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 (DO NOT REMOVE BOLTS!).
Adjust hinge height to desired level and re-tighten bolts.
(Note: If rubber seal in hinge area is stuck to
the firewall, you will need to loosen it in order to adjust the hinges).
3) Adjust Bump-Stops:
Adjust height of front of hood by screwing the two bump-stops in or out.
Match height of hood to height of fenders.
4) 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).
5) Install J-Hook Safety Catch:
Remove stock J-Hook Safety Catch from stock hood and install on new hood
using the two supplied 10mm bolts. Close hood. Check to see that J-Hook
is functioning properly by pulling the hood release under the steering
wheel. The hood should pop up, but catch on the J-Hook safety catch when
trying to raise the hood. If J-Hook is not catching, adjust it by
bending it forward or backward until it catches in the receptacle
attached to the radiator support. Close hood and re-check until J-Hook
NOTE: The J-Hook Safety Catch prevents your
hood from opening in the event it is not closed properly.
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
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