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Is the shaker hood really worth it?

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Is the shaker hood really worth it?
no. i really like how it looks but 800$ really?? no..


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It's an expensive appearance mod. Sure it looks cool, but the performance benefits are minimal (if any at all).

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The way that physics of air pressure prevent the shaker hood from actually benefiting. just because a ton of air is rushing into it, doesnt mean its all getting to the engine at that pressure. To every force, theres an equal and opposite reaction, which translates to a back-pressure in the shaker system that only allows air to go in as fast as it is sucking it in. Granted the air is going to be cleaner and colder, but thats the only reason why you get some HP gains.

Some may argue that this theory would prove turbos and superchargers to be useless then also. But those are means of forced induction. The air has nowhere else to go in a compressor, so they DO create functional air pressure. Where as a shaker hood does not FORCE the air in, it just attempts to guide it.

A more life like scenario: take a drinking straw (this is going to simulate your shaker hood) now blow as hard as you can at the straw from about 6-8 inches away. Put your finger behind the end of the straw and feel the amount of air being pushed through it. Now compare this to the amount of air/force that you are blowing at. The same can be said for a shaker hood.

But they do look cool haha. Not worth the $800 for what is essentially a fancy cold air intake.

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Unless it came on the car, it's not worth it as a performance mod. Now, the cool factor is a different story! It's also rather subjective, just like aftermarket wheels, what some people say look awesome, others just shake their heads, and go "ehh." Pricewise, the shaker hood is in the same ball park as wheels, so you better really like it to spend that kind of money on it.

As far as performance goes, cowl induction beats a hood scoop every time, unless it's one of those pro stock, mailbox thingies that sits up at the same height as the roof line of the car! A low profile hood scoop, like the shaker scoop, actually sits in a low pressure area, and most of the air coming at it is directed up and over it, hitting the windshield.

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A low profile hood scoop, like the shaker scoop, actually sits in a low pressure area, and most of the air coming at it is directed up and over it, hitting the windshield.
+1! I forgot to include that point!

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