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Most of you are aware of Aerocatch latches... these things are the best Hood pin latches ever...


Super clean when they are installed properly & ROCK solid, fully paintable.

SO here is my 1st try ever at installing these in my OG Area-51 CF vented hood :


This Area-51 vented hood has a glassed in hood latch & there's just no way I would run it without pins...

The hood already had holes from a cheap set of Hood pins so i had no choice where to mount these... i just had to cut it so the Aerocatch latches would drop in flush...

Basically you just locate a place to sink them into your hood evenly and symmetrically so they dont look stoopid, & using the Templates...Mark the pattern out & using your favorite cutting tool
( i used a dremel..) start cutting...

I cut well inside the line 1st & then ground the holes out to the line using the
small 3/8-1/2 in drum sanders on he dremel.... i kept test fitting everything often to make sure i didn't cut too much....








the bottom side of the hood cut outs...





I made a simple set of 'gaskets' to help seal the bottom of the latch against the uneven surface of the hood cleanly...






After cutting the top, I had to open up the bottom & drill holes to attach these using the bolts provided....it was kind of a bitch as you need to CAREFULLY drill all the holes in exactly the right spots as marked, so everything lines up around the latch & the bolts drop thru easily and as they are TINY..+ you need to open up the holes on the under side to be able to get in there with a tool to hold the nut as you tighten the allen head....




I preglued the washers to the Underside of the CF hood to make it easy to install 'em...




& bam... all bolts nice & snug & one done one to go.......








SOO clean!!! I love these things....













FIXED!!!
 

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excellent tutorial.

just out of curiosity, with all that you do have under the hood, how come you don't go for the locking one?
 

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Clean install.
 

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excellent tutorial.

just out of curiosity, with all that you do have under the hood, how come you don't go for the locking one?

See pic # 3.....;)


I bought two sets of these latches, cause I have a Chargespeed vented hood also...& I am running one w/a lock & one without......on each hood...makes it easy to only need one key to unlock either hood no matter which one i happen to run...

+ one locking set & one open is considerably cheaper than two locking sets...;)
 

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I've always loved these pins. Could they be painted over? If i ever do get a CF hood, i would like to paint the sides body color (which is where the pins would be).


I am painting this hood that way also so these will get painted as well...

some day...
 

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how did u line up the pins under under the hood with the latches to drill out
 

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Damn.... yes i do i just need to reset them... i had some issues with albums on photobucket.... let me dig around &i can update this again.


Apologies guys...
that'd be great, i have 2 extra CF hoods that i was going to test these pins on. having a DIY never hurts to read up on :)
 

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Can't see the pics anymore!
 

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Edgy, I also have a discontinued Area51 vented fiberglass hood that's cracking near the front (unnoticeable from outside) and needs to be fixed. I'm going to get rid of it for like $50 if possible.

Can you please send me those pictures or have them reposted? I want to see if these look way better than the Sparcos I currently use.
 

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Search aerocatch and you will find another DIY and pics of other members cars with them installed.
 

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Does anybody know if the black pieces that can be seen from the outside are plastic or metal? Would it be possible to paint them to match the car?
 
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