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2015-2018 Mustang Redline Tuning Hood Strut - Review & Install
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Published on 2014-12-16
Eliminate Your Hood Prop Rod.
If you want to get rid of that annoying hood prop rod and give you more room to work on your motor, these 2015-2018 Mustang hood struts from Redline Quicklift are the perfect solution. These hood supports mount to your S550 fenders and hood to hold up your hood while giving you more clearance under your hood. Adding a set of hood shocks can also assist in opening and closing your hood! A great upgrade for any S550 Mustang, this kit will definitely make your Stang stand out at your next car show!
The Redline Quicklift hood struts are made from black e-coated, custom-valved gas springs designed to lift your S550 hood with ease. These struts feature a progressive, slow release system which uses the gas springs to slow down extending rate, allowing for a fluid lifting process.
The Redline Quicklift hood struts are made from 316L polished Stainless Steel, custom-valved gas springs designed to lift your S550 hood with ease. These struts feature a progressive, slow release system which uses the gas springs to slow down extending rate, allowing for a fluid lifting process.
- Does not fit GT350.
Application: 2015-2018 Mustang GT, V6, Ecoboost with stock or Cervini hood
Plus Hood Struts:
Item # LRS-211102802
MPN # 21-11028-02
Elite Hood Struts:
Item # LRS-211102803
MPN # 21-11028-03
What's up everyone. Landan with latemodelrestoration.com. If you've opened the hood on your 2015 Mustang, you're probably scratching your head as to why Ford still uses a prop rod. Because honestly, I'm thinking the exact same thing.
No worries. The folks over at Red Line Tuning offer two great solutions to rid that out-of-date, annoying prop rod. Each kit installs effortlessly, features powder-coated hardware, and are available in a plus or elite option.
The plus offers a black e-coated finish, whereas the elite will be made from type-316L polished stainless steel. Each hood strut will feature a progressive, slow-release system, which uses the gas springs to slow down the extending right, allowing for a fluid lifting process.
Both the plus and elite hood struts will fit all 2015 EcoBoost, V6, and 5.0 mustangs. Now, let's go ahead and show you how to install your Red Line Tuning hood struts onto your 2015 Mustang.
With the hood open, start by locating the oval shaped hole near the top of the fender on the driver's side. Next, slide one of the included bolts into the fender bracket. Then, thread one of the red inserts onto the bolt with the flat end facing toward the bracket. Be sure and leave some room between the bolt and bracket so you can carefully tilt and slide the red insert into the hole in the fender. Make sure the ball stood on the bracket is facing towards the outside the car. Pull up on the bracket and tighten the bolt with the 13 millimeter socket.
Still working on the driver's side, locate the hood hinge and remove the top nut with a 13 millimeter socket. Using the included left-hand hood bracket, slide it over the stud and rotate it clockwise until it touches the outer flange on the hood hinge. Then, tighten down the factory nut.
Next, install the body portion of the hood strut on the ball stud at the hood hinge. Then, release the prop rod and install the lower portion of the hood strut onto the ball stud at the fender. Be sure and remember to secure the hood prop when finished with the driver side.
Moving to the passenger side, start by installing the hood bracket the same way you do on the driver's side. To access the fender hole on the passenger side, the battery cover will have to be removed. Start by removing the push pin closest to the fender. Then, align the included plastic drill guide with the outer edge of the battery cover and reinstall the push pin. Hold down the plastic guide and place a mark through the small hole with a center punch. Since it requires a 3/4 inch hole, I would recommend starting with a smaller but first. We chose to use a 3/8 inch bit as our pilot hole. Be careful not to apply too much pressure on the battery cover when drilling.
Once the hole is drilled, remove the two other push pins holding the battery cover down the same way you did the first one. Remove the battery cover and clean up the drilled hole with a countersink bit or file. Then, install the fender bracket the same way as the driver's side, with the ball stud facing toward the outside of the car. Reinstall the battery cover and push pins.
Install the hood strut the same way as the driver's side, and then you're all finished. Installation should take you about 15 to 20 minutes, and can be done right in your garage. For more helpful 2015 Mustang how-to's, be sure and subscribe to our YouTube channel and pick up your Red Line Tuning hood struts from latemodelrestoration.com.