- (2) Powder Coated Black Upper Brackets
- (2) Powder Coated Black Lower Brackets
- (2) Gas Struts
- (1) Instruction Sheet
- Hardware included:
- None Required
Hey, guys. Adam here with americanmuscle.com. And today we're taking a closer look at, and of course, installing the MMD Bolt On Hood Strut Kit in Black, fitting all '99 to '04 Mustangs. In exchange for these modernized updated hood struts, they're gonna make your life a whole lot easier opening your hood and give you a lot more room to work on your engine. Now, we all know whenever we're popping the hood, we're of course, either working on it or showing it off and either way, you don't want the ugly hood prop in the way front and center at your hood latch. It can get in the way when you're trying to work on it leaning over the front end of your vehicle making you reposition into a spot you don't wanna be in. And when you're at a car show showing off the underhood dress up or whatever you got going on, a blower, so on and so forth, you, of course, want something clean, modern, and updated. These MMD hood struts are black. They blend in so well with the engine bay and they make opening your hood a breeze. All you got to do is flip that latch and push up and the hood struts do the rest. We all know the factory hood on these New Edges are pretty heavy so this can make life a lot easier. These guys come in black, there are two gas-powered struts included in the kit with four brackets, two for each side. They reuse the factory hood bracket locations at the top and your factory fender bolt on the bottom. So, no drilling, no modifications. You can put these guys on and off as you please, and it's very very simple. Now, one thing I really like about these hoods struts aside from the actual use of them and get rid of that prop, I like the fact that they are just a plain gloss black finish. There's no branding, no logos everywhere in your face, nothing that sticks out like a sore thumb. These guys really just blend in and look super clean. Now, these come in right around 80 bucks which is one of the most affordable options in the category here. If you're not a black fan, there is a polished or a chrome option out there for you if you wanna make it stand out a little bit more. And of course, there's other brands out there in the category too that have branding on the side. So, really it comes down to what you're looking for. If you're looking for a clean, stealthy look, the MMD option here is a good way to go. Now, the install is gonna get one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. Anybody can install this on their factory hood in about 30 minutes in the driveway at home with very simple hand tools. Now, one thing I do wanna note before we get started here, guys, if you do not have a factory hood, if you have an aftermarket cowl hood whether it be fiberglass or carbon fiber, whatever the case may be, these will work for those aftermarket hoods. You just wanna make sure that they reuse the same factory locations that you're factory hood did. So, if they're using that same bracket, the same studs, and the same bottom bolt, you're good to go. Keep in mind that these are designed for the weight of the factory hood. So, if your fiberglass or carbon fiber hood is a lot lighter which they would be, just be careful opening the hood. It may open a lot faster than you would expect. Just keep that in mind moving forward. So, I'm gonna show you guys every step of the process. Let's get to it. Tools used in this install include: A quarter-inch ratchet, 8-millimeter, and 10 millimeter deep sockets. All right, guys, to kick things off here, we're gonna start on our passenger side working on our upper bracket. So, you wanna locate the bracket included in the kit labeled PU for a passenger side upper depending on which side you're starting on here. The way we're gonna install this is basically face down just like that with the stud on the outside of the vehicle. Now, in order to install this here, what we're going to do is completely remove this top nut from our upper hood bracket. We're going to loosely back this up halfway. We don't have to fully remove the bottom guy, we want to make sure the hood is staying attached to that bracket in some way. So, let's completely remove the top guy first with our 10-millimeter socket and our ratchet. Now we can loosen up that and bottom nut about halfway, enough to slide our bracket on. All right. So, from there, we're gonna take our bracket and again, you wanna make sure that the stud is facing out. Slide that on underneath the bottom nut and pop the stud to the top hole. Once you have that taken care of, grab those nuts and tighten them down. Since we half loosened the bottom guy, we can just start with that. So, next, we're gonna focus on our passenger side, the lower bracket. So, if you're working on the passenger side, grab the bracket labeled PL. And basically, we're going to install this on the second bolt closest to the cowl. So, go to where the fender meets that firewall. Back to the cowl, there's one bolt here. Move up one and we're gonna completely remove this with our 8-millimeter socket and install a bracket. Like that. So, I'm gonna grab our eight and remove this guy. All right. With that removed, set your bracket into place with the stud facing the front of the vehicle like so. Take that factory bolt and put it through that open hole. All right. Once you have that tightened down, repeat this exact process for the other side. Next step, grab one of the hoods struts. They're not side-specific. We're going to install this starting on our passenger side. Now, what you wanna do is just crack these guys loose because they are tightened down from the factory, just get them nice and loose just a little bit here. When you're going to snap this onto the stud, it may be helpful to push back the retaining pin just to loosen it up a little bit to get a little bit more room to snap it in and then you can pop the retaining pin back in. It's basically just a clip that goes around the edge here. Just push back on it just like that, it opens up. Just wanna make sure it doesn't come out. Now, for this guy, you may need to disconnect your hood prop to get it to come down far enough and then snap it onto that bottom stud. All right. There you go. Repeat this on the other side. Once you have that strut snapped into place, if you did pull the pin off, put the pin back in and make sure it's nice and tight. Repeat on the other side. All right, so you've got this pin pulled back, snap the stud on. Well, guys, that's gonna wrap up my review and install for the MMD Bolt On Hood Strut Kit in Black available for the '99 to '04 Mustangs. You can pick up your set exclusively right here at americanmuscle.com.
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(approx) 1 Hour
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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!
What about replacement gas shocks? When one goes bad, how hard is it going to be to find a new one. I can't seem to get any specs on the cylinder itself. I would like an answer to this question as well please.
At this time, individual components are not available for the MMD Bolt On Hood Strut Kit.
What about replacement gas shocks? When one goes bad, how hard is it going to be to find a new one. I can't seem to get any specs on the cylinder itself.
MMD would not carry the shocks found in the MMD Bolt On Hood Strut Kit separately.
what size are the shocks?. mine have gone bad and i am noy buying a whole new kit
At this time, individual components are not available for the MMD Bolt On Hood Strut Kit.
What kind of warranty do they have?
These MMD hood struts would not carry a warranty on them.
The MMD Bolt On Hood Strut Kit should not cause these issues. Please contact our Customer Service department so we may assist you in correcting this.
The MMD Bolt On Hood Strut Kit would help free up some space and make it a little easier to access yes.
You can try taking the brackets for the hood struts off and re-installing them. They may have gotten loose over time and shifted.
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.
When I installed my strut kit, I tightened the nuts down until they were tight and I haven't had any problems.
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!
August 04, 2019
Nice upgrade, easy install.
These hood struts are easy to install and work and look great, as well as getting the prop rod out of the way. Depending on the thickness of the fender shim(s) used by Ford to assemble the car, you may need to get (2) longer fender bolts (M6-1.0 X 28mm). Ford doesn't carry these, so I got them from Fastenal,
July 23, 2019
Very fast to install. You can do it by yourself. Super job really clean
July 20, 2019
I installed these hood struts on my 2004 Mustang GT. They work great and really help free up space to work in the engine bay. Great purchase!
July 20, 2019
Bolts didn't fit with provided equipment.
Would not bolt to the hood because of OE bolts on my 2001 SVT cobra being too short.
July 12, 2019
Awesome product!! Fits great, easy install. Much better than flimsy prop rod and makes it much easier to work under the hood.
June 30, 2019
No more ugly prop rod!
Easy install. Just take your time and following the markings for each side. Also you can screw the ends off of the rods to help get things lined up. The lifts have plenty of power to lift the hood and hold it steady once it's up.
June 17, 2019
Bought for my husband for Christmas- fit perfectly and was easy to install (per his words)
June 16, 2019
instructions are flawed
Do not remove the front 10 mm hinge nut before loosening the back nut. If you do, the weight of the hood rests on the back nut, and you're never going to get that 1/4" gap. Instead, loosen the back nut enough to slide the slot in the upper bracket in between the hinge and the nut. Re-tighten just enough to hold the upper bracket in place. Then remove the front nut and slide the bracket over the bolt. Also, you don't just "pop the ends of the strut over the ball mounts." You must remove the retaining clips first. Once installed, works great.
June 03, 2019
Item was easy to install once I realized I had to remove the pins on the top of the struts to fit over the ball. Very strong struts, supports the hood well.
June 01, 2019
Good looking product. Easy to install, but a little tricky getting the struts popped on the mounts. Great price
May 23, 2019
OEM fit and look. Easy so install and can't beat the price
May 19, 2019
Hood strut kit
The install went fairly well, only about 20 mins. The instructions looked like they were a photo copy of the original and they were poor quality . The photos were so dark you could not see what was going on. All said and done they look great an works great.
May 17, 2019
I would recommend this for anyone working on there car 100 percent satisfied.
May 09, 2019
looks great, lifts hood with ease. instruction paper pictures could be a little clearer, and don't forget to oil bolts on hood before loosening nuts.
April 29, 2019
The hood struts not only work good but look good and it only took me about 20 minutes to install! Highly recommend for anybody looking to get hood stuts on their mustang.
April 24, 2019
Easy and straight forward install with step by step instructions. Holds the hood very well and sturdy. Defanantly worth the price.
April 24, 2019
MMD Bolt On Hood Strut Kit
MMD Bolt On Hood Strut Kit - Black (99-04 All) Perfect fit, easy installation. Works as advertised.
April 20, 2019
Hood Strut Kit
Fit perfect and is able to keep the stock hood up.
April 20, 2019
Easy to install. works great! This was to replace struts I bought 7 years ago.Better than having the hood come down on your head
April 17, 2019
MMD bolt on hood strut kit.
I found it easier to install if you unscrew the one end piece of the strut and attach it to the ball which was installed on the side of the fender. Then screw the strut back onto the end piece attached to the inside of the fender. Then attach the top piece of the strut onto the ball which was attached to the hood. Made installation so much easier. Total time to attach both struts about 20 minutes. Struts perform as intended and looks good as well.