Hello everyone! Today I'm going to show you how to install hood pins on a Wrangler. But not crappy hood pins you get from Advance Auto Parts, THESE hood pins:
I bought these from Poly Performance. They cost about $30 for the pair. Here is a link:
Here is the Jeep we're going to be installing them on.
Now, why install hood pins, you ask? This is why:
When I installed my tube fenders, I ordered new latches because my old ones kept spinning and weren't coming off. For some reason or another, they kept getting torn up and end up flying off my Jeep. Finally I got a good pair, but this one was on its way out, and the other one wouldn't come off when I tried to get it off either.
So these are the supplies you will need.
10 mm socket
13 mm socket
1 1/4" hole saw
2 1/8" hole saw
1/4" drill bit
5/8" drill bit
So here we go!
1.) Find out where you want to mount your hood pins. I looked under my hood for a good spot because I wanted to an easy spot to drill through. You can also look directly under it and see where the support is. I chose these spots.
These are good spots because there is already a hole there, which will make drilling much easier.
2.) Take the pin and put some grease on the tip. Put it under the hood and close it. It will mark the grill, and therefore show you were to drill.
The passenger side hole is a bit long, so I moved the pin towards the center, and it ended up being in line with other side.
3.) Now that you know where you're going to drill, remove your headlights.
There are plenty of write-ups on how to do that, so I won't bother with the details.
4.) Take your hole punch, give it a good WHACK (not a WOMP), and drill out the hole with your 1/4" drill bit.
5.) Then, take your 5/8" drill bit (yep, it's a biggin!) and make the hole bigger.
6.) Insert the pin into the hole you just drilled out. You can then loosely thread in the nuts that came with it. You don't want to tighten it down now because you will have to adjust the height later.
7.) Put a dab of grease on the top of the hood pin and close the hood. The bottom of your hood will then be marked for where you will drill.
Grease on hood:
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