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Hood Struts...?

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by ttu19, Feb 18, 2019.

  1. Feb 18, 2019 at 6:45 AM
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    ttu19

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    Looking at getting some hood struts for the Tacoma, have any of you out there added this and could recommend some to me?

    How difficult or not is it to install them? Thanks..!

    2016 TRD Sport
     
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  2. Feb 18, 2019 at 6:46 AM
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    Red Line. There a Vedor here. Great product.
     
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  4. Feb 18, 2019 at 6:52 AM
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    I did the redline kit, not hard at all. just make sure you have a stop on your bit so you dont punch the top of your hood when you break through. I also painted the bare metal with touchup paint and dipped the rivets in grease.
     
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    2nd... Redline Tuning struts were my first add on. Video install is great and was done in under an hour. Awesome product
     
  6. Feb 18, 2019 at 6:53 AM
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    Redline Tuning, Took 15 year old Grandson less than an hour to install them. Best mod I have done to my truck yet. Can open the hood with one hand. Saves this 76 year old a lot of pain
     
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  7. Feb 18, 2019 at 8:56 AM
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  8. Feb 18, 2019 at 8:59 AM
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    Use a stepped bit to drill the holes and do not cheap out on the rivet gun or you will struggle to strongly secure them.
     
  9. Feb 18, 2019 at 9:03 AM
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    Thanks everyone! I see there is a 'Plus' and 'Elite' version. I can't tell what the main difference is, which do you have?
     
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  10. Feb 18, 2019 at 9:09 AM
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    I’ve also been looking at this mod (red line)... haven’t pulled the trigger since I only open my hood maybe once per month, if that even. At $99 for the kit, and my expected 48 months of ownership before I trade/sell, it’ll cost me 2 bucks per event to have an easy open hood. It would be nice, but I’m afraid this mod doesn’t pass my practical test.
     
  11. Feb 18, 2019 at 9:09 AM
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    Mechanically they are the same. The Elite has stainless steel covers. I went with the black to save a few bucks since they only show when the hood is up.
     
  12. Feb 18, 2019 at 9:17 AM
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    First mod I do to any vehicle I own (along with Weathertechs.) Redline is all I've used, but zero complaints.
     
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  13. Feb 18, 2019 at 9:42 AM
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    These are awesome. Install is pretty straight forward.
     
  14. Feb 18, 2019 at 9:45 AM
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    Instead on mine, love them, when I was installing, the rivets were 3/16" steel. I ended up buying a pneumatic rivet gun to get them in, I could not get them in with my hand rivet gun.
     
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    Is there any other options for hood struts? I hate that you need to drill to be able to installed the struts.
     
  16. Feb 18, 2019 at 9:48 AM
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    It's really as simple as can be. Use a center punch and then a stepped drilled bit.
     
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    Not sure how else they could be attached.
     
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