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Old 03-18-2016, 05:33 PM   #1
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Hood Struts

anyone add hood struts? Do you like them. do they hold up
or wear out. They are cheap, and I get tired of the standard prop.
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anyone add hood struts? Do you like them. do they hold up
or wear out. They are cheap, and I get tired of the standard prop.
Couldn't do without them.
The struts holds the hood open wider then the prop.
Had my inexpensive MMD's ($70) for almost 2 years now. No problems.
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Old 03-18-2016, 06:28 PM   #3
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The MMDs are nice but for $20 more, you can have Redlines. Much sleeker look in my opinion. Doesn't have that large mounting bracket. I have had mine for over three years and they look as good as new, no leaks and get the job done as well now as they did when new.

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Much more convenient than the hood prop, but there are some drawbacks. First, it's very easy to mess up the body panel gaps after you loosen the factory hinges. My hood has a slightly thicker gap between it and the fender on one side than it does on the opposite side, and the hood is slightly higher than it was before. Second, the MMD ones are kind of noisy, as in they make a grating or friction-y type noise when you open the hood. But the benefit outweighed the cost in my opinion. I could probably fix the panel gaps if I sat there and finagled it for a long time.
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Yeah both the MMD and the redline should do the job.
I like the way the MMD are set back farther out of the way but
the redlines may be more firm being spread out more.
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MRT all the way. No problems, sit very tight to the hoodline and introduce no panel misalignment. Highly recommeded.
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Redlines on mine for over 3 years, no problem at all.

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I made stainless steel brackets using redline shocks. Works great...





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I posted a replay to EMMERY2483 on "Hood Struts and Hood Pins". Check out the thread, it may answer your question. There good pics of his strut setup.
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Old 03-19-2016, 08:21 AM   #10
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With Redlines you don't have to worry about messing with body to hood alignment, love my Redlines.
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I just don't like how far the redlines are out on the fender and the fact they use a pin into the hood skin, instead of a nice sturdy steel bracket like the MRTs or MMDs. Over time, I see fatigue failure possible but, probably over longer than the life of the struts or the car, if I am honest.

Hood alignment was unaffected installing the MRTs on two S197s now...I didn't even mark or measure. Took 30 minutes to put them on, including modifying the sound tube mount, cuz I have to keep that, for stock-looking appearance, if not reality.

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I have the Roush ones. 2.5 years no issues. They are much more compact than the others, but work great. A little more $ than the others.
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Found a couple of pics from the dealer from back when I bought the car that might help...
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Yeah, nice and tight to the hood line. Not a Roush fan particularly but, these look like they'd do the job nicely.
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What does everyone think about the Ford Racing hood struts? Haven't heard those thrown around much.

Nevermind, can't find them for the 11-14 now
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I have Redline ones they are great. No problems and look great. Had them over 4 years now. Still as good as day one


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