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I've had my Cadenza for 6 months now, and I've really enjoyed it. It really gets a lot of attention. Most of my cars in the past have been sporty, so I would really like to jazz up the Cadenza. I'm considering adding Hood Vents. So I did a quick Photoshop mock-up to see what it may look like. The vents are that of the Roush Mustang Heat Extractors. I like these because the tapper of the vent is similar to the tapper of the
 

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Is it going to affect the engine cooling by changing the air flow.
People think the engine cooling is just the radiator. Air flow also
cools the engine and engine compartment.
Does look cool but a little sporty for me
 

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Ya, this car to me is more muscle than sport. I personally don't care for how that looks but that's just me (and Yooshaw apparently). I'm with Gene as well on the whole engine cooling thing too, this would definitely affect it and possibly in a negative way. Sometimes less is more, especially when designed that way. A computer case is best cooled with the fan configuration from the manufacturer, that's why you can't just open the case and stick a huge fan next to it to cool it properly (seriously it doesn't work right, please don't, slightly off topic I know but it's what I do). If you just want it look pretty then maybe get some of vent-looking adhesives? But then you're just getting into the tacky territory. Maybe some big 3M stripes or something could help? A wrap?
 

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I think it would give the car an aggressive look. If' that's the theme you're going for you can definitely make it happen! I like the Seibon TS style hood look, you can add a mesh grill in each vent to help prevent water and debris from entering the engine bay.

 

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No way man...too rice. I gotta draw the line, friends don't let friends put in hood vents!


Seriously though, the only reason for a hood vent is to ram air into the intake, if you're not designing it for that, then you're ruining the car for no good reason.


Also as some have stated, the shrouded airflow could be compromised while moving. But in the long run I think what will happen is your thermostat will stay open, and the fans will run more to compensate for the minor increase in temp which will likely lead to optimal temp anyway. That said, at idle I wonder if the vents might actually keep the car cooler. Because without forced air in the heat buildup would probably like a place to go. Might even make idle fan's move more air, who knows.

Last, id be very concerned about water redirection. Got to be something to catch and run it down the outer perimeter or something...
 

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Thanks for everyone's input. All very valid comments. I spoke to a cousin that owns a body shop. He suggested that if I decided to do this, to cover the interior openings so as not to affect the airflow since this isn't the way it was design and/or designed to accommodate. I'm not married to the idea, but I agree with Paul. I think it would give it a very aggressive look. This isn't a change I can undo if I don't like it, at least not without spending a good bit of money. So, I think this one is going on the back burner for now.
 

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Thanks for everyone's input. All very valid comments. I spoke to a cousin that owns a body shop. He suggested that if I decided to do this, to cover the interior openings so as not to affect the airflow since this isn't the way it was design and/or designed to accommodate. I'm not married to the idea, but I agree with Paul. I think it would give it a very aggressive look. This isn't a change I can undo if I don't like it, at least not without spending a good bit of money. So, I think this one is going on the back burner for now.
Would love to see pictures if you do decide to go with it later! I will say the rest of the car needs to match the aggressive style though. You can't have an aggressive hood and the rest of the car looking stock. It would look strange
 

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Realistically, if you're unsure, and want to have options, get a second hood, how much could it be like $500? if you're paying someone you know to do it, could give him time to get it right, and a fresh paintjob, even with some accenting around, or a stripe up the center. Then you can swap hoods on a whim...like a weekend soft top vs weekday hardtop on a jeep.
 

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Would love to see pictures if you do decide to go with it later! I will say the rest of the car needs to match the aggressive style though. You can't have an aggressive hood and the rest of the car looking stock. It would look strange
True, True, What i was considering was

 

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I like it. If it can flow smoothly in the design of the hood I could see it working. I the car goes both ways, sport or lux, the vents blend the two together
 

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Wow, that's pretty wild. Looks like it's tied into the door lock/unlock, and maybe an external switch as well. I think I like it, but not enough that I want to do it to my car.

Of course I'm staring at his headlight mods, and it looks like they tried to make it look more North American with an amber reflector, and adding 3 amber LEDs in the plastic accent piece. He also blacked out the DRL module and removed the plastic lens, and totally blacked out the stock turn signal area and painted everything matte black. And some writing in the headlights themselves.

And I'm not a fan of the stick on accent pieces around the headlights.
 
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