1g $25 DIY Hood Struts (Cheapest/Easiest Method)

Posted by Paintballaa5, Mar 14, 2017

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  1. Paintballaa5

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    Since nobody offers a hood strut kit for our cars anymore, I decided to make my own after reading a few threads discussing different methods. A lot of what I was reading had some hard to find parts, and I think I have simplified it down as easy as it gets. This only took maybe an hour, including getting the hood lined back up.

    All you will need is:

    Ball studs:
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00J8X4SDU/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    And hood struts from an 02-03 Acura TL:
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/2-xHood-Lif...03-Acura-TL-/282155488054?hash=item41b1c71336

    (I'm sure the ebay listing will disappear, so just search for the Acura's struts)

    Specs for these are:
    Extended Length (inches) 14.13
    Compressed Length (inches) 9.53

    I was able to get both for only $24 shipped!



    Start by taking off your hood and hinges, and prepare to drill your hole. Try to keep them in the same location on both. I honestly just eyeballed height and measured 1/8" in.

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    I just happened to have a bit that was the perfect size- the stud actually tapped itself going in. If you do this, use some cutting oil, or wd40 if you're in a hurry, and thread it in slowly, backing off frequently.

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    This probably would have been just fine with some loctite.. it was plenty strong. But after cutting down the stud so it wasn't so long (just hit it with a cut off wheel.. you want it nearly flush), I went ahead and hit it with a quick weld on the back of it for added strength. I don't believe there would be enough room to fit a nut back there, but I didn't try. If you don't have access to a welder, maybe put some jb weld on the threads that protrude to keep it from backing out.. should be fine.

    Replace this fender bolt with another stud.. it's a direct fit. Throw a washer under it for good measure.

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    Now put your hood back on and pop the struts in place!

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    It's a pretty tight fit but there's really no way to mess it up. The ball end is just short enough to clear the fender with the strut attached.
    Good luck!
     

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    Last edited: Mar 15, 2017
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