Chevy Silverado Hoods - FAQ's
HOW DIFFICULT ARE THE HOODS TO INSTALL?
RKSport makes it easy! Disconnect the struts, wiper tubing and electrical wire that runs to the engine compartment lamp. Unbolt the hood from the hinges and remove the hood from the vehicle. Remove all stock hardware from the stock hood and re-install onto the RKSport Hood. The Silverado has multiple adjustment points to assure a perfect fit. We strongly recommend pre-fitting your new hood prior to painting. This will greatly reduce the chance of marring the hood once it is painted.
WILL WATER GET INTO THE ENGINE THROUGH THE RAM AIR SCOOP? RKSport has developed an effective water management system for all our Ram Air hoods to prevent any water that enters the scoop from making it to the intake. The water is ultimately directed weep holes that allow the water to exit the hood away from the intake and engine.
CAN I ORDER MY HOOD ALREADY PAINTED? RKSport does not offer paint services. We have found over the years that it is better to ship the hood 'paint ready'. This eliminates the possibility of paint damage during shipping and also allows you to pre-fit the hood prior to painting, which reduces the likelihood of scratching or marring the hood during final installation.
DO THE HOODS SHIP READY TO PAINT? The hood will arrive sealed in a premium quality, gray, gel coat. We recommend a light sanding prior to applying primer and paint.. Click HERE for detailed paint recommendations on all RKSport fiberglass hoods.
ARE THE CARBON FIBER HOODS READY TO INSTALL? Yes, they ship ready to install, no painting required. We finish them in a marine grade, clear gel coat for superior gloss, depth and UV protection. Some customers prefer to add an automotive clear coat to our finish for additional depth and gloss but it is not necessary from a protection point of view.
HOW MUCH DOES THE SILVERADO HOOD WEIGH? In most cases fiberglass and carbon fiber hoods are 20-30% lighter than stock metal hoods.
CAN I RE-INSTALL THE STOCK HOOD LINER ON THE NEW HOOD? It is possible but you would need to modify it to make it work. RKSport Hoods do not require a hood liner. The primary purpose of a hood liner is to protect the paint from engine heat. The double walled construction of our hoods, combined with the natural ability of fiberglass to dissipate heat offer more than adequate protection.