How do you make sure you don't pierce the hood?Thanks to Rbnsal for doing it first!
This week I was able to get a pair of gas shocks installed on my hood and get rid of that stupid hood prop rod. epper:
I used a pair of MightyLift 95230 which includes the studs & is available at Autozone for about $20 each. And about 8" of 1.25" angle iron ($5 at Home Depot), and a little spray paint. I'm no metal worker & these brackets were made in a couple hours using basic tools, ie; angle grinder, jigsaw, beltsander, a drill, a flat file & a round file.
The end result is a hit. Dodge obviously thought about doing this because the lower studs are in the fender already. And for under $50, you can finish the job yourself!
- The hood is easier to open, and you can do it one handed.
- It opens higher so I don't knock my head on it.
- The prop rod is not in the way any longer.
Just so you know, your drafting and your metalworking skills are just fine, especially with hand tools!! We appreciate your work, the photos and the instructions. If we can't build 'em from these details, we deserve to bump our heads on the hood!!! Why I'll bet after 4 or 5 raps on the head, anyone can build 'em. Thanks again.Thanks guys. I hope you can make this work for you too. I really like how it turned out.
I've corrected a few things, added some how-to & a diagram. My drafting skills are about as good/bad as my metalworking, so hope it gets the point across.
The bottom line is if you have any jr high metal shop skills at all, this will take you about 2 or 3 hours to get done...... or 3 or 4 beers, depending on what exactly your skills are!