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Old 05-16-2002, 11:17 PM   #1
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Default How to install hood pins in CF hood?

THis is what i was able to find, and yes i did a search, and had a few other search to help just incase i missed anything

: 1. Remove hood latch 2. Remove the front pair of rubber bumpers 3. drill holes in the rubber bumpers to pass the hood pins through. shorten the bumpers by trimming the ledge off the big end. 4. bolt hood pin w/ drilled bumper back into the holes vacated by the bumpers. 5. roughly set the height of the pins by looking at the neighboring light covers. Then tighten the pins! 7. dab some grease onto the tips of the pins. Let the hood down gently. The grease will mark the hood for drilling. 8. drill through the bottom layer of the hood. shape hole to fit w/ dremel. 9. Repeat the grease trick. 10. drill through the top layer and shape with dremel 11. Once both layers are drilled and shaped properly. Set the height of the hood pins again. 12. position the top latch plate, mark and drill. Install w/ the small sheetmetal screws. No need to use those anchors.

1st question, can a regular bit drill threw a CF hood? or do i need a special bit?

2nd question is the actual pin install. i need to remove the headlights and drill that support beam where the black hood bumpers are? and the pins "bolt" into the whole i made? then the bumpers fit "over" the pins?
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Old 05-17-2002, 01:57 AM   #2
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Can't answer your second question but your first, yes a regular bit should be able to drill through carbon fiber without issue (in fact the sheet metal of the regular hood would probably be tougher than a CF to drill through).
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Old 05-17-2002, 02:19 AM   #3
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Only thing I'm afraid of is the bit splintering the CF as it goes in. You may need to do it in steps, starting with a small bit and working your way up. Also a center punch may be needed to start a hole so your bit doesnt slip as your pushing down.
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Old 05-17-2002, 10:07 AM   #4
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A stepped Unibit or a tapered reamer would be better than normal drill bit. Those bits are normally used when drilling though thin sheet metal (it doesn't grab like a normal bit will tend to when you come out the other side).

Check the local hardware stores and autoparts stores, and if that fails www.mcmastercarr.com

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Old 05-17-2002, 11:49 AM   #5
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I used a dremel tool and a very small drill bit...took my time , it came out perfect.
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Old 04-04-2007, 01:40 PM   #6
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do you drill bottom to top simply because you can see the grease or paint mark? It seems like that would slinter out on the top? Thanks for the advice im installing pins on me Seibon tommrow.. and im a little nervous ~!!
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Old 04-04-2007, 05:33 PM   #7
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I personally use a dremel. Go slow, put Blue Tape around where youre going to drill.

...and DO NOT touch the CF Splinters. They are a NIGHTMARE to get out. (Dont ask...just follow the advice)
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