2018-2020 Mustang Anderson Composites Type-SN SuperSnake Style Hood – Carbon Fiber Review & Install

2018-2020 Mustang Anderson Composites Type-SN SuperSnake Style Hood – Carbon Fiber Review & Install

Hey, guys. It’s Joe from AmericanMuscle, and today we’re
gonna be taking a closer look at the Anderson Composite Type-SN SuperSnake Style Hood in
Carbon Fiber fitting all ’18 and newer GTs and EcoBoosts. Now, this is gonna be a great option if you’re
a carbon fiber fan that’s looking to pay a little bit extra to mimic that SuperSnake
styling while at the same time obviously saving a little bit of weight over that factory aluminum
hood. So what do we have going on here with the
Anderson SN SuperSnake Hood? Obviously let’s talk build quality first. You’re looking at a whole lot of carbon fiber
here. Double-sided, really tight weave from Anderson. Good stuff. Gonna save you a little bit of weight over
that factory aluminum hood. This one only tipping the scales at about
23 pounds. Any weight savings goes a long way, especially
if you plan on taking your Mustang to a track day tearing up some back roads. That is always a huge plus. This hood is finished in a high gloss. You can leave it just like that if you like
the look of the raw carbon fiber, which I’m a fan of personally. If you had the carbon fiber pack on your ’18
or newer GT, I think this is gonna fit right in. If you are the type of guy that likes to color
match, you absolutely can do that. This whole thing is paintable including these
grilles in the scoops as well. Design is gonna be pretty awesome if you ask
me. We have these two nostrils up at the front
here and the two heat extractors at the back which is gonna mimic the Shelby SuperSnake,
which I really liked that style, personally. All those scoops and inlets are completely
functional as well. Now if that Super snake Style is not for you,
Anderson definitely does have you covered. They have options ranging from the OEM 2020
GT500, GT350 heat extractor, ram-air and cowl induction as well. One of those designs should have you covered
and should fit your style and of course, they’re all done in awesome carbon fiber. Now, there are a couple of things I want to
touch on about this hood. First thing’s first, windshield washers are
going to completely transfer over, no need for a relocation kit. You can reuse the factory stuff and closes
completely for that. We’re gonna show you how that’s done in just
a second here. Secondly, I do want to touch on the fact that
this hood is not compatible with any hood struts. They’re designed to take the extra weight
of the aluminum hood, carbon fiber being a little bit lighter. That is not going to work out, so no hood
struts on the Anderson hood. Now lastly, if you do want to keep your warranty
intact, you will also have to pick up the heat shield for the underside of this hood
at an extra cost. Pricing is gonna fall right around the $1,600
mark. If you’re a fan of carbon, that is definitely
well worth it. Of course, you do get a little bit of functionality
with the weight savings and the functional air inlet as well. The install here is gonna be really, really
simple. I’m gonna give it a one out of three wrenches
on our difficulty meter. It should take you at most an hour with nothing
but some basic hand tools, no modification required. A lot of stuff is going to transfer over such
as the latch at the front and the washer sprayers. So without any further ado, let me show you
what tools you’ll need and how it’s done. Tools you’ll need for this install include
a ratchet, 10-millimeter socket, and a trim panel removal tool. So over by our ’18 GT. Getting the hood off is a relatively simple
process. It’s only held on with about four nuts, which
makes it really, really easy to remove. But before we do, we have to unplug our washer
jet hose and that is underneath this heat blanket here. This is held on with a couple of push pins. We’re just gonna use the trim panel removal
tool to get those out of the way. We’re missing a few. There’s about 14 but they’re all going to
be the same exact process. And with all those out of the way, we can
go ahead and remove the heat blanket. So in this shot, you can see the washer nozzle. It’s right at this leading edge of the hood. To unpop that we’re just gonna pull down from
the front like so, and this is too big to actually thread back up into the hood. And so what we’re gonna do is pull down the
hose here and then around so you can see. I’m just going to separate the two at the
bottom right there. Push that hose up through the hood and pull
it out of the top. And we can go ahead and do the same thing
over on the passenger side. And just like the heat blanket, that hose
is held in with a bunch of push pins, trim panel removal tool to get those out of the
way. So now we just have to remove the hood. Like I’ve said earlier, that is really, really
easy, 2 10-millimeter nuts on either side. We’re gonna take one completely off and leave
one just a couple of threads on. Then you can grab a buddy, unthread the rest
of that nut and take the hood off the Mustang. Now, one thing I like to do just in case is
I like to throw a rag sort of in between the hood and the glass right here just in case. Usually, they don’t slide that far but you
know don’t want to scratch up the car. So now that we have our Anderson hood completely
ready to go, ready to head over to our Mustang, I figured now would be the perfect time to
stop down, bring in our old factory hood and sit it next to our new hood and draw some
comparisons between these two. First thing’s first, the looks. This is going to be way different. That carbon fiber is way lighter than that
factory aluminum. It looks pretty cool too. Again though, you can paint over this if you
don’t like that carbon fiber weave sort of look. Now also the scoops are gonna be a little
bit different. Heat extractors are moved from the front up
to the back. We do have that paintable mesh grille and
the SuperSnake inlet up at the front again with another paintable mesh grille. One thing I do want to mention about the design
here on the factory hood, you can see this sort of hip. I don’t really like that. I’m not really a fan of that. I think this Anderson hood is gonna flow a
lot better with this straight line that is going to lead up to the fangs in the grille
and it’s gonna look a little bit more complete instead of that wavy sort of body line you
have on the factory hood. That is a small piece, but something that
I definitely noticed and I don’t like about my own ’18 GT and the Anderson is going to
fix that. Now, all in all, I think the Anderson does
a great job at sort of speaking that factory design language. Looks right at home on the front of the Mustang
and I think all the differences make for a huge improvement over that factory hood. So without any further ado, we’re gonna lift
this up. I’m gonna put on some gloves, that carbon
fiber can sorta catch you out and stick you, so be careful with that. We’re gonna line this up with our brackets
and then bolt it down using a 10-millimeter socket. So we have these nuts started. What we’re gonna do is take a 10-millimeter
socket, tighten them down, and doing our best to sort of aim for the middle. I’m gonna go a little bit higher as well just
to be on the safe side and these will probably need a little bit of adjustment later on. And then we can do the same thing over on
the other side. So the only thing we’re going to have to re-install
now is our sprayer nozzles. They’re gonna drop in right through these
holes right here and poke out on the other side at which point go ahead and drop on the
actual jet part and then that is gonna back out, and line up and click in like so. And we’re gonna go ahead and do the same thing
over on the other side as well. So now this thing is installed, I’m going
to very, very gently shut the hood and at the same time make sure this aligns with the
grille, the fenders, and it doesn’t touch any of the body panels. If your hood does need further adjustment,
you can always loosen up those nuts, reposition and then tighten it back down. That’s gonna do it for my review and install
of the Anderson Composites Type-SN SuperSnake Style Hood in Carbon Fiber fitting all ’18
and newer GTs and EcoBoostss. As always, guys, thank you so much for watching. Keep it right here at AmericanMuscle for all
things Mustang.

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  2. Just read the reviews where a customer reports cracks by the vents with no support from AM. Hard pass!

  3. This looks good but I think I liked the stock better. It might just be the color difference with the carbon fiber

  4. Who's Joe?
    YO DICK!
    Jk, it's all for fun and games , thank you for the great commentary and info !

  5. There are so many nice aftermarket hoods. It would be hard to choose one for my s550.

  6. Where’s Stephanie ??

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