Hood Lift Kit

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I tried to install a Hood Lift Kit but found out the right side strut hits a steel brace on the right side of the engine bay preventing the hood from closing properly (see damage to blue tape). It appears other Hood Lift Kit manufacturers use the same mounting locations so I don’t believe this mod will work without creating new attach points (drilling holes), something I’m not willing to do for a “convenience” mod. I post this FYI in case you are considering this mod.
 

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I tried to install a Hood Lift Kit but found out the right side strut hits a steel brace on the right side of the engine bay preventing the hood from closing properly (see damage to blue tape). It appears other Hood Lift Kit manufacturers use the same mounting locations so I don’t believe this mod will work without creating new attach points (drilling holes), something I’m not willing to do for a “convenience” mod. I post this FYI in case you are considering this mod.
This is how this YouTuber installed his:

 
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These guys have a hood lift kit made specifically for the 392:

QuickLIFT PLUS features:
* All black powder-coated mounting hardware
* Black e-coated gas springs
* 4 year warranty
available directly from our website here: https://www.redlinetuning.com/product-p/21-20007-02.htm

QuickLIFT ELITE features:
* All black powder-coated mounting hardware
* 316L Stainless Steel gas springs
* 5 year warranty
available directly from our website here: https://www.redlinetuning.com/product-p/21-20007-03.htm
 
I called Redlinetuning. They confirmed I would have to cut out a portion of the ECU Bracket on the passenger side to allow clearance for the strut. I’m just not ready to cut into my new 392.
 
anyone know the model part number for the ECU bracket? cant find it anywhere on the Mopar page. I want to but cut and re powder coat so i can install hood kit. thanks
 
I called Redlinetuning. They confirmed I would have to cut out a portion of the ECU Bracket on the passenger side to allow clearance for the strut. I’m just not ready to cut into my new 392.
Just wondering did you ever cut into the ECU bracket? I just got my 392 yesterday and I received the hood lift from Redlinetuning...not sure if I'm ready to cut into the bracket yet, plus not really sure how much to remove....would have been nice if they supplied a template....
 
Just wondering did you ever cut into the ECU bracket? I just got my 392 yesterday and I received the hood lift from Redlinetuning...not sure if I'm ready to cut into the bracket yet, plus not really sure how much to remove....would have been nice if they supplied a template....
I installed them this weekend and had to shave off the top left corner quite a bit. I gently lowered the hood and could see were the strut was hitting the bracket. It took a few attempts but I was able to grind down the corner enough to fully clear the bracket. Try lowering the hood and shining a flashlight through where the hood meets the fender. Not too difficult at all. Really liking the struts. Btw, it is very nerve racking to take a grinder to your 80k Jeep. Just make to cover the engine bay and fender if you are doing the work with the bracket attached to the Jeep.
 
My first mod was installing a Redline Tuning hood lift kit. Yes, you have to cut the ECU bracket - I just cut a square notch about 3/4" in and 1" down. Crude but hardly noticeable. Also note that you have to remove a washer on the driver's side. Redline has the 392 instructions on their website. I have their lift kits on my Mustang and my 392 and I love them. A plus for me is that everything's USA!
 
I installed them this weekend and had to shave off the top left corner quite a bit. I gently lowered the hood and could see were the strut was hitting the bracket. It took a few attempts but I was able to grind down the corner enough to fully clear the bracket. Try lowering the hood and shining a flashlight through where the hood meets the fender. Not too difficult at all. Really liking the struts. Btw, it is very nerve racking to take a grinder to your 80k Jeep. Just make to cover the engine bay and fender if you are doing the work with the bracket attached to the Jeep.
Was a grinder the best way to cut out the notch in the bracket? Do you believe you could have used a hacksaw with the same success? The only grinder I own is a coffee grinder :) I don’t mind buying a grinder for the task -- I have many one-time-use tools -- I’m just not proficient on a grinder. Also, what sized notch did you cut out? I believe another member recommended cutting 3/4” in and 1” down.
 
Was a grinder the best way to cut out the notch in the bracket? Do you believe you could have used a hacksaw with the same success? The only grinder I own is a coffee grinder :) I don’t mind buying a grinder for the task -- I have many one-time-use tools -- I’m just not proficient on a grinder. Also, what sized notch did you cut out? I believe another member recommended cutting 3/4” in and 1” down.
I don’t think a hacksaw would work quickly. I purchased a $25 grinder from the local tool store and it worked great. I probably won’t ever use it again. Redline provides a picture showing you how much to cutoff. I cut out a little more. Seems to work fine. Really like the Redline product. Don’t forget to apply some primer/paint to prevent rusting.
 
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does anyone know the mopar part so i can order another one, cut it have it powder coated and re-install so it doesnt rust?
 
I called Redlinetuning. They confirmed I would have to cut out a portion of the ECU Bracket on the passenger side to allow clearance for the strut. I’m just not ready to cut into my new 392.
It took about three minutes to cut a small notch there. Adding tape to prep for paint was the longest part. If you have a cutting wheel or grinding, just notch it out. Pretty straight forward. The Redline struts are awesome BTW!

BTW, you can see where I got carried away cutting and nicked the paint lower right side of the right pic.
 

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I don’t think a hacksaw would work quickly. I purchased a $25 grinder from the local tool store and it worked great. I probably won’t ever use it again. Redline provides a picture showing you how much to cutoff. I cut out a little more. Seems to work fine. Really like the Redline product. Don’t forget to apply some primer/paint to prevent rusting.
You’re right; it took me about an hour to cut out most if it with a hacksaw; then I used a half-round file and some sandpaper to prep it for painting. I’m impressed with Redline’s product and thought their instructions were excellent; I did have to cut a little lower than Redline’s photo to clear the strut; and, for the left side mod, I replaced the OEM bolt with a 6 mm stainless bolt and fender washer to provide more clearance for the left strut. IMO this mod should be high on everyone’s list. It is so easy to pop the hood now, even with one hand.
 

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