mg + cv^2

Does this clear it up...
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F(air) = -cv^2

In vector form, the equation for the force is:

ma = mg - cvv

where the bold letters are vectors.

In converting this to a one-dimensional problem, you need to define a directional axis to call the positive direction.

For example, suppose you choose upwards as the positive direction, and you're talking about a falling object. Then:

g is negative (since gravity acts downwards)
v is negative (as the object's velocity is downwards)

So, the equation is:

ma = m(-g) - cv(-v)

where g means |g| and v is |v|.

So:

ma = -mg + cv^2

Does this clear it up...
This is great! Thanks for adding positive direction and humor!
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thanks for the writeup!
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Installed mine Monday, just as I was thinking that it would suck to drop the hardware into the hood bracing I did! Easy fix, grabbed a washer out of the toolbox as a replacement finished the job, open and closed the hood a few times to move the washer to the corner of the bracing... Some hand slaps on the hood while closed and it came right out of the hole In the corner. It's a tight fit on the underside during the install, couldn't fashion a way to ensure I wouldn't drop it down the bracing... If I needed to do it again I'd probably take painters tape and seal the hood bracing before I attempted the install so a fumble of the hands won't cause the hardware to go inside.
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I don't get it.... what do they do again?
much more aerodynamic, get ya 6 mpg more and probably pich up 2 seconds in a quarter.
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Went to Lowe's spent about 1.00.
and even a lower, sleaker profile than the ufo's, you must be really flying. LOL
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Went to Lowe's spent about 1.00.

Yep, think I like that better.
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and even a lower, sleaker profile than the ufo's, you must be really flying. LOL
Yep i can got about 1/10 of a mile faster now, and I can by-pass the Shell station and make it to the Chevron station 2 blocks away. Can't even begin to say what I've done with the money I saved too LOL
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Went to Lowe's spent about 1.00.
I like this mod even better.
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Thanks for the writeup. I'm expecting my UFOs any day now and the tips definitely help.

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Went to Lowe's spent about 1.00.
The problem is, the Hillman plugs (or any other cheap plastic plugs/clips that I could find) won't work on the 10A/X hood.
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Thanks again for the writeup UhOhBadDog. I followed your instructions and it definitely made things a lot easier. Holding/jamming the needle nose pliers through the hole enough to hold the nut was the toughest part. Definitely easier to have a helper, one person to hold the nut while the other tightens the allen bolt.
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No more dealing with wax on the plastic either. No other secrets...
What is this wax stuff you are mentioning....does it go over the dirt?

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Thanks for the writeup. I'm expecting my UFOs any day now and the tips definitely help.



The problem is, the Hillman plugs (or any other cheap plastic plugs/clips that I could find) won't work on the 10A/X hood.

I think all the hoods are like that...I could be wrong.

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