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Old 02-12-2012, 09:05 PM   #1
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Aerocatch Flush Mount Hood Pins Installed!

Ok. I've got a Fiber glass hood on my '11 mustang GT and needed a set of Hood Pins. I wanted to do something a little more technical then the traditional Cotter pins setup. So I went with a set of Flush Mount Hood Pins by Aerocatch.
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the only tools I used for this install are as follows.

•Tire Iron
•Lift Jack
•Jack Stands
•Painters Tape
•Pen
•Tape Measure
•Sockets, 7, 8,10 & 6mm Deep Socket
•3/8 Drive & 3"Extension
•Flathead Screwdriver
•Needle Nose Pliers
•Dremel 4000 Universal Cutting Tool
•Shop Vac (Clean up)


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•Remove the radiator cover using a flathead screwdriver to pry up all the push pins.


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Determine where you want to install the hood pin base. I chose the hole next to the rubber hood rest.

In order to install the hood pin on to the radiator support you have to remove the headlights and to remove the headlight, you have to remove the bumper and to remove the bumper, you have to remove the wheel well and wheel.

Still with me? Ok.
Using a tire iron I loosened the lug nuts on the front wheels.
I jacked the car up, secured it on a set of 2 ton jack stands
I removed the wheels.
Then, using my flathead screwdriver, needle nose pliers and the 7mm socket, I removed the wheel wells.
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Using the 7mm socket I removed the 4 bolts underneath the bumper
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Next, I removed the 2 8mm bolts at the top corner of the headlights attached to the bumper.

The only thing holding the bumper on now is 3 stationary clips on each fender. Pry them apart VERY gently.
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Remove bumper.
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Remove headlights and unplug harness. 2 10mm bolts at the bottom of the housing and one on top.
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Now you can install your hood pin onto the radiator support. Remember, the nut on top of the pin is for adjusting height and the bottom is for tightening.
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Now, we need to mark the hood so we can see where the hood pin is going to pass through the hood. (I put a little dab of grease on the pin, then closed the hood to mark the hood).
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This is were you've gotta man up and cut a hole into a perfectly good hood. Using my Dremel, I made the first cut.
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I then, removed the pins and closed the hood.
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I then, used painters tape to mask off the work area.
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I then, used the templet provided in the kit and lined up the crosshairs. Then, I used my measuring tape to be sure that my templets were even on both sides.
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I then, traced out the templet with a pen and cut out the pattern with my Dremel.
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I used a shop Vac to suck up all the fiber glass shavings as I was cutting.

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I test fitted the latch and predrilled the mounting holes.
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I then, raised the hood and cut notches in the underside of the hood so that I could fasten the nuts of the latch.
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After the latch was secured. I reattached the hood pin to the radiator support and adjusted its height. The hood pin itself was too long and after it was adjusted into the proper position I had to cut the excess of the pin off from the bottom.
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After the pins and latches are tightened double check their alignment. The hood should close with no obstruction and the hood pins should operate effortlessly.
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Once you are satisfied with the fitment you can reassemble the headlights, bumper and wheel wells in the reverse order you took them off.

I hope y'all found my thread useful and informative. If I left something out or if you have any questions, just let me know. I love the new look and it turned out awesome! By the way, I took off my old grille and fog lights because my new Saleen grille should be here this week and I figured it would be easier to remove with the bumper off. Thanks for reading!
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Old 02-12-2012, 09:12 PM   #2
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Unique good look! And great how too. Nice job man
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Old 02-12-2012, 09:14 PM   #3
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Re: Aerocatch Flush Mount Hood Pins Installed!

SEXY! I want those pins, but I think I will settle for the pins and lanyards. Something about the lanyards on a new edge scream pure sex to me.

Good write up... can someone say STICKY WORTHY!
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Thanks guys! I can't wait for my other parts to come in.
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Old 02-13-2012, 04:36 AM   #5
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Re: Aerocatch Flush Mount Hood Pins Installed!

Thanks - I've had a pair of those sitting in my tool box for over a year just waiting to install. Making that first cut has been the problem!
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Old 02-13-2012, 05:21 AM   #6
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Don't think about it too much. Just do the math, measure countless times and don't worry, these type of hood pins are very forgiving. After all the cutting was done I still had quite a bit of room for adjustment. Good luck, and post pics when you're done!
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Old 02-13-2012, 06:37 AM   #7
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Re: Aerocatch Flush Mount Hood Pins Installed!

I have a new hood that I am working on so as soon as that is ready I will be putting the Aerocatch on it and installing the new hood. Rather than put them on the current hood I decided to hold for the new hood - but after cutting one big hole in the new hood I haven't been looking forward to cutting two more! Until I can get the hood on for test fit though, and closer to final install I can't get the aerocatch installed anyway.

I have the CDC Parnelli Jones hood with the 1960 "spear", and am mounting the Shaker hood scoop directly to the hood so it pulls air on top of my supercharger, but when the hood is up it doesn't trap the heat around the blower. Once I have the fabrication done it will be ready for paint so will do the aerocatch just before sending it to the painter.

Definitely will get some pictures up when it is done.
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Great write up, looks great.
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Old 02-27-2012, 07:27 PM   #9
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Awsome! Good write up to.
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I first got interested in these hoodpins from you Primer.
I didn't take as many pics as you did tho lol. I did follow the write up step by step. It flowed like a well orchestrated ballet
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I do find that it would be easiest to follow these steps simultaneously on both sides at the same time. Unless you double and triple check your measurements from side to side to make sure they are symmetrical

I bought a plastic framing square from Home Depot for under $10. I used that to Mark my lines for the cross hairs on the template
If you use a steel square, you stand a chance of a burr scratching thru the tape and scratching your paint. The $7 could save you hundreds in a repaint

It took me a lil less than 5 hours from start to finish. Body shop quoted me 8-10 hours at $48 per hour.
If you have time, patience and know-how of hand and minimal power tools, you can do this and give your Stang a completely different look.
Just take your time and follow Primers write up. You won't be disappointed.
I've only had them on for 7 hours and I've had more compliments than I have fingers and toes.
And the best thing is, they do what they were made to do. If you have a fiberglass hood, don't get the lanyard style hoodpin, this is a clean, inexpensive way to freshen up your hood with 100% functional latch.

And if you're not sure about that first cut into your hood, measure, measure and measure again. I dealt with lots of anxiety until I made that first hole. Then it was all or nothing. No turning back. So I hunkered down. Drank some coffee. Got my bearing straight. Grabbed the bull by the horns and got er done.
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Excellent! It came out great, I'm glad you found my writeup useful. With that paint scheme, I'd say it came out better then mine!
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Excellent! It came out great, I'm glad you found my writeup useful. With that paint scheme, I'd say it came out better then mine!
I've always been a fan of red with black accents. Hell, that's the colors I use to paint y bikes as a kid lol

But yeah, it adds some aggressiveness
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I've always been a fan of red with black accents. Hell, that's the colors I use to paint y bikes as a kid lol

But yeah, it adds some aggressiveness
Yeah, I've slowly been dumping all the chrome on my car. Soon enough, it'll be all red & black.
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I like these hood pins.
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