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Going to purchase hood struts I dont mind drilling just wondering which are the strongest holding as I thought I saw were some were not that strong

 

i installed CJ Pony parts,as did several other TS members.Easy to install. no drilling, come painted if you want---do a search on hood lifts if you want to see pics--i think mullens was the poster

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I would recommend nothing short of Red Line. While they require drilling, They have stood the test of many a windy day at the track (including the windiest one, which was at the Bash in 2009). There is a thread on the Forum about them. Struts seem to be a real difficult piece for some reason. Certainly listen to anyone who is satisfied with what they have but, typically, you are going to have a better set up if you drill (it took me more than a minute to get up the courage to drill that first hole). Good luck with this. Why our cars did not come with struts is really the question, isn't it.

 

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+1 to the above two posters. Redline Elites are very nice struts. I too struggled to drill the holes but it was worth it. Just take your time. I placed painters tape on the car to mark off my distances (to ensure equal pressure and hood height) and always checked myself 10x before making a hole. The result was awesome. They are very strong. The balance point seems to be about 8-12in from full closure.

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i installed CJ Pony parts,as did several other TS members.Easy to install. no drilling, come painted if you want---do a search on hood lifts if you want to see pics--i think mullens was the poster

+1 on those. They look the best and are a breeze to install.

 

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+1 to the above two posters. Redline Elites are very nice struts. I too struggled to drill the holes but it was worth it. Just take your time. I placed painters tape on the car to mark off my distances (to ensure equal pressure and hood height) and always checked myself 10x before making a hole. The result was awesome. They are very strong. The balance point seems to be about 8-12in from full closure.

 

 

 

+4....Redlines look the best, other poster has been misinformed :happy feet: Very happy with my Elites. Hardest part is drilling the first hole.

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+4....Redlines look the best, other poster has been misinformed :happy feet: Very happy with my Elites. Hardest part is drilling the first hole.

 

I find the redlines to large and intrusive into the engine bay. Plus you have to drill into the hood. Why not use a less intrusive strut that requires no drilling? I made the right choice for my car. But whatever. I suggest the OP goes to a car show...has a look around and goes for what ever suits him the best. There was a time when the drill only struts were your only option...but not anymore.

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I find the redlines to large and intrusive into the engine bay. Plus you have to drill into the hood. Why not use a less intrusive strut that requires no drilling? I made the right choice for my car. But whatever. I suggest the OP goes to a car show...has a look around and goes for what ever suits him the best. There was a time when the drill only struts were your only option...but not anymore.

 

 

 

I was just yankin your chain....no harm meant. I am sure you made the right choice for your car which is why you would recommend them to someone else. The Redlines are right for me and are not intrusive. They have never "been in the way" while I am working under the hood.

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The Redlines are right for me and are not intrusive. They have never "been in the way" while I am working under the hood.

 

Tell me about it when you go to change your spark plugs. Just sayin'.

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Thanks for the info guys It doesnt bother me to drill I'm a knuckle dragging sprinkler fitter (fire protection) the main thing is weather they hold up as I have struts on my work truck bins and some have gone south, and yes it is a shame they dont come stock hell even my collapsible pipe machine has struts.

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I would recommend nothing short of Red Line. While they require drilling, They have stood the test of many a windy day at the track (including the windiest one, which was at the Bash in 2009). There is a thread on the Forum about them. Struts seem to be a real difficult piece for some reason. Certainly listen to anyone who is satisfied with what they have but, typically, you are going to have a better set up if you drill (it took me more than a minute to get up the courage to drill that first hole). Good luck with this. Why our cars did not come with struts is really the question, isn't it.

 

Jim

 

 

 

+1 I installed mine in 45 min, mainly because l measured everything twice before l drilled, but the install was well explain and fairly simple. Shame on Ford for not putting these inslapfight.gif

Good Luck

 

 

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The Redline Elite's are the way to go...

I love mine, and they never have a problem holding up the hood, even on the windiest days.

The drilling is NO BIG DEAL, very easy. You will def need a rivet gun too....

 

I also believe they are the ONLY hood struts out there with a 5-year warranty

Good luck.

GUS

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Structurally, the redline type hood strut is the best design. I have them as well and have had good luck at car shows on a windy day with the hood up.

The other designs you show, from what I can gather from the numerous posts on this subject, are noted as having a moderate failure rate.

In this case, one has to decide that function is far more critical than looks. Sometimes parts capture both qualities....but not always.

 

IS

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Structurally, the redline type hood strut is the best design. I have them as well and have had good luck at car shows on a windy day with the hood up.

The other designs you show, from what I can gather from the numerous posts on this subject, are noted as having a moderate failure rate.

In this case, one has to decide that function is far more critical than looks. Sometimes parts capture both qualities....but not always.

 

IS

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While I am aware of the drilled Red Line struts, I'm not interested in drilling holes in my hood or having a hood strut be in the way of places like the battery and brake MC and therefore I'm looking at either the CJPP or MRT struts. I'm not aware of the failure rates you are speaking of, but noting that these two use existing mounting points, I would not be worried. Thanks for the input though.

 

Thoughts anyone else?

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