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MMD Bolt On Hood Strut Kit - Black (05-14 All)

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Features, Videos & Details

  • Clean Styling
  • Deletes Stock Prop Rod
  • Gas Powered Struts
  • No Drilling Required
  • Black Powder Coat Finish
  • Fits All 2005-2014 Mustangs

Review & Installation Video

Hey everyone I’m Justin with 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.

Prop Rod? Are you still using that old style factory prop rod that Ford installed in your S197 Mustang? Well then join the new millennium with a set of Modern Muscle Design Hood Struts from AmericanMuscle for clean modern looks and convenience.

Style And Strength. Designed to get rid of that old ugly prop rod, this set of two powerful yet sleek MMD gas struts not only makes opening your Pony's hood much easier, but also holds it securely in place. Made from lightweight steel and aluminum, they have a black powercoated finish to give your engine bay a much cleaner appearance.

No Drilling Required. The stamped steel brackets included in this MMD kit are designed to bolt into the existing mounting holes in the hood so there is no drilling required for installation. Struts can be installed on factory hoods as well as aftermarket hoods that use the factory bolt location. If your aftermarket hood is lighter than the factory hood, use caution when opening the hood due to the power of the strut.

Application. This Modern Muscle Design Hood Strut Kit is specifically designed for use on the 2005 to 2014 Ford Mustangs, including the V6, GT, Bullitt, BOSS and Shelby GT500 models. The Kit includes two black gas powered struts, mounting brackets, and all the required mounting hardware.

Fitment: 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 Details

What's in the Box
  • (2) Black Powder Coated Upper Brackets
  • (2) Black Powder Coated Lower Brackets
  • (2) Gas Struts
  • (1) Instruction Sheet
    Hardware included:
  • None Required
Installation Info
Will it fit my Mustang?
  • Boss 302 - 12, 13
  • V6 - 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
  • Bullitt - 08, 09
  • GT - 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
  • GT500 - 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

Most Helpful Reviews

Hood Struts

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!!

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Hood Strut Kit

The kit is great, but installation instructions should have explained that the retaining pins need to be removed and then reinstalled during the install.

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Overall Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars
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2009 Terlingua Covertible w Fiberglass shelby hood Will the hood lifts work with this combination?


  • I would contact American muscle All that I can tell you there a great addition, well worth the money. Tom


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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!!!


  • I drive my 2007 24/7 (in New England) and I've never had a problem!! I've had them on 3 years.


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Will these work with the cervini style 4 hood?


  • I have the Cervini hood and the struts fit exactly like the factory hood.


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I bought the strut kit for my hood from you recently. I got the brackets installed with no problem but the gas strut itself will not fit over the balls on the bracket. I even tried using a wrench but it just won't fit over it.


  • It can be hard to pop the ball into the ball mount with these hood struts. It will require some force and the hood to be in the proper position. Make sure the bracket is completely level with the ball so that they fit together directly. If you are still having issues, you can get in contact with one of our Mustang Experts by following the link below. This way we can help you get these Hood Struts installed!


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I just installed these struts in my 2012 GT. Took about an hour, fairly straightforward. After raising and lowering the hood a couple of times, the lower bracket (only held in place by one fender bolt) looks like it rotated in place enough that I can fit the tip of my finger between the bracket and the inner fender well. The 10mm bolt is tightened to spec. I noticed this same problem on a few customer pictures. Question: Is this normal and will it hold up over time? thanks!


  • The bracket on the fender may move when the hood is forcefully shut. As long as the bracket is not loose, there should be no issues with it not holding up. I suggest checking every once in a while to make sure that everything is still held together properly.


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what is the force rating on these struts,mine have a hard time holding my cervinis cowl induction hood up if theres the slightest breeze blowing,trying to find a replacement strut that's stronger.


  • MMD does not give us the force rating for these struts. From my experience with these struts they have had trouble lifting an aftermarket hood but was able to hold it open with no problems once fully extended.


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Overall Rating 4.7

out of 5 stars

  • 3/5

    September 13, 2016

    Mustang Hood Strut Kit

    Found this to do the job. However, the struts were extremely hard to "snap on" because of the clip pin that holds it to the upper and lower bracket. These are not the typical struts you find on cars as they have a much better clamp that is much easier to snap on. I found it necessary to remove the wire pin, snap on the strut and then reinsert the pin. Be careful when removing the pin, as it will "fly away" when you release the tension pin from the strut. It's inserted into a small hole from top to bottom. I had one pin break and then it was necessary to make a new pin from 19mm stainless wire. Insert it into the hole, wrap around the strut once and cut off excess. Works just as good as the original pin. Be sure you use the bolt closest to the firewall for the bottom bracket. This is not spelled out in the instructions. Could easily be a "5 star" with these changes, but as is it only warrants a 3 star.


    Year: 2014 Submodel: V6

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  • 4/5

    September 04, 2016

    Hood Strut Kit

    The kit is great, but installation instructions should have explained that the retaining pins need to be removed and then reinstalled during the install.


    Year: 2014 Submodel: GT

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  • 4/5

    December 02, 2014

    mmd bolt on Hood strut kit

    I originally bought two kits a bout a year ago. Took a little time to get it installed due to cold weather outside. Had no experience with this as it was my first time. Put the kit on and had issues the struts being way to stout .Actually slightly bent my hood which I had repaired at an Ogden Utah paint shop. They couldn't get this first kit to work so it was removed. I recently received a replacement kit from American Muscle and also had the second kit. Between the two I have found some struts that are far less strong and appear to be doing the job. I just happened to get a kit that was terribly defective in the first place. As true to their adds: American Muscle stands behind their products even better than their vendors do. Sorry ,I feel this is the most important part because customer service is what keeps the customers coming back and has with myself . Would I recommend this product! Sure would, but I would see if I could compress the struts first. If you can't compress the struts by pushing them against a solid object, I'd send it back for one that would.


    Year: 2008 Submodel: Bullitt Syracuse, UT, USA

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  • 5/5

    August 14, 2012

    Hood Struts

    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!!


    Year: 2007 Submodel: GT Menasha

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  • 5/5

    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.


    Year: 2014 Submodel: GT Canton, MI, USA

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  • 5/5

    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.

    Wes Linkovich

    Year: 2011 Submodel: Cobra

    Helpful (14) (2)

  • 5/5

    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.


    Year: 2005 Submodel: V6 Spring Hill, Florida

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  • 5/5

    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.


    Year: 2012 Submodel: Boss Austin, Texas

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  • 5/5

    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....


    Year: 2011 Submodel: GT Pennsylvania

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  • 4/5

    April 17, 2012

    Be careful

    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.


    Year: 2012 Submodel: GT Solebury PA

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  • 5/5

    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!!

    Steven Knight

    Year: 2011 Submodel: GT

    Helpful (7) (2)

  • 5/5

    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.


    Year: 2010 Submodel: GT

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  • 4/5

    August 08, 2013

    Much improved.

    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.


    Year: 2011 Submodel: V6 Miami

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  • 5/5

    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.


    Year: 2012 Submodel: GT Georgia

    Helpful (4) (1)

  • 5/5

    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!


    Year: 2007 Submodel: V6 South Carolina, USA

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  • 4/5

    February 19, 2014

    Nice upgrade

    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


    Year: 2012 Submodel: V6 Texas, USA

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  • 5/5

    February 09, 2014

    good accessory

    they are easy to install looks and works great. a plus over the old hood prop.


    Year: 2013 Submodel: V6 Tyaskin, MD 21865, USA

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  • 4/5

    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.


    Year: 2014 Submodel: Other Florida

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  • 4/5

    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.


    Year: 2014 Submodel: V6 Texas, USA

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  • 5/5

    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.


    Year: 2012 Submodel: V6 Nevada, USA

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