2018-2019 Mustang Anderson Composites Type-GR GT350 Style Hood – Carbon Fiber Review & Install

2018-2019 Mustang Anderson Composites Type-GR GT350 Style Hood – Carbon Fiber Review & Install

Hey, guys. Adam here with americanmuscle.com. And today we’re taking a closer look at and
installing the Anderson Composites Type-GR GT350 Style Hood in the Carbon Fiber finish
for the 2018 and newer Mustang GT or EcoBoost. If you’re the owner of that S550 and you’re
looking to shave some weight, some significant weight or just grab a carbon fiber exotic
look at the front end, this is an amazing way to do it. This hood from Anderson Composites is absolutely
100% real carbon fiber with the exposed carbon fiber weave and a gloss finish on top, but
it’s also double-sided. Upside down, left, right, and sideways full
carbon fiber. And it looks so good. If you look up close and personal with the
weave, there isn’t a single break in it, it is completely perfect head to toe. Now, the gloss on top is extremely glossy
but I will say it looks really, really good. It’s almost a piece of art. Now, this thing is going to shave some good
weight. Your factory hood comes in right around 35
to 36 pounds. This carbon fiber one comes in at just above
22 pounds. That’s good for about 14, 15 pounds of weight
savings which is pretty significant for the guys looking to shed some time off their quarter-mile. I would not recommend using this with hood
struts. Use your factory hood prop, it’s just gonna
be a lot safer. The hood struts that you have or you may pick
up in the aftermarket are typically tuned for the factory hood weight. So, when using hood struts, it can open up
a lot more violently because the hood is so much lighter. Now, this one, in particular, does come with
that hood vent on the top end here. That’s gonna allow for some significant airflow
to happen, extracting some of that heat which your factory hood does not have. You will have to pick up a different underlying
hood liner if you don’t wanna modify your current one. There really isn’t pre-drilled holes on the
underside so you wanna pick up a specific one that’ll work with this which you can find
on the site. That’s there not only to insulate heat but
it’s also there to protect the hood finish. Now, the carbon fiber can be susceptible to
extreme heats and we all know it gets very hot under the hood. It does have that heat extractor, but it only
does so much when it comes to that. Definitely, wanna look into picking up that
hood liner. So that GT350 styling here looks really good
and is also really functional. This does come in at a pretty high price tag
which you can probably imagine given that it’s a full carbon fiber piece. Comes in right around the $1,600 mark. It’s worth every dollar if you’re looking
for that really good look or that good weight savings and functionality. Install, I’m gonna give it one out of three
wrenches on our difficulty meter. It’ll take you about an hour from start to
finish, maybe a little less if you have a helping hand which I would definitely recommend. Tools used in this install include a quarter-inch
ratchet, 10-millimeter deep socket, flathead screwdriver, and a panel removal tool. Kicking off the installation with our factory
hood, we got to get this thing out of the way. So, pop your hood and then we’re gonna start
by removing the interior hood liner insulation from the factory hood. We’ll move on to disconnecting our windshield
washer nozzles, removing those and then we’ll unbolt the hood. Step one, open this up. Take a panel removal tool or something similar,
we’re gonna remove the push pin clips holding on our interior hood liner. Now, ours already has a couple of them already
removed so we’re gonna start from the middle and remove the few that are remaining. All right. Once you have those removed, set your hood
liner aside. Now, we have to pop off our windshield washer
fluid line that’s clipped in with plastic clips all along the line itself. So, we’re gonna grab our panel tool, gonna
go in here and just pop these guys off. Perfect. Now, you’re gonna grab a flathead screwdriver
and we’re gonna disconnect the line from here. Now it’s not super difficult, but keep in
mind there may be some excess fluid in there so it might squirt out at you. So, what you wanna do is just step away, push,
and disconnect. Do the same on the other side. Now, the washer nozzle itself, one on each
side, is right down here. What you’re gonna do is find the tip of it
right here, pull back, and they slide straight out. Now, you wanna hold onto these to get reinstalled
on your new hood. Do the same on the other side. Guys, next step, grab a quarter-inch ratchet
and a 10-millimeter deep socket. You’re gonna remove the two nuts holding on
the hood to the hood hinges. Now, you wanna have a helping hand on the
other side here because the hood can get a little unstable once you unbolt one side. So, I got my buddy, Andrew, on the other side. I’ll pass off the ratchet when I’m done. He’ll remove his side and then we’ll pull
the hood off altogether. All right. I’m gonna leave that nut just a little loose
just so it can hold itself on. I’m gonna pass this off to Andrew. Disconnect that hood prop and set your hood
aside. Now, you do have to remove your striker from
the factory hood. So, grab your 10-millimeter socket again and
just pop off these two nuts. This will get transferred over to your new
hood. All right. Grab your carbon fiber hood with a buddy,
you’re gonna lay it right back into the factory hinges. Replace those factory nuts. All right. Once you tighten those down, pass them off. Once you have them bolted down, you do wanna
make sure you’re testing the fitment before you move forward. Close your hood, make sure everything lines
up. If you have to make any adjustments with your
hinges, you can do so now before moving forward. Guys, at this point, take your washer nozzle
and you’re gonna slide it into place using the pre-cut holes on the hood. Now, listen. In some cases, since they are handmade hoods,
in some cases, you may need to take a filer and file open that hole just a little bit
to get a really good tight fitment. Now, we’re gonna go ahead and test ours. So, you wanna go in from the front here and
slide that through and you’ll see your washer nozzle will come through this pre-cut hole
here. Pull that all the way through and snap this
in. Now, if it doesn’t snap, you may need to make
adjustments. Ours clicks in pretty good here, so we’ll
test the other side as well. Perfect. Now, you wanna take your reservoir lines and
reconnect those to the washer nozzle. Snap in. Do the same on the other side. So, as you just saw, you can firmly snap in
one of the retainer pins for that washer line. Now, you’re not gonna have pre-drilled holes
for the rest of the lines themselves. What you can do is secure them back with 3M
if it makes you feel safer. But once you put your new hood liner in, the
interior hood liner, that will hold back a lot of it. So, it shouldn’t be an issue, but again, that
comes down to personal preference. Now, as far as the hood liner itself, you
can reuse your factory one but it will require modifications. You’ll have to cut it to spec to fit on the
interior of your new GT350 hood. And given that the new hood has a vent in
the middle where the hood scoop would be, you would have to cut your factory hood liner
to open up that area so the airflow can flow through. Now, we are not gonna make modifications to
ours. What I would recommend doing is picking up
the new one for your GT350 which you can find on the site as well which is made specifically
for this hood. Now, you wanna replace your striker into the
new studs. Now, studs do come with new hardware so you
don’t have to worry about reusing your factory one. When it comes to your striker, it really depends
on what color your vehicle is from the factory, your factory paint. If your car is black, if it’s white, if it’s
a metallic, those colors look pretty good on your striker reinstalled on your new hood. As you can see, we have Race Red which can
stand out a little more like a sore thumb, but again, it’s personal preference. Some guys may like this pop of color under
the hood, some guys might not. If you wanna choose to get your striker painted,
you can spray it yourself, take it to a shop. We’re just gonna reinstall ours as is. All right. Grab your socket and tighten these guys down. Well, guys, that’s gonna wrap up my review
and install for the Anderson Composites Type-GR GT350 Hood with a Carbon Fiber finish for
the 2018 and newer Mustang GT or EcoBoost. You can pick up this one for yourself right
here at americanmuscle.com.

About the Author: Michael Flood


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  2. Where can I purchase the "Required" heat shield at? If it's "High Strength" why are you required to use hood pins and you can NOT use hood struts. Why because these carbon fiber parts are only laid out carbon fiber they are NOT properly made in a autoclave. So you get all the look of carbon fiber with NONE of the benefits.

  3. Someone needs to make a GT350 style hood in fiberglass or plastic composite for the 2018-2019 that's far less expensive and can be painted body color.

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