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Old 02-18-2012, 03:50 PM   #1
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how hard would it be to make my hood reverse open

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how hard would it be to make my hood reverse open
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Nathan and Phil have both reversed theirs. You can find a picture of Nathans (RollingThunder) in about any Florida thread. I think he went to Ohio from Florida to have it done...
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ok would it be a hard DIY project to under take or are there its out there to do it
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I don't have a clue, but Phill can tell you. He's VP of the Ohio chapter so drop down there or find one of his post and send him a PM. He's the guru on that project....also why Rolling Thunder went to Ohio to get his done.
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It's not a very difficult job if you are handy with a welder. It 'can' be done in 1 day but 2 is better.
What year is your truck? on my 04 I had no clearance issues between the grille and bumper but on Nathan's, the grille hit the rubber insert in the bumper as it rotated around.
The basic design is a pair of plates drilled to fit the lower radiator support bolt patern that come out and down a little to just behind the grille. I used 3/8 pipe to create a hinge and then come from the hinge up to the bottom of the hood withh 3/4 square tube with about a 6" piece extending backover the top of the upper radiator support. The hood is cut for clearance for the 6" piece and then welded to it. Cross brace the 2 uprights( I used 1/2" sqare tube). Remove the factory hood hinges and install a set of hoodpins in the cowl area and your done.



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What year is your truck? on my 04 I had no clearance issues between the grille and bumper but on Nathan's, the grille hit the rubber insert in the bumper as it rotated around.

Phill did a great job. The difference did cause some problems. I have had had to cut the bottom three inches off of my grill. If your is a 2006 or newer, wait a bit until I get mine redone. I am working on a redesign hinge that will lift the assemble up and out a bit. Working on prototype now. My design is headed in the right direction but still needs massaging.

Again, I want to thank Phill. He did mine outside in the dead of winter with six inches of snow on the ground. What a man.
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