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Ford Performance Hood Latch and Pin Kit (79-04 All)

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      Product Information

      Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation


      • Authentic Functional Hood Latch and Pin Kit
      • Prevents Hood Shake and Rattle at High Speeds
      • Can Be Used with Stock and Most Aftermarket Hoods
      • 3-5/8" Stud Length from End to End
      • Sold as a Complete Set of Two
      • Fits All 1979-2004 Mustangs


      Retro Styling. The Ford Racing Hood Latch & Pin Kit's classic 60's retro styling looks great on the any 1979-2004 Mustang. This is the same style latch kit used by early drag racers on their Ford Mustangs and Fairlanes.

      Safety. The Ford Racing Hood Latch & Pin Kit not only looks good, but also adds extra safety to any high performance Mustang. The Hood Latch & Pin Kit securely pins the hood safely to the car to prevent the hood from flying off at high speeds, a must for drag racers.

      Solid Construction. The Hood Latch & Pin Kit is made by the trusted folks at Ford and is constructed of strong durable steel components to assure your hood will stay in place when running down the track.

      Application. This Hood Latch & Pin kit is designed to be used on all 1979 to 2004 Mustangs with the original stock hood and most aftermarket fiberglass hoods.

      Fitment: 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 Details

      MPN# M-16700-A

      CA Residents: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm -


      Customer Reviews (100+)

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      Ratings Summary

      4.1 out of 5 overall rating from 100+ customers

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      Installation Cost: 0-$100

      • March 02, 2020

        4 2002 GT - Actionjackson7 Installation Time: Afternoon


        Okay I love the product it looks great on my car. Gives it the muscle car look I was looking for. But it is a difficult install I strongly suggest u have all your tools and possibly someone to help u. U will have to cut into the frame. And itll be easier if u do take the bumber and headlights brace off for more room. I didnt wanna take my off but it's better if u do.

        Helpful (0)
      • January 20, 2020

        5 2015 GT - IvanBly

        3" Cal hood

        Purchase a 3" cowl hood American muscle fit perfect recently had it painted Deep impact blue I love it

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      • January 15, 2020

        5 1988 GT - Dre Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Hood latch kit!!

        The Hood latch kit from American Muscle was exactly what I needed to give my 1988 Mustang GT that aggresive look I've been looking for. It was very easy to install, especially since I had the key latch kit previously installed, so I was able to use the existing holes.

        Helpful (0)
      • December 03, 2019

        2 2001 GT - warlock3055 Installation Time: Afternoon

        Did not work on my car.

        Followed the instructions that were given. the only problem was that the holes on the pins were to low . I had the nut at the last 3 threads untill it could without falling off the end to give the most height. but still could not put the pins into the holes with the hood fully closed. Had to buy a different brand that had a taller pin and worked fine. The cables looked really cheesy more like a plastic thick cable. I like where you see the cable more inside the plastic and not so thick . Im old school ..

        Helpful (2)
      • November 24, 2019

        3 2004 GT - ZackS Installation Time: Afternoon

        Good pins, require adjustments

        I’m pretty satisfied with how these good pins turned out, I’m giving them 3 stars because they were too short like other reviews said which resulted in addition parts and time to install. It was a fun project and turned out well. American muscle is awesome!

        Helpful (1)
      • October 24, 2019

        5 2003 V6 - jimmyb Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        hood latch and pin set

        perfect fit quality product that looks good and makes hood look awesome

        Helpful (0)
      • May 11, 2019

        5 2000 GT - EverV Installation Time: Afternoon

        Hood pins

        Great and good quality product. Easy install and only took about 2 hours to install.

        Helpful (0)
      • April 04, 2019

        4 1990 GT - LuisAlfaro Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Very helpful

        This is a very good product , very cheap and easy to install. This was great since my hood had opened while driving and this prevents it from happening again. It makes the car look aggressive and cooler.

        Helpful (2)
      • March 27, 2019

        4 1988 GT - Dana88 Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Nice, but......

        The price is right and they look good while the hood is closed; however, I have a Cobra fiberglass hood and I couldn't put the bottom washer on because of the shape of the hood. I'm sure it'll be fine, but I don't like the appearance when the hood is open. Regardless, I have this hood because the last hood left me while driving down the road.

        Helpful (1)
      • March 12, 2019

        1 2000 V6 - Mustangracer2000

        Too Short

        TOO SHORT. Total length of the pin is 5" which barely stuck out the top of the hood. Ended up purchasing a pair from amazon that are 6" and fit perfectly.

        Helpful (5)

      Questions & Answers (10 answers)

      5 Top Rated Questions

      do they rust? i bought these awhile ago but im concerned about them rusting. anyone that bought these have an input?

      • I belive they don't cuz they are stainless steel

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      with the hood pin kit should you still use the stock hood latch?

      • I did not. My wife broke my handle and the factory latch did not function properly. So I removed it and just used the pins. Keep in mind your hood can be opened without anyone getting inside your car once the hood latch is removed.

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      What size drill bit do i use for this kit?

      • It is recommended that you use both a 1/8 inch drill bit to start the holes and a 7/8 inch step bit to complete the holes for this Ford Performance Hood Latch and Pin Kit.

      Helpful (2)

      Will this kit work with 2010-2014 models?

      • Unfortunately this Ford Performance Hood Latch and Pin Kit will not work on a 2010-14 because of the different exterior dimensions from a 79-04 and the 10-14.

      Helpful (0)

      Ford racing hood pins, does the bronze piece go under the hood?

      • From the pictures I've seen and from my own install, the bronze parts were nixed entirely. The screws don't even fit in the pre-drilled holes.

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      5 More Questions
      Can this kit be used on later generation mustangs if it works with all hoods? Or just through 2004? 1 answer
      aftermarket hood? do these work with an aftermarket fiberglass hood? like a 95 cobra r hood? Just concerned with drilling and causing cracking or something. 2 answers
      Will this work? Will this hood pin kit work for the AM 3" cowl hood? 1 answer
      Do you need to use the lanyards with the hood pins? 3 answers
      Lanyard length? Anyone know how long the lanyards are? 1 answer

      Installation & What's in the Box

      Installation Info

      What's in the Box

      • (2) Hood bezels
      • (2) Under hood bezels
      • (2) Lanyards
      • (2) Pins
      • (2) Bolts
      • (4) Nuts
      • (4) Flat washers
      • (8) Small flat washers
      • (8) Screws

      Tech Specs

      Will It Fit My Mustang

      • Bullitt - 01
      • Cobra - 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 03, 04
      • Cobra R - 93, 95, 00
      • GT - 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02, 03, 04
      • LX - 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93
      • Mach 1 - 03, 04
      • Other - 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86
      • V6 - 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02, 03, 04

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