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For those of you that have the hood shocks, do you like & recomend?
 

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One guy installed gas struts on his hood and ended up with dimples in it if I recall correctly.

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That would suck, :crikey:OK mark up one as a NO.
 

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I believe that issue was a DIY thing using self-supplied parts from MMC.

When I'm ready to do this mod, I will use Redline Tuning's kit and as Andy said, follow the instructions to the letter.
 

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I believe that issue was a DIY thing using self-supplied parts from MMC.

When I'm ready to do this mod, I will use Redline Tuning's kit and as Andy said, follow the instructions to the letter.
I need to look on their website to see if these are available for my truck. I used the Redline struts on my Trailblazer SS and love them. It is a very clean look and super convienient. I would suggest a sharp drill bit, some tape to act as a visable drill stop, and a very good rivet gun.
 

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Follow this parts list (McMaster Carr) and you'll have no problems: http://www.clubfrontier.org/forums/f8/toddgs-upgrades-mods-pics-36940/#post566857



As you can see the rivets going into the hood are through an angled/ built down piece of sheetmetal.
The only way you would dimple the hood would be to run the drill bit into it.
That's why you use a depth gauge on the bit, you only want to go through the first wall of metal.
It was cake to do, took me less than an hour taking my time.
 

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That does look good.

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I'm the guy that got the dimples in the front by the latch and I did install them "correctly" unfortunately I was didn't check for clearance with the existing hood prop (didn't read on here that it had to be removed) and when I closed the hood the strut contacted the hood prop causing the dimples. I have since removed the prop and have no issues. If you do the mod just remove the existing hood prop prior to closing the hood. Other than that, the other thing that I don't like is when you open the hood, it comes up with a lot of force (and I have the recommended 80lb struts), which I'm sure the redline kit doesn’t as it eases up.
 

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^-- Ah gotcha, couldn't remember how the dimples occurred.

I'll agree that 80lb struts are probably overkill.
I'd bet 70lb or maybe even 60lb struts would work just fine.
My hood kinda shoots up at first like Passprotection says and then slows at it reaches it's limits.
 

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I got mine from www.redlinetuning.com. The instructions and measurements were PERFECT and I had ZERO install problems. They have a package deal where you can get a price break if you order the tailgate lowering shock at the same time. I didn't buy them together, but I did get the tailgate lowering shock later and it works great! I highly recommend both products from redlinetuning.
 

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i got mine from mcmaster-carr and followed redline tuning's instructions. worked like a charm! i also went w/ 80lb struts and they are definitely overkill. 60 should be fine.
 

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I believe I'll leave all that to the pretty-pretty city trucks, my truck will keep the stock hood prop until it breaks, at which time I'll find a good little stick somewheres.
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^--i thought that too, till i did it. then i wondered why the hell i didn't do it before then. it opens the hood wider than the prop. better in EVERY way. plus it's a cheap mod.
 

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I've had the Redlines for over 3 yrs with no problems. It's a cheap easy mod that you'll be glad you did.
 

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