Well after a few months of waiting for these to be released I ordered them last week, I picked them up at the UPS hub this morning and completed the install. I figured I would take pictures along the way and give an overall review of them since there is not much info out there on these.
Upon receiving the package my first thought was that these were heavier then expected, these defiantly have some heft to them!
Here is a picture of them how they come shipped:
Now I will get onto the install, First a list of required tools:
Flat blade screw driver
12mm open end wrench
13mm open end wrench
10mm deep socket
3/8" & 1/4" ratchet
5mm driver bits x2 - Important to have 2 of these in order to properly loosen and re-tighten the hardwear on the new latches.
4mm driver bit
driver or socket adapter for bits
16mm open end wrench
Just about all required tools can be found in the average tool kit but I had to go to my larger wrench assortment for the 16mm wrench since this size in not usually included in the basic wrench sets. This is a "required" wrench since you need it to tighten the jam nuts on the latches during the final steps of the install.
** I found it easier to complete the install with the Grille removed, it is held in place by a few push clips and only takes a few minutes to remove. With this out of the way its gives you access to the nuts that are otherwise hidden**
Dis-assembly of the factory hood catches:
Using a flat blade screwdriver carefully pry one of the end caps off of the retainer pin (on my '12 this cap was on the backside of the pin, towards the windshield) A little wiggling and it should pop off.
Remove the bottom portion of the hood catch, This is done by removing the nut on the inside of the fender, it is 13mm nut and really the only way to remove this is with a wrench.
** IMPORTANT NOTE** Once that Is removed there is a flexible piece of rubber attached to the tab seen in the above pic, You need to carefully remove this piece as it will be reused on the new lower section.
Once that is removed you will have this:
Install the lower catch this has a rubber "washer" that goes between the catch and the hood, the assembly is held in place with the flat top bolt, flat washer, and nylon lock nut, this is a 12mm nut and should be tightened with an open end wrench from the inside while being held with a 5mm bit, I would advise against turning the bolt in the latch as this can cause the black powdercoat to scratch off under the bolt head, once tightened you will now push the rubber bumper pad onto the tab and you will have this:
Remove the top factory catch by removing the 2 10mm nuts on the inside of the hood and remove the top latch. You will now have this:
Install the new upper hood catch, again this has a rubber gasket that goes between the catch and the hood, It is held in place with 2 flat top bolts, flat washers and nylon lock nuts. Use caution during this step and line-up the gasket with the catch before tightening all the way. It will now look like this and the "hard" part of the install is done.
Close the hood and you will have the top and bottom portion of the new catches installed, even at this stage these look better then the factory plastic parts, With the hood closed it will look like this: notice the rubber piece that is between the two parts, This is the reused pad from the factory catches.
Take the hinged portion of the hood catch and put the longer pin through and line up the other side, thread the short pin into the longer one and tighten it down snug, this is where you will need the (2) 5mm bits since both sides are the same and they need to be held firmly while one side is tightened.
Flip the latch up into place, I noticed that the hood catches came adjusted pretty close to the correct spacing, however the catch would not latch and needed to be fine tuned
Now with the jam-nuts already loose I un-threaded the catch one full turn on the bottom and one full turn on the top, This allowed the catch to then latch firmly with a slight bit of downward pressure on the hood, If you don't want to have to push the hood down then you can adjust them a little further out, I wanted a nice tight fit so I made it so I have to push down on the hood in order to latch them.
After all adjustments have been made and the hood catch latches firmly you will have this:
Once you are happy with how the new catches latch you can tighten the jam-nuts to secure the adjustments made, This is where you need the 16mm wrench:
I only took pictures of one side but obviously the install is the same on the other side.
Below will be my review on these.