I have an early MKI and used the existing "horseshoe" and fabricated my own perimeter loop (welded to the horseshoe) and positioned the hood handles away from the side. The entire hoop was then bonded to the hood (drill small holes in loop to allow some bonding spread). Used the stock F5 hinges and they have not been an issue. I also use 30# gas struts. For more than 22yrs it hasn't failed one bit and it has seen use. I attached one of the few pictures I have from the build but if you need some closer shots I can do that. Email if you prefer. hth
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