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Question Hood struts for a gen 3

Anyone attempted a hood strut retrofit? It's not that I can't manage lifting/securing the hood but got spoiled by my Acura TL. Looks like there might be room to attach them but would love to see photos before having a go myself. Also would appreciate any insight as to length/lift capability/etc. Thanks.
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Do a search because somebody posted that they did it with pictures
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Anyone attempted a hood strut retrofit? It's not that I can't manage lifting/securing the hood but got spoiled by my Acura TL. Looks like there might be room to attach them but would love to see photos before having a go myself. Also would appreciate any insight as to length/lift capability/etc. Thanks.

Yes. I bought hood struts on Ebay from a seller called saa-garnish, but there's a few other sellers that have them I believe. The struts cost around $40 and come in about 2 weeks from China. I let a shop install mine and they charged 0.5 hours of labor.


You can alternatively install them yourself. All you need is a 10mm wrench. Here's the installation video:
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There is a giant thread about this.
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That's a great video. Thanks for providing.
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Its a nice touch when they work automatically . I'm so used to opening manually it doesn't bother me. The rear hatch is the real winner. I remember people battling with those old lift and slam gates.
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I rather have the trusted metal bar. Those things also look like they get in the way of getting at the engine. If you dont work on the car, I guess for nostalgia it maybe something. But really not worth blocking and waiting for it to fail 5 or 7 years down the line, as they will fail at some point.

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I rather have the trusted metal bar. Those things also look like they get in the way of getting at the engine. If you dont work on the car, I guess for nostalgia it maybe something. But really not worth blocking and waiting for it to fail 5 or 7 years down the line, as they will fail at some point.

Yes,they will inevitably fail in 5-7 years, but now you have the installation hardware. The new replacement struts will be just a simple swap of struts.
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Is it just another toy option or are you under the hood many times a week ? If so for what reason ? I'm lucky to open the hood twice a month. Servicing the battery from the side would be real convenient with a strut in the way. Consider it exercise and one less trip to the gym. Are you sure you don't want the seat to turn and pick you up placing you in the correct drivers position. It will be next.
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Hold it... The hood actually opens?!

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Motorized doors for general brands will be up next! In 2 -4 years?

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