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Hood Struts ??

Discussion in 'Stock 2011 - 2019 Ford Explorer Discussion' started by dink117, March 6, 2013.

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  1. dink117

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    I've done some searches, but I can't find anything directly for the 2011+ Ex lot. Has anyone removed their prop rod and put in hood struts? I did this on my 2012 Mustang GT and loved the results.
     
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  3. The Cheat

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    Yeah, I was a bit shocked to find a prop rod on such an expensive car. Also, is the hood plastic????
     
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    I think it it's supposed to be Aluminum. Part of the weight reduction this gen went through.
     
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    peterk9 Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    Well if it is of any consolation to you, my $48k '09 Highlander Ltd also had the hood prop.
    As Bryceb, stated, the hood is aluminum.

    Peter
     
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    JDraper Somewhat Functional Moderator Emeritus

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    I've talked to one manufacturer about hood struts, but haven't seen anything out of them yet.
     
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    Here's a link to one manufacturer who has been doing aftermarket hood struts for the Ford Edge since at least 2008. I would contact them and see if they have anything for the new generation Explorer yet.

    http://www.redlinetuning.com/products_quicklift.html
     
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    Redline doesn't make them yet.....just spoke to them and they said they are working on something :) fingers crossed
     
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    hood gas struts kit

    Hi, anyone canned the prop rod and install some gas struts? Quick Google search turned up nothing for Gen 5.
     
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    I don't think Gen 5 was designed for hood struts. Personally rather have to prop it. I had a 02 before my 2011 and changed the hood struts a few times.
     
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    I realize they weren't designed for it, but there are lots of kits out there for vehicles which have reinforcing brackets and the such. They look pretty slick, i would would much rather have struts than the rod. Just wondering if anyone has done this.
     
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    Try going to www.fordparts.com and checking out 2014 Lincoln MKT, Body, Hood. There are 2 pieces called Hood Lift Support (LH, RH) 16C826 at $39.23 each. I think that may be what you are looking for. I have the struts on my MKT in place of the 'prop bar'. The hood on my Lincoln is also aluminum.

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    Was reading this about the Interceptor Utility (or a Sport as we know them)

    Hood Assists - Gas cylinder, monotube

    Does the Interceptor have no prop rod? And if this is true, can we get those parts?

    Peter, in your description above, is that the whole kit, including the mount points, or just the struts???


    Thanks,
    Thomas
     
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    I just saw this post and from what I can tell, it is just the hood strut. You would need the upper and lower ball studs the strut attaches to. I am going to check mine as soon as I get home tonight and see if there is a way to make this work. I would think it could be done, but we might need the measurements for the locations on the Lincoln hood to make sure it is in the same, or close to same, location. I would think it might cause some stress in places we don't want if the mounting holes are not at least close. I will see what I can come up with.
     
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    Any fella puts it Front Hood Gas Shocks?

    Tried search, couldn't find any.
    There must be fella who puts in one of these.

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    The mounting point on the MKT looks to be part of the structure of the strut tower. Also on the Explorer, the tower is tucked farther back - probably why Ford just used the prop rod - no place there for the ball stud.

    Hopefully the guys at Redline Tuning will make a kit one of these days.
     
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    Depends, does anyone from michigan want free hood struts?
     
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    leon16, I merged your thread with this existing one. Also included close ups of mine to go along with previous post.

    Peter
     

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    Peter, could be a little more specific?
    Like make, part #?
     
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    Here's the email I received from redline. If anyone is willing to go to them. They can fix us up too.


    Hello,
    First, thank you for your interest in our hood QuickLIFT products.
    Unfortunately, we do not have a system available for your application. For
    us, finding the vehicles and getting them into our shop is the difficult
    part. If you or anyone you may know lives near us in Dexter, Michigan, we
    would be very interested in setting up a development session. Our hood
    QuickLIFT system would be free for the volunteer, and their vehicle would be
    featured on our website and installation manual.

    On average, we need 2 hours to complete the design and installation. There
    are times when new parts need to be designed and manufactured - for these
    times, we may require a second visit for final fitment. We specialize in
    gas spring mounting and installations and currently sell over 200 different
    QuickLIFT system applications.

    Brian
    Redline Tuning

    -----Original Message-----
    From: Luis Leija [mailto:luisleija@me.com]
    Sent: Monday, August 25, 2014 11:20 AM
    To: sales@redlinetuning.com
    Subject: 2014 Ford Explorer

    Do you guys make a kit for a 2014 ford explorer? Thanks in advance!
     
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    Someone needs to take their Ex in for this fitment, then post pics and part numbers.

    My problem is that the prop rod gets so hot I burn my hands on it.
     

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