Whether you’re tuning your engine or just doing a scheduled oil change, you need a solid way to hold the hood up as you work. MRT hood struts are the original no-drill hood strut that’s functional, rugged, stylish and ridiculously easy to install. Replacing the flimsy factory prop rod with this sturdy lift support improves garage safety while adding a performance look that is sure to impress at racetracks and car shows. And you won’t have to sully your machine by drilling holes in the hood. Get a set of MRT hood struts for your Bronco, Explorer, Maverick, Mustang or Focus and see why they’re an effective aftermarket upgrade over OEM.
We carry handcrafted hood struts for every generation of Mustang along with newer Focus, Explorer, Bronco and Maverick models. Get an MRT hood strut kit for any Mustang, including rarer models like the GT350. These struts use OEM hood attachment points and can be installed in 15 minutes or less using just a 10mm wrench. You don’t even need extra bolts. The strut brackets are made of high-quality steel that will last through countless maintenance and modding projects. If your vehicle has an aftermarket hood, call us at 734-455-5807 give us the hood’s weight. We’ll supply the right strut cylinder size so it will function like a factory hood strut.
A set of no-drill hood struts is an affordable DIY way to raise up the performance and style of both street and show cars. All MRT lift support parts are made in the USA at our Plymouth, MI headquarters for car guys like us. We quality inspect our products at least four times before shipping approval so you know they’re high quality. The struts and brackets come standard with a durable matte black finish — but for an additional fee, we can custom-paint your brackets in more than 30 colors from school bus yellow to sonic blue. Click on the strut for your model year to find detailed installation instructions and much more.
Hood Struts FAQs
What are the benefits of adding hood strut kit?
- Clean, underhood appearance
- Don’t have to work around or hit your head (!) on the engine prop rod
- Easy open and easy lift to perform routine maintenance
Will removing the engine prop rod provide a weight savings?
- Not necessarily
- You are replacing a simple rod with 4 brackets – 2 for the hood passenger and driver side and 2 for the fender passenger and driver side
Can I use a kit designed for the OE stock Mustang, Explorer, Focus or Bronco when I have an aftermarket hood?
- No – the kit uses pressurized gas cylinders to support the hood weight. Too much pressure on a light hood, could cause bulging or alignment issues and too little pressure could cause the hood to fall.
Does hood alignment change when you add hood struts to replace prop rod?
- It can...depends on when the car was made
- What cause an alignment issue: dimensional variability stack up of the hood to A-pillar to cowl to fender intersection point
- Older vehicles (think pre-2000) where variability was less controlled, OEM’s used a slotted hole design on the hoods for adjustment to maintain hood to fender alignment.
- On newer vehicles, computer modeling, 6 Sigma techniques and craftsmanship models have significantly reduced the dimensional stack up variability and therefore, hood alignment issues
What makes a good hood strut or hood lift?
- Do it yourself installation
- OEM grade material finish and gas cylinders
- Design that doesn’t alter the OE metal, change the vehicle load path or modify performance of OEM components