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hood pin or new latch?
« on: August 20, 2008, 04:22:44 PM »
OK. I have a new hood that came with my 94 GT. Problem is the new hood will not properly latch. I spent 3 hours trying to get the new hood to latch, adjusting the gap and such. Should I just go to autozone and buy a set of hood pins or get a new latch?

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Re: hood pin or new latch?
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2008, 04:40:08 PM »
Hood pins won't keep the hood from rattling.  I would try getting a new latch. 

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Re: hood pin or new latch?
« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2008, 06:49:20 AM »
+1 for New Latch, Hood pins are last resort.

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Re: hood pin or new latch?
« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2008, 08:28:00 AM »
honestly i would do both, get the hood latch to work and do the pins


see with the pins anyone can come along at wally world and take them, you go to drive off and whammmm your hood is in your face the windshield is cracked and the roof is dented.

with the latch you get the factory setup(keeps wondering eyes from under your hood

and the back up pins can provide extra safety over the non stock fiberglass hood, from problems like delamination of the latch and hood, outer and inner structures etc

plus with a non stock hood they look cool :) to add the pins just put them where the stock rubber hood bumpers go on the radiator support, first get the hood lined up without the pins then install the pins in the support.

then take a little paint etc something of contrasting color and dab it on the top of the pins lower the hood on to the pins. raise the hood back up, these will be the marks you need to drill into for the proper placement o the pin holes

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Re: hood pin or new latch?
« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2008, 06:25:05 PM »
If the new hood is lined up properly and the latch is working properly, the release from inside the car will keep that engine safe just like a factory hood latch on a factory hood.  The only real reason for a hood pin is for a racing engine, or the cool looking factor, and I don't do the mod shit just to look good.  If it doesn't make the car run or handle better, it ain't going on my car. 

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Re: hood pin or new latch?
« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2008, 12:36:52 AM »
im gonna disagree if its a non stock fiberglass hood and its my car its gonna get pins


heck i see stock 94-04 hood that have flown up all the time(and yes even delaminated inner and outer layers) its cheap insurance, imho just do it once and save a ton ;)

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Re: hood pin or new latch?
« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2008, 02:01:18 AM »
So, there you have it Taxicab.  The man says pin it, so pin it.   ;D 

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Re: hood pin or new latch?
« Reply #7 on: August 25, 2008, 07:09:02 AM »
I didn't catch that it was an aftermarket fiberglass hood, Yea it should have pins for sure. I've seen a couple hoods come up on the SN95's with aftermarket hoods.

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Re: hood pin or new latch?
« Reply #8 on: October 17, 2009, 11:47:17 PM »
If you put only pins, the hood will crack. It wasnt designed to be held down with only pins. Do yourself a favor and replace the latch.

 

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