MRT Hood Strut Kit 1979-1993

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MRT Hood Strut Kit for 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992 and 1993 Mustangs.

The Mustang Racing Technologies Hood Struts eliminate the need for the factory hood prop rod and provide a clean and functional "performance look". They are the first No-Drill Hood Struts for Fox Mustangs on the after-market. Your Mustang deserves better than to have holes drilled into its hood. Get an impressive show-car look without making permanent modifications. The MRT Fox Mustang Hood Struts reuse OEM factory attachment points. They're very easy to install and require only a 7/16” wrench. Absolutely no holes and no extra bolts are required during installation. Simply bolt the kit on and go!

Features and Benefits:
- Eliminates OEM Prop Rod
- Uses Existing Fasteners
- Does NOT Require any Drilling
- Powder-Coated Satin Black
- Carbon Fiber Look Available
- Easily Helps Show Off Engine Bay
- Quick and Easy Installation
- Made in the USA

Team MRT engineered and manufactured the MRT Hood Strut Kit for 1979-1993 Mustangs in the United States. They designed these Hood Struts to work with the factory hood. Struts in either of the kits are finished in black with the MRT logo and the brackets are made from high-quality steel for utmost durability and come standard with a quality Black Powder-Coat Finish with the option to upgrade to a Carbon Fiber look if desired.

Kit Includes:
- One (1) Driver Side (LH) Fender Bracket with Ball Mount
- One (1) Passenger Side (RH) Fender Bracket with Ball Mount
- One (1) Driver Side (LH) Hood Bracket with Ball Mount
- One (1) Passenger Side (RH) Hood Bracket with Ball Mount
- Two (2) Gas Struts

Please Note: These MRT hood struts are designed to work with stock OEM hood ONLY. The weight of aftermarket hoods will be different than the factory hood that the cylinders are engineered to work with.

Order this Mustang Racing Technologies Hood Strut Kit for your 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992 or 1993 Mustang today from CJ Pony Parts.

Installation Difficulty


Novice skill is required for this installation.

Installation Videos

Video Transcript

Although many new cars nowadays come with factory hood struts, for some reason the Mustang still gets saddled with an old school prop rod. Thankfully, as usual, the after market has a solution for us. This is the MRT Hood Strut kit for the '94-'04 Mustang. Unlike many of the kits on the market this one bolts on, doesn't require any drilling, no rivets, making it much easier for you to install.

The hood strut kit comes with six pieces, two struts, left and right-side hood brackets that are stamped, matching fender brackets, and detailed instructions. For this installation you'll need a quarter-inch ratchet, an eight millimeter socket, 10 millimeter socket, and if you need to remove the struts for any reason a small flathead screwdriver.

We'll be installing our MRT Hood Strut kit on this 1996 Mustang Cobra. Let's get started. Thankfully, this should be the last time we ever use this. We're going to start by installing the bracket on the fender. To do that, you'll need to remove this rear bolt. You want to make sure you grab the bracket labeled properly for the side of the car you're working on, in our case the right-hand. Place the bracket over the fender hole, make sure the stud for the strut is in the front, and tighten down the factory's bolt. Now we're going to install the bracket on the hood side. Step one, remove the nut from on the top stud. You want to loosen the lower nut just enough to get the bracket to slide underneath it. You want to make sure you keep the hood pressed down on the bracket, then you want to re-tighten the lower. Now we want to reinstall the top.

Now we're going to install the strut itself. You want make sure you install it with the body upward to make sure no water condensation gets inside the strut. Press it up against the ball and just push, it'll pop into place. In some cases, the strut might be a little below the stud. In that case, you'll just have to lower the hood down slightly to be able to press it on. Put our prop rod down, bring the hood and snap it in place. Now you want to repeat the process on the other side.

The last step is we're going to remove your factory prop rod. Since we never removed our hood from the hinges, there should be no alignment issues. Just to make sure, we're going to slowly pull our hood down to make sure that it lines up properly. Good on that side. Good on that side. Pull it up again. See with our hood struts how nice and easily the hood goes up.

The hood struts are a nice easy to install upgrade. Not only does it do a better job supporting our hood, it gets rid of the prop rod so if you're working on the engine it doesn't get in the way. The installation should take you no more than half an hour and you'll be back on the road in no time.

Vehicle Fitment

This product will fit the following Mustang years:

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