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

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      Review & Installation 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

      Product Information

      Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation


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


      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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      Customer Reviews (100+)

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      Ratings Summary

      4.5 out of 5 overall rating from 100+ customers

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      • February 19, 2020

        5 2011 GT - Josie2007 Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        No Strut lasts forever, but...

        I purchased this Hood Strut kit a few years ago and over time the force of the support lifts would no longer hold the hood open. As others have noted, there is no direct replacement for the struts from American Muscle. But, I removed the struts, measured them and found replacements available matched the mid 2000's BMW 5 series. The struts match the measured 12.25" entended and 7.25" closed lengths, and I found them on-line. Replaement struts were about $20 with next day delivery and were a perfect match for the MMD struts. I was able to re-use the ball ends from the original MMD struts as the replacement ones were a bit tight and didn't "pop on". It's great to have the hood open and remain open without using the hood support prop rod.

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      • February 11, 2020

        2 2011 GT - EricP Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        long term durability concerns

        These struts look great out of the box and function well initially. However they just don’t hold up over time. I learned this lesson the hard way when using my mustang to jump start my truck and having the hood slam into the back of my head. All things consider the concept is good, but the struts just aren’t designed or perhaps made to hold up for the life of most vehicles. If you buy them plan on replacing them in 3-5 years or sooner.

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      • January 26, 2020

        3 2013 GT - Darkcardny Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Decent with faults

        Overall an easy installation. Having said that, the photo on the website has them installed backwards. This results in the brackets hitting the inner fenders. Then I had to move to the very illegible instructions with black pixelated photos for boxes. Can't help but think there are some corners being cut here when they cant even print a decent set of instructions. We'll see how long the struts last.

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      • January 21, 2020

        4 2002 GT - Shew1019 Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Hood struts

        Needed some adjustment for a fiberglass hood, but ended up working.

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      • January 17, 2020

        5 2006 GT - Isitturbo Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Hood struts

        I had these struts installed, they left a little bit of a gap in the hood and the fender

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      • January 15, 2020

        4 2005 GT - Chase1800 Installation Time: Afternoon

        Documentation Needs Improvement

        Poor instruction sheet. The copy quality of the pictures is very dark, to the point where the picture is basically worthless. Nothing explained how the retainers of each end of the strut functions. This needs to be added to the documentation. Lastly, please add the comment " remove the fender bolt closest to the firewall". Now the good stuff. The mounts are very well make. Each mount is clearly marked for passenger or driver side. The struts appear to be very strong and hold up my aluminum Shaker hook just fine. Better pictures and adding description of the retainers on the struts and this is a 1 hour job. I would then give this product a 5 star across he board.

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      • December 18, 2019

        5 2008 GT - BenjaminO

        should have come stock

        quick easy install, just wish i didnt have the mounting holes and scratches on my hood from the old hood prop. These struts are a great factory appearing add on.

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      • November 25, 2019

        5 2014 GT - 03ponyty Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Best thing you can get for your car

        If you work on your own car this it the first thing you should get, best thing you can buy for your car

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      • November 23, 2019

        5 2006 GT - george06 Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour


        uv them so far only had them for a day but so far great .they open p the engine compartment alot you have a kinds of room to work,it evens opens higher than the prop rod and of course no prop rod to work around

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      • November 04, 2019

        2 2012 V6 - Stymyx Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        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.

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      Questions & Answers (31 answers)

      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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      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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      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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      10 More Questions
      Would these work with a fiberglass hood? 0 answer
      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

      Installation & What's in the Box

      Installation Info

      What's in the Box

      • (2) Black Powder Coated Upper Brackets
      • (2) Black Powder Coated Lower Brackets
      • (2) Gas Struts
      • (1) Instruction Sheet

      Will It Fit My Mustang

      • Boss 302 - 12, 13
      • Bullitt - 08, 09
      • GT - 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
      • GT500 - 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
      • V6 - 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

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