READ ALL OF THE INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE STARTING
Step 1: Assemble Component Parts
Place the supplied gasket
material on the bottom of the 2 (two) Hinge Brackets (2 parts bent
into an “L” shape), simply peel off
the backing paper and stick it on the bottom. Trim out the holes and
around the edges to fit. This material protects the paint on your vehicle.
The following assembly IS NOT required if you are mounting
a Hi-Lift ® style
jack on the Hood Rack.
Assemble 4 (four) 3/8” Diameter X 3” bolts, 4 (four) 3/8” nuts
and 4 (four) 3/8” washers to the Clamp Base Plate as shown
in the following photograph. Tighten nuts as shown on
The following is required if you are carrying a Hi-Lift ® style
Assemble 2 (two) 3/8” Diameter X 3” bolts, 4 (four) 3/8” nuts
and 4 (four) 3/8” washers as shown in the following photograph.
DO NOT tighten nuts at this time. Place bolts in OUTER 2 (two) ½” Diameter
holes for 1996 and older Jeeps ® and in the INNER 2 (two) holes for
1997 and newer.
and place duct tape over the hinge thread bracket (on both sides) so
bracket will not fall when bolts are removed.
Place a magazine
on your fender under the rearmost part of your hood. Repeat on both
sides of hood. Close the hood on the magazines.
This supports the hood when you remove the hood hinge bolts.
hood hinge bolts. You may need a Torx ® style
tool to remove. Only do ONE side of the hood at a time!!
Bracket (assembled with gasket in Step 1) over hood hinge and bolt
with supplied 5/16” or 8 mm diameter bolts
and washers. Compare the factory bolts you removed with the supplied
bolts to determine the proper size.
NOTE: THE 5/16” AND
8 mm DIAMETER BOLTS ARE VERY SIMILAR AND EASILY MIXED UP, CHECK EVERY
BOLT (6 each) AND COMPARE THE THREADS WITH THE
BOLTS YOU REMOVED FROM YOUR HOOD HINGES. IF YOU USE THE WRONG BOLT, IT
WILL STRIP THE THREADS.
three bolts by hand and then tighten securely.
Repeat the last step on the other hinge.
Use 4 (four)
5/16” diameter X ¾” Allen head
bolts and 4 (four) 5/16” nyloc nuts to assemble the long Angle
Bar to the Hinge Brackets.
Use this mounting method (Angle Bar forward) for carrying objects LESS
THAN 20 POUNDS total
weight. (Shovel, Axe, Pick handle, etc.) If
you are going to carry a Hi-Lift ® style jack, skip down to the later
Install the 2 (two) Clamp Base Plates (assembled in Step 1) on the top
of the Angle Bar with 4 (four) ¼” allen head bolts and
4 (four) ¼” nyloc nuts as shown in the following photograph.
Note there are several positions these Plates can be mounted to accommodate
Place a Handle Clamp over the 3/8” bolts and another on top of
any round or oval item you want to secure, place a 3/8” washer
on each bolt and use the 3/8” Wing nuts to secure the item.
As you can see in the above photo, more than 1 item can be stacked (in
this case an axe and shovel) on the Hood Rack.
Use this method (Angle Bar
rearward) for HI-LIFT ® style jacks and
any other object/s over 20 POUNDS.
Assemble the Angle Bar as
depicted in the following photo; tighten the 5/16” allen head bolts securely. Tighten the 3/8” nut (finger
tight only) on the UNDERSIDE of the Angle Bar so that it supports the
Bar by pressing downward on the head of the hood bolt. Then tighten the
upper 3/8” nut. This eliminates any bounce or deflection caused
by the heavy weight of the Hi-Lift ® style jack. Repeat for the other
Place a 3/8” washer over each of the 2 (two) protruding 3/8” bolts,
place the jack on the Hood Rack, aligning the two protruding bolts with
holes in the jack I-beam. Place another 3/8” washer on top of the
jack and secure with the 3/8” Wing nuts.
Be sure and secure the handle of the jack with a nylon tie or other
method before driving!
Check the two wing nuts occasionally for tightness during use.
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