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I just noticed my hood pad is sagging and chipping. Tempted to rip it out. Question: what does it really do, and do I need it on a 1983?

My paint's no longer impressive, and I can't see caring about the paint in 3 more years. Any other issues to consider?
 

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For me, it was important,

I took mine out mid-winter and ordred a new one, i was waiting to put the new one up till late-spring but i was more or less forced to do it early. My hood paint (underneath where the pad was) started to change color and had this one spot like something metal had almost burned throu the hood.
I have a thread about this find it, it will help you.


Kris

EDIT: I just noticed ur car is a 300SD, put the pad on! there is a lot of heat in there, bubble ur paint!

Autohaus AZ has pads for $36.
 

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hmm i didnt notice that much a difference in the cabin, i dont remember hearing one much outside either, there might be a slight difference but nothing major. If you want more noise deading check out www.dynamat.com

they have stuff that would do that kinda job, pretty sure they have hoodpads too..

Kris
 

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Not really…


Don’t get me wrong – I put new pads in all my cars, gas and diesel – but two of them have good paint. I just don’t like the way the hood looks sans pad – it’s ugly.
 

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I will definitely install a new pad! How are they attached. If it is just glue, I am tempted to go to Home Depot and buy something cheaper, perhaps an aluminum foil bubble wrap.
 

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Here is what I did,


http://www.benzworld.org/forums/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=1200981&start=1&fid=12
 

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I use 3M super 90 for glue, lacquor thinner to get the old goo (along w/ plastic puddy knives) off. Also, the 36$ pad is aftermarktet and looks nothing like the original. If that's not important, then sure, aftermarket works fine.
I like the waffle pattern on the genuine pieces so that's what I install in my car/sell to customers.

It's nice to have the real deal if you ever have you're hood up at meet/gathering.

Jonathan
 
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