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Hood struts

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Has anyone installed hood struts? Any recommendations for a particular brand?
 
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Some of us have. Here is a thread that may help.

 
Some of us have. Here is a thread that may help.

I remembered the older thread after I posted this and couldn't figure out how to delete this one.
 
I’ve been checking the engine oil on a regular basis and inspect the engine bay as well as cleaning. The Mopar prop rod has been working totally fine. So I don’t see the need of hood struts based on my usage. They can be helpful for others if they have the need.
 
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I’ve been checking the engine oil on a regular basis and inspect the engine bay as well as cleaning. The Mopar prop rod has been working totally fine. So I don’t see the need of hood struts based on my usage. They can be helpful for others if they have the need.
Honestly, I think Jeep should have made the Redline Hood Lift standard on the 392, for a few reasons: 1) It’s a $78K vehicle for heavens sake -- surely they could have done better than a $10 prop rod; 2) the hood weighs 26 freakin pounds with the attached water/air diverter; not a big deal unless you have to lift the hood above your head (assuming you’re not a 7’ tall NBA player) with one hand while you wrestle with unlatching and positioning the prop rod with the other hand...and if you’ve been driving for a while, both hood and prop rod are approaching 150 degrees. Yeh, nobody needs the Redline Hood Lift; but once you do the install, you wonder how you lived without it.
 
Honestly, I think Jeep should have made the Redline Hood Lift standard on the 392, for a few reasons: 1) It’s a $78K vehicle for heavens sake -- surely they could have done better than a $10 prop rod; 2) the hood weighs 26 freakin pounds with the attached water/air diverter; not a big deal unless you have to lift the hood above your head (assuming you’re not a 7’ tall NBA player) with one hand while you wrestle with unlatching and positioning the prop rod with the other hand...and if you’ve been driving for a while, both hood and prop rod are approaching 150 degrees. Yeh, nobody needs the Redline Hood Lift; but once you do the install, you wonder how you lived without it.
Good points. Maybe it’s just me, I never had any difficulty lifting up the hood with only one hand and getting that prop rod in place after a hot spin. And I’m on the short side. It’s definitely nice to have the lift system and I totally forgot the $$$ aspect after driving a few months. I still view this 392 just as the regular rubicon in terms of bells and whistles, so I didn’t expect anything too fancy. The engine/exhaust/suspension are the ones worth the high $$$ and matter to me.
 
Honestly, I think Jeep should have made the Redline Hood Lift standard on the 392, for a few reasons: 1) It’s a $78K vehicle for heavens sake -- surely they could have done better than a $10 prop rod; 2) the hood weighs 26 freakin pounds with the attached water/air diverter; not a big deal unless you have to lift the hood above your head (assuming you’re not a 7’ tall NBA player) with one hand while you wrestle with unlatching and positioning the prop rod with the other hand...and if you’ve been driving for a while, both hood and prop rod are approaching 150 degrees. Yeh, nobody needs the Redline Hood Lift; but once you do the install, you wonder how you lived without it.
That was my initial thought too. Especially with the temperature of the hood, latch release and the rod.
 
This is what I went with and love them, about $100 and bolt right on
Ordered these a few days ago and expect delivery next week.
 
Ordered these a few days ago and expect delivery next week.
You will love them, it takes a little time to get the mounting plates slid into the opening of the hood. I did NOT cut back the rubber seal that runs on the side of the hood. They say you have to modify the battery hold down bracket so the strut does not hit it. I believe they tell you to cut a notch in it but I did NOT do that either mine barley touched the battery hold down bracket so I used a small adjustable wrench and bent the bracket down a little and you can`t even tell it was done
 
Thanks for the insights. 👍
 
Installed Redline's on my 392 when I bought it year ago this month. Was having shoulder surgery shortly after I picked up my 392 and there was no way I was going to be able to lift that 23 pound hood and get the prop in place with my arm in a sling. Still think it was one of the best little mods I've done so far.
 
Installed Redline's on my 392 when I bought it year ago this month. Was having shoulder surgery shortly after I picked up my 392 and there was no way I was going to be able to lift that 23 pound hood and get the prop in place with my arm in a sling. Still think it was one of the best little mods I've done so far.
Agreed, one of those “should have been stock” things…
 
Mine are due to arrive tomorrow. Can’t wait.
 
Mine should be delivered before we make it home with our 392. It's my wife's rig and these are a must.
 
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