A few months ago when I bought my 2001 Spyder, the thing that really bugged me was the fact that my hood latch lever was bent and never did work right. I usually had to resort to sticking a bent coat hanger thru the rear grille and popping it open by snagging the cable.
Then I chanced upon a thread where somebody had cut the cable short and had affixed a knob to the end of the cable - accessed thru the grille.
I proceeded to do the same: I cut thru the cable and sheathing with a Dremel tool cutting disc, removed the sheathing and then took a 14" length of fuel line tubing - which I tywrapped to the upper cross member. The other end was curved 90 degrees toward the RH end of the grille.
I threaded the shortened cable thru the tubing and out the grille end.
Then I bent the cable around a key ring I found lying around and swaged it closed with an electrical terminal ferrule. The 1" dia. ring is too large to fit thru the grille opening & stays on the outside of the grille.
It might not be the most secure hood release, but actuating the latch directly has a very satisfying feel to it and it didn't cost a penny to do. Plus, you don't have to open your door to access the latch lever.
I tried to attach pics, but failed to get them in. Sorry!