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Funny you should mention this... I actually looked into (online only) the kit a week or so ago. It looks easy enough to install (drilling a few holes and adding some rivets) and the price isn't out of line, but I have to go back to my dad's always the same question whenever I proposed a potential vehicle modification to him... "what problem are you trying to solve?" My hood prop works fine and I have no issues with using two hands for the hood even though I like the strut lifts in my VWs.

With regards to the kit specifically, my only concern was side access. I did not look exactly where the arms would be and what would be blocked by them. I also wondered what I would do with the prop rod? Leave it in or take it out? If leave it in, I would still need to move it to add washer fluid, a fairly frequent occurrence. If take it out, would I lose it before I needed it again (say I had to remove a strut for access or something)? For me... probably.

So... I decided against the kit as much as I like modifications and the idea of a strut lifted hood.

-Mike

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I'm a senior citizen and the hood is very heavy for me to hold with one hand, so that's why I asked. My 2012 Highlander has an even heavier hood. I've found a few different lift kits on eBay, some from Russia! Impossible to tell if any of these companies actually installed any of their kits, and hard to deal with foreign vendors if there is a problem.
You could leave your prop rod in the trunk if you removed it, or tie it out of the way under the hood. Some day you might wish you'd installed one. You say "I have no issues with using two hands for the hood". If you're using two hands to hold the hood up, I'm afraid to ask what you use to attach the prop rod. Back in the day, all American cars had springs to lift the hood. Cheap-ass manufacturers found it much cheaper to just use a rod. My 2005 MB has an air spring hood lift.
 

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Hah! Yes, one hand to hold hood, second hand to fit prop rod in place. Two hands total required to get the hood into a position that it will stay up on it's own.

Here's the kit I found. I know nothing about it other than what's on the webpage.


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Love my trusty old 740 Volvo for the hood lift spring design. It even goes 90 degrees vertical . So does my 09 Benz, all the way vertical if needed.
 

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Hah! Yes, one hand to hold hood, second hand to fit prop rod in place. Two hands total required to get the hood into a position that it will stay up on it's own.

Here's the kit I found. I know nothing about it other than what's on the webpage.


-Mike

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Hah! Yes, one hand to hold hood, second hand to fit prop rod in place. Two hands total required to get the hood into a position that it will stay up on it's own.

Here's the kit I found. I know nothing about it other than what's on the webpage.


-Mike

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Thanks Mike.
Hah! Yes, one hand to hold hood, second hand to fit prop rod in place. Two hands total required to get the hood into a position that it will stay up on it's own.

Here's the kit I found. I know nothing about it other than what's on the webpage.


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Thanks Mike. I’ve seen this one. I’d like to find someone who has actually installed one.
 

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There seem to be many inexpensive hood strut lift kits on Amazon. These are in the less than $30 price range. They are mostly generic “do it yourself” types, with minimum or no instructions. Makes you wonder at the $99 price of the one you bought. There are others on the net that are cheaper than this one, some from questionable websites, or from foreign sources with little support or return possibility. I guess you have to pay for your thrills.
 

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Pics pretty please!

-Mike
Hey, sorry for the delay, I took the photos a few days ago, and now it seems some are missing. But I can post two photos.
The first is the hood attachment. What your looking at is two drill holes that have had a small bracket riveted into them.

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This is the bottom attachment, very easy, remove 10mm bolt, replace with provided part.
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The funny thing is the new bracket on the hood attachment sticks out a bit from under the hood and looks like it's going to hit the body. I held the part up and thought 'on man this isn't going to work'.
In the instructions, the hood they use has flat sections under the hood where the rivets go. Another 'this isn't going to work'.
But in the end, I figured I'd just go for it, and low and behold it all worked out fine.
I have a video of it opening too, but not really sure how to post that here, lol.
 
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