This may seem like a dumb question...if the structure of the hood is excessively stressed by the force needed to close the hood against the springs, your springs are too strong...right? Is it that simple? Assuming the hood isn't going to just crack and shatter right away, how do you know if the stress is enough to be a concern over time? I have yet to bolt on my fiberglass hood and I'm realizing that there might be a middle ground to worry about and I'm not sure if I know how to identify it. Based on the suggestion from AAR Fiberglass, I'm going to give my stock springs a try. Being the originals (and likely weakened over the decades) they suspect that they might be ok for use with the light weight hood. This would save a huge amount of hassle but I'm skeptical...as everything I do on a car seems to be at least 1.5x as hard and 2x as expensive as I anticipate. Maybe I should just ask; Has anyone been successful with stock hood springs? I sure won't be able to buy another one if I screw this up so any advice is welcome here.