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... The latch is too short by about 1/8th of an inch. The latching mechanism doesn't allow for any adjustment. Any ideas on how to remedy this? I would like to avoid hood pins as much as possible. Also, what's a good way to keep the washer nozzles from falling out? I was thinkg hot glue, but wanted ideas first. Thanks a bunch!
 

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Epoxy might work on the nozzles.


As for the hood, have you tried taking out the rubber bumper stops in side of the engine compartment? They're there to keep the hood from making contact with the frame, but 9 out of 10 times they're the main reason why aftermarket hoods don't go all the way down. Try screwing them down a bit, or taking them off all together.



Hope this helps.



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^^ it's almost always those damn bump stop things.....

You can also lower the latch also somehow but I've never looked into that myself....
 

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Thanks for the replies!

CaptainStock19: Yes, I removed the bumpers. When I try to force-latch the hood, I can hear the latch hit the mechanism, but it won't grab it. Also, the front of the hood kind bends down some just to try to get it all the way in. I'm stumped.

S2: The latch is not adjustable at all. As for the nozzles, I wasw thinking hot glue. Dunno if that would damage anything or not.

I may take the hood to a body shop and have them install the hood with hood pins. Don't want to go that route, but will if there is no other choice.

Thanks again! Other ideas are more than welcome.
 

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^^and thats why im avoiding an after market hood... i want one so bad but 9 outs 10 times i see a post about them its always the same fitting issues :-\... hope you get it sorted then post pics
 

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Unless I'm mistaken, I belive I have seen a VIS hood and the latch is held on by two bolts. Take those two bols out and put in a few washers between the two and then try again, if its not held on by bolts just ignore me.

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ive got the vis hood with no hood pins. Ill send you pics of my latch. i have to give it a lil pressure when i shut it, but other than that it latches fine.
 

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Thanks again for the help.

Pony: Pics would be a big help.

focusin: No, they welded (or whatever) the latch to the hood.

Also, I noticed after I installed it, it seemed a little lop-sided. When facing the car, the hood wants to hug the left fender, but leaves like a ¼" gap on the right side. How do I fix that?

I used a lot of pressure to push the hood down into the latch. I was hitting the inside of the latch, but it wouldn't hold on. I even tried sitting on it. Still wouldn't latch. But as soon as I got the stock hood back on, it latched. I'm stumped.
 

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Is there a way to move the hatch or pin? an tv you always see them move it around by lossening the washers and just messing around with it for an hour or two. If you bought it localy you might be able to take it to the store and complain.

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I wish I could have bought it locally. No, I got it from Andy's Autosports (a big problem retailer). I wish to never do business with them again.
 

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I've decided that adjusting the latch mechanism is the best way to go. Now, my Dad and I tried to remove the mechanism, but the space topside is too small for fingers and wrenches to work properly. Is there a way to get to it from the bottom side??? Basically, all I am going to do is, remove the mechanism, make the mounting holes on the mechanism oblong to allow up/down movement, and reinstall. Simple as that, but the way Ford put it in is a pain.

Thanks again!
 

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yeah just get some hood pins for it and you'll be good. for the nozzles i've seen people attatch them to yhr black piece where the wipers are mounted. you can try that.
 

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S2: The latch is not adjustable at all. As for the nozzles, I wasw thinking hot glue. Dunno if that would damage anything or not.
I would try the epoxy, or some other route. The hot glue might not hold up in the heat of the engine compartment. I'm not sure it wouldn't, it may, but I personally wouldn't chance it.
 

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IT'S ON!!!!!!!!

Spent this afternoon putting it on. FInally got it to latch. The latching mechanism is adjustable if you break off the 2 plastic tabs holding it in one spot. Once I moved it as high as it would go, the hood latched!!! I'm am VERY HAPPY with this hood!! I'm gonna try to get pics of it later in the week.

Thanks for everyones help!
 

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widen the fender, unscrew one if the fenders and fiddle with it until the gap is no more. as for the latch, take it to a body shop, have em remove it, and ask to put your stock latch onto your new hood.
 

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For your nozzles, if you have the money, im sure a body shop can fill the holes on the hood and mount them back on in a different location, or have them hidden somewhere. As for me, I HAVE NO NOZZLES! SHaved off. HAHHAHA.
 
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