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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 10-28-2014, 10:46 PM
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CF Hood, Hood Pins Questions.

I already know I'm going to get flamed and pointless fast and furious comments but, I traded Franklynn for his CF hood. The hood does wiggle around at speed so, what hood pins should I get? Meaning are the tried and true good enough? I know of aero catches but I'd like to do front and rear mounts as to have the hood completely removable. I will NOT be retaining the factory hinges and closer mechanism. Also, this hoods carbon fiber so I'd like to through bolt it with larger washers and lock-nuts on the backside, not those dumb sheet metal screws they give you. Input? Advice? Thanks guys. Also, how many up front? I've checked out many track cars some have four in front two centered and then the edges also to reduce lift I assume. What's necessary or smart to do. FWIW this hood is so light you can Frisbee it across the lawn.
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I've heard aero catches are expensive, so I'd probably opt for the normal post and pin style. One on each corner should be plenty, that's what I had on my old S10 drag truck and it did just fine at ~120mph. Four up front is probably overkill.

I'll also take your old hood struts since you won't be using them, mine don't like to work in the cold
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Old 10-29-2014, 07:08 AM
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I've heard aero catches are expensive, so I'd probably opt for the normal post and pin style. One on each corner should be plenty, that's what I had on my old S10 drag truck and it did just fine at ~120mph. Four up front is probably overkill.

I'll also take your old hood struts since you won't be using them, mine don't like to work in the cold

Awesome, thanks for the input. I'll go with four then! My hood shocks are along the same line push up on the hood when it's cold and they'll stay.
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I can't remember ever seeing a race car with four hood pins at the leading edge.

Just out of curiosity, what is your ultimate goal for this car? Are you planning to do track school with it?
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I have aero catch. Haven't installed yet though. I plan on just two in the front with factory rear hinges.

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Dereck isn't it scary seeing it move around like that at speed?
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I can't remember ever seeing a race car with four hood pins at the leading edge.

Just out of curiosity, what is your ultimate goal for this car? Are you planning to do track school with it?

Ultimate goal is drift/track car only time it'll be on the street is to get to those events. I was just curious if aero catches were worth it and I'm not sure they are for the extra coin. It is a little scary when it moves around hahah big time
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Oh, and this is what I was talking about with the four on the leading edge...Click image for larger version

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I'm doing two in the middle like in the picture. It'll be about where the factory latches were.

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Oh, and this is what I was talking about with the four on the leading edge...Attachment 473002

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I'm doing two in the middle like in the picture. It'll be about where the factory latches were.

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Cool, I'll do the same then.
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On my old E36 track rat we had the pins close to the outter pin location on the image you posted, then used the factory hinges in the back. The hood would "shimmy" a little when the car was in triple digits but I only noticed it when reviewing film or when a passenger pointed it out. Either location is fine for the front hood pins.

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On my old E36 track rat we had the pins close to the outter pin location on the image you posted, then used the factory hinges in the back. The hood would "shimmy" a little when the car was in triple digits but I only noticed it when reviewing film or when a passenger pointed it out. Either location is fine for the front hood pins.

Jammin325 the car in clauss photo is a TT1 track car (LINK to build thread).

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Cool thanks for the input James did you rock aero catches or just plain old hood pins? Mine shimmies big time right now and, I would prefer it stays attached at triple digits. That tt1 car is a track car not a riced out hard Parker ....all the aero is meant to be functional not "pretty".
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Yes I guess would be the correct answer. Started with normal cheap (but functional) hood pins, ran them for a few months. Then a buddy found a spare set of Aerocatchs in his garage so we recut the hood and installed them in the same location. Same "shimmy" at speeds was noted on video/by passengers but honestly I never noticed it when driving.

Also I functional aero.

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