If you want to drive your car with a (new) Retrofit hood ornament, that's possible. For this purpose there are corresponding radiator figures that can be easily attached to the hood. But especially in connection with a hood ornament, you have to consider various points.
a hood ornament must meet these points
An essential point is that it is none fixed Hood ornament should act. This is an important point, especially when you buy a used radiator hood, not a new one. Many radiator figures that were previously installed are no longer permitted today. In addition to the fact that the hood ornament not fixed it must not have any sharp or pointed edges. The hood ornament must be foldable so that there is no serious injury in the event of an accident. If you want to retrofit a radiator, you have to edit the hood accordingly. To do this, it is necessary to make a hole in the bonnet so that the hood ornament can be attached. It is important that the diameter is not too large. So that an optimal fastening is also possible. When making the hole for the hood ornament you should work carefully, not that the paint on the bonnet is damaged too much here. For example, that the paint chips off. The hole must of course be sealed afterwards to prevent rust blisters.
Sealing and TÜV of the hood ornament
When attaching the hood ornament, it is also important to ensure that there is an optimal seal. Not that afterwards there is a break-in of water through the bonnet into the engine compartment. Here you have to pay attention to a seal during assembly, for example with a sealing ring. This can avoid these problems. Points to watch out for when retrofitting a hood ornament have already been mentioned. However, just observing these points is not sufficient for legal reasons. Rather, registration by the TÜV is also necessary here. However, registration is only possible if the radiator figure fulfills the points mentioned above and if the manufacturer also gives a parts certificate. Without these points and approval by the TÜV, retrofitting a radiator is not allowed. And can result not only in a fine if not followed, but also the requirement to dismantle the hood ornament.
better only if installed ex works
In our opinion, however, a vehicle should only have a hood ornament if it is equipped with it ex works. This applies in particular to vehicles from the Jaguar, Mercedes or Rolls-Royce brands. There are also a few other manufacturers such as Chrysler who now and then have installed an upright hood ornament. Here you can even find nice accessories like a Santa Hat install and ensure a real eye-catcher. On an Opel, a VW or a BMW, however, a radiator figure often looks out of place. As so often, it is of course a matter of taste and left to everyone. Insofar as the legal aspects are complied with, there is nothing to be said against the fact that even a BMW emblem or a very individual hood ornament like am Dartz Prombron Black Stallion SUV is used.
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