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Actually, that's why you need them... they're ligther and the flex more... When I test fitted my hood and drove around I could see the hood "flap". Wasn't driving too fast but enought to make me concerned. Others have gone alot faster and have seen more 'concerning' effects.
Well, I have always felt form follows function. So, I would get them for safeties sake. I have found some rather small hood pins I will buy before I paint my hood VR.
I run an aftermarket fiberglass hood from mazdaspeed. i have locks on the hood instead of pins. i like that look alot better. i know if i forget to lock them tho at about 60mph the hood bows waaaay up and if i dont catch it i think it would prolly shatter the hood. i think that the stock hood has enough weight that you wouldnt half to worry about it.
well just from my own expierance ... I got a FG scoot hood on my FD with no hood pins.. i bought it on line and it does not
"fit like stock" had gaps on all sides... shortly after the i got the hood on
i shipped my FD from Hawaii .. to Cali .. to drive it cross country ..when i got into Nevada.. i decided to really open her up for the first time. on the open "unpatrolled" road.. totally forgetting about the gaps in the hood especially by the bumper.. so at 160 mph i decided to slow down .. and the hood did appear to seem like it wanted to float off....
but it stayed there.. and i was at speed for a good while..
would i do it again...
probably not.. but my hood stay on.. maybe i was just lucky.... but i dont think too many people take thier FD up to 160 that much...
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