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

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    Features, Video & 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

    Review & Install Video

    Justin: Now, one of the best modifications I've ever done to my S197 was ditch that factory prop rod in favor of a set of Hood Struts like the black options that we have here from MMD, available for all 2005 to 2014 Mustangs. Now, this set of two hood struts will combine the two upper and two lower stamped steel brackets, along with your two gas-powered struts in black for right around that $80 price point. Now, install according to the site, will actually get a very soft two out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter here and take about an hour or less, depending on whether or not you're doing this by yourself or maybe with a friend. But either way, guys, if you hang with me for a little bit, we'll show you how it's done later in the video. So, full disclosure here, guys. This is one of the first modifications I've ever done to my 2014 GT after I brought it home and for a good reason. Not only are they very affordable in the grand spectrum of car mods, but they dramatically clean up the engine bay by eliminating that archaic factory prop rod. And two, it just makes working in the engine bay a much easier task, as you're not kind of dancing around that prop rod while you're turning some wrenches. Now, the product itself is pretty simple, overall, right? You got your two uppers, two lowers, as far as your brackets are concerned, one for the hood, one for the fender area, and then finally, those guys are gonna be joined by the twin gas-powered struts here, which ultimately, make opening and supporting the hood a much easier task.Now the best part is, guys, this kit is super easy to install. It does not require any permanent modification or drilling and really can be used on both stock or aftermarket hoods alike. Now I do quickly wanna point out that, yes, technically, this kit is designed to fit all S197s. However, you need to be mindful when ordering, as a site does break it out into two different year ranges. For instance, '05 to '09 cars, will require the item number 41282A, while '10 to '14 Mustangs will utilize 41282B. Also, keep in mind, here gang, that MMD does also offer the same exact kit, but in a chrome or silver finish, for owners looking for more of a pop under the hood, which obviously is also available here on the site for about 10 to 20 bucks more than the stealthier black options that we have here. But now we wanna show you just what it takes to get everything installed. However, some folks have stated out there, it's a little easier with an extra set of hands, basically, there to help out when needed. Regardless, we're gonna walk you through the job right now and give you a quick tool breakdown. Check it out.Man: The tools used for this install are a quarter-inch ratchet, 10-millimeter socket, a razor knife, small flathead screwdriver, and a marker. So the first step of this install is gonna be to get your hood open and remove the fender bolt located for this back on the fender. I'm gonna use a 10-millimeter socket on a ratchet and unscrew the bolt. Next, you're gonna take the provided bracket for the passenger side and bolt it right into the factory location with the factory bolt. Now that I have my bolt started, I can tighten it down. For the next step, I'm gonna make sure that the hood is very properly supported, and then I'm gonna remove the forwardmost bolt and loosen up the rear bolt. With one bolt removed and the other one loosened up, I can slide my bracket into place between the bolt and the hinge. I'm gonna make sure that I clear my windshield washer hose before I tighten up any of my bolts. To make it a little easier to pop the socket onto the ball end, I'm gonna remove the retaining clip and reinstall it after the strut is installed. And finally, I can connect the other end of the socket. And now, I'm just gonna throw the last clip into the ball socket. If you have a 2010 to 2014 model Mustang, then you're gonna need to relocate the bracket for the sound tube to underneath the pinch weld. You're gonna need a 10-millimeter socket and then you're gonna have to relocate the U-bolt that's located underneath of this bracket.Next, I'm gonna use a small flathead screwdriver and remove the metal bushing from the rubber. Now I can remove the square rubber bushing from the bracket itself. Next, I'm gonna make a quick mark on the rubber bushing, where the gusset for the bracket interferes, and I'm gonna cut the middle of the bushing out. Now I'm gonna use a nice sharp razor knife to cut the center of the bushing out. Now, we can reinstall the bushings into the bracket. And now, I can use the factory U-nut and place it underneath the bracket and get the bolt started. And that's gonna wrap up this review and install of the MMD Bolt-On Hood Strut kit for your '05 to '14 Mustang. Thanks for watching. And for all things Mustang, keep it right here at americanmuscle.com.

    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.

    Modern Muscle Design

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

    MPN# 41282

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    What's in the Box
    • (2) Black Powder Coated Upper Brackets
    • (2) Black Powder Coated Lower Brackets
    • (2) Gas Struts
    • (1) Instruction Sheet
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        5 Top Rated Questions

        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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        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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        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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        Can these mount even though I have a strut tower bar?

        • The MMD Bolt On Hood Strut Kit will still work with the strut tower brace.

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        Hello, the strut when they need to be changed, can I find them in any autozone? Thank you.

        • We are unaware of replacement struts for the MMD Bolt On Hood Strut Kit available at this time.

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        10 More Questions
        Is anybody aware of any replacement strut part numbers out there on the market for these? Mine are 4 years old but have barely been used. They have failed! In fact, they almost smashed someone's hand at a car show when the hood fell. American Muscle says they aren't warrantied - but their product doesn't work after a handful of uses. Please tell me someone's figured out a replacement strut for these that isn't garbage!!! 1 answer
        I bought a set of these I think spring of 2015. Probably have had my hood up and down about 10 Times. They already last fall before I put it away wouldn’t hold the hood up. Is there any warranty? 1 answer
        I have a Steeda strut mount brace installed on my 2010 GT500. Is there any clearance issues installing these or are the strut mounts further back on the hood and not an issue. Strut mount brace goes straight across between the two struts. 1 answer
        Is one type of strut better then the others? I've had the struts on my 2014 Mustang for 2-years and they will no longer hold the hood up so I'm back to using the rod. 1 answer
        I have these struts on my 07 gt and want to put them on my 14 gt i just bought. It looks like the same part number. Will the pair on my 07 fit with just relocating the sound canister to below the fender lip? 1 answer
        Would these interfere with the battery and Master Brake Cylinder Cover's? 1 answer
        How long is the strut? I had some but they did not last long at all and I'm wondering if these would fit the current gap I already have so that I don't have to re-mount brackets 1 answer
        Will these hold up after market cervinis stalker hood. The hood is heavier than stock. 1 answer
        I am getting a carbon fiber hood from Carbon Creations in CA. Could these work on a carbon fiber hood? 1 answer
        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. 1 answer

          Customer Reviews (100+) Write a Review

          Overall Rating 4.5

          out of 5 stars

          Installation Time:Less than 1 Hour

          • Fit 4.271318 4.3
          • Appearance 4.496124 4.5
          • Bang For Your Buck 3.861538 3.9



          • 2/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            November 04, 2019

            Review from MMD Bolt On Hood Strut Kit - Black (10-14 All)

            Only a 2 Year lifespan, it seems

            These struts go on real easy, they look great, and they work well...but not for long. My first set lasted just shy of 2 years (about 23 months) before they would no longer hold up the hood. I bought a replacement set, and they lasted a little longer, about 26 months. I don't know if weather has anything to do with it. I live in Atlanta, Georgia and it does get hot in the summer (in the 90s) and it gets down into the 30s in the winter. In comparison, the struts on the trunk lid are original factory struts, they're 7 years old, and they're still going strong. I can't say I would recommend these MMD hood struts. They just don't last. What I CAN say is, if you go with these, leave your prop rod on for a backup.

            Stymyx

            Year: 2012 Submodel: V6

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          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            October 22, 2019

            Review from MMD Bolt On Hood Strut Kit - Black (10-14 All)

            More working space

            Great so far! They hold up the hood as they should.. Me working space is now available. Get help.. the hood will move and am extra hand is always nice.

            RobbieR

            Year: 2014 Submodel: GT

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          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            October 20, 2019

            Review from MMD Bolt On Hood Strut Kit - Black (10-14 All)

            Love it

            Install was a little tough because of the heavy weight of the hood that you have to remove the bolts I had 2 friends help me other wise it was easy. Now when I leave my hood open it looks like a sports car not like the old hood strut from 1999 definitely worth the money

            Beast

            Year: 2012 Submodel: GT

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          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            October 11, 2019

            Awesome

            Easy to install , good instructions , they work wonderfully

            Fred

            Year: 2009 Submodel: V6

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          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            October 09, 2019

            Review from MMD Bolt On Hood Strut Kit - Black (05-09 All)

            Slick

            Inexpensive , really fast and easy to install , look awesome, gets rid of the stupid hood prop

            Fred

            Year: 2009 Submodel: V6

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          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            October 09, 2019

            Review from MMD Bolt On Hood Strut Kit - Black (05-09 All)

            better than i thought they would be

            they are made from good solid metal, good paint fits and operates perfectly

            defyant1

            Year: 2006 Submodel: V6

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          • 4/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            September 16, 2019

            Review from MMD Bolt On Hood Strut Kit - Black (05-09 All)

            JC 09Mustang owner

            Everything went great except for one thing, Those little pins! The installation was simple and went according to the instructions but ....there was no mention of the importance of those "pins".

            JC09stang

            Year: 2009 Submodel: V6

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          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            September 13, 2019

            Review from MMD Bolt On Hood Strut Kit - Black (10-14 All)

            Actually easy..!!

            Do not follow site or included pics... must actually be reveresd according to site pics (note: all pics by owners show reversed) otherwise the bracket will make contact with the frame and hood will not shut. Simply reverse and have tge "rail" inside, not outside.. then it fits and works great.. Also.. detach clips PRIOR to instillation.. do Not try and snap into place with clips on

            GRenn

            Year: 2011 Submodel: V6

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          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            August 28, 2019

            Review from MMD Bolt On Hood Strut Kit - Black (10-14 All)

            They are amazing!

            not had one issue with them this past month, if they get to tight to move I just spray WD-40 and I have only had to do that once, this is overall NOT cheaply built and is a great product I will post again if anything seems to change in the coming months :)

            ThePremiumBlue

            Year: 2014 Submodel: V6

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          • 1/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            August 26, 2019

            these suck

            These things havent worked right since I installed them, they keep popping off the mounts, biggest waste of money ever

            Moostng

            Year: 2014 Submodel: GT

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          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            August 21, 2019

            Review from MMD Bolt On Hood Strut Kit - Black (05-09 All)

            Hood prop delete

            Easy install, looks good. Cleans up the underhood experience.

            Johnny

            Year: 2006 Submodel: GT

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          • 3/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            August 19, 2019

            character

            Year: 2007 Submodel: GT

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          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            August 10, 2019

            Review from MMD Bolt On Hood Strut Kit - Black (05-09 All)

            Dantheman

            Year: 2006 Submodel: GT

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          • 4/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            August 08, 2019

            Review from MMD Bolt On Hood Strut Kit - Black (10-14 All)

            Hood strut kit

            The overall kit was easy to install except the ball on the strut will not snap into place with the retaining wire in place you must remove the retaining wire in order to make the ball fit and then reinstall clip wire

            Cosmo

            Year: 2011 Submodel: GT500

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          • 4/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            August 04, 2019

            Review from MMD Bolt On Hood Strut Kit - Black (10-14 All)

            Easy Install, convenient.

            Installation tool about 15min, had to relocate the sound tube mount on the drive side fender. Minus a star cause the lift force is a little weak and I feel they'll fail soon.

            WarPony

            Year: 2011 Submodel: GT

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          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            August 02, 2019

            Review from MMD Bolt On Hood Strut Kit - Black (05-09 All)

            Great product

            These hood struts hold up really well and I was skeptical at first because I thought they would be a bit hard to install. Pretty easy as long as you know what you're doing. Though when installing the strut onto the balls of the brackets, you must take the pins out first and then put the pins back into it after because it is much easier.

            TylerW

            Year: 2009 Submodel: V6

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          • 1/5

            July 24, 2019

            Review from MMD Bolt On Hood Strut Kit - Black (10-14 All)

            Instructions inaccurate

            Impossible to depress the plunger by hand to install. Didn’t want to remove the hood. I will try a different brand than MMD

            SteveP

            Year: 2013 Submodel: GT

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          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            June 22, 2019

            Review from MMD Bolt On Hood Strut Kit - Black (10-14 All)

            Hood struts

            The hood strut are nice when you open the hoods and make it easier to work on the car.

            JoshuaS

            Year: 2013 Submodel: V6

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          • 2/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            June 19, 2019

            Review from MMD Bolt On Hood Strut Kit - Black (10-14 All)

            Potential to be Nice, but will not last

            I bought this about three years ago, and now I was browsing again, to see if the product options improved or a new shock is available. Mine didn't last a year, and now they are just installed there for nothing. I wonder if any of the 5 star reviews were made after the product was really tested

            Marcelo

            Year: 2013 Submodel: V6

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          • 1/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            June 18, 2019

            Didn't last very long

            After a year of having them the struts gave out. They no longer held the hood up. I would have thought they'd last a lot longer.

            JAC88

            Year: 2014 Submodel: GT

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