Hood Struts - Which Ones?

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  1. tom_sprecher

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    After doing some searching I like the Redline and the MRT units. The two have different angles for the struts. The MRT installation video shows using the two hood bolts for the upper mount, but the installation instructions show only using one. Redline has lengthened the upper bracket to reduce hood flexing but the MRT is long as well.

    Anybody have any experience with both or prefer one over the other?
     
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    Redline, the owner is a Ford Engineer.

    Have Redline on three cars, Mustang, Escape, and Acura, zero issues.
     
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    Same here, have the redlines and love them, they work awesome and open the hood about as far as it can go. One has to notch out the rubber battery cover to get the one strut hinge clearance but it's no big deal. Also if your hood didn't have proper alignment from the factory and some don't you may have to loosen the second set of nuts of the main hood hinges to get the struts installed, then you sort have to realign the hood which took me like 30 minutes but maybe that's just me being dopey, lol.

    Terry :cheers:
     
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    Redline Tuning, all day every day!
     
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    Glad they updated the hood support. Going to order those form the site since I have the original 2015 kit. Is the only difference between the Plus and Elite the finish on the struts? I can't find anything else different from looking at their site.
     
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    redline. even work on aftermarket hoods...oh and my car will be at their booth at mustang week!

    27589580814_efb38fe583_b.jpg20160709_180944 by Threefiddie, on Flickr
     
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    Uh, yeah, but the long bracket is on the wrong side of the anchor point. So it is not as effective as Redline's.

    GTP, BSME
     
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    MRT here and no complaints.
     
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    I was torn between the Redline and the MMD's.
    I ended up going with the MMD's and installed them today for 2 reasons, rather minor reasons:

    1) They sit back farther than the Redline and I like being able to have less of an obstruction toward the firewall, not like there is a need to do much that far back.
    2) They cost me less :)

    Downside:

    Since you are loosening BOTH bolts on the brace I advise that you carefully mark and measure your gaps and even mark the brace location with a Sharpee or a scribe so that you can match it back up later. It took me 30-40 minutes to get it back to where it was. Other than that it's a vast improvement over the prop rod! Prop Rod.jpg
     
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    That's nice looking. Whatever you do OP, don't get the Scott Drake hood struts. That was a mistake on my part. Spent hours trying to adjust the hood but it wound never close right. It would bulge up on the sides where the struts were. I had high hopes of this solving the hood shake. I ended up having to drill out one of their soft ass screws that stripped even though I used a 4mm Allen wrench like the instructions said. I ended up putting my redlines from the wrecked car on. All is well now.
     
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    I've got the RedLine on mine too. Very awesome..! Quick and easy install as well.
     
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    I purchased the black Redline struts. They went on smoothly and operate well.
     
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    Love my Steeda hood struts. They have extra metal at the mounting points to support the hood. Better system to secure the fender side as well.
     
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    Dave Steeda hood struts were one of my first upgrades (Nov., 2015). Straight forward install, no alignment or hood bulging issues. Work like a factory install. A little more expensive but not budget breaking for a quality product!
     
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    yep I have them also,
     
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    Just bought a set of Red Line original black struts. From what I have read I'm sure I will be happy. Just need a little time to install them. :D
     
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    Redline without a doubt!

    Perfect fit, perfect operation, looks great, awesome customer service, cost 25% less, and 4-5 year warranty.

    Don't know what else you could look for!
     
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    #20 Redline Tuning, Jul 14, 2016
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    Let me explain the benefits of our system:

    1) Warranty: We have a 4 year warranty for our PLUS system and a 5 year warranty on our ELITE system. This includes all the components in our system including the gas springs. Other companies only offer a 1 year warranty.

    2) Fit and finish: All of our brackets are Zinc plated and then Black powder coated. The bolts in our system are Stainless steel and then coated black, this offers the ultimate in corrosion protection. The aluminum inserts we use in our fender bracket assemblies are anodized red, even though you will never see them once installed, we want them to be the best. :thumbsup:

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    3) Extras included :
    a. Detailed full color instruction manual with every system.
    b. Plastic drill guide for exact location. (Other companies give a piece of paper you have to cut out yourself)

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    c. ¾” Step bit to make a perfect hole in the battery cover (Not included with other companies kits).

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    4) Price: You get all the things mentioned above and our Hood QuickLIFT system costs 25% less! :thumbsup:

    There really is no comparison!

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    http://www.redlinetuning.com/Redline-Tuning-2015-Ford-Mustang-Hood-QuickLIFT-p/21-11028-02.htm

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    http://www.redlinetuning.com/Redline-Tuning-2015-Ford-Mustang-Hood-QuickLIFT-p/21-11028-03.htm
     
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