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    PWCToday Regular vocalDyslexic's Avatar
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    Feedback and or opinions wanted

    This is about my x2:
    After I shared with my friends pics of the engine bay and engine paint work I did, besides "thats cool" the overwelming responce was "why, not like anyone can see it". I got to thinking about it and have pretty much talked myself into making a windowed or completely clear hood.
    I think that if i took a carbon fiber hood and then cut most of both sides and top out and insert lexan or such and attach it flush in the cutouts with rubber trim seals and siliconed. Im sure im not the first to want ti do this caus it sounds simple, and think it would be awsome looking. Since noone is selling them I think theres probably a reason why. Materials to use was just one of several diff was im thinking I could make work, but materials could change to anything that would result in a better finished hood. Also worth stating, I dont care if it weighs more that OEM hood, obviously I want it as light as possible. So what yall think, is it awsome, retarded, or even not gona work cause of _______?
    Ill use one of my favorite Ben Shapiro lines of, "facts dont care about your feelings", so I welcome any opinions or advice.
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    Re: Feedback and or opinions wanted

    If I remember correctly, some aftermarket company made
    clear 300/440/550 hoods back in the day; someone thought it
    wasn't a waist of time.
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    Re: Feedback and or opinions wanted

    Quote Originally Posted by ACP View Post
    If I remember correctly, some aftermarket company made
    clear 300/440/550 hoods back in the day; someone thought it
    wasn't a waist of time.
    Yep, if i remember it was called jet lex or something like that.
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    Re: Feedback and or opinions wanted

    Quote Originally Posted by vocalDyslexic View Post
    This is about my x2:
    I think that if i took a carbon fiber hood and then cut most of both sides and top out and insert lexan or such and attach it flush in the cutouts with rubber trim seals and siliconed.
    I think you would have a very weak hood. I think for it to be strong it would have to be a single molded piece. When you start cutting big holes in things you loose a lot of structure, and the X2 isnt exactly the strongest hood to begin with.
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    Re: Feedback and or opinions wanted

    I had the clear 550 hood way back in the day. I have no clue who made it, but it was cool as fuk.
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    Re: Feedback and or opinions wanted

    You could install Marine Port Lights Marine Port Lights.jpg Installed properly, the hood will remain just as structurally sound as before...

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    Re: Feedback and or opinions wanted

    Would hood strenght be a big deal? I have the braces in and surf brace. I figured lexan would be as strong as the OEM fiberglass. The above pic is what im thinking, just not quite as thick around the attaching matetial.

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    Re: Feedback and or opinions wanted

    Im thinking about useing something like having the cut outs used for templet for the lexan so the windows are perfect exact fit then install aluminum trim inside and out and bolt the inner and outter pieces togather with one set of mounting hardware thru the hood and the second set thru the lexan all the way around sandwiching the window between and sealed with silicone.
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    Re: Feedback and or opinions wanted

    Have you talked to any acrylic makers/fabricators around you?
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    Re: Feedback and or opinions wanted

    I have a customer whos equipment I work on all the time, that has tons of leftover product byproduct and the machines to duplicate my cutouts 100% perfect fit with several types of material i could use for the acrylics/laminates. And I have another customer that only does alloy fabrications with a warehouse full of some of the best fabrication equipment/machines that exist. I wont be spending anything on materials and or fabrication, atleast not with the first one anyway. if your question was referring to check with companys for cost. Theres another option im looking into is having the entire one piece hood 3d printed but there would be fairly substantial costs with that option. Im a huge fan of free tho.

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