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Old 06-16-2013, 11:35 AM
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simple billet hinge mock up tips

let's face it, these hinges are too expensive to get nicked up by carelessness. I personally cringe when I know we're installing these kind of hinges and are asked to line up hoods and decklids with the original hinges while waiting for the billet hinges to arrive, cause this means aligning things twice. Manufactures will make you "think" these things are great and are very adjustable but that just means they are HARDER to adjust.

So how do you mock it up and keep this thing pristine looking for the entire process? You first start at the washer. they have one rounded side and one flat side. you want to make sure the rounded side is mated against that overpriced hinge! The one on the right is the rounded side.



5 layers of tape on these washers should be enough!





as you can see we are not even using the real bolts til final assembly. From here we leave the tape on the washers thru final assembly then take each bolt out individually to remove the tape. This way we don't make adjustments to the hinge and any scratches will be contained UNDER the washer. This is very important.




so easy a monkey can do it!


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Old 06-17-2013, 08:47 AM
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My goodness the slots on those hinges are a mile long! And they almost go all the way to the edge breaking the thing in half would come pretty easy!

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they brag about the fact you can adjust them like that but that just means they aren't perfect or near it. In the end, 1/4" was taken off the thickness of the area mating against the firewall and we needed to fab up tunnels for the shock to clear. What a nightmare these were, as most billet hinges are.
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What is really funny is the hinges aren't suppose to be "seen", they aren't suppose to be a work of art, they are suppose to be invisible, they are a necessity for opening the hood, they aren't suppose to be something to google over.

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when these guys pay $1200 for a set they want them seen. they'll even have their custom decklid pad built around it accentuating the look. Just put regular damn hinges in, damn it!
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