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Old 03-23-2013, 06:30 PM   #1
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OEM hood adjustment.

I searched and found some other posts about hood installation and fitment, and none of them really applied to my situation. I bought a new OEM hood from rockauto, bolted it on and the alignment isn't even close! There is about a 1 inch gap at the front of the drivers side fender and about an 1.8" gap at the windsheid on the drivers side fender. The latch goes into the catch, but the post on the latch doesnt even come close to fitting in the whole it's supposed to so the hood won't close all the way. It is like the entire hood is sitting slanted on the car. I tried bending the mounts but I just can't get them right. Most hoods I have put on cars in the past have some kind of adjustments built into the hinges. On these hinges the mounting holes are the same size as the bolts and leave no room to twist or re-position the hood before tightening them. Is there some way to adjust the hood that I'm missing, or should I just widen up the holes to give me some play. Does anybody have any advice to get my OEM hood lined up right???

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