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.
the only tools I used for this install are as follows.
•Sockets, 7, 8,10 & 6mm Deep Socket
•3/8 Drive & 3"Extension
•Needle Nose Pliers
•Dremel 4000 Universal Cutting Tool
•Shop Vac (Clean up)
•Remove the radiator cover using a flathead screwdriver to pry up all the push pins.
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.
Using the 7mm socket I removed the 4 bolts underneath the bumper
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.
Remove headlights and unplug harness. 2 10mm bolts at the bottom of the housing and one on top.
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.
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).
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.
I then, removed the pins and closed the hood.
I then, used painters tape to mask off the work area.
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.
I then, traced out the templet with a pen and cut out the pattern with my Dremel.
I used a shop Vac to suck up all the fiber glass shavings as I was cutting.
I then, cut through the second layer of hood.
I test fitted the latch and predrilled the mounting holes.
I then, raised the hood and cut notches in the underside of the hood so that I could fasten the nuts of the latch.
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.
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.
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!