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deathshead
06-17-2013, 03:22 PM
Hey guys, My buddy Jon and I just finished the install last night, Phew!

Heres my Honest review of the product and the install.


I ordered the Vents back in April and after a few hiccups we have got them installed last night.

Here are the vents.
When I first received them the heatextrator side was defective/damaged.
This was quickly resolved by the guys at RRM after I fedexed back the damaged/defective unit.
I had to wait about a week for the units for the replacement to arrive @ RRM from the supplier.


Here are both units with the replacement heat extrator side,
they look beautiful!

http://i43.tinypic.com/2u8gfg4.jpg



When I ordered the vents I asked for mesh to be added to the heat extractor vent.
I live up in NEPA, its heavily wooded, I dont want to be digging leaves and acorns out from under the hood.

The Guys at RRM said they could add mesh to the vent for $30 upcharge, However they said
they would throw in some mech for free, COOL!

Well what I got some was metal screen door screen spray painted flat black and folded like a piece of paper..
The Included tube of 3m Window Weld was rolling around in the box and rubbed off all the paint on the mesh/screen.
That got tossed..


The Next part that was frustrating was - NO TEMPLATES!!
First shipment - No Templates.
Second shipment - No Templates.

I email back again and DC responded on the 8th.

"My shipping dept seems to be under the impression that the first set had the templates in the box. However, that is besides the point at this point. I am having my shipping dept send out the assetto kit templates for the heat extractor and duct. As mentioned, the templates are more of a general guide for installation. Helps you consider things like placement. We will send these out by monday morning. "

Never received any templates.....

These cost $656.16 with shipping.

We got tired of waiting for the templates to arrive so we commenced the install
and did our own templates.
http://i41.tinypic.com/2ng4jec.jpg

http://i42.tinypic.com/2nk42sw.jpg

http://i41.tinypic.com/1fjs45.jpg
This is my good buddy Jon showing his frustration of having zero templates to work from..

http://i40.tinypic.com/35bxdoj.jpg
Tape - walk back and look- compare to pictures of the Euro cars with this newer style vent.
This was very time consuming.



We used a Dremel with cutoff wheels to cut 99% of the holes.
however on the heat extractor side the top right corner goes into a small part of the hood
frame. This stuff is THICK!

After that corner was cut out we had to make some additional room.
With the thickness of the metal hood frame , we had to get out the grinder with fabric flapper wheel.

http://i44.tinypic.com/2m6tphe.jpg


The next small hurdle.

The vents are molded just slightly off from the contour of the hood.
You have to get plenty of window weld on them and clamp them down to fit completely flush.

http://i41.tinypic.com/2ef6nb9.jpg
http://i43.tinypic.com/eb3sm0.jpg




As you can see this is a pretty labor intensive project.
Templates would have been great.
While there were some steps we didnt think we would encounter
the product itself is great and the guys at RRM were great to work with.

About the Naca Duct side: I have plans to make a box that will match up
to the vent. but for right now i'm running a r3t short ram.
After we finished the installation and I took the 40 mile ride home
when I pulled into driveway and got out i stuck my fingers into the Naca Duct.

The filter was ICE cold.

About the Heat Extractor side: The top of this vent sits directly OVER the ECU.
While the ecu is VERY well sealed and should be 100% waterproof.
I would probably still recommend putting something over the ecu for when it rains.

When I got home hand about 5-6" over this side. LOTS of heat escaping.


And the Finished product!
http://i39.tinypic.com/2mfby49.jpg
http://i43.tinypic.com/x26gw5.jpg
http://i40.tinypic.com/2w2ivpy.jpg

SuperTony
06-17-2013, 03:31 PM
Wow, great write up and awesome job. Congrats!

Tweak
06-17-2013, 03:56 PM
Looks good and I'm sure it'll make a nice difference, interested to see the filter box once that is fabricated.

mr_robs
06-17-2013, 05:20 PM
Dang, you guys put a lot of work into that install to say the least. Not something i would dare attempt on my own but it looks awesome! I would consider purchasing this kind of setup, for my own abarth in a year or so after adding more power mods. Super functional!

Abarth Five O
06-17-2013, 05:56 PM
Great writeup! Thanks for sharing, Deathshead. Kudos to you and buddy for attempting this difficult install. As I don't have the skill set or necessary tools, I'm planning to use a pro body shop. I'll make sure I get the template from R/R. Are u planning to install another type of mesh? I'm considering using Outerwears pre-filter material with Velcro to keep it removable for cleaning/removing debris, occasionally. What kind of plastic cover are you considering for the ECU? Looks like these vents work as they should, especially the heat extractor side since this car does produce a lot of heat, plus they look great!

Jjm4life
06-17-2013, 05:58 PM
Ballsy man, i give you a lot of credit. Turned out nice

deathshead
06-17-2013, 07:10 PM
Just installed a new ECU cover. No more chance of water getting to the ECU.
What do you guys think?



http://i40.tinypic.com/2lc9sp1.jpg

VTEC Mini
06-17-2013, 07:31 PM
I was thinking of something like this. http://www.acscomposite.com/store/#!/~/product/category=2448044&id=21480161

deathshead
06-17-2013, 07:57 PM
I was thinking of something like this. http://www.acscomposite.com/store/#!/~/product/category=2448044&id=21480161

I looked into those, asc/cavallino make GREAT stuff. But that tray kinda defeats the purpose of the vents.

deathshead
06-17-2013, 07:58 PM
Down low in front of the battery there are a bunch of connectors.
I'm working on a small cover for that area too, then all bases will be covered.

Guest
06-17-2013, 08:02 PM
Nice job, looks great and should be very functional. Youre a very brave guy Id like this but theres no way Id cut my hood up... Im jealous though, want to do mine?? :)

deathshead
06-17-2013, 09:01 PM
Nice job, looks great and should be very functional. Youre a very brave guy Id like this but theres no way Id cut my hood up... Im jealous though, want to do mine?? :)

Lol. It's a pretty labor intensive and DIRTY job..but not TOO bad at all. You just want to take your time.

It definitely takes the car to a whole new level.
I'm aiming for a Assetto Corse / R3T look, but for the street.
The car is my primary 365 daily commuter vehicle and is not garaged.
I want that "holy crap! What is that race car doing on the street?" vibe.

I just need to find a way to get the wing and grill now then mud flaps.

Hoods are CHEAP too. In case you really screw it up.

Next up, ATM boost gauge setup & turbo blanket under the stock shield along with wrapped downpipe.


Im starting to get close!
http://blog.autoworld.com.my/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/080922_ab_500assettocorse_02_800.jpg
http://i40.tinypic.com/2w2ivpy.jpg

VTEC Mini
06-17-2013, 09:47 PM
I looked into those, asc/cavallino make GREAT stuff. But that tray kinda defeats the purpose of the vents.

From the page;

"Air will enter the naca duct, pressurize the compartment, and be exhausted by the extractor port, the air flow through the water tray, will help depressurize the engine compartment and lower engine temps.

Hot air is exhausted by the central rectangular opening, while rain water is directed towards the front of the hood away from critical components.
"

The other thing to consider is the battery sits directly below the extractor vents. It would be nothing for a would be thief to snip the battery cables to disarm the alarm.

deathshead
06-17-2013, 10:06 PM
From the page;

"Air will enter the naca duct, pressurize the compartment, and be exhausted by the extractor port, the air flow through the water tray, will help depressurize the engine compartment and lower engine temps.

Hot air is exhausted by the central rectangular opening, while rain water is directed towards the front of the hood away from critical components.
"

The other thing to consider is the battery sits directly below the extractor vents. It would be nothing for a would be thief to snip the battery cables to disarm the alarm.

VTEC Mini., I also run the Sparco Hood pins, just as the Assetto Corse car has. you can also easily open the hood too!, lol

The description of the Cavallino water tray, just dosent make sense to me,I'm sure its 1000 times better than stock, but with my current setup i have some cold air coming in via the stock airbox coming out of the hole that would take
the stock intake elbow.
This combined with air coming in through the NACA duct directly into the cone filter. I cant think of anything any as efficient other than the ATM Holey Cowl intake setup.

The heat extractor vent works very well (granted I havent tested with scientific instruments.) After the ride home last night I got out of the car and put my hand 5-6 inches over this vent.
It felt like I had my hand over a force hot air heater vent. lol

This current setup combined with wrapped exhaust turbine housing, wrapped downpipe and intercooler piping. I really cant see how things could get any better unless
you ran the car with no hood or nose for that matter.

Abarth Five O
06-17-2013, 10:54 PM
Just installed a new ECU cover. No more chance of water getting to the ECU.
What do you guys think?



http://i40.tinypic.com/2lc9sp1.jpg

Looks good and I like the extra protection. Where did you pick that up from? TMC?

Abarth Five O
06-17-2013, 10:56 PM
Down low in front of the battery there are a bunch of connectors.
I'm working on a small cover for that area too, then all bases will be covered.

Great idea! Very interested to see how it comes out.

Also did u notice any increase engine noise in the cabin?

deathshead
06-17-2013, 11:17 PM
Great idea! Very interested to see how it comes out.

Also did u notice any increase engine noise in the cabin?

Not in the cabin but outside the car sounds REALLY good!

Abarth Five O
06-18-2013, 12:19 AM
For guys running short ram CAIs such as the R/R, Injen, EC, or Madness/Sila versions, should we be concerned about potential hydro locking w/ these vents while driving in heavy rain?

minardi
06-18-2013, 07:26 AM
About the Naca Duct side: I have plans to make a box that will match up
to the vent. but for right now i'm running a r3t short ram.
After we finished the installation and I took the 40 mile ride home
when I pulled into driveway and got out i stuck my fingers into the Naca Duct.

The filter was ICE cold.

About the Heat Extractor side: The top of this vent sits directly OVER the ECU.
While the ecu is VERY well sealed and should be 100% waterproof.
I would probably still recommend putting something over the ecu for when it rains.

When I got home hand about 5-6" over this side. LOTS of heat escaping.


And the Finished product!
http://i39.tinypic.com/2mfby49.jpg
http://i43.tinypic.com/x26gw5.jpg
http://i40.tinypic.com/2w2ivpy.jpg

May want to call on these guy to get the underhood collector.
http://www.acscomposite.com/store/#!/~/product/category=2448044&id=21480161
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Guest
06-18-2013, 07:42 AM
For guys running short ram CAIs such as the R/R, Injen, EC, or Madness/Sila versions, should we be concerned about potential hydro locking w/ these vents while driving in heavy rain?

Wouldnt think so, the Assetto intake actually joins right up to the vent. Need a LOT of water to do damage. Think keeping the filter well oiled repels water too.

trevc
06-18-2013, 09:19 AM
Did you make that ECU cover or does TMC sell one? Looks like a really good idea!

deathshead
06-18-2013, 09:33 AM
The ECU Cover I fabricated that myself, looks pretty nice right?
looks like a oem piece I love it, I was shocked out well it came out and took less than an hour to build.,
When I take that cover off now it just doesn't look right under the hood.
Fiat should've added a cover like this from the factory.

http://i40.tinypic.com/2lc9sp1.jpg

Its currently held on with some double sticky tape, but im going to swap that out for some of that heavy duty velco.








Next few weekends the heat vent gets pulled back off and and some clearance opened up to turn it counter clockwise just a hair.

deathshead
06-18-2013, 09:42 AM
Do we see a small market for these ecu covers? :)

trevc
06-18-2013, 10:10 AM
Absolutely!

Do we see a small market for these ecu covers? :)

deathshead
06-18-2013, 10:20 AM
Absolutely!

I'm definetly thinking about perhaps building a few more as long as I can keep the
costs down to break even on materials and perhaps get away with a donation for gas and beer.

redred
06-18-2013, 10:34 AM
Looks great! Love the look you are going for!

For the rear wing, I highly recommend you try and find a rear hatch from a Bianco Pop or Lounge. It has the correct spoiler to mount the wing to and you won't have to destroy the existing Abarth spoiler. Those things are nearly impossible to remove without damaging the spoiler or perhaps even the hatch itself.

Love the ECU cover! I would happily donate some beers and/or lunch for one ;)

deathshead
06-18-2013, 11:23 AM
I was thinking the same thing!. - Im sure anyone with a Pop-lounge, etc would
have no problem swapping hatches. :)

shagghie
06-18-2013, 11:38 AM
I was thinking the same thing!. - Im sure anyone with a Pop-lounge, etc would
have no problem swapping hatches. :)


Katy Rokit has our Red Prima....the hatch is red with a black spoiler. But we've kept the Prima a virgin so far, and I dunno how she'd feel about a white hatch, so we'd have to get it painted too...

EDIT: I saw the Cavallino spoiler on Amazon for 995... note to self.

Vaejovis carolinanus aka lowconabarth
06-18-2013, 12:50 PM
Put me down for a ECU cover as well, if available.

Abarth Five O
06-18-2013, 01:03 PM
Do we see a small market for these ecu covers? :)

I'm down.

VTEC Mini
06-18-2013, 03:31 PM
VTEC Mini., I also run the Sparco Hood pins, just as the Assetto Corse car has. you can also easily open the hood too!, lol

The description of the Cavallino water tray, just dosent make sense to me,I'm sure its 1000 times better than stock, but with my current setup i have some cold air coming in via the stock airbox coming out of the hole that would take
the stock intake elbow.
This combined with air coming in through the NACA duct directly into the cone filter. I cant think of anything any as efficient other than the ATM Holey Cowl intake setup.

The heat extractor vent works very well (granted I havent tested with scientific instruments.) After the ride home last night I got out of the car and put my hand 5-6 inches over this vent.
It felt like I had my hand over a force hot air heater vent. lol

This current setup combined with wrapped exhaust turbine housing, wrapped downpipe and intercooler piping. I really cant see how things could get any better unless
you ran the car with no hood or nose for that matter.BY the sounds and looks of it, it looks like it works like a paint spray gun. The extractor creates a negative pressure the way the louvers are aimed and The NCA vent creates positive pressure. As you gain speed air begins to draw across the square opening in the center creating a low pressure area and thus sucking the hot air out.

I agree not having it all is probably better for withdrawing heat and I think your ECU cover is the tops. I also read on another ad for the tray it is held in with five clips for easy removal. So my thinking is for a DD it might not be a bad way to go and when you hit the track or some open road spirited driving then just remove it.

deathshead
06-18-2013, 04:07 PM
Its raining here right now, i just popped outside at work and the water intrusion is not too bad at all,

ECU cover works great.

In front of the battery down low, just looking at where the water comes in a simple small sheet metal guard that bolts to the battery hold down bolt should cover all the connectors down low in front of the battery. Ill whip up a prototype and snap some pics.

Guest
06-18-2013, 04:13 PM
Scorpion design ecu cover?? Yes please

Abarth Five O
06-18-2013, 04:33 PM
Its raining here right now, i just popped outside at work and the water intrusion is not too bad at all,

ECU cover works great.

In front of the battery down low, just looking at where the water comes in a simple small sheet metal guard that bolts to the battery hold down bolt should cover all the connectors down low in front of the battery. Ill whip up a prototype and snap some pics.

I'm down for supporting your beer and pizza fund for both covers!

deathshead
06-18-2013, 09:04 PM
Just finished up the front lower prototype. Wow! what a difference!
Do yourselves a favor, pop your hood, look down in front of your battery down low.

See that rats nest?

This piece covers that.

Its a simple cover, just take the battery hold down bolt out, stick this cover down there and tighten the bolt back down, wala...

This directs any water down to the plastic bottom belly pan to drain.

Even if you dont run the Assetto Corse vents, this really cleans things up down there.

deathshead
06-18-2013, 09:53 PM
Pics to come tomorrow when I get to work. My phone died and it got dark.
Rough prototype in very very thin aluminum.

These 2 little covers make a big difference under the hood regardless if you want to keep water out or not.

FTY
06-18-2013, 10:13 PM
Great writeup as usual bro!!

Abarthman
06-19-2013, 06:46 AM
Deathshead-

Our cars are identical! I put the AC vent and scoop on my car a week ago - but I DID get the templates.

Very happy with them.

For me, it was VERY evident that the engine picked up some ponies, with cooler air making its' way into the EuroCompulsion intake. Also, evident that hot air is making its' way out of the hood vent....

deathshead
06-19-2013, 08:36 AM
Deathshead-

Our cars are identical! I put the AC vent and scoop on my car a week ago - but I DID get the templates.

Very happy with them.

For me, it was VERY evident that the engine picked up some ponies, with cooler air making its' way into the EuroCompulsion intake. Also, evident that hot air is making its' way out of the hood vent....

lets see some pics!
While Rob and the rest of the guys were great to work with im kind of pissed off how they dropped the ball on the templates. Even after I told them multiple times that I would be doing a write up on all the forums and how this is a great plug for them.. Now I have to pull the heat side back out in the next few weeks and tweak the fitment just a hair.

deathshead
06-19-2013, 08:53 AM
The ECU Cover - Im looking into pricing to have ABARTH and the Scorpions stamped into them.
However this would raise the cost a bit as the dies are expensive. what do you think?

redred
06-19-2013, 10:13 AM
I think that's a great idea!

trevc
06-19-2013, 11:32 AM
Would be cool to have logos in there but I suspect the price for a small quantity would be too high.
If vinyl will adhere to the material Boris could make something nice I am sure.


The ECU Cover - Im looking into pricing to have ABARTH and the Scorpions stamped into them.
However this would raise the cost a bit as the dies are expensive. what do you think?

deathshead
06-19-2013, 11:58 AM
$160 bucks for a custom machined steel stamp. idk, if it would be cost effective unless I had like
LOTS of orders..

im looking into decals too.
the TMC sticker is on there just for kicks, it kinda finished off the look,.

redred
06-19-2013, 12:03 PM
$160 bucks for a custom machined steel stamp. idk, if it would be cost effective unless I had like
LOTS of orders..

im looking into decals too.
the TMC sticker is on there just for kicks, it kinda finished off the look,.

Thing is, that stamp could end up being used for quite a few other products too. I think that's a pretty good price, personally.

deathshead
06-19-2013, 12:24 PM
Thing is, that stamp could end up being used for quite a few other products too. I think that's a pretty good price, personally.

This is Very true! I will look into it and if and when im done with it I can always sell it to another forum member for their projects.

I just grabbed some nice sheet metal, I'll will re-do the bottom rain shield prototype this weekend.

I have to start getting the materials together to make this happen.

Abarth Five O
06-19-2013, 01:10 PM
Plain w/o decals or stamp would be fine for me to keep your costs down. I'm more into function than form. Thanks for sharing and being on the cutting edge!

Abarth Five O
06-19-2013, 01:12 PM
Deathshead-

Our cars are identical! I put the AC vent and scoop on my car a week ago - but I DID get the templates.

Very happy with them.

For me, it was VERY evident that the engine picked up some ponies, with cooler air making its' way into the EuroCompulsion intake. Also, evident that hot air is making its' way out of the hood vent....

Pics please...

Vaejovis carolinanus aka lowconabarth
06-19-2013, 02:02 PM
Plain w/o decals or stamp would be fine for me to keep your costs down. I'm more into function than form. Thanks for sharing and being on the cutting edge!

I agree,and look forward to putting my name on the list for orders.

mr_robs
06-19-2013, 02:53 PM
In for ECU/battery cover! Even if i wont be doing Corse vents for a while, it would be great to have and spruce up the engine bay a bit.

Sales@roadrace
06-19-2013, 07:32 PM
This is DC here. Thank you for the honest review.

I will say that I am completely responsible for the templates not being sent. My shipping dept. said they sent the templates the first time around, I said send you some more anyways, and it plain-and-simple did not get done. I should've saw the order completely through instead of assuming it was done. I commend you and your buddy on your hard work on the install and apologize from the bottom of my heart for the templates not getting sent and inherently making it difficult for you to install the pieces.

I feel very conflicted here in that I would love to show off your car's aggressive new look on our media networks, but to do so knowing I didn't satisfy my customer completely is what sucks for me.....

I remember us talking on the phone about how excited we both were about you getting these installed and reviewed.... and I absolutely dropped the ball for you.....

Bottom line here is, Im thankful for your review and hard work you put into this install and hope to one day make up for my mistake. I take these things personally and it means alot to have customer confidence. I work hard for those types of things.

Respectfully,

DC

Abarth Five O
06-19-2013, 08:03 PM
I'll be ordering mine soon from R/R with, of course, the templates as they've always come through for me in the past. Thanks R/R!!

Abarthman
06-20-2013, 06:27 AM
Pics please...

OK, I'll try to post later today!!!

deathshead
06-20-2013, 09:59 PM
This is DC here. Thank you for the honest review.

I will say that I am completely responsible for the templates not being sent. My shipping dept. said they sent the templates the first time around, I said send you some more anyways, and it plain-and-simple did not get done. I should've saw the order completely through instead of assuming it was done. I commend you and your buddy on your hard work on the install and apologize from the bottom of my heart for the templates not getting sent and inherently making it difficult for you to install the pieces.

I feel very conflicted here in that I would love to show off your car's aggressive new look on our media networks, but to do so knowing I didn't satisfy my customer completely is what sucks for me.....

I remember us talking on the phone about how excited we both were about you getting these installed and reviewed.... and I absolutely dropped the ball for you.....

Bottom line here is, Im thankful for your review and hard work you put into this install and hope to one day make up for my mistake. I take these things personally and it means alot to have customer confidence. I work hard for those types of things.

Respectfully,

DC



Thanks for an honest response. Shoot me an email or pm. Guys I came down with a really nasty case of bronchitis, sinus infection lost my voice etc.. feel like im
going to drop dead!


I did manage to get some materials in yesterday.
Depending on how well I am I will blast out lower water shield #2 to see what you think and would love feedback.


the top ecu cover my current prototype in the pictures
Just plastidipped. its holding up great.

I would love to powder coat them but I can seem to find
Anyyone getting rid of an old oven to powdercoat in house.

How does plastidip and or choice of black wrinkle paint sound?

Abarth Five O
06-20-2013, 10:04 PM
Either ok w/ me. Take care and get well soon!

Gigante
06-20-2013, 10:07 PM
Thanks for an honest response. Shoot me an email or pm. Guys I came down with a really nasty case of bronchitis, sinus infection lost my voice etc.. feel like im
going to drop dead!


I did manage to get some materials in yesterday.
Depending on how well I am I will blast out lower water shield #2 to see what you think and would love feedback.


the top ecu cover my current prototype in the pictures
Just plastidipped. its holding up great.

I would love to powder coat them but I can seem to find
Anyyone getting rid of an old oven to powdercoat in house.

How does plastidip and or choice of black wrinkle paint sound?

Hey deathshed, I hope you feel better soon... I had the same illness 3 weeks ago and know what you are going through, especially the sinus infection that is the worst. I feel for you.

Re: ECU cover
How about offering it in raw so we can put a finish on it ourselves? I'd be up for one in raw so that I could paint it to match my RR heat shield in Rosso.

Thank you for thinking out of the box.beerchug

Abarthman
06-21-2013, 02:56 PM
OK, I'll try to post later today!!!

Here 'ya go!
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Abarth Five O
06-21-2013, 03:25 PM
Here 'ya go!
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6762
6763

Nice! Thanks for sharing! How do you like it? I bet your under hood temps have been reduced significantly and your motor is running better overall. Do you have any mesh underneath? Any issues with water, debris, or dust?
Mine's on order! I'll post pics in a few weeks after it's installed. Btw, love your AC front lip too! Looks killer!

sk8ace
06-21-2013, 04:11 PM
Very kool! I don't think I would do it though. I would have to get a full CF hood and make a symmetrical intake/vent.

Glad to see some people willing to chop up some body parts though Haha :-)

Abarthman
06-21-2013, 06:41 PM
Love it. No more "cute car" comments. :-)
More power noticed immediately.
I added black fiberglass cloth beneath.

Sales@roadrace
06-21-2013, 07:14 PM
Here 'ya go!
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6761
6762
6763

Thank you for sharing and thank you for your response to my post. Car looks great.

-dc

Seafarer61
06-21-2013, 11:22 PM
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A, love the concept and application but not really a fan of how the heat extractor sits up so high on the white hood. I love carbon fiber but to me, that vent looks too much like an aftermarket add-on...like it's attached with 3m tape. The height and mass is quite striking when compared to the left intake piece, which is understated and lays almost flush.

On a black car or gray Abarth...the vent size probably wouldn't stand out as much and it would blend in to the paint but on a white hood, it seems to really stand out but I'm sure it works as advertised. If it was painted to match body color, I'm sure it wouldn't stand out so much. Just my .02

Your opinion is all that matters. Enjoy the benefits!

deathshead
06-22-2013, 06:30 PM
Abarthman, have you noticed when you shut the car down in your driveway and look straight you can actually SEE the heat coming out of the vent? :-)

Abarthman
06-23-2013, 09:46 AM
Abarthman, have you noticed when you shut the car down in your driveway and look straight you can actually SEE the heat coming out of the vent? :-)
Definitely can see & feel a lot a heat leaving.
At speed, the design of the exhaust vent should be literally sucking the heat out of the engine compartment.
Very functional, definitely not just for looks.
Just wait for the rear wing install. Deathshead, are you doing the wing too?

deathshead
06-23-2013, 08:32 PM
Definitely can see & feel a lot a heat leaving.
At speed, the design of the exhaust vent should be literally sucking the heat out of the engine compartment.
Very functional, definitely not just for looks.
Just wait for the rear wing install. Deathshead, are you doing the wing too?

I'm saving up the the wing. hopefully by Christmas time.. thats A LOT of cash to throw down just for an appearence item,
but its a MUST for me to complete the accurate look!

Abarthman
06-24-2013, 06:28 AM
Me too. $1000 for an appearance item; PLUS the cost of painting; PLUS the cost of a Pop rear hatch... Whew....
At least with the performance parts, I can do SOME justification in my (admittedly twisted) mind.....

Abarth Five O
07-12-2013, 03:50 PM
Here are a few pics of my install:

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MADNESSLuckyJay
07-12-2013, 03:56 PM
Lol. It's a pretty labor intensive and DIRTY job..but not TOO bad at all. You just want to take your time.

It definitely takes the car to a whole new level.
I'm aiming for a Assetto Corse / R3T look, but for the street.
The car is my primary 365 daily commuter vehicle and is not garaged.
I want that "holy crap! What is that race car doing on the street?" vibe.

I just need to find a way to get the wing and grill now then mud flaps.

Hoods are CHEAP too. In case you really screw it up.

Next up, ATM boost gauge setup & turbo blanket under the stock shield along with wrapped downpipe.


Im starting to get close!
http://blog.autoworld.com.my/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/080922_ab_500assettocorse_02_800.jpg
http://i40.tinypic.com/2w2ivpy.jpg

Should totally add that part of the stripe coming from the IC intake on the front bumper!

deathshead
07-13-2013, 01:15 PM
Should totally add that part of the stripe coming from the IC intake on the front bumper!

Our Boy Boris is working on the AC stripes :)

Vaejovis carolinanus aka lowconabarth
07-13-2013, 01:28 PM
I am going to do this mod with a replacement hood which I am going to have wrapped in vinyl . I was planning to do it this month but my riding lawn mower axle broke . So I decided to replace with a John Deer. This blew my spending $. Maybe next month if something else is not needed.

trevc
08-19-2013, 05:45 PM
Any update on the ECU and front connector covers?
Did you decide not to offer these?
Just ordered my hood vent set and started thinking about these again.

Thanks!


Thanks for an honest response. Shoot me an email or pm. Guys I came down with a really nasty case of bronchitis, sinus infection lost my voice etc.. feel like im
going to drop dead!


I did manage to get some materials in yesterday.
Depending on how well I am I will blast out lower water shield #2 to see what you think and would love feedback.


the top ecu cover my current prototype in the pictures
Just plastidipped. its holding up great.

I would love to powder coat them but I can seem to find
Anyyone getting rid of an old oven to powdercoat in house.

How does plastidip and or choice of black wrinkle paint sound?

deathshead
08-19-2013, 06:01 PM
Any update on the ECU and front connector covers?
Did you decide not to offer these?
Just ordered my hood vent set and started thinking about these again.

Thanks!


Sorry for the lack of updates, these are still on the way soon!!
I have been working on getting a powdercoating rig set up (Just got an oven in!) as I couldnt find any good pricing on powercoating locally.

I will have some more updates shortly.

Abarth Five O
08-19-2013, 06:09 PM
DS, I'm down for one. 5 O

Kurumi
08-19-2013, 06:40 PM
Count me in for a cover as well. :)

trevc
08-19-2013, 07:01 PM
Cool!

Sorry for the lack of updates, these are still on the way soon!!
I have been working on getting a powdercoating rig set up (Just got an oven in!) as I couldnt find any good pricing on powercoating locally.

I will have some more updates shortly.

Gigante
08-19-2013, 10:16 PM
Sorry for the lack of updates, these are still on the way soon!!
I have been working on getting a powdercoating rig set up (Just got an oven in!) as I couldnt find any good pricing on powercoating locally.

I will have some more updates shortly.

DS, I'd still be up for one in RAW to put my own finish on it. Count me in with the rest of the guys when your readyxyxwave

lillo24
08-20-2013, 03:02 AM
Hey deathshed, I hope you feel better soon... I had the same illness 3 weeks ago and know what you are going through, especially the sinus infection that is the worst. I feel for you.

Re: ECU cover
How about offering it in raw so we can put a finish on it ourselves? I'd be up for one in raw so that I could paint it to match my RR heat shield in Rosso.

Thank you for thinking out of the box.beerchug

I agree with Gigante. Raw is good for me also

lillo24
08-20-2013, 03:06 AM
Very kool! I don't think I would do it though. I would have to get a full CF hood and make a symmetrical intake/vent.

Glad to see some people willing to chop up some body parts though Haha :-)
yeah I agree! If I had to get them I would probably go with the smaller ones that RR offers.

Kurumi
08-20-2013, 04:31 AM
DS, I'd still be up for one in RAW to put my own finish on it. Count me in with the rest of the guys when your readyxyxwave

I'll take mine without a finish as well. Raw sounds too dirty. :p

Longwell
07-29-2015, 12:56 AM
Opening and old thread. I am very interested in this...any updates since it has been so long?

monsterdetail
07-29-2015, 01:47 AM
Just installed a new ECU cover. No more chance of water getting to the ECU.
What do you guys think?



http://i40.tinypic.com/2lc9sp1.jpg


Whats the link to this cover? I need one.

monsterdetail
07-29-2015, 02:01 AM
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gundam2000
07-29-2015, 12:03 PM
I'm not sure you guys saw my custom vent job. I was worried about water on the ECU as well. I installed an aluminum 3g battery side cover. No way any water will damage anything now and it looks cleaner under the hood.
http://www.fiat500usaforum.com/showthread.php?21779-So-I-did-this-to-my-hood-for-UNDER-50

under hood shot showing the cover is near the end.