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Hood latch relocation rod

This may or may not be of any usefull value to anyone.

But if you have a billet grill, winter front or custom mesh installed into your grill, the outside hood latch mechanism is rendered useless because of the fact that your fingers can no longer pop the outside hood latch.

I know there are kits available to get around this but for the cheap guys like me ...... This is how it's done.

Get a small piece of metal rod [18" long] and and make a 90 degree bend close to the end. Directly below that make another 90 so that the rod now has two 90's in it. The direction of the rod still should be going the same way though.

Drill a small hole in your hood latch mechanism just big enough to feed the rod, with the two 90 degree bends,through. The rod should be hanging downwards. Tiewrap the rod lengh to the middle bar on the backside of your grill loosely and put another 90 at the bottom. Cut off the excess rod.

In this way, once your interior hood latch is popped, you reach directly below the grill and push up on the metal rod to activate the secondary hood latch.

This is how you have do your secondary hood latch mechanism when you install a billet grill cause there's no way to pop the hood without it.


View of rod that has to be made up and cable tied loosely to the middle bar of your grill:



Veiw of the lower part of the rod at the bottom of the grill:


Veiw of the secondary hood latch mechanism: *note: A small hole big enough for the rod to fit through will have to be drilled in the latch.


Don't use any type of metal rod that will rust like I did in these pics. A wire coat hanger works good for this because it has a coating on it.

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i did basically the same thing only i used a piece of 14 gauge wire, it works well
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thanks for the mod man. i bought some grill inserts and i was hearning that the ones you buy fall off alot so i like this idea , looks like it should be pretty sturdy.
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LOL I was looking at that to...That bee got by your Dakota..
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Ha ha ha ... You guys are too observant sometimes.

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Dumb question but how do you actually get to it when the hood is down?
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never even thought that would happen while building my grill. Good thing it doesnt affect the older dakotas.
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is that 2 different inserts on each side?
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The front end looks sick!





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thats when you just find a hole and make it work lol

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