I have also noticed that OEM hood hinges are very weak and the firewall they are attached to seems very flimsly and thought this might be part of the problem? I was thinking going with a nice set of billit hinges but I feel these might be only as good as what they are attached to (firewall). Or go with the hinges to make your hood tilt forward when opening, thus starting over with hood placement?
I'll print your instructions when I get home this afternoon and keep you posted.
I have also noticed in the past that when I close the hood after opening, the alway's tends to lift up toward the windshield and I have to force it back into place.