I'm doing a cosmetic overhaul on my Dura Ace 7703 brifters. I bought new hoods, and have tried to install them the only way it looks possible -- "ass first" (handlebar clamp end of shifter body through the lever blade end of the hood opening). Problem is, it's snug. Really snug. My first inclination is to soften the hoods in a cup of very hot water, then pull them on, but I want to make sure that's not going to harm anything?
Is this the correct approach?