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Old 09-20-2014, 10:43 PM   #1
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MMD hood strut woes - can't bolt stock hood hinge back on

Hey there, I'm having some trouble installing mmd hood struts. Stock bolt on passenger side hood hinge ain't going in. I tried torquing it without strut bracket to see if this is where the problem was, still not aligning properly. Holes are sort of at an angle - I tried lifting the hood up a bit, yet no change. SOS!!

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This one! Even if i remove this bracket thing, stock hood hinge still won't allign with the hole underneath it

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Please ignore the picture with hood strut.. I solved that issue lol

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Have you tried loosening that bottom bolt and then trying to get that other one in?

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Let me guess

I'll bet he attached the bottom of the strut to the wrong location. That's what I did the first time. LOL
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The instructions really suck

They were showing the wrong holes when I bought mine over a year ago. I would have thought they would have fixed this by now. I was stupid and tried to follow the instructions but figured out early to see what needed to be done.
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I'll bet he attached the bottom of the strut to the wrong location. That's what I did the first time. LOL
Lol putting the strut on was a breeze, I guess they have fixed location of holes in their instructions now.

What I fixed was aligning the strut strut hole with the ball joint of bracket attached to hood hinge. I was trying to do this with hood supported stock iron bar, but figured I was doing it wrong.




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They were showing the wrong holes when I bought mine over a year ago. I would have thought they would have fixed this by now. I was stupid and tried to follow the instructions but figured out early to see what needed to be done.
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Have you tried loosening that bottom bolt and then trying to get that other one in?

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I am going to try bolt top one first this time. Thing is even with stock hood hinge (without strut bracket), it wasnt aligning with the hole underneath on the hood. Driver side was a totally difference story - installation was a breeze.

It was getting dark last night and I was pissed, so I gave up lol but my hood struts are working like a charm. Albeit they're supported by 1 less bolt atm lol

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I am going to try bolt top one first this time. Thing is even with stock hood hinge (without strut bracket), it wasnt aligning with the hole underneath on the hood. Driver side was a totally difference story - installation was a breeze.

It was getting dark last night and I was pissed, so I gave up lol but my hood struts are working like a charm. Albeit they're supported by 1 less bolt atm lol

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I see you have the stock aluminum hood, That's not a problem then. I kept mine with 3 bolts only for like 3 months, LOL. I tightened the bolt too much and it snapped and I was too lazy to remove the broken bolt, So I just left it with 3 bolts.

No issues, At all.

Edit: Loosen the bottom bolt just a bit, Then grab the hood from the bottom and lift up. (Not bad, But lifting up) it is a bit tricky to get it in, I didn't struggle with the stock hood, But when I got my cervini hood (It's heavier) it was way harder to align it... Passenger side top bolt.

If you keep messing with it, Shifting the hood and all you'll eventually get it.
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I see you have the stock aluminum hood, That's not a problem then. I kept mine with 3 bolts only for like 3 months, LOL. I tightened the bolt too much and it snapped and I was too lazy to remove the broken bolt, So I just left it with 3 bolts.

No issues, At all.

Edit: Loosen the bottom bolt just a bit, Then grab the hood from the bottom and lift up. (Not bad, But lifting up) it is a bit tricky to get it in, I didn't struggle with the stock hood, But when I got my cervini hood (It's heavier) it was way harder to align it... Passenger side top bolt.

If you keep messing with it, Shifting the hood and all you'll eventually get it.
Haha I tried closing my hood last night with just 3 bolts, I didn't see any problem with it. Just a little clunking noise while shutting it down. I was trying to bolt it up at the end of a long day, my mind wasn't too active at that time lol

I knew stock hinge and hood holes were slightly out of alignment, so loosened up bottom bolt and asked my brother to lift hood a bit and see if it would help. Voila!! Thanks for the suggestion btw.

Ps: is your cervini hood fiberglass or aluminum? Just wondering why is it heavier than stock.

I am planning on doing a front end conversion next year; I have heard people say stay away from Duraflex. Do they break easily or do they have fitment issues?

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Yes, Cervini's Hoods are heavier because they're Fiber Glass.

Eh, I've never used anything by Duraflex, So I'm not sure...
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Sounds like you got it all figured out! Glad to hear you're in good shape now. Let us know if you have any questions or need some assistance in the near future!

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Haha I tried closing my hood last night with just 3 bolts, I didn't see any problem with it. Just a little clunking noise while shutting it down. I was trying to bolt it up at the end of a long day, my mind wasn't too active at that time lol

I knew stock hinge and hood holes were slightly out of alignment, so loosened up bottom bolt and asked my brother to lift hood a bit and see if it would help. Voila!! Thanks for the suggestion btw.

Ps: is your cervini hood fiberglass or aluminum? Just wondering why is it heavier than stock.

I am planning on doing a front end conversion next year; I have heard people say stay away from Duraflex. Do they break easily or do they have fitment issues?

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Ive said it before and Ill say it again...Do Not Buy Duraflex!! Its garbage. The fit is terrible. I had a friend buy a front bumper for his 350Z and took it to the body shop for paint and install. They couldnt get it to fit without major work. Its not worth it, spend the money and do it right because Duraflex will cost you more in the long run.
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Ive said it before and Ill say it again...Do Not Buy Duraflex!! Its garbage. The fit is terrible. I had a friend buy a front bumper for his 350Z and took it to the body shop for paint and install. They couldnt get it to fit without major work. Its not worth it, spend the money and do it right because Duraflex will cost you more in the long run.
That's what I was wanting to know, cuz all I had heard was 'stay away from anything duraflrx' but didn't know why. So is fitment the major issue, or do they suck in materials too?

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I'll bet he attached the bottom of the strut to the wrong location. That's what I did the first time. LOL
i did that too haha, hood was open like at a perfect 90*, im 6.0' but still couldnt reach it and was like "... well how the fork am i supposed to close the hood?" lol
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i did that too haha, hood was open like at a perfect 90*, im 6.0' but still couldnt reach it and was like "... well how the fork am i supposed to close the hood?" lol
LOL It wouldn't close as I remember!
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