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OPR Hood Latch (96-98 All)

Item 100597
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    Features & Details

    • 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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    • (1) Hood latch
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        Questions & Answers (4)

        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.

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        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.

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        Does this latch have up down hood height adjustment.

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

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        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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          Customer Reviews (15) Write a Review

          Overall Rating 3.9

          out of 5 stars

          • 1/5

            February 14, 2019


            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


            Year: 1998 Submodel: V6

            Helpful (1)

          • 5/5

            December 07, 2018

            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


            Year: 1997 Submodel: V6

            Helpful (3)

          • 5/5

            February 18, 2018

            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


            Year: 1998 Submodel: V6

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          • 1/5

            December 31, 2017

            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!


            Year: 1997 Submodel: V6

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          • 1/5

            June 08, 2017

            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!


            Year: 1996 Submodel: V6

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          • 1/5

            April 22, 2017


            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.


            Year: 1996 Submodel: V6

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          • 5/5

            April 08, 2017

            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.


            Year: 1997 Submodel: GT

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          • 5/5

            September 24, 2016

            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


            Year: 1995 Submodel: GT

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          • 5/5

            September 17, 2016

            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.


            Year: 1995 Submodel: Cobra

            Helpful (7)

          • 5/5

            August 19, 2016

            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.


            Year: 1998 Submodel: V6

            Helpful (8)

          • 5/5

            September 10, 2015

            Hood latch

            Excellent product,perfect fit. Fast and always free shipping is why i chose the best company.


            Year: 1998 Submodel: GT Gardner,KS

            Helpful (9)

          • 5/5

            July 17, 2015

            Works great!

            Works and fits just like original, if not better. Don't have to worry about my hood flying up again!


            Year: 1998 Submodel: V6 Kalispell, MT

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          • 5/5

            May 23, 2015

            Love it! Eliminated hood vibration and latch issues. Be sure to adjust PROPERLY

            I had a lot of movement at freeway speeds from my hood and also had latch issues on my 97 Cobra. After installing this hood latch it fit PERFECTLY, just make sure you adjust it properly. I had to adjust my latch towards the top-left. If your having troubling adjusting the latch, just open/close your hood slowly and look under the hood to find that sweet spot.


            Year: 1997 Submodel: Cobra San Francisco, CA

            Helpful (8)

          • 5/5

            July 18, 2014

            98 mustang hood latch

            I was a bit concerned since this hood latch isn't a genuine ford part but the install went very smooth and the fitment was perfect. If your in the market for a replacement hood latch then look no further save some money and purchase this hood latch from American muscle.


            Year: 1998 Submodel: GT Miami, Fl

            Helpful (8)

          • 5/5

            May 23, 2014

            hood latch

            This hood latch fits and works like is supposed to!


            Year: 1998 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (8)

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