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Old 01-07-2014, 02:14 AM   #1
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Hood pins

Ok every one I'm going to put a aftermarket hood on my 2012. My question is do I have to put hood pins on it or can I run with out? If I have to does someone make a nice Matt black set that looks good? Here is the hood I'm going to do. Click image for larger version

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Old 01-07-2014, 05:34 AM   #2
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Some people find it necessary. It definitely helps with confidence in gofast moments. I ran aftermarket FG hoods on two of my previous cars and they were fine without pins. However, I have also seen and heard horror stories of aftermarket hoods flying up and smashing the roof/windshield at speed.

Some aftermarket hoods don't have latches that match the stock setup due to measurements or complete absence. Most also like to warp after time and pins can keep them from doing so, or at the very least slow down the process.

Many people have done just fine without pins. If you rarely or never track your car, I wouldn't worry too much about it unless you're going for looks. Drilling holes in a brand new hood is a bit unsettling personally.

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Some people find it necessary. It definitely helps with confidence in gofast moments. I ran aftermarket FG hoods on two of my previous cars and they were fine without pins. However, I have also seen and heard horror stories of aftermarket hoods flying up and smashing the roof/windshield at speed.

Some aftermarket hoods don't have latches that match the stock setup due to measurements or complete absence. Most also like to warp after time and pins can keep them from doing so, or at the very least slow down the process.

Many people have done just fine without pins. If you rarely or never track your car, I wouldn't worry too much about it unless you're going for looks. Drilling holes in a brand new hood is a bit unsettling personally.
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Should you decide to go the route of hood pins, here's a "real" set of hood pins. They are Shelby type, and work on any 2011 to 2013 Mustang. They replace the radiator support mounts. They of course require drilling holes in the hood.

I have these on my 2011 Mustang.

Shelby Mustang Black Aluminum Hood Pin Kit 5S3Z-6316892-BK (05-09 All) - Free Shipping 5S3Z-6316892-BK
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I love hood pins on aftermarket hoods, ^ those look awesome.
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Old 01-07-2014, 09:01 PM   #5
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Or these work well too.
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Or these work well too.
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really clean looking pins, awesome car!
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Will those shelby kits work on a 2014??? Can I mount them further out like the Shelby's??? They look awesome spaced out like that!!!
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Will those shelby kits work on a 2014??? Can I mount them further out like the Shelby's??? They look awesome spaced out like that!!!
You could mount them to the upper radiator brackets. That would put the pins closer towards the middle of the hood but these hoods really need the support on the corners. Even my stock hood would flex on the corners at +120mph. My fiberglass hood would flex at 90mph same with my current carbon fiber hood.
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I did a write up on a set of Flush mount hood pins a few years ago.
http://www.mustangevolution.com/foru....php?p=1052336
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You could mount them to the upper radiator brackets. That would put the pins closer towards the middle of the hood but these hoods really need the support on the corners. Even my stock hood would flex on the corners at +120mph. My fiberglass hood would flex at 90mph same with my current carbon fiber hood.
That's where I want them set up... On the outside corners... Any ideas how to do them on my car???
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That's where I want them set up... On the outside corners... Any ideas how to do them on my car???
Follow my write up posted above and it'll walk you through every detail.
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Follow my write up posted above and it'll walk you through every detail.
Sounds good... Thanks!!!
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Sounds good... Thanks!!!
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