COuld you make an option 4- run the tube in location where the two vertical bolts are and relocate the hood hinge? I know stock hood hinges for a 1991 body style Ford f250 mounts to the side of the inner fender. That hinge is plenty strong for an XJ hood and has a spring built into it to hold the hood up geting rid of the hood prop.
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