- (2) Black Powder Coated Upper Brackets
- (2) Black Powder Coated Lower Brackets
- (2) Gas Struts
- (1) Instruction Sheet
- Hardware included:
- None Required
Fitment: 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 Details
Installation Time: (approx) 1 Hour
Difficulty Level:Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
Easy install, good product, looks great really should have been on the car from the factory. One of the first things you should put in your stang to show the motor off!!
This is a great product and easy to install but it takes two people to finally pop on the struts, one to hold the hood at the proper hight so the strut will allign with the ball sockets and one to pop ... the strut onto the ball socket. After I closed the hood and re-opened it to look at my handywork, I noticed that the lower bracket had rotated around the bolt, even so the torque on the bolt was correct. Looking at the dynamics of the whole thing, I decided that the two lower brackets would be prevented from rotating if they were reversed, that is, the D/L marked bracket goes on the passenger side and the P/L marked bracket goes on the drivers side. This switch then places the long side of the bracket in the correct place to prevent rotation while maintaining the same position of the lower bracket ball socket. I have submitted a picture of this modified installation.
Hey everyone I’m Justin with AmericanMuscle.com and are you giving your engine the props it deserves, not that kind of props, I mean are you still using that dated hood prop to show off the engine bay in your ride? If so you will definitely want to check out this MMD bolt on hood strut kit fitting all 2005 to 2014 Mustangs. MMD has quickly become the industry leader in unique aftermarket parts that help make your Mustang look a lot cooler, this kit is one of those items. This 100% bolt on kit requires no drilling or modification like some other kits and is available in your choice of either show stopping chrome finish or a factory black finish. Now besides dramatically cleaning up your engine bay, it also makes raising the hood a lot easier as well. The kit includes 2 gas powered struts, both upper and lower mounting brackets, and all the required hardware. Getting the kit installed should only take you about an hour thanks to the fact that both brackets utilize your factory bolt locations. It is worth mentioning that this kit will also work with aftermarket fiberglass cal induction hoods or even carbon fiber hoods as long as both of those options utilize the factory bolt locations. Chances are when you pop the hood of your ride it’s either to show off what you’ve done or to turn a wrench or two, you don’t want that hood prop in the way when you’re working on your motor and you don’t want some ugly piece of metal front and center when you are showing off that new blower. Do yourself and your engine bay a favor and check out this bolt on hood strut kit by MMD.
2009 Terlingua Covertible w Fiberglass shelby hood Will the hood lifts work with this combination?
Cold weather durability? Struts are known for going bad in the winters up here in St. Louis. Is there anyone who owns these in a similar (0degF) winter environment? How do they hold up? How many years have you owned them? Do they lose any lifting power as the temperature drops? Thanks!!!
Will these cause any problems when using the brake master cylinder and battery covers?
HELLO, WILL THIS WORK ON A SHAKER HOOD WITH THE HOLE IN IT?
Looks like I am the first person to change my cabin air filter. I had my struts installed by a mechanic, along with several other items. They were great up and until I decided to purchase a reusable cabin filter. I removed the strut from the passenger side. I took the strut off at the bracket that fastened to the frame. Got the cabin filter in and of course when installing the bracket at the top, the little metal fastener decided to relocate to the passenger side wheel well and will never be seen again! Since this is a MMD product, no one to contact to find out where or if I need the little fastener again. I can't believe someone developed this and never thought will I have to remove this to install the cabin air filter! STUPIDITY AS IT'S BEST! Where can I get another metal retainer or do I need one? This problem is all on MMD. Looks like Chippers is to busy raking in the bucks to do any quality control.
Just installed hood struts and they will not compress. hood will not shut
August 14, 2012
Easy install, good product, looks great really should have been on the car from the factory. One of the first things you should put in your stang to show the motor off!!
July 13, 2013
Hood Strut Installation Modification
This is a great product and easy to install but it takes two people to finally pop on the struts, one to hold the hood at the proper hight so the strut will allign with the ball sockets and one to pop the strut onto the ball socket. After I closed the hood and re-opened it to look at my handywork, I noticed that the lower bracket had rotated around the bolt, even so the torque on the bolt was correct. Looking at the dynamics of the whole thing, I decided that the two lower brackets would be prevented from rotating if they were reversed, that is, the D/L marked bracket goes on the passenger side and the P/L marked bracket goes on the drivers side. This switch then places the long side of the bracket in the correct place to prevent rotation while maintaining the same position of the lower bracket ball socket. I have submitted a picture of this modified installation.
June 15, 2011
Bolt-on hood strut kit
Fairly easy to install; however be careful when popping the strut ends onto the fittings. I had problems with the metal clips inside the strut ends wanting to slide to the side when pushed onto the fittings. I finally put some lithium grease on either end of the fittings to make the installation easier. Once installed, these struts work great; the hood opens a good 6 inches farther than with the prop rod and really completed the look under the hood. I never understood why Ford didn't put these on from the factory (on a $55,000 car) since they put them on the trunk.
July 25, 2012
Hood Strut Kit
Easy to install because one of the hoods screws is always in place during the installation; allowing the hood to stay centered and aligned. Product is durable and does a good job of holding the hood upright. Best of all it is not overpriced, as are other parts.
March 12, 2012
Very clean look and easy installation
These are very easy to install, though the pictures in the instructions could be larger. I found that it was easier to loosen the bolt to the hood at the back far enough to slip the upper mount in before removing the forward bolt, this helped to hold the hood in place and make the process easier. Also, don't leave the wiper washer line in place, it must be moved or it will be crushed by the passenger side bracket. Very clean install, I highly recommend these.
January 27, 2012
Bolt-on Hood Strut Kit
The kit as received from American Muscle was complete and extremely easy to install. To effectively support the weight of the hood from a point so close to the hinge point of the hood requires precise calibration of the force delivered by the gas shocks. The balance of the shocks was perfect. Take it from an engineer, they have it calculated perfectly....
April 17, 2012
One thing I have learned from years of assembling items that come with directions is to "follow the directions". I tried to install these struts and the spring clips in the ends of the struts snapped in two and were unusable. I was sent a second kit after contacting American Muscle and made a second attempt at installation. After running into the same problem and calling AM for help I was told the clips were to be removed before installation. The instructions made no note of this. Now maybe I should have been aware the clips had to be removed first but it would have been so easy had the instructions stated as much. Since AM does not have the clips in stock I was advised to try a local hardware store or they would send me an entire kit to take the clips from and return the balance of the kit. AM has been terrific and the struts are excellent based on other installations I have seen but the instructions should have that one additional piece of information.
April 29, 2011
Easy to Install!
The hood struts make working under the hood so much easier. No more 'stick' to get in the way. Very easy install!! Overall, a great product!!
April 22, 2011
extra work for 2010+ owners
nice product, works as advertised, BUT, 2010+ owners will be changing the location of the sound tube for clearance, not the worst job but be prepared for this extra step. still worth the extra steps to rid yourself of the prop rod. just follow enclosed instructions.
August 08, 2013
From reading all the comments, I was a little hesitant in ordering this item. But much to my surprise, I was very please with the install and packaging. The packaging is very solid with cutout foam to hold everything together so there are no dings while traveling in the mail. Instructions were very easy to follow. Install only took about 20 minutes. I didn't even need to realign my hood. It closed and fit like a glove. The only complaint I have (the reason for only 4 stars) is that the passenger side upper bracket covers to holes where the windshield washer hose goes. I had to improvise with zip ties... *grumble*. Also touch up paint is recommended for the bolt heads, as they will get ground up a bit.
February 20, 2012
Great upgrade for your Mustang
Look's nice and make it really easy to open the hood . And it's really easy to install too. It takes 30min for installation . Thanks AM.
May 21, 2014
No More Prop Rod
These hood struts are a great, simple, and an affordable alternative to the prop rod that came standard on all mustangs. These hood struts honestly should have come standard from the factory on all mustangs. They are very durable, lightweight, and the brackets are made of thick metal, I have no doubt that they will last for years to come. Shipping was painless and quick, arrived in 3 business days. Installation was simple, taking only about 15min. The hood actually opens about 5in wider now. I recommend this Product!
February 19, 2014
Took about 30 mins to install with just a 10mm socket. Helped to have a second pair of hands to lift the hood to the required height when fitting the second gas strut, but you can do it yourself. Installation is simple and the hood, loosened on one side only at a time, is easy to keep in the original position. As noted by another reviewer, the gas strut pushing on the lower bracket on the passenger side puts a counterclockwise torque into the single bolt on the fender, essentially loosening it and allowing the bracket to rotate until it touches the fender; doesn't look right when twisted. The other reviewer swapped the brackets left to right and right to left. I simply put a shim (a washer!) behind the bracket as support at the rear end to maintain the straightness of the bracket and avoid rotation and subsequent loosening of the bolt. The driver side is fine since the bracket tries to rotate clockwise, tightening the bolt, so nothing moves anyway. Gas strut force is good, though the available assist force throughout the travel from closed to fully open is not quite to OEM design standards. The struts will only start to fully support the hood at about the 3/4 travel point. Below that, there is some assistance, but the hood will close. As fully open is approached, the strut will sound "squishy" as the fluid is presumably forced through an orifice. The hood opening is more than with the prop rod - much better showing of the engine bay and improved access/daylight to work on the engine. Got this accessory when it was on sale and at a more appealing price IMHO for what it is and I'm very happy with it. The black finish complements my black and white convertible
February 09, 2014
they are easy to install looks and works great. a plus over the old hood prop.
November 12, 2013
A little painful
I do like the new look, but installing these was not as easy as the instructions led me to believe. I like pics and all, but the pics for locating the lower bracket was a bit misleading in that all those small bolts look alike, so I initially unscrewed the more forward one on the passenger side so when I got it all together it wouldn't close properly - go figure. Also, as I was putting the main bracket on the passenger side of the hood, the last screw popped out as I was putting it in place and grabbing my socket wrench, thus causing it to fall underneath the battery cradle; after a few minutes of trying everything short of taking nearly the whole back half of my engine bay apart, I gave up, found a screw that fit and pressed on. This reminds me, I need a replacement screw that's properly coated. Lastly, since I placed the bottom bracket in the wrong place, I had to take the strut off. In doing so, the bottom metal bracket, that provides the tension to hold the strut on, broke. So, other than my mistakes I think the construction could be a bit tougher and the instructions a bit clearer; the 2010+ instructions were worthless for my 2014.
October 01, 2013
Works, with a little extra effort.
This kit is pretty easy to install. No need to remove the hood. Mark the hood position in relation to the factory hinge brackets. Hold the hood bracket over the bolts and mark the lower bolt position in the slot. Now remove the lower bolt and install the MMD hood bracket installing the bolt at the previous mark. Tighten the bolt until you can feel some tension but still able to move the bracket. Next remove the upper bolt and rotate the bracket until you can reinstall the upper bolt. Check your hood position marks. Tighten both bolts. As added support for the hood I had an old Styrofoam block (packing) I wrapped in a towel and jammed in between the hood and windshield. Caution, after installing both struts the stock rod will probably fall out since the hood goes up a little higher now. The cons..... no matter how tight you torque the fender bolts holding the lower bracket it still wants to pivot and not stay parallel with the fender. Annoying...... The other is you have to remove the small wire harness on the passenger side in 2 places. I drilled a hole in the new hood bracket and installed it there. Overall, it does a great job at raising the hood.
May 07, 2013
Easy Installation - great fit
This was a very easy mod to make. I did it by myself in an hour or so. Two tips on the install: First make sure you use the bolts closest to the firewall for the bottom mount. The instruction pictures are a little small and that is not abundantly clear when you look at them. Second (as mentioned in another review) loosen the lower bolt on the hood bracket first, then slide the new bracket under that bolt and tighten slightly. Then remove the other hood bolt and turn the bracket until it lines up and reinstall the bolt. This keeps the hood steadier than doing it the other way around. Couple other things: there is no canister on the (at least 2012) V6 Mustang, so don't worry about the instructions on the flip side if you have a V6. But, you will have to reroute the wiper spray line on the right side of the hood. These things are self evident once you are installing the struts, but since they aren't mentioned in the instructions I thought I'd bring them up. Once they were installed the hood opens and shuts easily and opens a bit wider than with the prop rod. I do recommend this product all Mustangs should have come from the factory this way.
February 03, 2013
Easy to install on a 2013 Pony and look GREAT!!
This hood strut kit is amazing and exactly what I was looking for. They are strong and make it very easy to lift the hood. They have a tight hold and I have no worries of the hood lowering on my while working. It only took me 30 minutes to install them on my 2013 Pony and installed, they look great. You have no reason to not purchase these puppies if you’re ever going to be working on the engine or showing off your ride. Why the heck did Ford not include a similar product OEM and install it in the factory?!?
January 19, 2013
I would only actually give a 4.5 star rating, because MMD shouild have addressed a small issue. Install took less than 30 minutes...actually it took 45 minutes from start to finish, but only because I had to get on this site and look at the reviews to see if anyone had the same problem that I did...and that was the washer fluid hose on the passenger side. That should really be in the instructions!!! It's simple to fix, but it should be addressed by MMD. The fluid line is held in place to the hood by a small body clip that is attached to the hood, and by a small t-clip that's taped to the hose and held in a hole on the hood by the hinge bracket. I just re-taped the t-clip and put the fluid hose on the "inside" of the new strut bracket. The hood now opens up a couple of inches higher than with the old rod. So, now, from start to finish, and including the time it has taken me to write this review, it's been 50 minutes.
August 30, 2012
Easy installation and works well
Installed onto my vehicle in about 45 minutes and I really took my time. No problem in hood alignment (at least with my vehicle). Makes opening the hood easy and seems to securely support in open position. I did have to slightly reroute the washer tubing by attaching to the passenger strut with a ziptie--not a problem. I read someone mention about tightening torques for the hood bolts. According to 2011 service manual, fender bolts are 12Nm and hood hinge bolts are 22Nm or 16 lb-ft.