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Unread 07-09-2012, 06:11 PM   #1
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Poison Spyder hood louver install

As many of you know I was lucky enough to win a Poison Spyder hood louver in their recent giveaway. The louver arrived at my door in a very durable protective box last week. I was pleased to find that fedex didnt manage to damage the louver and it was perfect!


So on to the install...

The instructions/template that are provided with the kit are very easy to follow and well written. The only thing I wasnt willing todo was try to remove the hood and those torx bolts. So I covered the engine underneath the hood with a couple old towels and began to layout the template. The template is primarly located by the windshield tie downs.


Once you have the template positioned and taped down its time to start drilling the holes for the corners of the cuts. There are 2 possible patterns to cutout I used the standard one that didnt invovle cutting up the hood support channels.


Next its time to break for a beer before chopping up your hood


After that I used a sawzall since I didnt have any metal blades for my jigsaw to cut out all the sheetmetal. The jigsaw or a power sheers would be the best tools for the job. Next I smoothed out all the cuts and burrs with an angle grinder.



Then its time to test fit the louver and drill all the mounting holes through the louver itself. Since mine was powdercoated black I ran painters tape down the edges over the holes to prevent any scratches from the nose of the drill. Once the holes are done you remove the louver and knock off any burrs. Then I masked off the hood/cowl and painted the entire area under the louver both top and bottom to prevent any rust.

After the paint dries its time for final assembly!!!

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Unread 07-09-2012, 06:27 PM   #2
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Now its time to reinstall the louver and all the allen head screws. Watch the screws as you are installing them. I had a couple cross thread and lock up midway of the bolt. I had to cut them off and replace them with a new bolt luckily PS provides some extra bolts and locknuts. Overall the install went smoothly and was super easy. The louver looks great and will definetly help with under hood temperatures.

HUGE thanks to Poison Spyder

Now for the pictures!!









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Looks very good.. I got a question off topic how do you get words between pictures?
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That looks really nice.

Is there any gasket type of material between the louver plate and hood.



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Looks very good.. I got a question off topic how do you get words between pictures?
I always wondered that too.
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Unread 07-09-2012, 07:25 PM   #5
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Looks very good.. I got a question off topic how do you get words between pictures?
Thanks! The way I do it you just move the cursor down after the picture codes.


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Is there any gasket type of material between the louver plate and hood.
No there isnt any gakset material between the two peices. I added a couple coats of paint on top of the OE to make a thicker barrier between them since I live in the northeast salt belt.
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Looks great!
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looks great man. should definitely help keep her cool
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Looks good. One thing I found interesting. I have a 95 and instead of 3 windshield tiedowns my yj has the middle tiedown and then round rubber bumpers on the left and right like the tj uses. Also I really wish they would ship with black hardware. I have a red and black thing going on my jeep and the silver hardware I would have to replace.
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Looks good. One thing I found interesting. I have a 95 and instead of 3 windshield tiedowns my yj has the middle tiedown and then round rubber bumpers on the left and right like the tj uses. Also I really wish they would ship with black hardware. I have a red and black thing going on my jeep and the silver hardware I would have to replace.

I've seen the later 95's with tj windshield bumpers and hood tie downs before too. I'm not sure on the layout of the single hole for the bumpers but it may cover the 2 holes in the louver. If you want get me a couple measurements off the hood hinge/center tie down and I can compare them to mine. The hardware is stainless and to me worth the bit of bling for the corrosion resistance.
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I just might have to try this.
I'm running a smidge over 210 on the highway w/the A/C blasting. It's only in the '80's right now.
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Looks Great! and nice write up. for $129.99 i might have to get one. Any problems with rain water getting all over your engine?



Nice color YJ btw haha
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No there isnt any gakset material between the two peices. I added a couple coats of paint on top of the OE to make a thicker barrier between them since I live in the northeast salt belt.
Something like silicone or even an RTV bead down before screwing it in would seal the link between the hood and louver as well.
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It looks good! You'll have to change your sig now ssyj94 as your hood is no longer stock lol
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Looks Great! and nice write up. for $129.99 i might have to get one. Any problems with rain water getting all over your engine?



Nice color YJ btw haha
Thanks yours looks good too ha. I dont see any issue but it hasnt really rained here since I put it on.


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Something like silicone or even an RTV bead down before screwing it in would seal the link between the hood and louver as well.
Yeah I figured it'd just trap moisture in more than anything. We'll see how it goes over the winter but I'm pretty sure it'll be ok.

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It looks good! You'll have to change your sig now ssyj94 as your hood is no longer stock lol
Yeah ha.. I'm going to have to come up with something else now
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So does it help with engine cooling?
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