Mustang MRT Hood Strut Kit (1979-1993) Installation Instructions

Tools Required:
  • Ratchet
  • 10mm Socket
  • 5/16 inch Socket
Install Difficulty:
  • Easy
  • Easy Project
Mustang MRT Hood Strut Kit Install Image
Mustang MRT Hood Strut Kit Install Image
Mustang MRT Hood Strut Kit Install Image
1. To begin installing your new Mustang MRT 80C000-BLK Hood Strut Kit, lift your hood up and support it with the prop rod. Use a ratchet and a 5/16” socket to remove the passenger side fender bolt closest to the cowl.
Mustang MRT Hood Strut Kit Install Image
2. Line up the fender bracket marked “RH” for right hand onto the Mustang fender so that the ball stud is facing the middle of the engine bay and the “RH” marking is facing down.
Mustang MRT Hood Strut Kit Install Image
Mustang MRT Hood Strut Kit Install Image
3. Push the bracket flush with the edge of the fender and reinstall the 5/16 inch Mustang fender bolt.
Mustang MRT Hood Strut Kit Install Image
4. Remove the fender bolt on the driver side (closest to the cowl vent) and install the fender bracket marked “LH”.
Mustang MRT Hood Strut Kit Install Image
Mustang MRT Hood Strut Kit Install Image
5. Remove the 10mm hood hinge bolt on the driver side closest to the front of the Mustang hood using a ratchet and 10mm socket.
Mustang MRT Hood Strut Kit Install Image
6. Install the hood bracket marked “LH” onto the Mustang hood hinge so that the marking is facing the hood and the ball stud is facing toward the fender using the 10mm hood hinge bolt.
Mustang MRT Hood Strut Kit Install Image
Mustang MRT Hood Strut Kit Install Image
7. Remove the 10mm hood hinge bolt and install the hood bracket marked “RH” so that the mark is facing the hood and the ball stud is facing the Mustang fender. Reinstall the 10mm hood hinge bolt.
Mustang MRT Hood Strut Kit Install Image
Mustang MRT Hood Strut Kit Install Image
8. Line up the strut with the passenger side so that the fat end of the strut is at the top. Push the socket on the bottom of the strut onto the ball stud located on the fender bracket.
Mustang MRT Hood Strut Kit Install Image
9. Line up the socket on the top of the strut with the ball stud on the hood bracket. You may need to twist the fat end of the strut to accomplish this. You might also need to raise or lower the hood slightly to line them up as well.
Mustang MRT Hood Strut Kit Install Image
10. Push the socket onto the ball stud.
Mustang MRT Hood Strut Kit Install Image
11. Line up the socket on the skinny part of the other strut with the ball stud on the fender bracket for the driver side. Push the socket onto the stud.
Mustang MRT Hood Strut Kit Install Image
12. Line up the socket on the fat end of the strut with the ball stud on the hood bracket. You may need to twist the strut and raise or lower the Mustang hood again. Push the socket onto the ball stud.
Mustang MRT Hood Strut Kit Install Image
13. Your hood is now supported by the new Mustang Racing Technologies hood struts. Remove the stock hood prop rod by using a ratchet and a 15/16 inch socket.
Mustang MRT Hood Strut Kit Install Image
14. Slowly lower the hood down and check the gaps between the hood and the fenders. Adjust hood hinges using the ratchet and 15/16 inch socket if necessary.
15. You can now enjoy your new Mustang MRT Hood Strut Kit and the unobstructed view of the engine bay.
Mustang MRT Hood Strut Kit Install Image