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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Why is my hood not staying up after installing Fesler Billet Hood hinges?
  2. Why is my hood blowing after installing Fesler Billet Hood hinges?
  3. Why is my hood popping at the cowl?
  4. Do Fesler Billet Hood hinges olt diectly into the stock location?
  5. Do you make hinges for fiberglass or carbon fiber hoods / deck lids?
  6. Can I replace my stock springs with Fesler gas lift supports?
  7. Are modifications required for Fesler Billet Hood hinges to fit my car?
  8. Do your trunk hinges requrei any modifications?
  9. Do your trunk hinges fit convertible models?
  10. Are Fesler Billet Tailligths waterproof?
  11. Do Fesler Billet Taillights fit easily into the stock housing?
  12. Are Fesler Billet sloked lenses D.O.T. Approved?
  13. Does Fesler Billet Taillights come with light bulbs or LED?
  14. Do your Halogen headlights come standard with HID conversion kits?
  15. Is there a modification needed for your Halogen headlights?
  16. What is included in your HID conversion kit?
  17. What K is your HID kit?
  18. Are Fesler BIllet products under warranty?
  19. Can Fesler custom make me a part for my vehicle?
  20. If I buy the natural finish, can I take it apart and chrome / powder coat / anodize / polish, etc. myself?
  21. Do you allow variance on the fender mount for fender brace installation?
  22. Do you make billet parts for my car?
  23. How much money can I expect to spend building a car like "Draco," the 1969 Camaro?
  24. Why do some billet parts take longer to ship than others?
  25. Why does the anodizing on my part appear flawed?

Answer 1:

There could be several reasons why your hood is not staying up, a common reason is that your hood may have more weight than a stock hood. Most muscle car builders have not had their car since it was new and are unaware of fillers previous owners have used. Each hinge is equipped with a gas lift support designed to hold a bit more weight than a� standard stock hood to allow for modifications.

In order to determine if you need a little more pressure or a lot, try holding a heat gun or blow dryer up to the gas lift support for approximately 10-15 seconds. If it holds better after that time you will only need a little more pressure. If it still does not hold you may either need a lot more pressure or you may have a defective lift support.

Another reason why your hood may not be staying up is external temperature.� Gas expands when heated resulting in increased pressure. Different external factors could affect it including: Climate changes- struts are stronger in summer weather / Driving time- When you run your vehicle your engine compartment becomes warmer, resulting in stiffer struts. Unfortunately some owners may need to use prop rods in cooler weather.


Answer 2:

Typically a bowed hood means you have too much pressure in your gas lift supports. You may need to call Fesler Billet in order to exchange for a weaker strut. You may need less pressure if you have� a fiberglass, carbon fiber, or blower modified hood resulting in a lighter weight than stock applications.


Answer 3:

The reason for your hood popping at the cowl varies depending on your vehicle.
55-56 Chevy- Be sure that you have the firewall mounting points with the bolts are the highest point on bracket
65-67 Chevelle- be sure that the fender mount bracket is angled. The hole closet to the firewall may need the bolt all the way to the top of the slot. The hole towards the front of the bracket may need the bolt at the bottom of the slot. Try different positions, but there should be enough play within the slots to mount properly.


Answer 4:

Yes, Fesler tries to design their parts for direct bolt in applications. Although the hood hinges use the stock mounting points, some applications may require a minor inner fender modification in order to clear the strut.


Answer 5:

Yes, Please mention your hood / deck lid type when ordering to ensure you receive the correct pressured strut.


Answer 6:

No, most stock hinges typically use a "pull" method to open a hood but Fesler gas lift supports use a "push" method to open the hood.


Answer 7:

Sometimes. Some applications require a small dimpling of the inner fender in order to clear the strut when compressed. Most customers can complete the modification even after their car has been painted. Please contact Fesler Billet to see if your vehicle is one which requires the modification.


Answer 8:

Yes, most trunk hinges require a hole be drilled in the trunk bracket in order to mount the gas lift support. Fesler Billet provides you with a template to ensure correct placement. Installation should take approximately one hour.


Answer 9:

Sometimes. Please contact Fesler for specific models.


Answer 10:

Yes. Our lenses are sealed and waterproof. Fesler Billet does not provide you with the gasket and suggest you purchase a new one in order to ensure a tight seal.


Answer 11:

Yes. You should not have to do any modifications to fit our taillights on the suggested application.


Answer 12:

No. They are for show and off-road use ONLY.


Answer 13:

No. We offer LED upgrades at a charge. Fesler Billet does not offer standard bulbs.


Answer 14:

No. HID conversion kits are available for an additional charge. The Halogen headlights� do come standard with clear bulbs. There is also an option for blue bulbs for a small fee.


Answer 15:

Sometimes, depending on your vehicle. Fesler Billet provides you with instructions on any possible modifications.


Answer 16:

Installation instructions, pair of bulbs, pair of ballast and all additional wiring.


Answer 17:



Answer 18:

All parts are under warranty for one year for manufacturer defects. While Fesler Billet does everything they can to ensure our customers are happy and pleased with their purchase, there are some instances where Fesler will � not replace items. Parts are not under warranty if they are used in a different application than what Fesler Billet suggests. Disassembling parts, re finishing, and other related modifications are not covered under warranty. Please see Warranty worksheet for more specifications.


Answer 19:

Fesler Billet has the ability to make almost anything BUT we are limited to the amount of parts we can prototype at any given time while continuing to keep our inventory stocked. We aim to come out with approximately 2 parts a month and those parts are mostly determined by requests from the marketplace. If you would like to suggest a part or offer a stock piece, please contact Fesler Billet at 866-583-9787. While we wish we could make a part for every muscle car ever made, we focus on where there is demand.


Answer 20:

If you chose to disassemble our parts you will void your warranty. Each part is assembled by a professional who lock tights and seals each piece appropriately. When hinges are disassembled they can lose the integrity of the hinge system and could cause failure. You cannot powder coat or chrome your hinges as there are tight clearance issues and would increase chances of product malfunction.


Answer 21:

Yes, there is some "give" on the fender brace mounting bracket to allow slight variance differences on different cars.


Answer 22:

We might! Our target market includes a fairly large number of classic muscle cars and hotrods. The catch is, you might need to consult with us to see if one of our parts also fits your make, model and year. Chances are, if it raced in the early 70’s, we make hood hinges for it.


Answer 23:

While budgets differ from client to client, and decent builds are possible at many spending levels, keep in mind that Draco cost over $200,000 to build. Set a budget and remember to account for “creep,” meaning you will probably spend more than you planned on.


Answer 24:

We try to be up-front, letting customers know when they order a part that will take some time to produce and ship. Some of our less popular parts only get a few orders a year and rank lower in our production prioritization. More often than not, these are variations of a more popular part which we recommend you order instead - unless you have the time to wait and are really set on having that design.


Answer 25:

Anodizing doesn't produce a perfect color or finish on any product. You should expect to encounter minor variations on each piece. These variations are not “blemishes,” they are normal.