California Pony Cars Vista Blue 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.
- 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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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.