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post #1 of 6 Old 01-03-2012, 08:48 AM Thread Starter
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Teraflex Hood Strut Kit

I had some time to myself Sunday so I installed the Teraflex hood strut kit I won in the Christmas giveaway. (Thank You Teraflex!!!) The installation was super easy and only takes about half an hour or so. (I went through 2 beers and a cigar.) The kit (plus some):



Close up of the hardware:



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First thing to do was enlarge a couple of existing holes on the sides of the fender wells.

The first was easy enough:



A bracket had to be removed to enlarge the passenger side hole:



With a step bit and cordless drill this takes no time at all. The struts then simply bolt on through the enlarged holes. The instruction say to torque to 15 ft-lbs so I had to use my old balance beam torque wrench and went to 175 in-lbs.

The instructions weren’t clear on this but I used the strut end bolt to hold the accessory bracket in place on the passenger side. I double checked to make sure clearance wasn’t an issue:



The next step was marking and drilling the holes for the brackets to be bolted onto the hood. The instructions say to place some painters masking tape at 20-24” from the bottom of the hood and then mark 22” on the tape. It was hard to tell from the picture in the instructions but the tape should overlap the hood insulation and the part of the metal just slightly. Also, the instructions say to use the bracket and 22” mark to mark where to drill the bolt holes. What they don’t say is to line the end of the bracket up with the 22” mark as opposed to the center hole of the bracket or whatnot. I double checked the backing plate with the existing slot in the hood and the marks for the holes before drilling and realized I was wrong:



A quick adjustment and I had new holes marked for drilling:



After drilling I followed the instruction’s tip of taping the backing plate in place to keep it from falling inside the hood:



After getting the bolts started into the backing plate I hand-tightened the bolts as much as I could with a nut-driver:



I had to play with order of installation of the little clips that hold the struts on to get them installed since the final position of the struts puts them to close to part of the hood but it was easy enough:



Once complete the hood stood up easily enough on its own:



Another big thank you to Teraflex!

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post #2 of 6 Old 01-03-2012, 11:28 AM
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When open, is it higher or lower than the height of the hood in it's stock position? I'm 5'10" and my JK has 35's and a TF 3" lift and I can just grab the hood to close it. If it's higher, then I guess I'll have to mount a rope or something

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When open, is it higher or lower than the height of the hood in it's stock position? I'm 5'10" and my JK has 35's and a TF 3" lift and I can just grab the hood to close it. If it's higher, then I guess I'll have to mount a rope or something
I installed mine about a week ago it was an inch or so higher once open compared to the stock position. I have a 4" lift and 35's and at 6 foot tall I had to really reach for mine.

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Great write-up. Another thing to point out that I encountered was with the soft screws used for the hood mount into the bracket is I was able to snap two of them off by overtightening them. They are make out of some soft metal like aluminum or something and while I was tightening them up and compressing the hood insulation it felt like they were not tight and gave them an extra turn and snapped 2 heads off. I was lucky to have some extras and able to get the broken part of the screw out pretty easy, but something for others to think about before anyone encounters the same thing I did.

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Thanks for doing this write up!


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i have this kit sitting in my garage but just been putting it off. i do have two questions though,

1. do you have to take the little ball out of the top end of the strut to fit it to the one on the bracket? confused how you attach the strut to the hood bracket.

2. did you happen to try and compress the struts before you installed them? i just tried out of curiosity and couldn't do it. don't know if its supposed to be like that or maybe mine are damaged?

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