December 29, 2013
Hood Bracket Required Some Grinding to Fit
Once installed, the chrome MMD Hood Strut Kit looks and works great.
Although I order the correct 94-98 kit for my 96 Cobra, and the box label read 94-98, I did have to cut and grind approximately 3/16" of material off of the chrome hood bracket, locally in the area of the strut mounting ball, to get the bracket to bolt-up flush with the stock '96 Cobra hood frame. It is important to check this fit-up prior to torqueing down the hood mounting nuts! It would be very easy to over torque the mounting nuts in an attempt to pull the bracket flush with the hood frame and risk pulling the hood mounting studs out of your hood and/or reverse 'denting' the top side of your hood from the pressure of the bracket's intruding edge below. Not sure whether this is an issue for the stock 94-98 V6 or GT hoods.
I actually purchased two (2) of these 94-98 chrome kits. Interestingly, the second chrome 94-98 kit fit my 03 Cobra perfectly with no modifications needed. Comparing the two cars, I noticed that the hood frame on my 03 Cobra was approximately 1/4" 'taller' than the 96's thereby providing more clearance for the strut's hood bracket... perfect fit! Correspondingly, the fender lip on the '03 is set approximately 1/4' 'deeper' than the '96's. Guess that is another hood/fender difference between the SN95 and New Edge designs.
Note: Both of my cars have Maximum Motorsport's 4-bolt caster/camber plates; no interference on either.
As others have noted, the strut cylinders themselves are painted silver. i.e., not chrome plated.
Bottom line: Once on, these MMD chrome struts work great and are great looking. Thanks, American Muscle.
Mark S in Warminster, PA