Originally Posted by lambalrl
That's probably what I'll end up doing is getting a new hood. I've seen a couple of aftermarket aluminum hoods for around $400, but I would imagine for that price the quality won't be as good.
That is not true, Ford just likes to charge outrageous prices for stock equipment.
For example, my buddy needed bellhousing to trans, bellhousing to block, and flexplate bolts for his 5.0. He would have had to pay $180 for 15 bolts! They are insane with some things!
I also read awhile back about something with GT500 hoods. From what I could understand, a couple guys were upset because their hoods got damaged and they had to pay upwards of $5000 for new ones. The number was probably higher than that.
Ford does not price some stuff very fairly. But they don't care, they know the aftermarket exists. As for my buddy, he just used his tap and die set and went to the hardware store to get the correct bolts.
You will find quality hoods for around $500, lighter than stock, and they'll look cooler.