AeroCatch Hood Pin Install

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AeroCatch Hood Pin Install

Postby FC Zach » Tue Oct 29, 2013 4:44 am

I searched for a while before installing, to see how others have installed these but never found much info. . .
So I figured I'd share how I did it, keeping it as simple as possible :)

To start, I had to find a place to put the pins. This is what delayed me so long, I never could find where others had placed their pins. . I wasn't sure if they had drilled new holes in their radiator support or if they made some type of bracket. After some measurements and eyeballing, I made my decision. . I used two of the holes for the five plastic fasteners along the rad support.
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Next was the scary part. . drilling through a perfectly good carbon hood. What I did (which I thought was pretty clever) was simply drill through the hood from underneath with it closed, using the hole in the rad support as a guide. The hole doesn't have to be perfectly center (as you can see in the pic) but as long as its close you'll have a great starting point to use the supplied template.
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In the picture above you can barely see a small dot from a permanent marker, center of the pin. This is what I used to align the supplied template.
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BAM!! ! Worked great!
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Next is to cut a hole slightly larger on the underside of the hood to allow the backing plate to be installed easily. I thought for a while about how I could go about doing this without cutting blindly and that's when I came up with another genius idea :) I cut lines to each point of the template while it was still attached.
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Then prepped the template with double sided tape and cut along the outer line.
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Stuck to bottom of hood using the lines I had cut previously.
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BAM! Once it's out you'll notice it may not be perfect but it just needs to be close so you can place the backing plate in. You can clean up the edges and even things out with a sanding bit on a Dremel.
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After a little sanding.
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That's about I can think of, hope my little tips help anyone in the future. Once all the holes are cut and the latches are mounted, you may have to tweak the pins slightly (bending till you get the appropriate angle) so that the latches don't bind when released. Also it will take a while to get your pins to the proper height, with a little patience and a lot of walking back and forth to pop the hood latch, you'll get it perfect!
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Re: AeroCatch Hood Pin Install

Postby MWP » Mon Nov 04, 2013 2:45 pm

FC Zach wrote:....with a little patience and a lot of walking back and forth to pop the hood latch, you'll get it perfect!


If youve still got the hood latch, why are you using hood pins? :P
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Re: AeroCatch Hood Pin Install

Postby MWP » Mon Nov 04, 2013 2:51 pm

I did mine not long ago...

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Was done to make way for my radiators setup:
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Re: AeroCatch Hood Pin Install

Postby FC Zach » Mon Nov 04, 2013 3:06 pm

MWP wrote:If youve still got the hood latch, why are you using hood pins? :P


I trust the factory hood latch but not the strength of the bonded hook on the fiber hood. The thing really danced going down the interstate and freaked me out. I've had friends have hoods unlatch on them going down the road, don't want that happening to me.
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Re: AeroCatch Hood Pin Install

Postby FC Zach » Mon Nov 04, 2013 5:04 pm

Don't wanna look like this guy!
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Re: AeroCatch Hood Pin Install

Postby MWP » Tue Nov 05, 2013 8:29 am

FC Zach wrote:
MWP wrote:If youve still got the hood latch, why are you using hood pins? :P


I trust the factory hood latch but not the strength of the bonded hook on the fiber hood. The thing really danced going down the interstate and freaked me out. I've had friends have hoods unlatch on them going down the road, don't want that happening to me.


Ahh, fair enough :)

Having a hood lifting and moving around is quite unnerving.
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Re: AeroCatch Hood Pin Install

Postby celicast184 » Wed Nov 06, 2013 1:28 pm

nice write up!!!! i jus had my hood unlatch on me too.. good thing it happened less then a mile from home. im def gonna get me some aero catches too!!
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Re: AeroCatch Hood Pin Install

Postby CSAlltrac » Wed Nov 06, 2013 5:13 pm

FC Zach wrote:Don't wanna look like this guy!
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Hahaha. Miss that guy! Your cuts came out awesome man. Good work
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Re: AeroCatch Hood Pin Install

Postby FC Zach » Wed Nov 06, 2013 5:32 pm

Thanks, I was worried how it would turn out but the dremel worked great!
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Re: AeroCatch Hood Pin Install

Postby Chuck.hudson » Wed Nov 06, 2013 7:17 pm

Looks good man was that the same good that was on it when I saw the car or was it the other one sitting in the corner
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Re: AeroCatch Hood Pin Install

Postby FC Zach » Thu Nov 07, 2013 2:19 am

Same hood, I wanted some practice before cutting into the carbon RC hood.
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