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Old 04-26-2004, 12:46 AM
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it seems that i will be purchasing a new fiberglass hood but i read and it say "dont use with springs." Please someone fill me in, if i dont use springs what do i do.

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They mean do not use with the stock springs as when you go to close the hood, a lot of stress will be put on it. They have low tension springs to replace the OEM springs. Or you may decide to use a prop rod or even gas cylinders for that matter.
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Most use a prop rod, just have to get used to it.

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Also, and I don't necessarily have experience with this particular hood arrangement.. this is just my experience as an engineer talking.. The original hood springs are balanced for the weight of the original hood. It is possible that the spring may be too strong for a lighter weight hood, and when you open it the hood may unexpectedly spring up and whack you in the jaw.

A prop rod will definitely be the safest way to go both for your hood's sake and any potential safety issues.

A prop rod would also likely require additional mounting hardware, and you would need to carefully consider where you can attach it so that you get adequate strength and allow for enough space for it to lay flat when closed while still allowing enough extension for the hood in the open position.

(Believe me, it's not always easy.. we're going through this kind of acrobatics on the car I'm working on right now. I can speculate, though, it probably isn't as bad on a Mustang as it is on the car I'm working on though.)
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