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Old 09-18-2014, 11:00 AM   #1
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Any thoughts on which aftermarket hood struts are best for the 2012 cars?

I put American Muscle struts on my 2003 Mach 1 and had to drill new holes in the fender brackets. I want to avoid that for my 2012.

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I have the below ones and have worked great so far


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Redline Tuning on mine as well, bolted on in like 10 minutes and look factory.
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Hi Folks,
Any thoughts on which aftermarket hood struts are best for the 2012 cars?

I put American Muscle struts on my 2003 Mach 1 and had to drill new holes in the fender brackets. I want to avoid that for my 2012.

Thanks, JB
MMD Hood Struts and/or Redline tuning should do the trick! I'm sorry to hear you had to drill into the previous struts you had for your Mach 1. Sounds like something was defective there. I've had the MMD Hood Struts on my last 3 Mustangs and have them on my current 2011 GT and absolutely love them. Super easy to install and fit great!

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I use the redlines, I had the mmds and didn't like the stress it out on the hood...


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I use the redlines, I had the mmds and didn't like the stress it out on the hood.
What stress are you talking about? I have the MMD's on my 2012 and im not seeing where there is "stress". They installed super easy and hold the hood up just like they are supposed to.
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Toward the windshield it was slightly raised. When I replaced them with the redlines, it was smoother and had a better fit. This is my opinion only.

The MMDs seemed better built but the redlines (in my opinion) fit better and seem smoother.


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as said, there is no comparison to the redline tuning pieces, very high quality

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Toward the windshield it was slightly raised.
You know its funny you say that because when I bought mine my buddy with a 2011 told me that it would be raised at the windshield as well. I installed them and its perfect. If you dont relocate the sound tube mount then it will be raised on the driver side. I asked him if he relocated the sound tube mount and he said no. I think that was the issue with the MMD ones. But maybe just in my case.
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I had already removed my sound tube before installing the struts...


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The MMDs seemed better built but the redlines (in my opinion) fit better and seem smoother.
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Maybe better but not well built at all. The ends or sockets are plastic - seems to be nylon. I received mine today and dry fit the strut to the fender bracket then couldn't get them apart. No instructions so I assumed you pull up on the spring steel clip since it has an indent on the back. Socket broke in two places with my bare hands. Expensive Mistake.

Are any hood struts made with all metal components?
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^^^ I'm confused, are you using redline or mmd? at any rate, I'm sure either company will replace that if they're brand new......

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^^^ I'm confused, are you using redline or mmd? at any rate, I'm sure either company will replace that if they're brand new......

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MMD. They might. eticket said they were better built, and I said they might be better but not 'well' built. I don't think plastic has nay place on these $90 items.

AM might replace them? I won't know until Monday or until Alex sees my PM.

I'm losing faith in AM. I understand that Alex has done great and the customer service is great but you should not need customer service. I've had problems with 2 out of three orders now.
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Maybe better but not well built at all. The ends or sockets are plastic - seems to be nylon. I received mine today and dry fit the strut to the fender bracket then couldn't get them apart. No instructions so I assumed you pull up on the spring steel clip since it has an indent on the back. Socket broke in two places with my bare hands. Expensive Mistake.



Are any hood struts made with all metal components?

The secret is to use a small flat blade to back off the 'c' clip some. It will come right off. I bought one for a friend for their suburban and it was 150 (each) from Chevy, the ends were nylon also.






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The secret is to use a small flat blade to back off the 'c' clip some. It will come right off. I bought one for a friend for their suburban and it was 150 (each) from Chevy, the ends were nylon also.


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Well that's the problem, It's a secret and there is no mention of that in the included instructions. I did however pry out the sprint steel as I mentioned, using the indent on the back, and that is when both sides of the socket cracked/broke. The Chevy ends being plastic also does not surprise me. They cheap out on alot of things.

Anyways..I did not want to hijack the thread, just commenting on the quality or lack there of.
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Contact redline. I snapped one of the studs and they sent me a new one free of charge. Didn't even charge shipping. Great people!


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They are not redline. They are MMD. I have contacted AM.

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mmd's wont hold a candle to the quality of Redlines, the install is much easier as well. I color matched my mounting hardware



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I know a guy who put the chrome mmd's on his 2014 V6, the fit was raised at the windshield on both sides. He took it to a body shop and they couldn't get it leveled out.


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I know a guy who put the chrome mmd's on his 2014 V6, the fit was raised at the windshield on both sides. He took it to a body shop and they couldn't get it leveled out.


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That's exactly how mine looked. I felt there was too much 'pressure' on there. The redlines fit like they were a factory option. Also, although not mentioned, the redlines do not require re routing of the windshield washer line.


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I've been running redline hood struts since I got my 2012. They're holding up better than my truck struts haha

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I think if they were all metal construction it would have to be greased often to prevent the joint from seizing up. I've had these MMD's on my car for a few years and I haven't had any issues. Maybe your particular part was defective?


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Hi Guys, Thanks for all the input. AM replaced the first set for the Mach 1. It was the same as the first. The solution was to drill a new hole in the fender bracket so that the bracket would sit flat in the fender indentation. I have photographed the fix and will send it to AM.
I decided to go with the MRT units for the 2012 Boss as they could match the color. The way the fender bracket is made, I think the install will be very simple.
I will report back after I talk to AM.
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MRT struts... must have if you plan on aftermarket hood

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As far as appearance of the hood struts I prefer the Roush. I know they aren't colored but that's nothing a little Plasit Dip can't fix!
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I really like those CPC painted ones.

Though it kind of grinds my gears that I'd have to pony up $143 for something that should have been stock on the car, and isn't really necessary AND adds weight.

Though, that said, I'll probably end up buying a pair in a few weeks when I'm done with the suspension mods. Problem is the suspension parts list keeps growing.
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I'd bet money if you needed a replacement strut you could probably get one at an auto parts store.

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MRT struts... must have if you plan on aftermarket hood

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Agreed. My CDC struts worked fine on the stock hood but not on my fiberglass cowl hood. MRT swapped the struts to their support and no problem with the aftermarket hood staying up now
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