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how do you open the hood (billet grille)

Discussion in 'Sport Truck Exterior Accessories' started by Explorer96xlt, September 3, 2005.

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    1. Explorer96xlt

      Explorer96xlt Active Member

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      How do i open my hood when i have a billet grille installed? im thinking a screwdriver, but is that easy?

      Also, what exactly do i need to remove to install a billet grille.
       
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    3. Mbrooks420

      Mbrooks420 High Voltage. Elite Explorer

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      Yes, a screwdriver, or any thin flat thing will move the latch. The cheap ones just zip tie on, the more expensive ones I'm not sure about.
       
    4. Explorer96xlt

      Explorer96xlt Active Member

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      i've heard i need to cut out my factory grille to get it screwed in there. is this true?

      and which ones from ebay are the bolt on ones?
       
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      I put in a wire mesh to protect the grill offroad.
      [​IMG]

      I took a wire and attached it to the latch.
      Then made a loop to grab just when the hood is open.
      [​IMG]

      [​IMG]
       
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      Mbrooks420 High Voltage. Elite Explorer

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      You may want to do do a search on billet grill brand. You can look at the pics of the different ones, and buy the one that fits your needs.
       
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      welded a rod to my latch and it comes up above where the latch hooks to the hood...
       
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      or you can update your hood latch to the 98+ stlye.... the part to unlatch it then is under the hood above the grill


      i had a billit grill on my 94, i was able to stick my middle finger in through the space in between the billet and unlatch it
       
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      I bought a T-Rex grille and it does not interfere with opening the hood at all. It still operates as if the factory grille was installed. I have an 05 and the latch is at a point that is accessible when the hood is popped. Not sure if this is the case with earlier trucks I also bought the more expensive grille that was a bolt on and not a zip tie or the one that requires cutting of the factory grille.The highest point on my aftermarket grille is equal if not slightly lower than the factory version. Think I might have to realign the lower grille. [​IMG] [IMG]http://us.a1.yahoofs.com/users/41b61adbza81fc75e/eca5/__sr_/da7cre2.jpg?phQQA0DBl_GtacM0[/IMG]
       
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      Billet

      I used a piece of 3/4" x 1/8" flat stock about 6" long.
      Twisted it a vice a quarter turn.
      Drilled a hole in one end of the work piece and a hole in the stock hood lever.
      Bolted the two together twisting and adjusting until I was satisfifed then cut to fit. This was for a 1991 and it works perfect. Painted black you have to look to see the 1/8th inch that shows.
       

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