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So, anyone noticed that the gap between the car and the hood, is noticeably wider, if that makes any sense? I feel like the hood could have possibly sit closer and tighter with the frame of the car.

Also, maybe I'm imagining it, but I've noticed that the hood vibrates at high speed on the freeway, possible due to the amount of air that is getting through underneath the hood? Getting paranoid about the hood one day just unlatching itself due to excessive wind/air as I am flying down the freeway. :plain:
 

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So, anyone noticed that the gap between the car and the hood, is noticeably wider, if that makes any sense? I feel like the hood could have possibly sit closer and tighter with the frame of the car.

Also, maybe I'm imagining it, but I've noticed that the hood vibrates at high speed on the freeway, possible due to the amount of air that is getting through underneath the hood? Getting paranoid about the hood one day just unlatching itself due to excessive wind/air as I am flying down the freeway. :plain:
There are adjustments you can make if you think it's too wide. Simply screw the spacers in a little more.

It's supposed to have air coming under it. As long as the actual hook latch is there, it's not going to fly up.

Note that I've HAD that happen to me - hood fly up while driving on the interstate. Circumstances were special - car had been in the body shop for hail repair, and they simply forgot to put the actual hook back onto the hood when they reassembled it. Because Oklahoma is so windy (Texas blows and Kansas sucks), there was a strong enough wind that while I was driving north on I-35 that nothing happened. Turned east onto I-40 to go around a traffic jam and about 2 minutes later, WHAM! Hood flies up, windshield smashed into a million pieces, lots of shattered glass in my lap, and ZERO forward visibility. Simply hit the flashers, started slowing down, used my rear view mirrors so I could see the lane markings and got it onto the shoulder without further muss or fuss, just had to roll the drivers window down and lean my head out to make sure I didn't hit a bridge abutment.
 

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I've noticed (and it bugs me) that the hood shakes at speed also. It's the air they are directing into the intercooler. My STI has a hood scoop so that problem doesn't exist, this is new to me. And i don't like it.
 

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Hate to overthink this but are there any instructions or a vid on how to adjust the spacers and close the hood gap?
They just screw in and out. Open the hood and look fir the big rubber pads on each side near the front. Grab them and unscrew them a bit and check. The threads are pretty thick so a quarter turn may be all you need.
 

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There are adjustments you can make if you think it's too wide. Simply screw the spacers in a little more.

It's supposed to have air coming under it. As long as the actual hook latch is there, it's not going to fly up.

Note that I've HAD that happen to me - hood fly up while driving on the interstate. Circumstances were special - car had been in the body shop for hail repair, and they simply forgot to put the actual hook back onto the hood when they reassembled it. Because Oklahoma is so windy (Texas blows and Kansas sucks), there was a strong enough wind that while I was driving north on I-35 that nothing happened. Turned east onto I-40 to go around a traffic jam and about 2 minutes later, WHAM! Hood flies up, windshield smashed into a million pieces, lots of shattered glass in my lap, and ZERO forward visibility. Simply hit the flashers, started slowing down, used my rear view mirrors so I could see the lane markings and got it onto the shoulder without further muss or fuss, just had to roll the drivers window down and lean my head out to make sure I didn't hit a bridge abutment.

I'll bet a good seat cleaning was in order after that.


I assume the body shop took care of it all?
 
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I'll bet a good seat cleaning was in order after that.


I assume the body shop took care of it all?
Well, when we got back to the dealership, I sort of got to go home then. And a VERY stiff drink was in order.

And yeah, body shop got to fix it. Again. Two more new fenders, another new hood, a new windshield, and fix the dent in the roof.
 

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A hood scoop would remedy this and wouldn’t take away from the looks of the vehicle.If anything it would look more aggressive and sportier,it worked for the older Forester STI wagons and Imprezas why not the Ascent.
 

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A hood scoop would remedy this and wouldn’t take away from the looks of the vehicle.If anything it would look more aggressive and sportier,it worked for the older Forester STI wagons and Imprezas why not the Ascent.
I considered having one made, especially after a mock up I saw, but it would be expensive.

I'm not sure that a hood scoop fits the target demographic, but it would also cut out one of the active dampers.
 

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I noticed my hood shaking at highway speeds and then noticed this after my last service. Dealership believed the passenger side quarter panel and hood are out of aliment from the factory. I have been waiting approval from Subaru to fix it. They said it can take up to 30 days for the approval. I really don't like the thought of getting paint work on a new vehicle.






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I was driving up to Amherst college yesterday and with high winds on 91, the hood was flapping a lot at highway speeds, more noticeable when there was a gust. I never noticed this before. I checked and didn't see any paint damage anywhere though, but will have to keep an eye on this. I know they have to go thin for a non-structural part for weight and cost savings.
 

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I don't care how much I'd have to pay, if a company develops an aftermarket hood scoop, I'm buying it
Well you got your wish and someone made a scooped hood. As for the gap, it helps if you turn down the hood stand offs but you’ll still see the top of the fender liners. I just had my hood repaired for the “hood shakes” and the spacing has been greatly reduced. I can no longer see the top of the fender liner. So possibly for anyone that has noticed the gap, the separation of the hoods outer skin may be the cause.
 
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