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Old 01-03-2010, 11:53 PM   #1
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Post Extra Hood Clearance....

OK, this might be obvious and simple to many, but for those of you that have not thought of this and spend alot of time under the hood tinkering or detailing, you might find this 5 minute mod useful.

Everyone knows that the stock hood prop does not keep the hood open far enough to have a lot of room to work near the firewall, and it's not well lit.

We also know that you can prop up a broomstick to open the hood further if you want.

But if you have ever had a temporary prop like this slip out when you were under the hood, either you or what your were working on ususally gets damaged. I have even seen holes get punched in hoods when they slam down on tools etc.

So IF you want to get more room/light under the hood, using the stock hood prop that is still secure and stable, drilling a 1/2" hole in the location shown below will do the trick.







You just need to be careful that you do not drill too far into the exterior of the hood, and I would use touch up paint or similar to seal the metal edges of the new hole to prevent rusting. And if you want to add a little more detail if it's a show car, you can put a rubber or plastic grommet in the drilled hole after applying the touch up paint.


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Old 01-03-2010, 11:58 PM   #2
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Old 01-04-2010, 12:00 AM   #3
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Nice. I like your ingenuity! I have often wondered about making the hood go up higher.
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Old 01-04-2010, 12:39 AM   #4
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Nice. I like your ingenuity! I have often wondered about making the hood go up higher.
some cars come with alternate holes, or ways to temporarily extend stops on hinges etc from the factory to do this for you, so I kind of "stole" the general idea.

I thought of making a longer prop rod, but there is not enough room.

After staring at the hood and the prop rod for about 20 mins, I worked out this little trick!
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Works for me one time I tried to shove the hood prop there but I now know a little drilling is required.
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good idea man. space is always good, and if you have to do something in the darkness i can see that helping, too.
the other option is to grind the stoppers on the hinges so that it lays back toward the windshield like a subaru.
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Nice I like it. I'm not sure my CF hood has the extra hole. If it doesn't I think I can make one. Keep up the good work.
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Yep, I can't believe I've never thought of that after hitting my head on the hood latch so many times...darn being 6'3''...LOL Nice mod!
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Nice and free. Awesome. tb1999 would you say it props the hood about 12" farther back. Hard to tell in photo. This is a great idea.
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Nice and free. Awesome. tb1999 would you say it props the hood about 12" farther back. Hard to tell in photo. This is a great idea.
I'd say its pretty close to that, about 10-14", and actually standing almost vertical.
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