Ever since Teal J visited Teraflex last year, both readers-in-the-know and those familiar with the masculine rumble of a V-8 have approached us, eager to check out the interior of Teal's engine compartment. Most were impressed with how stock our Hemi appears. Others tripped out on how tightly the 5.7L mill fits between each inner fender. We, on the other hand, were getting tired of the process of popping open Teal's hood by hopping up onto a front tire and having to carefully lower the hood against the windshield frame to avoid damage to the paint. Don't get us wrong, it's not that we didn't like showing off Teraflex's impressive work-it's just that a vehicle on 37-inch tires doesn't exactly lend itself to ill-balancing editor acrobatics. With just a hint of wind, the whole process could be quite amusing to onlookers. So we contacted Jim Piatt of Hoodlift. Some of you may remember that Jim took top honors at the very first Top Truck Challenge in his red CJ-7 in 1993. Aside from TTC fame, Jim is well known among Jeepers for developing an innovative kit that employs straightforward brackets and two nitrogen-pressurized cylinders that mechanically lift a popped Jeep hood to a predetermined open position. The system is simple, effective, and robust. We spent about an hour installing the setup on Teal J in our own driveway last year shortly before heading to Southern California's Off-Road Expo show. Follow along as we highlight the process. Here is the kit as it comes from Hoodlift. Complete with detailed instructions, illustrations, and recommendations, this kit is very simple to install with regular handtools.Here is the kit as it comes from Hoodlift. Complete with detailed instructions, illustrati The first step required removal of the OE hood prop. Next, a small bracket was attached to each radiator support bar. The instructions showed precise mounting locations for these brackets. Once secured, these brackets serve as lower mounting points for each lifting cylinder.The first step required removal of the OE hood prop. Next, a small bracket was attached to The next step required drilling four small holes in the underside of the hood support bracing. We simply held each bracket in place and marked each hole before drilling. The instructions recommend mounting positions ideal for the stock 4.0L engine, but due to slight clearance issues with the Hemi, we moved the passenger-side bracket slightly in towards the center of the engine.The next step required drilling four small holes in the underside of the hood support brac Once all the holes were drilled, we simply attached the kit to the underside of the hood with the included hardware. It was very simple to complete this installation. In about one hour, we had a self-opening hood.Once all the holes were drilled, we simply attached the kit to the underside of the hood w This is the finished product. One nice feature of the kit is that the hood still requires a noticeable amount of effort to activate the lifters from the closed position. We like this because it might help prevent damage should someone fail to latch the hood properly and drive off.This is the finished product. One nice feature of the kit is that the hood still requires SOURCES Hoodlift www.hoodlift.com Enjoyed this Post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, or use your favorite social media to recommend us to friends and colleagues!