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Old 09-24-2010
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Expo Hood Hinges??

A while back somebody put a set of these on his ranger and it worked great. I've been thinking about doing it, but can no longer find the how to. If anybody can help with a link or even pics would be great!!!!

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I never realized anyone had done it... I was checking some out at the junkyard a little while back and it looked like it could be done fairly easily. If there's a how-to I'd like to see it as well!
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Found him... You got to have two driverside hinges.
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Did you find a how-to or pics? Post them up!
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Here's a link to my other thread...

Explorer hood hinges??
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Just gonna copy the description of how to do it

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1st off, you don't need to modify these hood hinges at all. Just get 2 driver's side. I don't remember what years, but you have the right one already.
The Ranger hood hinges are spot welded to the firewall, along with 2 bolts. Remove the nuts and break the welds. ( I used a small chisel) There is a small plate behind the firewall (thats what the hinge is spot welded to), break that spot weld and pull that plate out. (It's a pain, but it does come out)
After that take your Exp hinge and line it up with the 2 holes the old hinge was bolted thru and mark the other holes. (for drilling)
I went with bigger bolts than what was used before. Only because I had them in the garage. You can go with the same size as what the Ranger stud was and about an inch and 1/2 in length. You can cut them down later. There is one bolt that kept giving me troubles, the one right over the heater fan on the passenger side. It's has to be shorter because of lack of room around the fan.

There are a couple of ways to keep the bolts in place before you get the nuts on them. I made a plate (a little longer than the holes from the top to the bottom of one side of the hinge) and welded the bolt heads to it. (I'll check to see if I have any pics of it) That way I could slide the plate thru the opening where the hinge would go and the bolts stuck thru the holes on each side. I made 4 plates 2 for each plate. Once I stuck the bolts/plate thru then I put a small clip on the bolts to hold the plate to the firewall. If you don't, the hinge pushes the bolts back thru the firewall and under the cowl area. The cowl DOESN"T come off on my truck ('01) So you need a way to hold the bolts as you put the hinge up to the firewall and screw the nuts on.
If you use 2 driver's side hinges the hood lines right up to the hinges. No bending, cutting, or drilling needed. Bolts right up.
Align hood as normal.

Sorry for the novel...
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So is the point of this so the hood holds it self up on its own?

What year expo driver side hinges do you need? I might be interested in doing it.
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Why not just get some Redline QuickLifts? Seems like a lot less hassle.
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Why not just get some Redline QuickLifts? Seems like a lot less hassle.
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Some of us LIKE to mod our trucks and additionally like to save money doing it. The redline are what, 150$? While you can do this mod for as cheap as 10$ if you get a good deal.
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Why not just get some Redline QuickLifts? Seems like a lot less hassle.
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I agree
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I agree
Your mommy buys all your mods, you're jobless. So obv you would agree.
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It just looks cleaner to me than those Quicklifts and it looks like a fun little project.
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Well I guess I know my next mod! I've already got a line on some free hinges as well!
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Any idea what year that truck was or if it works on any year?
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