Despite how upset I am right now due to a current electrical failure regarding my Jeep, I will just have to look on the brighter side of what I got done today. I have had this mod in mind for a while, since April of 2014 actually. I noticed that the temps in my Hemi like to rise a good deal when I am wheeling. I noticed it first when I went to Rausch Creek a few years back and the same happened recently on the last trip. I always had in the back of my mind hood louvers and I recalled seeing a set on Rocky Road Outfitters website here: http://www.rocky-road.com/jeep-grand...d-louvers.html
So, I shot Chris at Crawl Offroad an email; my preferred WK parts dealer and bought the louvers through him! After it all, my Jeep is looking like this:
When I got the louvers, I found that they are Run Cool louvers and they have some pretty awesome stuff. If ya wanna check them out, see here: http://www.hoodlouvers.com/
Now, back on track. I read the directions meticulously and got my tools; a drill, 1.5" hole cutter, an assortment of tapes, pop riveter, and a good ol' angle grinder to hack away. All that and protective gear as well! I started by pulling my hood latch; it broke. I should have just stopped there and said, 'Pkay, Casey you literally just broke your hood release, sell your Jeep now.' But no, I am persistent. I started off by marking where I wanted them and measured once, twice, three, maybe even four times. I lost track. I ended up with this:
As the directions mentioned, circular corners have more structural integrity than a plain shard corner, so I followed in belief.
Then the fun part of cutting the holes, which was said and done with pretty quickly. I noticed that the hood supports ran just near the bottom of the holes, so I followed the directions and 'Swiss cheesed' them.
Then, with bare metal showing and the possibility to see through the louvers, I decided to paint it all flat black.
And voila! This took about four hours. The hardest most tedious part being drilling every 1/8" hole and riveting the louvers on. It was all so worth it though and I love the look! Not to mention, heat BLOWS out of these things. You'd think I had a fan under there blowing hot air out. The Jeep took considerably more time to reach anywhere near its previous temps and it runs around 15-20 degrees blow what it used to.
If you're wondering where the negative remarks came from, it is because on my way home from work earlier after feeling satisfied from the louvers, I got a CEL. All of a sudden my Jeep was in limp mode stuck in third gear with trouble codes P0700 and p2067. It seems like I will have to drop the trans pan for a third time IN ONE YEAR PLEASE C'MON JEEP TRANS FLUID ISN'T CHEAP AND YOU CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF IT. That AND replace the solenoids above the valve body. Yay. I'll get under the Jeep tomorrow after I pray tonight that I find a loose wire. Wish me luck!