I'm looking to install a carbon fiber hood for appearance reasons. The manufacturer, as well as many websites, insist that hood pins are required in case of a failure of the hood latch. Unfortunately, I do not like the look of hood pins, to the point that I might actually rather not even have the CF hood if I need them.
5 out of the 6 people that I know with CF hoods do not use pins. Unfortunately, I can find no real statistics on how often a latch failure actually occurs to determine risk, so running without them would make me a little uncomfortable.
The obvious solution is some sort of non-destructive reinforcement; the obvious mechanism coming to mind being magnetic. A powerful magnet with a piece of soft rubbery material on the bottom could be easily attached to the top of the hood and be removed on demand, providing structural support while at highway speeds but enhanced (imo) appearance when at a car cruise or just parked in the garage. And it would only require a sheet of magnetic material attached invisibly to the bottom of the hood.
However, I can't seem to find anything like this for sale online; a google search just returns a large number of 'pretend' pins for appearance. I could probably design and make something myself. Although a little pricy, it's easy enough to find magnets that can lift over a hundred lbs and could crush the CF hood without effort, so I don't think there's any issue finding materials that will perform. But when a product is completely unavailable there's usually a reason.
So to my title question: why aren't magnetic hood pins used