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Old 12-18-2018, 05:09 PM
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Default Raised hood at the back due to hood struts - my solution..

I have been using hood struts for a while now. They are convenient and all, but there is one drawback..
They raise the back of the hood when it is closed. This happens after a while.




The reason is simple.
Struts impart a force on the hinges while closed, and they just distort after a while.
Those hinges were not designed to handle that type of a load, after all.

The aluminum strip in the following pics follows the bend line of the hinges.






The solution is reinforcing the said hinges.
So, I took a length of angled iron, and cut it just off center in such a manner that the now flat bar had a "backbone" for added strength..

Then trace the hinge on the flat bar, and cut and drill away...



After rough cut.
This is the correct orientation for proper fit.
Also, you can see the "backbone" I left on the flat portion for strength.



All cleaned up.




Fits nicely.


Bent no mo.



Painted and installed.



Well, rear corners of my hood do not stick up anymore....

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As someone who has hood struts and is experiencing the exact same issue, would you mind posting the dimensions of the brackets? I have access to a waterjet so I'm thinking of just cutting them out that way.

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As someone who has hood struts and is experiencing the exact same issue, would you mind posting the dimensions of the brackets? I have access to a waterjet so I'm thinking of just cutting them out that way.

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Would it be OK if I removed and traced them on paper?
I could then attach a scale on the trace, scan and post it here (or mail it to you).

Would that work?
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Ill model it for you guys if you send me the info
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Originally Posted by Godless Commie View Post
Would it be OK if I removed and traced them on paper?
I could then attach a scale on the trace, scan and post it here (or mail it to you).

Would that work?
A trace with a scale would be perfect. And yeah posting it here will be fine, no need to mail anything 😁
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