***** use a thicker metal than the one i used
*****also, i found that the hardware store had some thicker pieces of metal that were already 90 degree angles.... if you use those, you dont have to do any bending, only cutting, so it's easier.
dampers were bought used for 15 bucks and total cost was under 20 bucks......
do you need it? no
is it necessary? no
y did i do it? boredom
ok here is the first attempt.....
Behold my almight k20 people are talkin about
get your dampers and scrap metal.... i used a kind of a thin sheet so that i could bend easily for first measurements
Get your dremmel and extension cord
Now, the placement of the dampers in NOT going to be ON the fender as some people (such as me) may think
We are goin to put the damper NEXT to the fender like this..
now both sides of the damper have these washers..
one of these washers is larger than the other, I cut this larger washer off because i though it may make the installation easier.
now we are going to need a l bracket so i ghettoed this one.
in my first attempt i drilled the hole so that the damper would mount right next to this bolt as you can see
my original measurements looked like this.
bolt and grind everything up and it should look something like this...
I DID realize that mounting the damper HIGHER above the bolt will give the damper More leverage in opening the hood.
so my finished results will be mounted higher up with thicker metal which i will update when i do finish it.
now to the bottom mount.....
well the piks are actually self explainatory so take a look
another l bracket is needed.
there you go. some final notes, the thin metal i used flex'd a lot. i just bought some thicker metal which i will update when finished.
also the bottom mount will be about an inch closer to the windshield in the final product. the upper mount will also be about an inch higher to increase the leverage of the dampers... the driver side damper is basically the same
second attempt is finished...... some notes to consider
1. the thicker metal holds up bit better, but the hood mount could still be thicker
2. the new metal that i used for the lower mount is good enough
3. when mounting the damper bolt above the hoods bolt, make sure not to mount it too much above the hoods bolt, because it will cause the shock to "bottom out" when you close the hood, forcing the hood mount to bend or cause worse damage.
4. close the hood slowly and look at the damper to make sure it doesn't bottom out
As you can see here, the mount got bent because the damper was mounted too high, the damper "bottomed out" and bent the mount. I slid the mount lower and it fixed the problem.
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