- (2) Powder Coated Black Upper Brackets
- (2) Powder Coated Black Lower Brackets
- (2) Gas Struts
- (1) Instruction Sheet
- Hardware included:
- None Required
Fitment: 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 Details
Installation Time: (approx) 1 Hour
Difficulty Level:Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
I was considering buying the Redline Tuning Quicklift Elite hood struts, but didn't really feel comfortable drilling into my car. I was afraid I'd get the holes a little off and it wouldn't work right. ... When I saw these bolt on's available for the newer models, I started wondering why they couldn't make bolt ons for my '01. Long story short, as soon as AM had the black version (who wants chrome, really) of the bolt on struts for the 99-04, I bought them without thinking twice. Came with no instructions, but looking at the stock pictures on the product page was more than enough to figure it out. Installation took maybe 15 minutes, and everything works just as it should. The struts will raise the hood to the full height after manually lifting it about half way. Takes little effort to lower the hood halfway, and after that gravity takes effect. Remember this, or your hood will most definitely slam shut.
The hood struts are the perfect addition to any mustang. They look great and function perfectly. The install was extremely simple, I will say it does help to have a second set of hand though. The black ... brackets look good but I plan on painting the brackets to match my car and having a much more factory look.
Hey everyone it’s Justin with AmericanMuscle.com, and are you giving your engine way the props it deserves? Not that kind of props, I mean are you still using that dated hood prop to show off what’s under the hood of your ride? If so get with the times and check out this bolt on hood strut kit for your 99-04 V6 and GT Mustang. This 100% bolt on kit requires no modification or drilling unlike other kits, and is available in chrome or factory finish black. In addition to cleaning up your bay it also makes opening the hood a lot easier which is always nice. The kit includes 2 gas powered struts, and also the upper and lower mounting brackets. Install is very easy, both mounting brackets utilize the factory bolt locations, the best part is you don’t even have to take your hood off to install this kit. Install should take you about an hour. It is worth mentioning that this kit might work with aftermarket fiberglass cowl induction hoods or even carbon fiber hoods, as long as both of those options use factory bolt locations. Now if you decide to use one of the lighter options be careful when opening the hood, as these powerful struts are designed to open the heavy factory hood. Chances are when you pop the hood of your Mustang it’s either to show off what you’ve done, or to turn a wrench or two. You don’t want the hood prop in the way when you’re going to work on your motor, and you don’t want some ugly piece of metal front and center when you go to talk about that new blower. Do yourself a favor, kill two birds with one stone, and check out this hood prop kit.
Cervini's Terminator Style Heat Extractor Hood Will these struts work with the Cervini's Terminator Style Heat Extractor Hood? This is an aftermarket hood that is on the website that I am considering buying
If the hood mounts on to the original hinge brackets, there shouldn't be a problem. Make sure that you have the hood alignment before you close the hood for the first time. (Scissoring off paint will ruin your day.) If the new hood is lighter than the stock one, be carefull. The hood will come up quickly. Mine are on a stock hood and it easily opens!
Anyone know what the torque spec is for the hood nuts? Didn't take much to loosen them and I don't want to overtorque, considering the studs are a small diameter.
Will these work with aftermarket hoods? I have a 2001 V6, and i purchased a hood from your website. Will this work on my hood?
Absolutely, as long as it uses the factory bolt locations. The hoods we carry utilize the OEM latch and hinges and you shouldn't have any issues installing them on your aftermarket hood. Just keep in mind that if your aftermarket hood is lighter than the factory hood, be careful when opening it due to the power of these struts!
I installed these struts on my 03 GT a few years ago and since then the back end of the hood doesn't sit flush with the top of the fender. It's not that big of deal but any idea how to make it sit flush again?
I have a cowl fiberglass hood I am looking to use these would they fit
The MMD Bolt On Hood Strut Kit should bolt up to the Cowl hood with now problems. The only issue is the cowl hood may be a little heavier than the factory hood and the MMD Bolt On Hood Strut Kit could have some trouble lifting the hood up. This kit will also lift your hood up to a higher angle than the prop rod would hold it at, so you will want to check your clearance to make sure the cowl will not touch the windshield.
September 21, 2011
What an improvement
I was considering buying the Redline Tuning Quicklift Elite hood struts, but didn't really feel comfortable drilling into my car. I was afraid I'd get the holes a little off and it wouldn't work right. When I saw these bolt on's available for the newer models, I started wondering why they couldn't make bolt ons for my '01. Long story short, as soon as AM had the black version (who wants chrome, really) of the bolt on struts for the 99-04, I bought them without thinking twice. Came with no instructions, but looking at the stock pictures on the product page was more than enough to figure it out. Installation took maybe 15 minutes, and everything works just as it should. The struts will raise the hood to the full height after manually lifting it about half way. Takes little effort to lower the hood halfway, and after that gravity takes effect. Remember this, or your hood will most definitely slam shut.
January 08, 2012
Quick, Easy, Great Look
The hood struts are the perfect addition to any mustang. They look great and function perfectly. The install was extremely simple, I will say it does help to have a second set of hand though. The black brackets look good but I plan on painting the brackets to match my car and having a much more factory look.
June 06, 2012
Read the instructions. Installation was easy, around 20 minutes from start to finish. Be careful, do not over tighten the hood nuts. Once you pick the hood up about 6-8 inches it lifts right up. No more annoying prop rod. Awesome!
July 13, 2012
The best $100 that I have spent on the car yet. I live in a windy area and I'm always nervous about leaving my hood open even if it's for 5 seconds. The previous owner had the wind catch the hood and smash the window. Needless to say, these hood struts are one of the best investments I have in the car. I absolutely love them, I highly recommend them even if you don't live in a windy area because they are extremely convenient.
November 09, 2012
Very Easy Install**Great Product**MMD Hood Struts
To all of you who are considering a Hood strut kit this is the one. I have installed two other strut kits in the past & without a doubt The MMD Brand is the Best. This was installed on my 2003 Mustang Mach1 which has a heavy hood & it works like a charm. Thanks American Muscle for another quality Mustang Product.
May 06, 2013
Easy install and great product!
This literally took me 10 minutes to install and I wish I had done this mod years ago. I was able to get rid of the annoying prop rod which gets in the way when working on the engine and doesn't look as nice. I highly recommend this item!
November 21, 2012
GREAT product that even works with aftermarket hoods!
Install is only 20 mintues AT MOST! Super sleek look that eliminates the need for that ugly (and in the way!) prop rod. This even works with my TruFiber Mach 2 aftermarket hood seamlessly! Thanks again American Muscle for selling such a WONDERFUL item at a GREAT price.
April 22, 2012
good product for the price
I had several issues, but not with the item itself. The first one I got had a missing L bracket. I called and they sent out another kit. Waited................got that one..........opened it and.......NO L brackets. Called AGAIN, and said all I need is the right side bracket. They sent another kit and I FINALLY got it done. I had it all on except the one side. Got it done now and it works well.
December 13, 2014
Recommend but with warnings
Turns out that it's a know fact that there is a chance the passenger side lower bracket will need you to buy a new: m6-1.00x25 fender bolt as the factory one won't fit. This seems to be due to Ford's larger tolerances but I think MMD should include a longer bolt in the kit to make install easier. Also, I had minor interference between the gas strut and my upper hood hinge that caused a little bit of paint loss on the hinge Overall seems like a good kit. Price is right. Longevity I can't comment on as it's only a couple days old on my car.
August 09, 2014
This kit looks great and installs easily!
I never liked the prop rod on my 2002 GT, and I saw this kit available at American Muscle. After reading the great reviews, I decided to give it a try. Not being all that mechanically gifted, I had reservations, but I installed both sides in much less than the hour the instructions indicate. Honestly, it's a clean look and works great! I highly recommend this over the factor installation. I love my Mustang, but why didn't Ford think of this?
June 14, 2013
hood strut kit
ez install....fender hardware to short, had to buy longer from hardware store.
September 19, 2012
No more prop rod!
This is a very simple operation. The directions are very clear. The only problem I had was when I was taking the nut off for the second onee I managed to snap the screw. Now I have to have the screw welded back together before finishing the job. BTW it does hold with only 1 strut in place but I wouldn't recommend it.
August 25, 2012
This looks so much better than the prop rod
I got this because I wanted to have a cleaner look when the hood is open. It's a nice modification but it takes some getting used to. You don't have to pick your hood up anymore, it comes up and stays up with little help. Install is very easy. Took about 35 minutes because I have a cervinis hood and I had to find longer bolts to hold the brackets to the hood. Well worth the money
January 05, 2012
Great Product!!! A Must Have!!
What A Great Product. I recommend for anyone looking to get rid of their Prop Rod. Installation was as easy as 1,2,3. Bolted right onto my '03 Cobra with ease and great fitment. I will never own a mustang that doesn't have a set on it.
December 20, 2013
Great and easygoing install. Watch what your doing, on the mach 1s hood you'll crack It if you over tighten so be careful. When it says becaful of closing it it's not kidding, it wants to slam shut because you think it's light as a feather, then slam! No more stupid prop rod for me, still need to take mine off.
December 28, 2012
Easy Install Made Difficult
As others have stated, this is an easy install, and a great addition to your car. However, I suggest that you don’t take on this simple install right after a 6 hour drive after returning from a family Christmas gathering. All started out right. I gathered my 8mm and 10mm sockets, socket wrench, and fender protector so that I didn’t scratch the Mystichrome paint on my 2004 SVT Cobra. First I discovered that on my car you really need a 10mm deep socket, since the threaded portion of the hood bolts protruded too far for a shallow socket. Of course, my 10mm deep socket was the only one missing from my deep socket set. So, I proceeded with a 10mm open end wrench until the shallow socket would work. I installed both hood brackets being sure that the attachment for the strut was facing outward. Then it was on to the fender brackets. It was easy to remove the first 8mm bolt, but it wasn’t easy to get it threaded in when the bracket was in place. I tried by hand and with the socket to no avail...then plop! The bolt fell out of the socket, and into the engine compartment. 30 minutes later i gave up using my magnet, and removed a similar bolt further down the line towards the battery and used that one. I discovered a small wire in the way of the bolt hole, and removed that with a pick. Then the bolt went in without trouble. After doing the same operation on the other side, I popped on the struts and lowered the hood carefully to make sure there were no interferences...all was good. I called out my wife to show her the Cobra’s Xmas gilt...she liked it. Then I attempted to close the hood, and clunk. It was 2 inches short of going down. It was then that my wife took an analytical look at my install, and informed me that I had installed the hood brackets on the wrong sides. So I swapped them, and presto the hood closed. You need to mount the hood brackets so that the short side is on the outer edge of the hood and the wide flange to the inside of the car...DUH! Sure glad I have a wife who usually thinks before she acts, instead of just plowing ahead like me. Now that all worked properly there was the issue of the missing bolt. We both came to the conclusion that the bolt would have either had to fall directly to the ground, which it didn't, or fall into an opening that would put it into the wheel well. So, out came the jack and a jack stand. I slid under, removed one push pin holding the wheel well liner, and out fell the bolt! Success...a 15 minute project completed in 1.5 hours! In summary...cover your engine compartment, and possibly plan on using a 10mm deep socket...maybe have your wife nearby also. 5 Stars for the product...2 Stars for the mechanic!
December 07, 2011
Buy this kit,, you'll love it !
Another great product from AM. It took all of about 20 minutes to install and looks great,hood opens and shuts without any issues. i would definatly reccomend this item.
November 05, 2011
Great product. Got it in 2 days after i ordered it. Gota love that. FULL COLOR PICTURE instructions on nice gloss computer paper. Nice touch american muscle . Install was super simple and took literally 15min(i took my time). Hood opens very nicely. I will say if your like me and know very lil bout using tools, becarful unbolting the 2 nuts they were stuck real good on my car and caused my wrench to slip and leave a nice chip on my fender paint. I deffentely recomond this product! You will deffently be happy getting ride of that old rusted out prop rod.
October 19, 2016
A must have
The kit was easy to install, Well written instructions and works great. This is a must have kit. They should be made for all vehicles.
October 17, 2016
Very easy to bolt on Uses existing bolts on hood and fender. Opens the hood higher than with rod. Makes the car look better and makes working under the hood much easier. Very clean look.