Mustang Hood Struts - Replacing Your Factory Prop RodLast Updated September 14, 2016
Hood struts are essentially a gas-filled shock for your hood. Similar to the strut that’s on the front suspension of your Mustang, a hood strut aids in the opening of your hood and holds the hood open once unlatched. You typically see hood struts on higher end vehicles, but believe it or not, Ford hasn’t adopted this philosophy for the Mustang.
The idea is that you can replace the manual hood prop rod that lays across the top of your radiator cover with these hood struts. This will prevent scratching on your radiator cover and clean up the engine bay area. It also helps when you’re working under the hood since you won’t have to work around the prop rod holding up the hood anymore! It’s truly a win-win.
If you’re as unsettled as we are that a brand new Mustang still comes with a manual hood prop rod, then be sure to check out CJ’s selection of Mustang Hood Struts to pick out a pair for your pony.
What Is Installation Like?
On a scale from 1 to 5, installing hood struts is probably a 1 or 2. Unfortunately, many of the kits out there will require you to drill new holes in order to bolt in the mounting hardware. But with a few precise measurements and a couple turns of your wrench, you’ll be prop rod-free! It’s always nice to have that friendly reminder every time you pop your hood at a local car show that you were able to get rid of that ugly factory manual prop rod!
Your Next Mod: Hood Struts!
If you’re as antsy as we were to rid of the Ford factory prop rod, then be sure to check out our options for hood struts for your Mustang right on our site. And don’t forget, if you have any questions, our Customer Service team is waiting by the phones to take your call!
There is absolutely no question that the manual prop rod holding up the the hood of your late model Mustang is unsightly, outdated and downright ugly in some cases. Thankfully, there is a strong demand for aftermarket hood struts and CJ’s is there to deliver! CJ Pony Parts carries a variety of hood strut kits for 1979 all the way up to 2017 Mustangs!