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Old 11-22-2005, 11:29 PM   #1
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My car is about to be part of a 2 year project, im putting new modded motor and all supporting mods by summer, and then by the next summer i plan on doing all my exterior stuff, i just cant decide whether i want to keep the stock hood or get a ram air, i like how mine looks, then some days it just looks weak, and the ws6 hoods look so sick, i just dont know though, vote please
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Old 11-23-2005, 07:33 AM   #2
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Raptor, which is more of a 'Firehawk' style, yet does not require you to cut your front bumper in the hood area like the Firehawk hood does.
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Old 11-23-2005, 07:39 AM   #3
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i voted ram air because plain is just plain, my car has a nice aftermarket ram air hood and i think its too much so i will be adding a firehawk hood -soon (waiting for painter) so if you want a ram air hood mine is black and near perfect let me know im a little north of Dallas area too. can get you pics if you like
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Old 11-23-2005, 08:53 AM   #4
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End the madness in your mind by not getting either....get a mayhem hood it still has that base hood feel you like but on steriods
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I prefer the Raptor hood.
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Old 11-23-2005, 10:00 AM   #6
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Well, as someone who's owned two Raptor cars, I'll throw in my $.02 here.

Personally, I am not at all happy with the fit and finish of the Raptor hood. I don't think I've ever seen one that fit perfectly, both of mine had some pretty big gaps. My current one drives me crazy the gaps are so big... so much so that I will probably take it off the car eventually. The design of the Raptor intake is also very bad, and the quality has gone down hill over the years. You'll have to cut the stock bellows from the MAF to the throttle bottle to make it fit worth a damn. If my Formula did not have a Raptor hood on it when I got it, I would not have bought one a second time. My car looks great from 15 feet away, but the closer you get the more wrong things look.

Raptors aren't the worst ones out there, though. The only hoods I have ever seen that fit good are the OEM WS6 and Firehawk hoods. I would opt to cut the bumper for a Firehawk hood over doing a Raptor again. I would even choose a stock Formula hood over the Raptor.

Just my opinion.

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Old 11-23-2005, 10:11 AM   #7
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i like both the slp raptor hood and the raptor hood that resembles the firehawk one, but i dont like them the most, my favorites are the firehawk hood and ws6, i just dunno if i shoiuld get one, zman which hood do you have?
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slp raptor hood and the raptor hood that resembles the firehawk one
Uh, do you mean the SLP H.O. hood? As there is not an SLP Raptor, ...
Raptor I believe is made by Suncoast.

SLP - H.O. / Fits stock F-body with no cutting
SLP - Firehawk / Requires cutting, No going back here, ...
Suncoast - Raptor / Fits stock F-body with no cutting
GM - WS6 / Well, I shouldn't have to go on any further, ...

And of course there are many other choices also, ...
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Old 11-23-2005, 02:42 PM   #9
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Out of 10 votes, so far I'm the only one that says go with the stock one. But I knew I'd be outnumbered anyway...
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Old 11-23-2005, 03:17 PM   #10
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Be original. Don't have ANY hood!

Honestly, I think the SLP h.o. hood looks like a hemmoroid.
The WS6 hood used to be my favorite-
now I think the Firehawk/Raptor hood is the best balance of maturity and aggression.
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Old 11-23-2005, 04:31 PM   #11
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I want the raptor but i have heard horror stories about fitment. I will either risk it and go with it or go with a VFN WS6 hood
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i like both the slp raptor hood and the raptor hood that resembles the firehawk one, but i dont like them the most, my favorites are the firehawk hood and ws6, i just dunno if i shoiuld get one, zman which hood do you have?
i believe its a suncoast but im not sure. it was on my car when i got it. the ram air scoops go all the way back (seem kinda tall to me)and has the hot air release at the back of them. like i said i can get you pics if you want - email me at rwhoag.camaro@comcast.net as im not a regular on this board
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Old 11-23-2005, 05:01 PM   #13
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I would go with the raptor hood, but now that I hear people talk bad about it not fiting right, I would stick with the stock one, go sleeper!!
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VFNs WS9 is pretty good looking, a little bit different but still looks like it belongs. I like the HO and the Raptor hoods as well but I really would rather wait a while to see if anyone produces a Superhawk style hood.

BTW if you are going for mostly performance I would put the money for a hood towards something else
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Old 11-24-2005, 12:20 AM   #15
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the h.o hood is what i meant, my fault, i'd be doing this after the car is done mechanically, which looks like it'll be sooner than i had planned!
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I get complements on my Firehawk hood all of the time. It's so damn sexy and stylish.
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Old 11-24-2005, 04:53 PM   #17
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I was a fan of thews6 hood but now that I have my ws6 wheels...I like the way it looks with the stocker.
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Old 11-24-2005, 07:55 PM   #18
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The only hoods I would get would be a GM WS6(even if it costs a lot more) or an SLP H.O hood.
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Out of 10 votes, so far I'm the only one that says go with the stock one. But I knew I'd be outnumbered anyway...
I prefer the stock hood as well. Looks cleaner and more sleek than the WS6 hood IMO.
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Old 11-26-2005, 01:26 AM   #20
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i have a t/a with a ram air hood and it looks much better and meaner than my brothers stock t/a. not to mention, the ram air hood (all fiberglass) is alot lighter than the metal factory t/a hood. a little less weight here and there can go a long way! to each their own i guess...
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