(approx) 1 Hour
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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- How to Install RedLine Tuning Hood QuickLIFT PLUS System on your Mustang
Hey guys, Adam here with americanmuscle.com. Today we're taking a quick look at and installing the Redline Tuning QuickLift PLUS Hood Strut System available for the '05 to '14 Mustang. Now once you have your hood latch lifted, its really easy to use, they're really stylish, and they're a great option for the guys out there owning an S197, looking to replace that in the way and kind of ugly factory hood prop here. Now you can leave it down here and just tuck it underneath but now with these new hood struts, there's absolutely no reason to pull that out of place. As you just saw, I used two fingers to pop this up and it's got a slow progressive release system. That means it's coming up very gently and when it reaches the top it slows down even more until it's fully in its upright position. Putting it back down again, just as simple. It's got a slowly gonna go right back down into the latch. For the pair you can get them for just under 100 bucks, they come with a gloss black finish and the Redline Tuning logo, vinyled right on the side. They're extremely easy to remove if you ever want to go back to that factory hood prop but honestly, in my opinion, there will be no need to do that. These are super easy to use, they're very stylish, and they're a great and convenient option to replace that factory hood problem. Now as far as the installation is concerned one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter, it'll take you about 30 to 45 minutes at the most. Simple hand tools required like a ratchet and a 10-millimeter deep socket. And I'm gonna show you guys how it gets done, so let's get to it. To get started with the install, you'll wanna make sure that you're leaving on your factory hood prop because you have to hold the hood up some way while you're installing your hood struts and then we can come back to that later on. Now to kick off installing the actual hood struts themselves, we're gonna start off with our ball stud retainer and our conical washer. That's gonna go into the pre-drilled hole on the edge of our hood frame on the inside. And that hole has been pre-drilled so that you'll slide in that conical washer and twist this on, tightening it down on both sides. I'm gonna start on the passenger side but I do wanna point out, if you wanna untwist this and unthread it about halfway on that stud, leaving some room so that this doesn't fall into the hood but also giving you enough room to slide it into the hole. So let me show you what I'm talking about. All right, starting here on the edge of the hood, you wanna work your way up from that hood bracket, to the first hole on the edge of the inside of that hood. With this halfway threaded backwards making sure that this is not going to fall off, you wanna insert the edging into that pre-drilled hole and latch it on the inside. Now you'll see you have a lot of play with this since we're on the passenger side, we're gonna put this as close to the outside of the passenger side as possible. On the driver's side, we'll do the opposite. So since we're on this side, we're gonna go ahead and twist this in to tighten it down, making sure it's on as far to the left as possible toward the passenger side. Since it's tightened down by hand, we're gonna repeat this for the opposite side then come back down and tighten them down with our ratchet. All right, same process here for the driver's side, I've got it threaded halfway off making sure it won't fall out into the hood. Blast that in, pull it all the way to the driver's side. And we're gonna twist this down. Now when you're twisting it to tighten it you might have to pull against it to put enough pressure to get it to stop spinning and actually tighten on the threading. And now that we have it inside, I'm gonna go ahead and tighten this down with our hand. Grab our 15-millimeter deep socket and tighten this down. Now we're gonna grab our 0.5-inch deep socket and tighten these down. All right, right underneath of the stud we just installed, we're gonna put in one of our fender brackets. Now we have to remove the fender bolt sitting next to that oval-shaped opening here. You're gonna use your 10-millimeter socket to get that off, the bracket is gonna sit right over that hole and you're going to tighten down that factory bolt. That'll sit right over the top of that threaded hole and you're gonna put that bolt right back into place. All right, repeat that same thing for the other side. All right, we got our 10-millimeter socket, we're gonna remove the bolt on our driver side fender, put in our new bracket, and tighten the bolt right back down to its factory location. All right, now we can move on to the next step. The last steps here now that we have our fender brackets in place, is to set our hood struts into place so we can get this foot prop out of the way. So what we're gonna do is put our extended end on the bottom here on our fender. We've got to snap it into place firmly. Now there's metal retaining clips in that stud there that you'll have to snap through. And if you ever wanted to remove them, you just use a flat-head screwdriver to pry up on that metal clip. So we're gonna firmly press them into place, it might take a little elbow grease. Then we're gonna lift up on our hood to line up our top end to snap it into the ball stud up here, so let's get to it. All right, now we can do the same thing for the other side. That's gonna wrap up my review and install of the Redline Tuning QuickLift PLUS Hood Strut System, available for the '05 to '14 Mustang. And you can get yours right here at americanmuscle.com.
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May 13, 2020
Great struts and easy to install.
The install was almost straight forward. Just had to relocate the cabin tube bracket to below the ledge. All said very easy.Helpful (0)
May 10, 2020
Just installed the Redline quick lift hood struts. Total time less than 20 minutes to install, works great and looks bitchin on my 08 Bullitt. Would highly recommend them.Helpful (0)
May 07, 2020
These are great and worth the money.
I got these about two weeks ago and install them. Now I don’t have to use that ugly pop rod that gets in my way. The install is easy and they are stable to the point where I never have to think that they will fail my hood. Worth every penny!Helpful (0)
May 03, 2020
Made such a difference in the hood !took maybe 15 minutes . Took me longer to get tools than than the install!Helpful (0)
April 26, 2020
5 to 10 minutes tops!
Literally one of the most useful, and easiest install projects you can do for your mustang. Very quick and easy to install, and the struts work great. Clean, simple, and easy kit. Nicely priced. You won't regret it.Helpful (0)
April 14, 2020
Easy to install, fit well and work great even w a cervine hood and ram air adaptor on hood.Helpful (0)
December 25, 2019
Got these after the MMD ones had a defect. These went on perfect, have had 0 problems since. Look way better than the factory prop-rodHelpful (2)
October 15, 2019
Money well spent!!
Very easy to install,(took less than 10 min) and it should have been standard on ALL mustangs.The hood prop just doesnt cut it.The hood raises super smooth and slow and nothing is in the way when you're working under the hood.I highly recommend these to everyone.Get rid of that hood prop PRONTO!!Helpful (5)
October 14, 2019
Looks Factory and works great!
Easy 15 minute installation. Hood opens and closes smoothly. Looks factory.Helpful (2)
October 04, 2019
Stettler Scotts review
Look good and work well, easy to instal. Have to put in a couple rivetsHelpful (1)
Will these work with a Cervini Cobra R Hood (2014 Model)
Yes these will work with a Cervini Cobra R hood, you just want to be sure to select the option for an aftermarket hood.
Will I have to remove or relocate the sound tube to install the drivers-side Redline Hood strut?
The RedLine Tuning Hood QuickLIFT PLUS System will be able to be installed without having to remove or relocate your sound tube.
What is the pound rating on the aftermarket and the factory? I have the " 98610 - SpeedForm Venom Hood - Unpainted (10-12 GT, V6)" that AM used to sell in 2017. I have the "41283 - MMD Bolt On Hood Strut Kit - Chrome (05-14 All) Item #: 41283" that I bought from AM. They don't hold the hood if the temp is onder 50 degree inside or out!
It looks like part of the sound tube assembly is in the way on the drivers side on my 2011 GT. Do you need to do a sound tube delete before installing these?
No, these require no modification for install, save drilling holes and such if you have an aftermarket hood.
Hello, Could you post more information for the RedLine tuning hood QuickLIFT plus system for after market hoods? I did not realize that with my after market hood I would have to drill holes into my hood and use rivets to hold the top bracket for the struts, maybe even have a second video. Thanks Cos
We would recommend ordering the stock hood option. The aftermarket kit would include rivets due to having different mounting locations than the stock hood but the struts would be the same for the lift system.
If the hood on your vehicle meets all the original specifications as the factory, then you will want the hood strut indicated for the "Factory Hood".
If you were looking on grabbing an aftermarket hood in the near future I would suggest selecting item 390387-B as this is the option of struts which are designed specifically to support aftermarket hoods.
Yes, these hood struts do have an option that would work with aftermarket hoods.
Yes, this kit will support an aftermarket steel hood. You will need to select the aftermarket hood option so we can ship you the correct kit.
If you are using a Cervinis 4in cowl hood on your Mustang, You will want to select the "Aftermarket Hood" Option when adding this item to your cart. This will allow the additional support for heavier aftermarket hoods.
The QuickLIFT PLUS System is available and will work for both factory or aftermarket hoods.
They offer two options as aftermarket hood will generally weigh a few more pounds than the factory hoods. The after market option will also offer a variety of mounting positions for all sorts of brands offered. The factory style struts are simple bolt on specifically designed to hold the weight of the hood perfectly!
Hey Michael, We do not have a redline hood strut system that fits GT350s
This RedLine Tuning Hood QuickLIFT PLUS System is designed to only be used with the 10-14 Mustangs equipped with the factory or optional aftermarket hood. You would want to specifically look for hood struts designed for the 15-17 Mustangs.
(approx) 1 Hour
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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