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Has anyone installed a hood lift support? Quadratec has one for the JL, but it's not compatible with the 392.
 
Has anyone installed a hood lift support? Quadratec has one for the JL, but it's not compatible with the 392


What exactly are you referring to? Like redline tuning hood struts?
If so .. I dont even have my 392 yet (next Wednesday) but I used them on my 350R and they were great. They build a quality product.
And they do make some for the 392


 
Has anyone installed a hood lift support? Quadratec has one for the JL, but it's not compatible with the 392.
I installed the Redline Tuning Hood Lift Kit, a quality product that came with detailed instructions with pictures. It does require you to “notch” out a corner from the ECU bracket on the passenger side and remove a bushing on the driver’s side. I wasn’t comfortable with taking a grinder to the ECU bracket so I made two hack saw cuts and used a half round file to smooth out the cut...easy.
 

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I didn’t know it wasn’t plug and play

Instant return
 
The hood weighs 26 pounds and requires you to lift it above your head with one hand while using the other hand to pull the prop bar down to keep the hood from closing. With the lift kit you can lift the hood with one finger a few inches before the struts take over and lift the hood to its upright and secure position. It's a very useful mod and almost a necessity for those of us vertically challenged.
 
I have Redline and I did not have to modify anything. If you read the instructions and then look carefully at the parts etc I think you will find that you dont have to do anything but plug and play.

CBH might have had something slightly different but I did not see anything that needed to be modified but I go very slow and carefully when I am trying to add something and not let it scream afterrmarket.

Very nice product, I normally use a different product but it wasnt strong enough for the 392's weight so I tried the Redline and will be going with them in the future on all my mods.

I remember that 100 plus degree day in Moab trying to lift my hood on my JK and then trying to put the rod in place to hold it screaming in pain from my hands burning. I wish I had discovered these before that day.
 
I have Redline and I did not have to modify anything. If you read the instructions and then look carefully at the parts etc I think you will find that you dont have to do anything but plug and play.

CBH might have had something slightly different but I did not see anything that needed to be modified but I go very slow and carefully when I am trying to add something and not let it scream afterrmarket.

Very nice product, I normally use a different product but it wasnt strong enough for the 392's weight so I tried the Redline and will be going with them in the future on all my mods.

I remember that 100 plus degree day in Moab trying to lift my hood on my JK and then trying to put the rod in place to hold it screaming in pain from my hands burning. I wish I had discovered these before that day.
you have redline on 392? and didnt have to mod?
it says ecu bracket on passenger side needs to be ground down at minimum, could you post a picture of your install?
 
What exactly are you referring to? Like redline tuning hood struts?
If so .. I dont even have my 392 yet (next Wednesday) but I used them on my 350R and they were great. They build a quality product.
And they do make some for the 392


That's what I'm looking for! Thanks!
 
I installed the Redline Tuning Hood Lift Kit, a quality product that came with detailed instructions with pictures. It does require you to “notch” out a corner from the ECU bracket on the passenger side and remove a bushing on the driver’s side. I wasn’t comfortable with taking a grinder to the ECU bracket so I made two hack saw cuts and used a half round file to smooth out the

I installed the Redline Tuning Hood Lift Kit, a quality product that came with detailed instructions with pictures. It does require you to “notch” out a corner from the ECU bracket on the passenger side and remove a bushing on the driver’s side. I wasn’t comfortable with taking a grinder to the ECU bracket so I made two hack saw cuts and used a half round file to smooth out the cut...easy.
I don't like that we need to mod that.
 
I also installed the Redline product on my 392. I also had to do the listed mods to the ECU bracket. It takes 5 minutes to notch the bracket and apply some black paint on the cut edges.

Well worth the money, time and mods.
 
I also installed the Redline product on my 392. I also had to do the listed mods to the ECU bracket. It takes 5 minutes to notch the bracket and apply some black paint on the cut edges.

Well worth the money, time and mods.
I also love the this mod and not a big issue cutting ecu bracket. Well worth the few minutes of modifications to make hood much easier to open and close. Great product and customer service from redline!
 
I have Redline and I did not have to modify anything. If you read the instructions and then look carefully at the parts etc I think you will find that you dont have to do anything but plug and play.

CBH might have had something slightly different but I did not see anything that needed to be modified but I go very slow and carefully when I am trying to add something and not let it scream afterrmarket.

Very nice product, I normally use a different product but it wasnt strong enough for the 392's weight so I tried the Redline and will be going with them in the future on all my mods.

I remember that 100 plus degree day in Moab trying to lift my hood on my JK and then trying to put the rod in place to hold it screaming in pain from my hands burning. I wish I had discovered these before that day.
When I first installed the Hood Struts (before I did any cutting), I was able to close the hood on the passenger side only by forcing it to close; then I noticed the hood was slightly bowed out...not good. So I put some painter’s tape on the ECU Bracket, closed the hood again and found out what was happening...the strut was hitting the ECU Bracket, then sliding down toward the fender causing the hood to bow to the outside. So, I marked the area with red paint, cut out the notch with a hack saw, then smoothed it out with a half round file and finished with some touch up paint -- done!
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When I first installed the Hood Struts (before I did any cutting), I was able to close the hood on the passenger side only by forcing it to close; then I noticed the hood was slightly bowed out...not good. So I put some painter’s tape on the ECU Bracket, closed the hood again and found out what was happening...the strut was hitting the ECU Bracket, then sliding down toward the fender causing the hood to bow to the outside. So, I marked the area with red paint, cut out the notch with a hack saw, then smoothed it out with a half round file and finished with some touch up paint -- done! View attachment 2583
Now that’s the proper way to do it however , I just took my cut off tool and hacked a u shape out to accommodate for clearance. Wish I had your patience but none the less, mine clears 🤠
 
Now that’s the proper way to do it however , I just took my cut off tool and hacked a u shape out to accommodate for clearance. Wish I had your patience but none the less, mine clears.
Hey, it works, right? Time to move on to the next project.
 
Also installed the Redline (great product, packaging and instructions). As noted, slight modification needed - cutting the ECU bracket not a problem and you still have enough bracket material remaining to securely hold the ECU. Mounting slot on the underside of the hood is an existing open location (plug and play). Also installed on my sons 2020 Jeep JL Sport which does not require any modification FYI...Compression strut safely and smoothly raisers the hood. Smart, easy modification.

Redline Tuning 21-20003-02 Hood QuickLIFT PLUS Compatible with Jeep Wrangler JL 2018+ & Compatible with Jeep Gladiator 2020+ (Bolt-in System - All Black Components)​

 
I once accidentally let my 392 hood slam down (on it’s own after letting go) from about two or three feet up. Do you think I caused any damage to the hood or engine compartment by doing that?
 
The only way I would feel comfortable cutting my current ecu bracket is if I had a spare. Does anyone know the part number so I can order one?
 
Something else to think about is what your dealer does with your hood when they are in the engine compartment doing things like an oil change. I had a Jeep in one time for an oil change and I had went back to the service department and found that they had the hood resting on the windshield frame. No blanket, just metal against metal. Luckily I had PPF film on both parts otherwise I don’t know how it wouldn’t have scratched, especially since it was raised on a lift shaking as it was going up. It seems that these shocks would limit how much they are able to open the hood and prevent them from the temptation of putting this heavy hood on the windshield frame. At the end of the day the benefit of avoiding possible damage may outweigh cutting of the bracket.
 
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Something else to think about is what your dealer does with your hood when they are in the engine compartment doing things like an oil change. I had a Jeep in one time for an oil change and I had went back to the service department and found that they had the hood resting on the windshield frame. No blanket, just metal against metal. Luckily I had PPF film on both parts otherwise I don’t know how it wouldn’t have scratched, especially since it was raised on a lift shaking as it was going up. It seems that these shocks would limit how much they are able to open the hood and prevent them from the temptation of putting this heavy hood on the windshield frame. At the end of the day the benefit of avoiding possible damage may outweigh cutting of the bracket.
I think the ends of these shocks have quick disconnects, so they won't prevent anyone from opening the hood all the way to the windshield frame.
 
The only way I would feel comfortable cutting my current ecu bracket is if I had a spare. Does anyone know the part number so I can order one?
I was apprehensive about taking a grinder to my ECU Bracket until I realized how small a piece I actually had to remove and I realized I could take my time with a hacksaw and a half round file. It was a fun project; much easier than I anticipated; and now I can lift the (26 lb.) hood with one finger just a few inches before the struts take over and lift it the rest of the way.

Hopefully you’ll be able to find a “back up” bracket soon so can enjoy the “magic” of this mod.

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