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Hood Struts...?

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

  1. Apr 17, 2020 at 3:14 PM
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    Bertw192

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    I'm short. I don't want my hood to lift any higher. Might not be able to reach it, to close it. :pout:
     
  2. Apr 17, 2020 at 3:29 PM
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    At a skyward 5'8" I was worried...........I may be tall, but I'm fat to make up for it.........wait what.........I was worried, but I added a 5.5" above the prop rod and still reach with no issues. After my 8" lift could be a problem :D:p:eek::taco:
     
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  3. Apr 17, 2020 at 3:41 PM
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    So then why did you buy Kings instead of Fox?


    I would have gone redline too. Then again, I’m a fox guy. So.
     
  4. Apr 17, 2020 at 5:50 PM
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    "Better" is a subjective term, everyone can say theirs is "better" or "best". Try to look at some tangible parameters when comparing - for instance, our struts have bigger rod and tube diameters than Redline, which makes them stronger and more uniform in force output. They are USA made and are of OEM quality, with better seals to reduce gas leakage, which allows us to back them with a 5 year warranty. Redline has 4 year warranty on their Plus struts, Sokie has 1 year.

    Also, try contacting the company you plan to buy from with any questions, and assess the speed and depth of responses you get. If you don't get a prompt response before the sale, how do you think it'll work after the sale, when you have issues or questions?

    As for the high lift capability, no one needs it , and you don't have to utilize it (you can select any hood height with Spiker kits, from stock up to +6"). But you'll be amazed at the extra access and lighting that comes with the higher lift. You can always add a pull strap if your truck is lifted :).

    Just some food for thought. Thankfully the world is big enough for Redline, Spiker, and Sokie to coexist :). Do your research and buy what's best for you based on your criteria.
     
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  5. Apr 17, 2020 at 7:15 PM
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    I think the whole 4-5 year warranty and made in USA is a sales gimmick. My vote is for the Skokie, why? Because they are affordable and the functionality is exactly the same with the advantage of not drilling holes. I don’t get why you need to spent $o much on simple struts to lift a hoodo_O.
     
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  6. Apr 17, 2020 at 8:42 PM
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    Exactly why I’m askingo_O How are they higher quality? Lifting higher is definitely one advantage but that’s all I can really tell the difference from the two sales pages. I’m all for going with originals. That’s how I normally roll
    Now he may be biased but this was more the answer I was looking for (and hoping for cuz I already bought them!)o_O:D
    Thanks Leon!
     
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  7. Apr 17, 2020 at 8:43 PM
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    And I’m all for USA made!!:thumbsup:
    :oldglory::oldglory::oldglory:
     
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  8. Apr 20, 2020 at 5:29 AM
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    I just got in the SokieTechs, and I'm gunna be honest, I really feel like the Spikers will be better for me. I was real hesitant about riveting anything and was so pro-bolt-on, but after all the install videos I have watched on the Spikers, I'm sold. Plus, the Sokietech's have different lengths dampers because the lower mounting points are in different locations, and my OCD will NOT be able to handle that LOL. So this week I am ordering the Spikers, a rivet gun, some touchup paint, and I'm gunna get at it!!!!!
     
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  9. Apr 23, 2020 at 8:09 PM
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    Installed the hood struts today. Not too difficult:p:D started snowing on me after I drilled the first hole! I used touch up paint on them so no corrosion down the line:headbang: I like em! I considered getting the sokietechs as well for the no drilling aspect and they seemed easier to install. But the angles and such didn’t make sense to me and I’m telling myself I’m not going lazy or cheap when it comes to this truck! It is my dream truck after all. I’m glad I went with the Spikers!
    :quickdraw:
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  10. Apr 23, 2020 at 8:14 PM
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    You bought a Pro... can't go cheap now. :rofl:
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  11. Apr 23, 2020 at 8:19 PM
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    Oh... and blame your username. You brought it on yourself.
     
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  12. Apr 24, 2020 at 6:49 AM
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    Well you made quick work of it, congrats! Installing hood struts in a snowstorm is a sign of true dedication :thumbsup:
     
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  13. May 14, 2020 at 5:59 PM
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  14. Jan 13, 2021 at 1:22 PM
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    dpele Eh.

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    How long are these stuts?
    I'm also worried it will interfere with my power tray...

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  15. Jan 13, 2021 at 1:36 PM
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    My @RedlineTuning work with my power tray... and my ARB compressor.

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    I didn't notice this was a 3rd gen thread. Oops. lol
    I'm a 2nd gen.
     
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    Unfortunately I'm deployed right now but reach out to Leon at Spiker and he will answer all your questions. My spacers are just threaded pieces of stainless hex that you can get at the big box store. Well worth the upgrade.
     
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  18. Jan 15, 2021 at 1:43 AM
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    I don't see an issue with the powertray components in your setup. The struts typically do have a slight interference with the fender mounted clutch cylinder like yours, requiring 1/2" spacers. In your setup, since the reservoir is closely surrounded by the powertray, you'd have to space the powertray as well with 1/2" spacers. Totally doable :thumbsup:
     
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  19. Jan 15, 2021 at 8:11 AM
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    After looking at Red Line and Spiker, I was sold on the Spiker kit and would highly recommend it!!
     
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    Thanks for the info!
    I realized later that this is a 3rd gen thread. My taco is a 2010, so would it still need the spacers?
     

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