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Was at a car show today in Ringgold, GA. Had hood up and supported with the hood support rod. Wind lifted hood up all the way to vertical (fortunately didn't mess hood up or hit windshield) and then dropped it with support rod stickiing out to the front. Bent the metal piece where the support rod sticks into the sheet metal. Did scratch the underneath of the hood at one place but not too bad. No visible damage from the outside. Looks like I'll be ordering a set of gas hood struts to prevent this from happening again. Never would have thought of something like this happening.

The wind wasn't all that bad either--it was a real nice day. But I guess with the large hood surface area involved, the wind didn't have to be that strong to do what it did.
 

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I thought the hood struts were unnecessary and just added a little more weight to an already heavy car. May have to re-think that view after your story, as people often ask to see the HEMI.
 

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Same thing happened to a fellow member here in my area.
There was a fair amount of damage.
They put the struts on after that. I think I better do the same.
 

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Happend to me about 2 years ago while detailing the engine compartment. A strong gust of wind pinned the hood to the windshield. Had slight damage to the back corners of the hood repaired. Never leave the hood on the prop with any wind. Struts will save you from this nitemare. The hood vents wont stop a 40 mph gust from screwin with your car.
 

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The hood vents wont stop a 40 mph gust from screwin with your car.
I wasn't trying to imply that they would. Only that they must relieve some pressure in that situation. Should be standard equipment on all trim levels IMO, along with the hood struts and limited slip differential.
 

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happened to me too, bro!

I came back and the damn strut was sticking out with the hood darn near closed on top...

I got a small chip in the paint and the mounting bracket was bent. Crazy!

I figured, 'oh well, it's a done deal now'.
 

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That happened to me too last year. I was at the track and went to the concession stand and had left my hood up came back and the prop rod was sticking out the side. I never leave it open unless I'm close enough to grab the hood now.
 

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It also happened to my Challenger on a windy afternoon at a Saturday cruise-in
 

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I know that functional scoops will do nothing to prevent an uplift.

As for added weight? I'd say they add about 4oz. apiece, so maybe 1/2 a pound in total to a 4100 lb. car. I suppose you could shave about .01 seconds off your 1/4 mile without them...
 
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