The length of the gripping device may vary. However, a suitable length is from about 60 to about 130 millimeters which provides enough length for grasping and for the friction needed to keep the gripping device from slipping along the hood prop rod.
Longitudinal bore 20 defines the inner diameter of member 12. Preferably, the inner diameter of member 12 is smaller than the diameter of the hood prop rod on which the gripping device is to be attached, thereby resulting in an interference fit between the gripping device and the hood prop rod to keep the gripping device from sliding on the prop rod. Desirably, the inner diameter of member 12 is from about 2 to about 20 percent smaller, more desirably from about 5 to about 16 percent smaller, than the diameter of the hood prop rod for which the gripping device is designed. Typical hood prop rods may be from about 8 millimeters to about 10 millimeters in diameter. Assuming the hood prop rods have diameters from about 8 millimeters to about 10 millimeters, suitable inner diameters of members 12 are from about 0.2 to about 1.6 millimeters smaller, more preferably, from about 0.5 to about 1.3 millimeters smaller, than the diameter of the hood prop rod.
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Outer surface 14 has equidistant longitudinal ribs extending outwardly therefrom for an easier grip by the user and for some reinforcement of member 12. The number and size of the ribs are dictated in part by the efficacy and the method of manufacture of the device. The distance between the longitudinal ribs should be great enough to allow the desired flexibility in member 12 for easy attachment onto the hood prop rod.