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Old 05-06-2012, 01:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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anyone ever stretched a samurai hood?

having some trouble getting my samurai hood to clear my radiator....only need about 6in or so and was thinking about adding on to the rear of the hood and making new hood hinges.....anyone ever done this.....? I am not wanting to move my radiator to the back....and i would like to keep the fan behind the radiator....



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Old 05-06-2012, 02:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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huh....I fit a 22re in mine using the stock clutch fan and toy radiator....All i had to do was notch the front out and run hood pins but its a really tight fit.

Dont sound like too bad of a job to do what you described,add to the rear and add the hinges.Are you planning on running a tube front clip?
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Old 05-06-2012, 02:19 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I added 10" to mine. Just like you said. Added it to the back, cut the old hinges off and welded them to the new piece. Will post pics later
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Old 05-06-2012, 04:31 PM   #4 (permalink)
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sweet pics would be great....
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Old 05-09-2012, 08:24 PM   #5 (permalink)
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anyone...would like to see a finished pic before i start on mine
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Old 05-09-2012, 09:19 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I did a sidekick.

Lenghten and widened...
I know it's a little different but they are both clamshell style hoods. Sami would be easier as they have straigth lines as opposed to curved ones on a 'Kick.


Here is what it looked like before. A little short:



"New", "shiny" hood:



Point of no return with the KOH memory going to the scrap bin:



Here is what I'll use of the old hood.




The "new" one is a little long:



Trimmed:





I used the factory formed and dimpled ribbing from the scrapped sections to reinforce the "new -new" hood.

In this picture you can see the center rib fused and one "branch" going from the center rib already made (goingo to the right side)
I will complete all of them. It should look right and will be strong enough to slam.



Seam sealed all the welds as well as seam seeld some of the ribbing to the sheet metal. This is what factory does as well to reinforce the structure.



This hood looks pretty Red White and Blue to me... :shakehead:

Not all of it was done tonite. Tomorrow I will finish reinforcement bridging and hopefully work on finishing the outer look metal work.



Here is a rough idea. It changes the proportions of the whole look pretty noticeably:

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Old 05-09-2012, 09:22 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Working on the angle piece:



... think I got the angles and curves right:



so I welded irt:



the freakin sides are gonna be a PITA:



had to cut it off completely and section in new sheet metal and stich it back in.



All had to be reinforced underneath too but the end result is what counts, I guess.



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Finished welding outside and underneath...
Ended up pretty straight and the radiused curve of the profile ended up nice and consistant:



After the initial rough sanding I glazed it :




Here is how it fits the front clip lines now:



Primed:



... and painted:



I wanted to lose the hood nipple piercings. I also had to fab up the latch system and the little hood bump stops so it slams nice and controlled and it does not rattle at hi speeds and move the HID's to the outsides and lower to alow some room for the latch (meaning fab up a brand new bracket). Now it looks like it needs a grill.



So here are some shots of the new look:




And here is "before and after":



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Old 05-11-2012, 09:28 AM   #9 (permalink)
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wow must have missed that on your build thread mudkick. that looks great!
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Yep we did it and raised the hump to look more like a cowl!

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wow must have missed that on your build thread mudkick. that looks great!
I never had a build thread for the "original" 'Evilution 2.5' thread going on on Pirate.
So you probably didn't really miss it unless you follow me on the local BC websites. The 'Resurrection' thread on the local boards is now here (although called "sidekick pickup") since it kinda started as a question.
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Old 05-13-2012, 09:35 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Yep we did it and raised the hump to look more like a cowl!

do you have any pics of the stretch ?
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Old 05-17-2012, 12:05 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I used two hoods and 4 fenders to built this:
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Old 05-17-2012, 04:46 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Guy in Germany did this:



Doesn't look too good if you ask me...


Build thread: http://suzuki-offroad.net/viewtopic....=asc&start=460
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