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Old November 15th, 2012, 05:02 PM
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Defender Hood Sticks Up

O.k. - My defender hood sticks up about 3/4 of an inch from the slam panel. f*(*ng annoying. I can adjust the latch pin but then the spring tension really starts to stress the hood cable. Is the only way to make this thing lay flat is to use hood pins. I don't think I have the room to move down the front valance but maybe I am wrong. Help.
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Old November 15th, 2012, 08:46 PM
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clay - sorry u are experiencing this. the bonnet should lay flat. do you know what is causing the gap in the first place?
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Old November 16th, 2012, 12:43 AM
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hmm

I think the spring is actually to long. the tighter I go with the tensioner the harder it is on the cable. Since I don't need that much tension on popping open an aluminum hood, I may just trim the spring. This would free up the tension on the cable and allow me to reset the stoppers on each corner at a lower position. I came to this conclusion this afternoon after futsing with it. Thank you for the feedback...now I know that the hood should sit flush as currently the gap is bigger than Madonna's teeth but smaller than..... (reader to fill in the blank)
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Old November 16th, 2012, 08:38 AM
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I think some of the trucks had a larger/heaver spring if it had a tire on the bonnet. With out the added weight it would sit up a bit high. The replacement part shouldn't be expensive I would think. Might have to source it out of the UK however.
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Old November 16th, 2012, 11:19 AM
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I would leave it that way as you get better cooling.
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Old November 16th, 2012, 11:20 AM
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There was always a gap to increase cooling. Lets see a photo of yours.
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Old November 16th, 2012, 11:42 AM
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There was always a gap to increase cooling. Lets see a photo of yours.
mine has a gap of about 3/4"

my old 110 ('84) had a rubber/plastic strip that was riveted to the underside of the bonnet. Have no idea if this was aftermarket, but the gap was tighter on that truck than on my current truck.

I thought about sealing it with some type of compressable rubber gasket and never considered adjusting the bonnet or spring itself. I came to the same conclusion that it allows airflow and the heat to escape/vent through the gap, so why mess with it (although I have never had a problem with my 300Tdi getting even close to hot)
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