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OPR Hood Latch (96-98 All)

Item 100597
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      Product Information

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


      • Perfect for Restorations or Accident Repair
      • Direct Fit Replacement
      • OEM Quality Construction
      • Fits All 1996-1998 Mustangs


      Restoration; Accident Repair. If your SN95 Mustang has been in a front-end collision you may need to replace the front hood latch, this quality OPR replacement part is perfect for an accident repair or high end restoration.

      OEM Quality. Manufactured to the original factory specifications from OEM quality materials, this replacement Hood Latch is an exact copy of the factory original to ensure a perfect fit for a quality accident repair.

      This OPR Front Hood Latch is designed to be a direct fit replacement for 1996 to 1998 Mustangs, including the V6, GT, and SVT Cobra models.

      Technical Note. This Hood Latch will be able to be installed on a 1994-1995 Mustang with the use of an Upper Billet Grille, depending on your car, some trimming may be required at the mounting point.


      Fitment: 1996 1997 1998 Details

      MPN# 100597

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      Customer Reviews (15)

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      Ratings Summary

      3.9 out of 5 overall rating from 15 customers

      • February 14, 2019

        1 1998 V6 - JeremiahL


        hood latch very cheap and when i installed this one my hood does not close all the way my factory 20 year old factory hood latch does a better job then this my hood often gets stuck and pops back open time to time after installing this and yes it is installed correctly and my hood is aligned properly

        Helpful (1)
      • December 07, 2018

        5 1997 V6 - LateishaG

        Great project

        It's awesome it fit perfectly and I appreciate y'all for this amazing website I truly thank y'all for the magazine y'all send me thank you

        Helpful (3)
      • February 18, 2018

        5 1998 V6 - ManuelD

        New latch

        The item is very good I am able to close my hood with no problem, I recommend it to anyone who needs a new hood latch

        Helpful (6)
      • December 31, 2017

        1 1997 V6 - TrevWB93

        Bad part

        First time I have ever had a bad review for an AM part. Love American Muscle and will always be a customer. I bought this part a couple months ago and finally got time fo install it. Once I got it done, I closed the hood and it didn’t completely latch. I double checked everything and tried again. The yellow piece to open up he hood broke off in a couple pieces. No matter what, I could not get it to catch properly. Took some carb cleaner and WD-40, and cleaned up the old latch really good. Hood closed and latched properly on the first try. Hate that a piece broke and I can’t return it. Oh well. Still will always buy from American Muscle!

        Helpful (7)
      • June 08, 2017

        1 1996 V6 - ChristianC

        Very Bad

        To start the design of the latch is a very poor one but that is a Ford problem and not one of the company that made the product. When the product arrived I installed it first with the adjustment dowels in place. After finding out that I needed to remove them to get the latch to close properly I spent close to an hour getting them out. They are installed from the factory to only come out one way which they cannot come out due to the way the product is made. After finally getting them out I installed the latch higher and still could not get the latch to work. After further investigation (close to 2 hours of messing with it) I found out that the two pieces of metal that the bolt needs to go through when bolted down, would not let the latch mechanism work. I ended up having to put a washer in between the two pieces which does not look good. The latch also came unlubricated which is something that is not mentioned anywhere. Probably one of the worst products I've bought. Would not recommend!

        Helpful (7)
      • April 22, 2017

        1 1996 V6 - TaylorW


        Would not latch. Never had a problem before with American Muscle products, hoping this was a fluke as I'd like to keep being a customer.

        Helpful (8)
      • April 08, 2017

        5 1997 GT - Chris

        Great latch

        This hood latch is identical to the factory latch. Works great, and easy to adjust and make work with my fiberglass Cervini hood. Thanks AM for another great product.

        Helpful (8)
      • September 24, 2016

        5 1995 GT - Ditch

        95 billet grille requirement

        I didnt like the cave in the nose of my 95. Since I had to replace the header panel, (broke), I decided to get the billette grille. The ad says you need to upgrade your hood latch to the 96-98 model. They are right. Bolted right on and the hood closes and has a better release mechanism. Thanks AM

        Helpful (8)
      • September 17, 2016

        5 1995 Cobra - Cobraman1024

        Good replacement

        No issues with installation or operation. Works just like a factory original does. I bought two of them; one for my 95 Cobra and one for my 96 Mystic Cobra. This exactly matches the design for my 96 Cobra but it's not an oem correct latch (as far as appearance with the yellow latch portion) for my 95 but operates as a suitable replacement.

        Helpful (7)
      • August 19, 2016

        5 1998 V6 - Dino

        Like factory

        Thankfully the product looks like the one pictured, which is the stock latch. Installs easy. Work great. Don't forget to lube it or it will catch and not seem to be going down fully.

        Helpful (8)

      Questions & Answers (4 answers)

      4 Top Rated Questions

      I've herd that this item can go on 95's. I want to put a grill on my Mustang GT Convertible. But I herd that I need to upgrade from a 95 hood latch to a hood latch of this style. So my question is. Will it fit on a 95?

      • Yup, this latch will fill fit a 94/95. I have a 94 and I as well bought the grill set and had to install this due to the latch in ours being low. The install was easy since it has the same exact holes as the 94/95 latch, it is as easy as taking out the old latch and installing this new one with no extra work. Hope this helps.

      Helpful (2)

      Hello! Can this hood latch fit a 1994 V6 Mustang without any modifications?

      • This OPR Hood Latch will not fit the 1994 V6 Mustang. This OPR Front Hood Latch is designed to be a direct fit replacement for 1996 to 1998 Mustangs, including the V6, GT, and SVT Cobra models.

      Helpful (0)

      Does this latch have up down hood height adjustment.

      • The OPR Hood Latch is a direct OEM replacement, and would have limited adjustment.

      Helpful (0)

      This is replacing a latch for a 94 cobra with a cable attached. Does this have the ability to attach the cable?

      • This OPR Hood Latch is designed specifically to replace the 96-98 Hood latch, which will differ from the 94-95 Hood latch. Use on a 94-95 Will require some minor trimming and adjustment, but the cable will attach without issue.

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      Installation & What's in the Box

      Installation Info

      What's in the Box

      • (1) Hood latch

      Will It Fit My Mustang

      • Cobra - 96, 97, 98
      • GT - 96, 97, 98
      • V6 - 96, 97, 98

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