Last week brown santa brought me a big box from quadratrac. After loads of research and reading about the different makes and models of hood vents, i went with the Hyline Brand.
And inside the box came this little Gem.
and the template for your main cut outs and holes to be drilled.
The instructions are clear and to the point. with photos if needed, but really they are not. very clear and simple.
After removing the hood from the jeep i removed the window bumpers and hold down. and placed the template on the hood. At this point i used some #8 self taping 1/4 head screws to hold the template in the correct spot. I used a 1/2 drill and drilled out all the corners for the cut out's. Now i used a Saber saw (AKA) Jig saw.
you could use a cut off wheel, But would need a hole saw to make a nice clean cut in the corners. Since i was using a saber saw i used a 1/2 drill for the corners. with a 24 TPI metal blade. nice clean cut with no burr's. Then with a 1/4 drill bit i drilled out all the holes for the studs to go thru. The drilled out the self taping screw holes to 1/4 after i removed them.
Lifted off the template and started to install the hood vent. this is where i found a couple holes from the template and the studs that are preinstalled on the vent did not match up. So a little reworking of 2 holes needed to be done. then a the vent fell into place easy like. and i started to place the nylock nuts and tighten them down, This is where the swearing started. A few of the spot welded studs just turn once the nylock started to grab. With nuts half on and would not tighten or loosen off. the heads just spun. A little ticked i kept installing and tighting the rest 3 in total just spun after getting the nut's half on.. For those troubled studs i went with pop rivets beside each stud. a simple fix and here is the finished project.
Over all and i am happy with the out come, the product is very well made, other then the way the studs are installed. Maybe a non locking nut with a little loctite might be a better way to go. then the spot welded studs might not just spin.. The instructions are very very clear. and simple to understand.
The use of a jigsaw, is much cleaners and faster then a Cut off wheel on a grinder. but both could be used. The help of a buddy getting the hood on and off is the way to go. The metal template is great and is used as a giude for all the cut's and the holes to be drilled. I bought the non powder coated model and painted mine with box liner. i was thinking about white at first to match the jeep. But decided to go with black. All in all i would do another jeep again with the same product. P/S a sticker would be nice.