I've had the Ford Performance hood struts on my 2018 GT for over 6 months now with no issue whatsoever.
Brackets fitted perfectly & no raising of the bonnet either. Only issue was moving the hose to the windscreen washers as it was being pinched.
I stick to the speed limit on motorways and throw it about in 2nd & 3rd on the A roads around where I live. I like to push the speed, but never if there are other cars around.
Some days I just want to pootle about, but always on the speed limit. I get extremely frustrated by those who drive well...
I too have the rattle first thing on start up which seems to be somewhere just below the steering column. I've put it down to cold mornings here in Scotland and the fact I have to drive on cobbled streets to get to work. Same noise is non-existent once the cat warms up. My local dealer suggested...
Just back from Oz and would also like to note that the correct amount/type of oil was put in. Good all round service from my local dealer.
I was also relieved to hear no difference in engine noise, which was something I was concerned about so much that I recorded a clip before putting the car in...
I've renewed this week with NFU Mutual for 400 and change. Tried the usual spots when I was going to add stripes and the price went up around 200 notes at least from previous quotes. Rang NFU mutual and it was added to the insurance with no increase whatsoever.
Had them sitting around for some time and wasn't sure if they fitted as had mixed responses. No issue with fit though and not seen any difference in hood height.
I thought the sticker was on the wrong way around but wasn't sure. Will mention it next week when I take the car in.