NOTE: The stock rubber bump-stops from
your stock hood will be re-used on your new hood. Remove each of them
from your stock hood by gently pulling and twisting them out. Install
them on your new hood by gently pushing and twisting them into place.
1) Center Hood: Install new hood using
only (2) of the (4) 10mm hinge bolts (Install only one on each side).
Snug bolts just enough to allow minor movement while still holding its
position. Get hood centered front, rear, left and right. Once centered,
install the other two 10mm bolts into the hinges and tighten to 15-20
ft.-lbs. of torque.
2) Adjust Hinge Height: Close hood and
check height of rear edge of hood relative to the cowl panel area. If
adjustment up or down is needed, loosen the two bolts holding each hinge
into the firewall. Adjust hinge height to desired level by installing
shims underneath hinges and re-tighten
3) Adjust Latch Mechanism: Loosen the
two 8mm bolts that hold down the latch mechanism. Start with the latch
adjusted all the way up and tighten the two 8mm bolts. Close hood and
check height of hood. If hood needs adjusted down, loosen the two 8mm
bolts slightly and tap down with a small hammer. Tighten and re-check
height of hood. (repeat until hood is at desired level). Once desired
height is achieved, make sure latch mechanism is biting into the hood
latch plate at least 1/4". (Adjust latch mechanism right or left to
achieve 1/4" of bite).
Note: If additional adjustment up or down is needed,
remove the latch mechanism from the radiator support. Locate the two
dowels that center the latch on the radiator support. Use a center punch
and hammer to strike and remove each dowel. Re-install latch mechanism.
This will give you the extra movement needed.
Once Hood is properly installed, tighten all bolts to
15-20 ft.-lbs. of torque.
TEST HOOD: Drive car in city and highway
environments. Check to see if there is any shaking of hood while
driving. If so, adjust latch mechanism down a bit more to eliminate any
Questions? You can reach our Tech Department at
513-505-9971, M-F 9:00am - 6:00pm EDT. We can also be reached by email