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im not sure how many of you guys frequent acurazine but im over there on a regular basis and i saw a thread about ucm and read through the whole thing. Im thinking about doing the trimming of the cowl not completely removing it but has anyone done this on here thoughts and opinions...
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ugh i think it looks kind of ghetto without those pieces near the windshield and looking at the rest of pics his cai filter is clearly exposed to the elements i don't like it
 

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Does look kinda ugly but if what this guy says is true it would be worth it for someone who is looking for performance. I might give this a try.
 

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I'm over on Acurazine frequently. Alot of information over there crosses over to the 6th and 7th gen Accords.


Inaccurate is a really cool member over there. He has numerous threads on performance mods. He does his research and presents data VERY well, so everyone can make their own decision to do that specific mod or not. He has been modifying cars along time beginning with American Muscle.



According to his before and after temp readings, this cooling mod works. This mod moves more air in the engine bay. Helps the heat escape...
It's another method to reduce heat soak. Reducing heat soak prevents or slows down loss of power.

Sure, it's not pretty, but it works. Function over form.
 

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Hood risers, deleting AC will help way more.

This mod won't be that much noticeable. I've raced in 100+ degree temps, with track ground temps exceeding 150. Causing my engine temps to exceed the comfort zone.

Excavating heat from the engine is beneficial, however the air flow to the radiator will keep engine temps down, i.e oil temp, and water temps. Those are the two biggest factors to engine failure. Over heating causing expansion/warpage of cylinderhead/block assembly. and overheating oil temps, causing improper lubrication.
 

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It is an old muscle car trick, they stack washers on the hood hinges to raise the back of the hood to allow heat to escape. This way is prettier than that.
 

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Hood risers, deleting AC will help way more......


I would love to delete my AC system, but, since the defrost is tied into the AC system you would lose that feature. I don't wanna deal with windows constantly fogging up during cold weather, unless...you have a solution.
 

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I popped my hood on my last vehicle and got mixed reviews so I think I may go this route
 

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popped hoods look like ****

this seems like a slightly less ugly solution

the acura member fails in my book, by cutting out plastic in the fog area he has lowered the amount of air being vented to the radiator.

i would take any advice from this guy with a grain of salt
he removed the front and rear metal bumpers to save weight
any major accident he has now will GUARANTEE frame damage

not to mention how much less safe the car is now
 

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Popped hoods are for civics and teggies... jus sayin.
Why? My hood is raised an inch to excavate heat, allowing proper flow from the radiator out. the front of my radiator is boxed in to direct air flow. How is that for civic and integras? Cooling is cooling, and if you need to keep the engine cool, sometimes there aren't other options.
This Acura owner however has got it all wrong. Just because you cut a hole doesn't mean when you're going 100 mph, air is being vented through the radiator. You need to actually direct air to it. Honda and Acura from the factory tested these bumpers they designed for sufficient air flow at high speeds. It's the air flow when the car is moving that cools the engine down. The Fans for the radiator is just there for idle, when no air is being pushed through.
Something as simple as removing your under carriage will throw the air flow out of wack and you will over heat on the race track. Trust me, I've tested all the methods on the race track.
 

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I did this today but our cars dont have the up rights like the tls have so I decided to leave some spots just incase it needed support I will post pics later
 

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This cooling mod works very good for hot days in slow moving traffic. It is not mentioned yet in this thread but you will lose the clean outside air for your air-conditioner as this opens up a direct line from the engine bay straight into the vent that pulls in the outside air for your air-conditioner. It is just something to think about before you do this cooling mod. Most just run their air-conditioner on recirculation.

This is what my cowling looked like after doing this mod.


Cooling Mod 3 by Jaster2, on Flickr


Cooling Mod by Jaster2, on Flickr
 

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Some cooling mods look hideous- others are controversial based on aesthetic opinions- each to his own- i propped rear of my hood with nylon spacers
1" thick and stainless steel washers and bolts on either side, from hrdware store.
I spent 7.50 - if i get tired of it. No big deal- it works well and helps the outlaw thermal intake and throt bod spacers.
 

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I think ya have this thread all wrong. Look at the Acurazine thread. There are various ways to complete this mod as per YOUR liking. Innaccurate is a 50 year old with a 2800lbs TL.. No back seats, racing fronts, no liners, no wipers, no radio.. His threads are VERY informative and always a good read.

I have this mod. My Manifold temps dropped 25-40 degrees while running... its always cool to the touch after a drive

Look at post #309 from the thread to check out other forms of this mod. Popping the hood in not necessary. Depends on how you want to do it.
 
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