In this write-up we go over the installation process of MRT’s hood strut kit. The paper instructions provided with the kit are helpful, but the black and white pictures are difficult to decifer. While installation is fairly straightforward, it is important to take notice of the orientation of each bracket. The pictures in the write-up aim to make the whole process a little easier.
- 10mm Socket Wrench
The first step is to remove the bolt on the fender using your 10MM socket. There are two bolts in the same vicinity. Remove only the bolt that is circled below.
Keep in mind that we are working on the passenger side of the vehicle. Also, you should work on only one side of the vehicle at a time. Take the small bracket labeled RH and install it where you removed the bolt in the previous step. The correct orientation of the bracket will have the ball pointing in towards the engine bay.
Now, we will be removing the bolt holding the hood onto the stock hood hinge. Again, there are two bolts in close quarters. Remove only the bulb that is shown circled below.
Next, loosen the bolt (DO NOT REMOVE IT COMPLETELY) directly beneath the one you just removed in the previous step. We have it pointed out in the picture below.
Here we show the bolt loosened just enough to prepare for the installation of another bracket.
Now take the longer bracket also labeled RH (since we are working on the passenger side) and slide the open end down under the bottom bolt that was loosened in the previous step. You’ll want to line up the bracket before bolting it in place. Ensure that the top hole on the bracket is lined up with the hole on the hinge.
Once everything is lined up, re-install the top bolt but do not overtighten. This will fully secure the new long bracket to your hood. Take note of the orientation of the long bracket. The ball should be facing outwards as shown below.
You are now 99% complete done with the passenger side and you can repeat the steps above for the driver side. Remember that you are installing the brackets correctly when the ball on the small bracket faces in towards the engine bay and the ball on the long bracket faces out away from the vehicle.
Once you have the driver’s side brackets in place, you will be installing the struts to complete the installation. Starting on either side, attach the thinner portion of the strut to the lower bracket. You simply have to snap the open end onto the ball. Then, lift up the hood with your hand so that you can attach the thicker end of the strut onto the hood hinge bracket as shown below. Again, you just have to snap the open end of the strut onto the ball. Repeat the process on the other side and you are done!
The MRT hood struts will not only do away with the ugly hood prop rod, but you will also gain valuable working space underneath the hood of your Stang! You can purchase your hood struts by following the link at: http://www.stangmods.com/MRT-Hood-Strut-Kit-p/00654.htm