I took mine out and the motor does seem to cool down a bit better. I've left them out in a few of our FL rain storms and nothing's happend. However i've noticed more dust building up in the enginge area with them out. I'm having to wipe it down twice a week now.raven1124 said:That is what ferg was referring about. I took mine out and only put them in when it's raining and when I was it. As far as performance, maybe a little. The more air you have running through your scoops the better to keep your motor cooler.
I actually watched for that with mine. I was wondering the same thing as you. My hood didn't shimmy before or after the hood plug removal. You might want to see if there is any adjustments that can be made to how yours closes.GM Kid said:When I'm at speed--say, 80 or so on a freeway--I've noticed that the hood shimmies a bit. Just keep an eye on the panel gap between the driver's side front fender and the hood and see if you don't notice it, too.
I have a notion that whatever air is getting through the hood scoops (I've left the rubber inserts in place) is causing a bit of lift under the hood, making it vibrate a bit. I'd be curious to know if '04s do the same thing, or if their hoods sit still.
Anyway, I'd imagine that taking the inserts out would only increase this phenomenon in steady-state cruising at speed.
Yeah, you can play with the closure a bit, but I've always done that mainly for cosmetic reasons (to make sure the panels are even). My hood fits nicely, so I've just left it where it is.fergyflyer said:You might want to see if there is any adjustments that can be made to how yours closes.