How To Install MRT Hood Struts On 2010 & Up Ford Mustangs

MRT’s hood struts are one of the most useful mods you can do to your Ford Mustang. The stock prop rod is cheap & flimsy & doesn’t belong on a car like the Mustang. Many new luxury & performance cars come with hood strut systems from the factory, this simple mod will make opening your hood easier and quicker, a useful tool for those who work on their Mustangs on a regular basis. You can find this black MRT Hood Strut Kit on StangMods by clicking the following link: MRT Black Hood Strut Kit

For this install you will need a couple of tools. They are:  a 10mm socket wrench, razor cutter or scissors, flat head screwdriver, extra set of hands to help support the hood when adding the strut brackets.

Start by locating the fender bolt closest to the hood of the car, remove this 10mm bolt, place the lower bracket there & tighten it down. The RH side is the passenger side, LH is the drivers side. Each bracket in the kit is engraved with either RH or LH.

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After the lower brackets are in place it’s time to install the upper brackets. You may want to grab a friend to help with this step. Remove the upper 10mm bolt and LOOSTEN the lower one just enough to slide the braket under the head of the lower bolt. Reinstall the upper bolt once the lower part of the bracket is fastened by the lower bolt.

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Once the brackets on both sides of the hood/vehicle are installed and tightened, install the struts! You can now ditch the prop rod for good, you can even unbolt it’s bracket & throw it in the trash, up to you!

The steps above complete the install process on 05-09 Mustangs. If you have a 2010 and newer model you’ll need to modify the sound tube located on the driver’s side. This is required to give the hood strut clearance.

Start by removing the lower rubber bushing under the plastic bracket. There is a small metal guide for the bolt pressed through this bushing, you can remove it with a flathead screwdriver Do not throw this away as it will be reused. Once the rubber bracket has been removed, cut about half an inch out of the center of the rubber bushing as marked by the red lines in the photo below.

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After you’ve cut the bushing install everything backwards like shown below. The U clip that the bolt originally threaded into must be installed on the bottom of all of this.

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Once everything is lined up, bolt it down like shown below. All done!

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Now you have an attractive, useful mod that’ll give you more clearance while providing a nice visual upgrade . For more information on MRT’s Hood Strut Kits, follow this link: http://www.stangmods.com/MRT-Hood-Struts-05-13-Mustangs-p/00109.htm

How To Install MRT’s Mustang Hood Strut Kits

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.

Tools Needed:

  • 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