Mustang CPC Hood Strut Kit (2007-2012) Installation Instructions

Tools Required:
  • 10mm Socket & Ratchet
  • Plastic Zip Tie
Install Difficulty:
  • Easy
  • Easy Project
1. To get started with this installation, make sure to check out your new Mustang CPC ENG-058-600 NXT Generation Hood Strut Kit.
Mustang Hood Strut Kit Install Image
2. Raise the hood and secure the stock prop-rod in the ‘up’ position. You'll begin on the passenger side by locating and removing the windshield washer line and plastic clips by hand. There are two clips, remove both.
Mustang Hood Strut Kit Install Image
3. On the passenger side, locate and remove the two bolts and washers connecting the factory hood hinge to the Mustang hood using a 10mm socket. You will reuse these bolts and washers.
Mustang Hood Strut Kit Install Image
4. Install one of the new California Pony Cars hood hinges. Each of the CPC hood hinges and strut ball mounts are marked for each side, so make sure that you use the correct parts on the correct sides. Install the new CPC hood hinge with the silver strut ball round mount. Make sure it is facing the front of the hood. Line up the two holes and replace the two stock bolts and washers using a 10mm socket. Do not fully tighten the bolt/washers at this point. Then, gently lower the hood to ensure proper alignment. Loosen bolts and adjust if necessary. Once the alignment is perfect, fully tighten the bolts.
Mustang Hood Strut Kit Install Image
5. Secure the windshield washer line to the new CPC hood hinge using a plastic zip tie.
Mustang Hood Strut Kit Install Image
6. Locate and remove the bolt and washer located closest to the firewall using a 10mm socket. You will re-use this bolt and washer.
Mustang Hood Strut Kit Install Image
7. Install one of the new CPC strut ball mounts with the stock bolt and washer using a 10mm socket. Remember, the CPC hood hinges and strut ball mounts are marked side specific, so ensure that you use the correct parts on the correct side.
Mustang Hood Strut Kit Install Image
8. Install the passenger's side Mustang hood strut by hand. Snap each end onto the strut ball mounts. Install it with the larger-bore tube on the top. You may have to disconnect the prop rod and manually raise the hood a little higher.
Mustang Hood Strut Kit Install Image
Mustang Hood Strut Kit Install Image
Mustang Hood Strut Kit Install Image
9. Moving on to the driver’s side, locate and remove the two bolts and washers connecting the factory hood hinge to the hood using a 10mm socket. You will re-use these bolts and washers.
Mustang Hood Strut Kit Install Image
10. Install the remaining new CPC NXT Generation hood hinge. Each of the CPC hood hinges and strut ball mounts are marked for each side, so make sure that you use the correct parts on the correct sides. Install the new CPC hood hinge with the silver strut ball round mount. Make sure it is facing the front of the hood. Line up the two holes and replace the two stock bolts and washers using a 10mm socket. Do not fully tighten the bolt/washers at this point. Then, gently lower the hood to ensure proper alignment. Loosen bolts and adjust if necessary. Once the alignment is perfect, fully tighten the bolts.
Mustang Hood Strut Kit Install Image
11. Locate and remove the bolt and washer that is located closest to the firewall using a 10mm socket. You will reuse this bolt and washer.
Mustang Hood Strut Kit Install Image
12. Install the other one of the new CPC strut ball mounts with the stock bolt and washer using a 10mm socket. Remember, the CPC hood hinges and strut ball mounts are marked side specific, so ensure that you use the correct parts on the correct side.
Mustang Hood Strut Kit Install Image
13. Install the driver's side Mustang hood strut by hand. Snap each end onto the strut ball mounts. Install it with the larger-bore tube on the top. You may have to disconnect the prop rod and manually raise the hood a little higher.
Mustang Hood Strut Kit Install Image
Mustang Hood Strut Kit Install Image
Mustang Hood Strut Kit Install Image
14. You may optionally choose to remove the factory Mustang hood prop rod using a 10mm socket.
Mustang Hood Strut Kit Install Image
15. Review your installation to ensure proper fit and alignment. Installation of your new Mustang CPC NXT Generation Hood Strut Kit is now complete!
Mustang Hood Strut Kit Install Image
Mustang Hood Strut Kit Install Image