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I've been checking for a while and the local dealers here tell me that the T/A hood is out-of-stock and on backorder. No one seems to know when they will be back in stock.
Does anyone have any "insider" knowledge as to when Mopar is going to have some more? The other aftermarket hoods look nice enough, but IMHO they are way, way over priced. I can't see dropping close to 3 grand for a repop hood...
No idea on the hoods, I would assume after the 2013 order banks are opened they may start producing them again (now). Maybe the parts guys did not know if the 2013s where going to be around and they ran their stock down..
With that said, you get what you pay for. If you want something just for looks then go MOPAR, if you want something kind of functional add the under hood plenum and CIA which will start to encroach the BETTER after market hoods.
MOPAR TA HOOD primed and ready for paint - $ 1,474.95
MOPAR under hood plenum $ 219.95
MOPAR CIA $ 339.95
Paint = $500 (good paint job but you may be able to find it for $300 or it may cost you $700)
Total = about $2500,00 (not including shipping)
An AFR hood that is a real functional hood (air direct to TB - not to air box then TB) and it comes with the CIA = $1950 (unpained) and can be ordered later with a max air scoop or shaker so you can have 2 or 3 different setups at a later date (this is what I do)
I purchased the hood/system with both the Shaker and TA scoop plus had it painted top and bottom and it was just under $2800 shipped.
However, as far as your AFR hood, you must have received some sort of special deal on your setup. I've got an email dated May 02, 2012, in which I was quoted $3,325 for the same setup you describe. That's $500.00 more than what you say you paid.
As far as the Mopar setup, I'm quoted $1,100 for the hood, $650 for the paint - and the dealer installs it free, and there are no shipping charges. I'm sorry, but for a difference of $1,575, I can use a little less air.
I've owned a number of Hemi / six pack cars and the hood had no effect on the performance of those cars in daily use.
IMHO, for these cars it's all about looks, in real life driving there's not going to be any appreciable increase in performance regardless if you have a stock hood or shaker or T/A hood. In fact, I have some old racecar books that actually state HP testing from back in the day indicated better airflow when the hood opening is facing the rear (windshield) rather than the front of the car.
Don't get me wrong, I think the AFR setup looks really sweet but there are a few more important things I can do with the extra $1600. If you can afford it - great.
The only bad thing is I have to wait for Mopar to get going on making some more T/A hoods.
ouch, did not know they raised the prices. I based my price as the same as what is listed on the site (currently). I do think Steve (owner) was saying something about increasing shipping but he was not sure.
I understand the cost involved and your point. TBH I have a feeling, even MOPAR did not know the status of the Challenger thus holding off producing more TA hoods. I hope now that the 2013s and possibly 2014/16s means they will ramp up again.
Either way good luck and keep checking the for sale section, always seems to be someone selling a hood. Make sure you post pictures if/when you get one.
Though I find that really odd. It was about two weeks ago when I was getting the oil changed in my 300 when I decided to go over to the parts counter. The parts guy looked up the T/A hood and actually showed me there was a waiting list. The status screen said Mopar did not have any in stock and no in-stock date was indicated.
I will check again tomorrow to see what in the heck is going on...
Try the link below, scroll down half way, you may be able to just buy the scoop and inserts and do it yourself, he has the T/A hood listed too for $1475. I brought challenger emblems from this place, they came quick and are just like the ones that come on classic challenger. Good luck.
I couldnt find any horror storys about Jims, just the one link you provided was the only negative I could find, and that guy returned his product after 30 days, putting him in violation of the return policy. I also checked at complaintsboard.com, no complaints. I had 1 purchase with them and I had no problems and the product was top quality.
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