How To: Install Mustang Hood Struts (05-14 All)

Posted 9/30/2015 by Landan Durham

Ditch that annoying prop rod once and for all with SVE's hood strut kits for your S197 Mustang!

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SVE Hood Strut Kit

Let’s face it, just about all of us hate working around the prop rod when we open our hood. Luckily for you S197 owners, the folks over at SVE developed a budget friendly hood strut to ditch that awful prop rod once-and-for-all.

The SVE hood struts will be available in either a chrome plated or black powder coated finish that will offer years of durability. I don’t know about any of you, but the less I have to drill holes into my car to make something fit, all the better. Both of the SVE hood strut kits feature 100% bolt-on installation, and absolutely no drilling is required.


Required Tools

  • 1/4" Socket Wrench
  • 10mm Shallow Socket

Installation Instructions

  1. To begin installation, support the hood via the prop rod.
  2. On the passenger side, loosen the rear-most fender bolt with a 10mm socket.
  3. Locate the included bracket marked “P-L”, this is the passenger side lower bracket.
  4. Position it onto the fender and reinstall the previously removed bolt.
  5. This is where assistance from a buddy will help.
  6. Support the back of the hood and remove the upper hood hinge bolt.
  7. Loosen but do not completely remove the lower bolt.
  8. The upper bracket is designed to slide into the lower bolt.
  9. Locate the included bracket marked “P-U”, this is the passenger side upper bracket.
  10. This can only go one way; position it over the hood hinge bracket and re-tighten the bolts.
  11. The body of the strut will be on the bottom.
  12. Snap the clip into the eyelet on the bracket.
  13. Do the same for the top.
  14. Repeat these steps for the other side.
  15. These plates will be marked “D-L” and “D-U” for the driver side lower and driver side upper.
  16. When you are finished, removal of the hood prop rod is optional.
  17. Double check everything, and you’re all done.

SVE Hood Strut Kits

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Published on 2015-09-24
The SVE hood struts will be available in either a chrome plated or black powder coated finish that will offer years of durability. I don’t know about any of you guys, but the less I have to drill holes into my car to make something fit, all the better. Both of these kits feature 100% bolt-on installation, and absolutely no drilling is required.

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