THE GREAT OUTDOORS...
"NOT ALL THOSE WHO WANDER ARE LOST"
I have wanted an AEV Hood for my Jeep since I bought it in 2011! They look awesome, the heat reduction is more than a welcomed feature, and the snorkel system from AEV is an easy add on if you already have the hood (that's next up).
Needing to reduce the engine compartment heat gave me a great excuse...I mean reason to finally pull the trigger and buy the new hood. It's only been a few days, but I'm glad I did! I love it!
So, before I get into this, I have to mention how great the www.quadratec.com was. The price is as good, or better than any other, and reaching a real person by phone to answer the questions I had was such a breath of fresh air! (Although anytime I emailed them, they were very fast to respond). I guess that's reason enough to go through a Quadratec instead of factory direct. In fact, now that I think about it...out of the seven or eight times I have reached out to AEV direct over the last couple years I've only received a response maybe once! Come on, all the love I give AEV, what's with that neglect?? Geesh!
Now, there was one thing that really left a GREAT impression on me...check this out.
My year Jeep has a single windshield washer, the AEV hood however is designed for two washers. Not a big deal, they sell an inexpensive, easy to install kit to go from one to two washers...well providing you know that going in to the purchase, which I didn't.
So, the hood showed up and I quickly realized that I didn't order the kit. I was so bummed! (I hate not being able to finish stuff like that) Right away I sent an email to Quadratec's customer service department asking if I can order it from them or if I needed to go through AEV direct. This is where the great part comes in...the next day, the kit showed up at my door. Not because I ordered it, they didn't even have time to receive my email yet. Quadratec took my Jeep information when I ordered the hood, so they knew I needed the kit by the year of my Jeep, then built it right into the order! Is that curing cancer? No, but that kind of consideration to customer satisfaction is missing more than ever these days, and I know it meant a lot to me! So, for that...THANKS Quadratec!!
Ok, on to the install. Removing the old hood is easy enough. Each hinge has 2 bolts, so remove those plus a safety wire from the engine compartment and it's off! (You do need to remove the spring and latch for the front of the hood, and don't for get the hood latch uppers).
Now that the hood is off, remove the vent covers from your new hood, then reverse the process of removal. Two bolts on each hinge, install the spring and latch (one bolt each), and add the hood latch uppers and you are done! Well almost...we forgot the vent covers, but that is only a matter of holding the cover in place and pushing on the lock washers. Once the hood is on and all tightened up, just pop the washers in place then connect the hose and plastic connectors together. Last, but certainly not least...step back and look how awesome that new hood looks on your Jeep!!
This is a DIY project for sure! So easy, anyone can do it so don't be intimidated. Now the heat is down, my Jeep has a cool new look, and I'm more excited than ever to add that snorkel! If you like the hood, just click the link, purchase and wait! It's that easy.
If you're interested in ordering up a your own AEV Heat Reduction hood just click the link and shop away...