California Pony Cars Hood Strut Kit NXT Generation GT500 2007-2014/V6 and GT 2011-2014/Boss 302 2012-2013

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California Pony Cars NXT Generation Hood Strut Kit for 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Shelby GT500s, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 V6 and GT Mustangs and 2012-2013 Boss 302 Mustangs.

This hood strut kit will eliminate your factory prop rod and dress up the engine bay. This kit is a simple bolt-on that requires no drilling! California Pony Cars manufactures high quality products that set the "Industry Standard" for quality, fit, form and function.

Hood struts make opening your hood much easier and safer. Once hood struts are installed, there is no need for that annoying prop rod that always gets in the way. Working under the hood will also be simpler as you won't have to maneuver around the hood prop. California Pony Cars' hood strut kit should be one of the first modifications on the way to a cleaner underhood area.

California Pony Cars created this kit for the basic mechanic. The kit simply bolts-on with no drilling or permanent modification required. A few bolts are loosened and removed to install the brackets and a windshield washer connection needs removed. Basic hand tools are needed for installation which means you can install the hood struts in your own garage or driveway.

Kit Includes:
- Pair of Two Gas Struts
- Pair of Upper Brackets
- Pair of Lower Brackets
- Installation Instructions

Available unpainted, triple chrome plated, with a hydrocarbon look, or pre-painted in many of the factory Ford colors. The two digit code after each color in the drop down menu is the Ford paint code. Please verify your Mustang's paint code prior to ordering.

*California Pony Car NXT Generation hood struts are meant for the weight of a stock hood. If you have an aftermarket hood, check with the manufacturer to confirm whether hood struts will work.

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Installation Instructions


Difficulty: Easy

Mustang Applications

This product will fit the following Ford Mustang years:

Product Reviews

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California Pony Cars Hood Strut Kit NXT Generation GT500 2007-2014/V6 and GT 2011-2014/Boss 302 2012-2013 is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 2.
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Looks good, but doesn't work very well I bought these so they would match the paint on my 2013 GT. They look good installed, but don't hold the hood up very well. I was at a car show and a swift breeze blew the hood down. Luckily, no one was under the hood when it happened. Makes me a little nervous using them on a windy day. I saw a hood lift at the same car show from another company (Redline Tuning) that mounts the gas spring up higher and the hood was very stable in the wind. I may get rid of these and try the Redline hood lift kit.
Date published: 2015-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect match and Perfect performance These are very simple to install. They match the under hood paint perfectly. Once installed they work effortlessly. These are a must for every mustang. The factory hood prop is way too old school for any newer car. These give you more room under the hood and make showing off your engine mods as simple as popping the hood.
Date published: 2015-01-23
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Product Questions


Hi, I'm looking for Ruby Red Metallic (RR) for this particular hood support strut kit. Do you have that?

Asked by: George41
We don't in that kit. The Lava Red option is probably the closest, but won't be an exact match. HDGL25-V has a few other red options that might be closer to Ruby Red, but that product isn't available in Ruby Red. You could always pay to have it painted in that color, or go with a generic color (black, chrome, aluminum).
Answered by: CJ Pony Parts
Date published: 2015-03-20

I noticed on american muscle that they have a hood strut kit that says you need to cut into some plastic to instal their hood struts. For a 2012 mustang GT are there ANY other steps to instal that are not shown in the instructions?

Asked by: bishnickee
No, there aren't any steps not shown. The American Muscle products are simply more complicated than these. Watch the video (use the little video icon right below the picture) to see exactly how we installed them on our 2013 GT, which won't be different than your 2012.
Answered by: CJ Pony Parts
Date published: 2015-03-12

Hello. I own a 2014 Mustang GT with the stock prop rod installed. How does one close the hood once the hood strut kit is installed? I currently close my hood by raising the hood about 12 to 18 inches above and letting it go. 

Asked by: ChuckJ
Once the struts start to lower the hood, they allow gravity to take over, so you still would drop the hood from a few inches above the latch and it will lock into place.
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Date published: 2015-03-03
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Product Video

By Bill Tumas: Today we're going to install this CPC No-Drill Hood Strut Kit on a 2013 Gotta Have It Street car. This hood strut kit is going to fit your 2011 and newer V6 and GT. It'll also fit your 2007 and newer GT500. It's available in all your factory colors. As we're going to show you, it's very easy to install.

Even though you won't be needing it in the future, we're going to use the prop rod one last time to hold the hood up while we install our hood strut kit. Installation's very simple. It only requires a ratchet and 10-millimeter socket. We're going to start by removing this rear fender bolt. The brackets are side-specific, so make sure you grab the correct one for the side you're working on. Now we're going to remove just the upper hood hinge bolt. Now you're going to just loosen the lower bolt. The bracket is slotted at the end, so we want to loosen the bolt with just enough room to get the edge of the bracket through the bolt. I'm going to slide the bracket underneath the bolt. I can reinstall the top bolt. We can tighten the bottom then. Now we're going to install the hood strut itself. It's going to snap onto the two studs. Just make sure the body of the strut is facing upward. The passenger-side hood strut is going to be installed in pretty much the same manner.

Once you have them both installed, our last step is to remove our prop rod. I already checked to make sure they work properly. Goes down nice and smooth. Goes up the same way as well. Under-the-hood struts do a much better job of supporting our hood than the factory prop rod. Gives us more room to work on our engine bed. Installation should only take you about 20 minutes. You'll be back on the road in no time.