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  make your own out of climbing webbing
  Posted by: somalley on Jan-31-13 10:23 AM (EST)

All you need is a couple feet of climbing webbing, a propane torch or even just a lighter, a nail, and a wrench.

Open your hood and look for a fender mounting bolt near the side of the opening - should be easy to find one on each side. Now measure your webbing and cut it such that, when doubled into a loop, it will reach from maybe an inch beyond the bolt and extend up through the gap between the closed hood and the fender. Gently melt the cut ends so they don't fray. Then get a nail that is similar in size to the threaded part of the fender bolt. Heat the nail good and hot, and melt a hole through both ends of the webbing about a half inch from each end. Remove the fender bolt, push it through both holes, and re-install it. Do the same on the other side. When you need the tie downs, just open the hood and extend them so they stick out when the hood is closed.

I've done this on four different cars, and on all but one I was able to use the factory bolts. On the fourth, I had to go to AutoZone and buy longer bolts.

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