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Hi, guys. So today we're checking out the DV8 Off-road Heat Dispersion Hood with Vents, fitting all 2018 and newer JL Wrangler. So if you're looking for a hood that's going to completely transform the look and the function of the front end of your JL, this option by DV8 is going to be a great choice to take a look into. Now, starting off with that styling, as you can tell, there is a large cowl in the middle of this flood. That's going to add a very dynamic and aggressive look to the front-end of your JL, perfect if you're looking to completely switch up your styling. Now, those vents on the side are also going to be incredibly functional. They're gonna be helping out with heat dispersion, as it says in the name, which will be great if you are living in a hotter climate and you want your engine cooler working more efficiently for a longer period of time or you are the avid off rotor and spend a lot of time in your Jeep on the trail and you're at that lower RPM range and not moving a whole lot, that cause a lot of heat soak and having a hood like this is going to increase that performance when it comes to heat dispersion.Now, this is gonna have multiple vents on the cowl and on either side that are not only going to just be functional, like I mentioned, but they're also going to look really cool as well and add to that dynamic look that this hood has going on. Now, this hood is also going to accept all of the factory features. So you do get a factory feel out of this hood and it is going to function exactly like the factory, especially with this fit that we have going on. I particularly would like to call that out. This has a very good fit for an aftermarket hood, so it is going to function like the factory hood, but, again, you're getting all of those benefits that the factory hood was not able to give you like the functionality of the vents and, of course, the aggressive styling that you're getting here with the cowl.I also would like to call out the fact that this is going to come in an unpainted finish right out of the box. It will be primed and prepped ready to send over to paint. However, it is not going to be painted like the one that we have here. We painted this to color match our Wrangler to show you guys a better representation of how this is gonna look up against your color code. So I would keep that in mind when you are shopping around for a hood, a lot of the options are unpainted and this one will be as well.Now, with that being said, this is gonna come in at roughly $850, which is a pretty average price point or an aftermarket hood. In my personal opinion, I think that this is a high-quality hood. It fits very nice. It transfers over all of those stock components, so you kind of get that factory feel and function out of the hood. But it's going to add a lot of functionality, a lot of heat dispersion, and it's also going to add that aggressive look. Now, some other options on the page may not be set up as aggressively as this choice. Now, obviously, we're getting this cowl in the hood that's going to completely change the look. Some other options may not have a cowl. They may include vents, but they may not include as many vents as this does. So, again, if you are looking for a lot of heat dispersion out of a hood, a very aggressive and dynamic look out of a hood, then this choice is going to be right up your alley.Now, install is going to be a two out of three renters on the difficulty meter. I would give it a lighter two out of three. You're gonna need a couple of basic hand tools, but you definitely will need somebody on hand to help you out with getting this on. However, fitting it is going to be pretty easy and swapping over the components will be pretty easy as well. It's probably gonna take you about an hour to get done in your driveway. So speaking of that install, let's jump into that now.The tools that I used for my install were an impact wrench, a T50 Torx socket, a 10-millimeter deep socket, a ratchet, a trim removal tool, and a breaker bar. So our first step to this is to unlatch our hood and then we're gonna go ahead and remove our hinges. Now, we have a couple of things that we need to swap over, but we're gonna do that while the hood is off to make it a little bit easier to do that. So what I'm gonna do first is just unlatch each of our hood latches so that we have a little bit of free room for when we take the hood off. Now, we're gonna go ahead and go up to the latches in the back or the hinges in the back, and using a T50 Torx socket, I'm gonna go ahead and remove those two bolts on either of the hinge.So I did have to use a breaker bar just to crack them free just because these are painted and they are a little bit tighter than a lot of other bolts, considering that it's holding the hood down. Then we can just take the impact wrench and start to remove them. So you can do the same thing on the other side. So you can separate the latch from the hood. This one has not been removed, so the paint is kind of stuck in place. I'm just gonna take a trim removal tool and try to break it free. So at this point, we just need to make sure the front part is unlatched. And when that is unlatched, we can kind of position it into a spot where we can take it off, and then we can grab an extra hand and completely remove our hood. So on the driver's side, before we take off the hood, I would be aware of the fact that you do have that windshield wiper fluid lined here. All you really have to do is pinch this line at that joint and pull back on the hose that's attached to the hood, and then the hood will be fully disconnected and we can grab a friend and remove our hood.So before we go ahead and swap over all of our factory components onto our new hood, I did wanna stop down and tell you guys a little bit more about it, some of the similarities and the differences between the two and why this option my DV8 is gonna be a big step up from our factory hood. Now, starting off, as you can tell, our factory hood is going to be pretty simple. We're gonna have a small body line or a small raise in the middle. That's gonna give us some extra styling, but it's not going to be anything compared to this new option by DV8. Now, we're gonna have a large cowl in the middle, and yes, that is going to be there for some aggressive styling, creating a more aggressive and stand out esthetic for the JL, but it's also going to be very functional as well.Now, this is gonna have vents on either side of the cowl and we're gonna have vents on either side of the hood that will do a really good job at heat extraction. Now, a lot of the time, if you are in a hotter climate or you're really working your Wrangler, whether you're off-road or you're driving for long periods of time, heat soak can happen. And with this heat extraction and all of these events around the hood, that's going to cool down the engine bay, keeping your engine at running more efficiently for longer. So, overall, this is going to be very functional in comparison to the factory hood. It really doesn't have any venting at all. Now, this is also going to be made of a stamped steel construction, which will be a change from our factory hood, which is made of a fiberglass construction. So it is going to be a little bit heavier. However, it's going to provide some more benefits than our factory hood, so I think that that is a fair trade-off.Now, I would also like to mention that we have our hood painted to match our Wrangler behind me, but this is going to come in an unpainted finish. It is going to be prepped and primed, so you can take it right to the paint shop and color-match it to your Wrangler. Now, what I also really like about this is that it comes with all of the necessary tie-downs in order to swap over all of our factory components, which we're gonna do in just a second, giving it a factory feel and a factory fit and it's even gonna come with underhood liners or better insulation. So, overall, this is a solid option when choosing a hood. It's gonna provide a lot of function and, of course, a lot of that styling, so what do you say we go ahead and swap over some of those components so we can get this installed on our JL?So starting with our factory hood flipped over, what I'm gonna do first is take off our factory hood insulator, then we can access everything underneath and kind of swap over each part one by one. So I have a trim removal tool. This is just all the in pop clips. So I'm just gonna start by removing these one by one. Now, I would recommend that you have the hood on something that's not gonna damage the paint or damage really anything on the hood. I have it on, some foam core right now. I would recommend like a moving blanket or something just to protect that paint and make sure that there's no damage to the hood, both the factory one and your new DV8 one. So after they're all out, what you can do is just lift up on it, kind of untuck it from those little... Well, we'll be able to access some of the stuff underneath.So at this point what we can do is disconnect our washer fluid line. Now, I'm going to take that trim removal tool or clip removal tool and just remove the line in the clips from the hood. We can untuck it from here and then we can disconnect. Or you just pull back on this joint here, making sure not to damage the fitting. And we're gonna be reusing this. So we're gonna put this to the side. Then we have a couple of nuts here that we need to remove and then we will have to squeeze these to push the actual windshield washer assembly through. So I'm gonna take a 10-millimeter socket and start removing those. And we're gonna save all this hardware. Again, we have to swap this over. Now what we can do is just squeeze these two clips and push it through. We'll be able to kinda lift the hood up and remove it from the other side. You're gonna put this to the side and we can do the same thing for the other one. Now we can take off either a hood latch. So I'm going to take that 10-millimeter socket again and take those 2 nuts off that are holding that latch on there. And we can do that on the other side as well.So what we're gonna do next is remove this clip here. We have to transfer over this clip that holds our hood prop here and then we're also going to swap over these two grommets. So first I'm gonna start with this with my trim removal tool. I'm just gonna kinda kind of lift up on it, get underneath there, and then pop it out of place. We can do the same thing for our grommets and then we can start removing our spring here, our latch, and then the actual hood prop, and then we should have everything off of our hood to move over to our new hood. So I'm gonna start with my 10-millimeter socket, removing that spring. Now, there's gonna be a little bracket down at the front of the spring held in by one bolt. Once that bolt is off, we can unhook this and then remove that. Same thing with our latch, 2 10-millimeter bolts on either side. So I'll take that 10-millimeter socket and remove those. That. And then for our hood prop, that's also 2 10-millimeter bolts.All right. Now, everything is removed from our factory hood and we can start installing it on our new one. So at this point, we can just repeat that process in reverse. I'm gonna start with our hood latch and the prop here, making sure that it's oriented in the correct way. Pop that into place. We can take our latch. I wanna actually pop this into place while it's here. I'm gonna take our two bolts, thread them in. Tightening them up with a 10-millimeter socket. Now, since I have the grommets here, we can just pop these to where they need to be, which is the two outer holes, either side. We can grab our spring. There's gonna be a little cut-out for that little hook there. So we can line that up. Grab our 10-millimeter bolt that we originally removed and tighten that down.Then we can take our latch. Making sure that it's oriented in the correct way, you really can install it wrong because of that little clip on the side. So that's gonna hook in and then we can take our 10-millimeter bolts and, again, get those in, tighten them up. All right. Now we can move over to our side hood latches. Now, making sure that the hook part is facing down because if we flip this over it will be facing up, we're gonna take those two studs, line them up, push them through. And we can take our 10-millimeter socket again and tighten those up. And then same for the other side.So for the windshield wiper fluid dispenser or this little actuator here, what we're gonna do is just take these two pieces. We're not gonna use this full bump stop that is on the hood. So what we're gonna do is insert them, making sure that the little dispenser is facing at the windshield, so it's facing the back of the hood and that the fitting is also facing the back. We're just going to slide these in and pop them through and that little clip should hold them in place. It might be a little bit difficult to get them through at first. Then we can take the plastic or the rubber part of our fitting, slide that onto the back and we can use these holes to secure them down. On these little clips here, you will be able to open them up and adjust where they sit on the line itself. So I'm just gonna try to line this with these holes in the hood here and clip that line down, make sure it's secure because this is gonna give us a little bit of excess in comparison to our factory hood or a factory tie-downs just because they were spaced out a little bit more. If you wanna go in and adjust this, you can trim part of this off. It's just a standard teetering [SP], but there's a little clip. It like hooks into itself. So I'm just gonna adjust this to make sure that it is in one of the correct places and we can secure that down.So at this point, what we can do is add our interior or underhood liner. So now we can install this liner. Now it is going to be attached by adhesive, so all we have to really do is pull back on this backing and get that out of the way, and we can lay it down on our hood. All right. So the one with the cutout, that's gonna go on the side with the prop. And you're just gonna give it a good press. Then the one with no cutout, that's gonna go in the middle. The wider part's gonna go at the top. The skinnier part's gonna go at the bottom. It's gonna follow the contour of the hood or the cowl. And the one over here is gonna have this cutout down at the bottom and this is gonna contour around that prop now. And then once everything is stuck down and installed, now we can fit this on our JL. So at this point, with the help of a friend, we can go ahead and lay the hood in place. Make sure the lines at the front and the back and then we can lay the hinges down and them secured.What we can do now is flip our hinge down into place and we're gonna have to kind of maneuver it around in order to get it lined up, but we can take our factory bolts and start to thread those in. Now, I'm gonna hand-thread them in on both sides, and then we're gonna tighten them down once both sides are actually in and take that T50 Torx and get those started. We can do the same on the other side. So to make sure that the hood is positioned correctly, what I'm gonna do is kind of push this back a little bit, make sure that it's sitting up against there correctly and then I'm actually gonna latch these hood latches down. That's gonna kind of just keep it in place while we tighten everything down. You're gonna try to align it as best as we can.So this might be a little bit hard to tighten down as far as the thread is concerned because once it's painted, sometimes the threads, if there's not a bolt in there, it gets beat on them, so it can be a little bit coarse. So I'm just gonna take that T50 Torx and that breaker bar that we used before and just slowly tighten those up. Making sure that it's in place, those hood latches should keep it pretty much where it needs to be. And then once you're pretty much started off and threaded in most of the way, you can take an impact wrench if you'd like and tighten those up. So those are most of the way started. I'm gonna move over to the impact wrench. And we can do the same thing on the other side.All right. So before we go ahead and put on our side vents, what we need to do is reconnect that line over there for our washer fluid. So we can use our prop that we installed, prop that up, come over to the driver's side, and we can plug in our washer fluid line, make sure that that flips. Now we can close up our hood and attach our side vent covers. So these vent covers are going to attach over on the side here. That's gonna give it a little bit of an accent and clean up the look. They are attached by 3M tape. So I'm just gonna pull off this backing. It is automotive grade, so it will spin on, along saving time. Also, I would recommend...I've already cleaned this area, but I would just take an alcohol wipe as you have it or just some soapy water and make sure that there's no dust or dirt on here that would mess with the cohesion process of the 3M. We can center this and then pop it down. I recommend to give a good press for about 30 seconds. And we can repeat that on the other side. So after the sideband covers are installed, then you're all set to go.So that's gonna wrap it up for my review and install. 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Aggressive Styling and Performance. Make your Jeep look edgier with this unpainted DV8 Offroad Heat Dispersion Vented Hood. It features unique styling that makes your off-roader stand out from the rest of the Jeep crowd. It also comes unpainted, so you can customize it with the color that suits you. Moreover, its highly functional heat extractor vents help prevent engine overheating, so you can push your vehicle to the limit, even on the most punishing terrain.
Excellent Dual Vented Design. Off-road adventures often cause the engine to heat up more than usual. This hood comes with a dual vented design to help dissipate engine heat more efficiently and maintain normal temperatures under the hood. Apart from that, the dual vents have been specially designed to add an even more aggressive quality to your Jeep’s appeal.
Highly Durable Construction. This performance hood has been manufactured using high-quality, stamped steel to ensure maximum strength, on or off-road. It also features an underhood liner for superb heat insulation. Additionally, its rust inhibitor ensures maximum protection against rust and other damaging effects of corrosion.
Bolt-On Design for Simple Installation. DV8 Offroad designed this Vented Hood as a direct replacement part for your Jeep’s hood. It mounts on your vehicle using its factory mounting points without the need for special modifications. To ensure proper fit, ExtremeTerrain recommends professional installation of this Vented Hood. We also recommend test fitting these products before they are painted.
Covered by a Warranty. DV8 Offroad covers this Heat Dispersion Vented Hood with a warranty against material or manufacturing defects. Some limitations to this warranty apply.
Application. This unpainted DV8 Offroad Heat Dispersion Vented Hood has been specially designed for all 2018-2023 Jeep Wrangler JLs, excluding Rubicon 392 models.
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