Most likely if you have a Carbon Fiber Hood
you tend to run into this problem. I went through 3 hoods a 1 piece Hood
, 2 piece Hood
by importtrends and 2 piece raised Hood
by V.I.S. none seemed to fit just perfect without some type of modification.
Here are some hints:
01. Inspect the clearance underneath your Hood
. Sometimes the support brackets that form the Hood
are made up of thick fiberglass check it out see if anything is hitting.
02. If you find scratches in a particular area under your Carbon Fiber Hood
most likely it's just a clearance issue.
03. This problem usually happens on GT's but some 2000 Celica GT have seem to pull it off where the design structure underneath the Hood
is not hitting or disturbing the throttle clamp when the Hood
is closed. Manufactuers all go by one mold but sometimes after making many molds form is not perfect in depth or structure it varies in different ways.
04. After running into this problem trying to find the perfect Hood
. Here's what I ran into. The reason why GT's get it the worst is because the throttle cable clamp that holds you're throttle cable up in the center of you're Intake
manifold is hitting one of the support bar structures under your Hood
(Well atleast mine did).It goes the same fore the GTS. But most of the time GTS do not tend to have this little gap problem to the left side due to the fact that this throttle clamp is lower then compared with the GT. The worst you may have to do is cut underneath the Hood
with a dremel work slow and be gentle as you don't want the Hood
to get screwed up.
05. You may also need to put in the rubber bumpstops that close your Hood
for proper alignment many Carbon Fiber hoods don't have pre-drilled holes for these which cause the Hood
to be unbalanced when bolted on and closed. These rubber bumpstops can be adjusted in height so you'll be able to adjust the gapage on both left and right sides.
06. Last if none of this works and your pins don't do the justice keep in mind not every Carbon Fiber Hood
is as perfect as an O.E.M. Hood
. It may be a defect in the way the Hood
was made. Some people get just get that lucky Hood
! I had to go through 3 until I figured out what was going wrong as well as clamps molded in, bolted in that aren't safe and do not shut down all the way properly!
Hope you get the problem fixed! After my experiences with these hoods I ended up using sparco pins, and locking pins but now I've gotten it to where I don't need it heh. I finally got it perfected though.
If you have a GT check #4 good luck no stress!