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Hood spring force -- question???

This is a discussion on Hood spring force -- question??? within the Firebird / WS6 forums, part of the Vehicle Specific category; I searched and didn't find anything so here goes. I swapped out the stock steel hood for a fiberglass Ram ...

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    Question Hood spring force -- question???

    I searched and didn't find anything so here goes. I swapped out the stock steel hood for a fiberglass Ram air hood. Obviously it's less weight than the steel one, so when I pull the hood release, it pops up with some pretty strong force. Maybe it's not a big deal, but I just think over time it could cause cracking. Does anyone know if the spring latch is different on the Ram air car versus a standard steel hood car??? My guess is no, but anyone that had the steel and switched to fiberglass must know what I'm talking about, right??

    Maybe I'm worried about nothing, but wanna be sure. Or maybe there is a mod I could do to reduce the spring force??? I haven't looked at the latch real close yet.

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    You could always bet rid of the hood struts and just use a prop rod to hold the up. Cuz cause some up the sudden slamming up of the hood also i would think. then you also wouldnt have to close your hood with so much force either.

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    Same struts, same release Chris. Not a big deal at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BIG GUNS View Post
    Same struts, same release Chris. Not a big deal at all.
    That's kinda what I was hoping to hear, especially with you doing this same mod not that long ago. I'll leave well enough alone then ;-)

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    I had a true fiber hood and i think it would kinda bold out when i had them connected and i know it would pop up with force when i opened it.

    What i did was I didnt not connect the shocks to the hood just to the car and connect them when ever i had to work on it.

    but i rather have a true Ram Air hood then an after market

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