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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 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.

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

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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 4.6 out of 5 stars
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Mounting require hood removal? With bolt on install, can you leave hood in place with prop rod & install one side at a time or is this a 2 man job with hood removal? Thanx


  • You can do it by yourself, I did, however it would be easier if you had another set of hands. just follow the instructions and do not fully remove the bolts holding the hood, remove the front bolt and then loosen the back bolt. You will have to push the hood away from the factory bracket to get the hood strut bracket sandwiched in between, then tighten the bolt and then then reinstall the front bolt. The one thing that happened on both sides is the bolts on the fender appeared to strip as they could not be tightened fully but they do hold and I have not had a problem with them. Good luck and one of the better mods I made as no prop rod to get in the way.


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Strength? Are these strong enough to hold up a fiberglass hood? My hood is heavy and the Drake struts are not able to hold..


  • I have a Tru-Fiber hood on my '11 and these struts work wonderful. I don't think you will have any problems.


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Are there replacement struts? After just a couple of years they struts that came with this kit will no longer hold up my hood. Are the struts Vehicle specific?


  • Unfortunately there is no warranty on these hood struts so the only way to get a replacement would be to buy another pair, although it never hurts to call in and speak with a customer service representative to see if there is anything they can do. And yes, these struts are specifically designed for 05-14 Mustangs.


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I am getting a carbon fiber hood from Carbon Creations in CA. Could these work on a carbon fiber hood?


  • Hood struts are not recommended for some aftermarket hoods as they can cause the hood to crack from the extra pressure applied by the shock when opening and closing. It is best to reference the hood manufacturer for recommendations.


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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! http://www.americanmuscle.com/contact.html


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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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Overall Rating 4.6

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  • 2/5

    March 31, 2017

    Poor longevity on these

    These were among the first mods I out on my Mustang and I was quite happy with them. However after less than three years on the car they have failed entirely and I have to use my prop rod again. According to AM support they only expect 2 years of life out of them. That's just not acceptable. I have stock trunk struts that still work great on my 99, so I expect that hood struts that get used far less often would last at least as long. Would not recommend these to anyone anymore.


    Year: 1999 Submodel: GT

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  • 1/5

    March 24, 2017

    MMD Hood Struts

    I would NOT recommend these struts. They fail early on, even without over usage. Not worth $80 and replacing every 6-12 months. No replacement, warranty or replacement parts offered. Steer clear.


    Year: 2013 Submodel: GT

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  • 1/5

    February 28, 2017


    Had this installed on my 2005 Mustang V6 and last for 20 month. There's no warranty or replacement parts available, so you have to buy a whole new kit! Totally waste of money..BIG disappointment :(


    Year: 2005 Submodel: V6

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  • 1/5

    January 22, 2017

    Do NOT buy these hood struts

    These hood struts were great ... for about six months. After that they failed to hold the weight of the hood and I had to put the stock prop back on. If you want to drop $80 every six months, these will be great. If not, I recommend finding another brand.


    Year: 2013 Submodel: GT

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  • 1/5

    January 11, 2017

    Poor quality product.

    My struts failed and started leaking oil after 18 months. They are not covered under warranty and they will not sell individual struts. The only option is to replace full kit at full price or put your prop rod back on. Unfortunately, I put the same kit on my other Mustang about 6 months ago. I anticipate the same outcome.


    Year: 2012 Submodel: GT

    Helpful (1)

  • 1/5

    January 06, 2017

    Update: A Real Let Down

    Bought these and some other items back in July of '15, installed them and did my happy dance.....for about 15 months. Was checking the oil one day and turned to get a rag and the hood slammed shut. Raised the hood again and tested the strength of struts and nope, no good anymore. The hood is rarely opened, usually to check fluids or engine cleaning. Put the prop rod back on. Also I have an Cervini hood. I see why the price these hood struts keeps going down. Remember, you get what you pay for.


    Year: 2008 Submodel: Bullitt

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  • 3/5

    December 15, 2016


    Struts would be fine for an original hood, but with a Cervini Ram Air hood the struts are too weak to hold the hood up. Will need something a little beefier.


    Year: 2009 Submodel: GT

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  • 1/5

    December 14, 2016

    Hood strut kit does not last

    I purchased this kit in March 2015 and installed it as soon as I received it. I really loved being able to open the hood and not use the prop rod. I doubt the hood on my 08 Shelby GT has been opened 20 times since then as I am the only one who drives and maintains my Shelby. I don't do shows and the only time it has been opened has been to check or change the oil and replace the batter since installing this kit. Now a year and half later the struts won't support the hood and I'm back to using the prop rod. I don't know if they had a bad batch of struts but I really feel they should have last much longer then a year and half, especially with extremely low use. I feel the struts are not made very well considering struts on my truck and other car trunk have lasted years with out failure with far more use. Thanks


    Year: 2008 Submodel: Other

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  • 1/5

    September 23, 2016

    Does Not Last, No Warranty or Replacement

    I've been running my hood struts for about a year and a half and they have completely failed now and do not hold the hood at all any longer. The worst part is that there is no warranty on this part offered by MMD so I can't even get a replacement part. After talking to a few friends in my mustang group, it looks like it has happened to others as well. Stay away from these as they do not last!


    Year: 2011 Submodel: V6

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  • 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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  • 1/5

    April 12, 2016


    Put these on 2014 G. T. Hood and maybe opened the hood 6 or 7 times and now they won,t hold my hood open


    Year: 2014 Submodel: GT

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  • 1/5

    February 17, 2016

    only works on factory hood and not for cold weather.

    I've gone through 2 sets of these. There is no mention of the weight capacity. I have a cervini's stalked 2 fiberglass hood and they would hold it for about 60 seconds in the summer and not at all in the winter. worked fine for the stock hood however. Steer clear if you have an aftermarket hood.


    Year: 2012 Submodel: GT Edmonton, AB

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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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  • 2/5

    March 07, 2014

    MMD hood struts

    You get what you pay fore one of my gas strut is broken already the other side still works the price was right now I see why it was on sale .


    Year: 2013 Submodel: GT Palm Bay, FL, 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

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  • 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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