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don't know about fitment of ford performance struts, but jltperformance.com sells direct bolt on hood struts that they will paint to match car. I have bought a few color matched parts from them and they do a great job on paint and the struts are a great product.
 

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don't know about fitment of ford performance struts, but jltperformance.com sells direct bolt on hood struts that they will paint to match car. I have bought a few color matched parts from them and they do a great job on paint and the struts are a great product.
Many thanks RB,

I'll check them out.

I guess the bigger question is whether or not the hood dimension and arrangement of attachments, pre drilled holes, brackets, etc, (at least for the parts relevant to hood struts) are the same for the GT350 vs. the S550 GT. If the answer is yes, then virtually any hood strut kit that will work on a 15-17 GT would work on the GT350.

What I'm really wondering is if the different hood on the GT350 requires a different hood strut kit than the non GT350 stangs. I'd assume the body dimensions for the engine bay and sheet metal parts and arrangements are the same, if anything would be different it would be the hood. But I'm guessing Ford integrated the underside of the hood to work with already standard parts and arrangements of the non-Shelby stangs for simplicity and efficiency.
 

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Saw the other thread in the general forum and as I feared, they are not the same. I'll use one of the gt350 specific kits.
 

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Saw the other thread in the general forum and as I feared, they are not the same. I'll use one of the gt350 specific kits.
Grey, I have the Redline Tuning hood struts for the GT 350 part #21-11030-02 (Quick Lift Plus model) and they work great. The mounting is simple and precise...at first it felt like the hood might be too light/fragile and could possible bend, so I removed them. However later I went and cycled them more and reinstalled, they are working great now...I've had very good luck with Redline Tuning hood struts in the past on several other cars and they are a nice addition. You'll need to round out the battery cover hole a bit larger than just the supplied drill bit size due the height of the strut mounting bracket under the batt cover, but easy! Also, I took a steak knife and did the optional cut so you can easily remove the batt cover w/o removing the hood strut. Good luck!!

PS, I'm more of a stealth guy so peeled off the RedLine Tuning stickers on the strut bodies so they are satin black and look more like factory...
 

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Got my Redline Tuning hood struts yesterday. I went with Redline because that's what I have on the other two Mustangs and they work great. No problem even with the extra weight of a hood scoop on the '15 GT.
 

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don't know about fitment of ford performance struts, but jltperformance.com sells direct bolt on hood struts that they will paint to match car. I have bought a few color matched parts from them and they do a great job on paint and the struts are a great product.
Bingo, I have them and they work great. They are quite stiff at 1st so be sure and cycle them a bit before installation then cycle them again once installed. At first it felt as if my hood might bend (but not the case) so I hand cycle the hood up and 90% down for 10 minutes and they work very well now. I didn't want to have them painted (wanted them to blend in rather than stand out) and they come in a nice satin black. I removed the Red Line Racing stickers on the struts so they look OEM. Either way, over the years I've had 3 or 4 sets and never had an issue with them.
 

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I'm ready to order the Redline kit. It looks like it comes in "Plus" or "Elite," anyone know the difference?
Looks like the Plus is black and the Elite is silver.
This is the link I found, but they don't list our GT350, just GT so I'm assuming this is the right one..?
2015+ Ford Mustang Hood QuickLIFT PLUS
 

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There are Redline struts specifically for the GT350s. Got the black ones (Plus) in two days from cjponyparts.com and got 'em installed today.
 

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Just ordered the kit from CJPony
thnx

PS: any idea why Ford didn't include these on the car?
 

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Nope. Haven't been on any ponies that I know of. Seems dumb to me to still have that dang prop rod.
 

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I'm ready to order the Redline kit. It looks like it comes in "Plus" or "Elite," anyone know the difference?
Looks like the Plus is black and the Elite is silver.
This is the link I found, but they don't list our GT350, just GT so I'm assuming this is the right one..?
2015+ Ford Mustang Hood QuickLIFT PLUS
RedLine has an order site on eBay. ($99.00 free ship).

In my research the RedLine had a longer bracket for the hood attachment which will spread out load on our aluiminum hood panel. Made the difference for me, FORD Performance version looked cheap.
 

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I'm ready to order the Redline kit. It looks like it comes in "Plus" or "Elite," anyone know the difference?
Looks like the Plus is black and the Elite is silver.
This is the link I found, but they don't list our GT350, just GT so I'm assuming this is the right one..?
2015+ Ford Mustang Hood QuickLIFT PLUS
Racer172, check out my response a few posts above as I've included the Red Line part # for the GT350. IIRC, I purchased the "Plus" as I liked the black better than the silver. Price diff was about $20 less for the "Plus" model...

Oops, didn't see your subsequent posts. Have them installed yet?
 

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Racer172, check out my response a few posts above as I've included the Red Line part # for the GT350. IIRC, I purchased the "Plus" as I liked the black better than the silver. Price diff was about $20 less for the "Plus" model...

Oops, didn't see your subsequent posts. Have them installed yet?
The Elite is specified as Stainless Steel housing (silver), which amounts for the difference in price.
 

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I was able to get the hood struts installed this evening, went well.
If you are going to do the install I have 3 tips for you:
1) at the bottom of the instructions it tells you how uninstall the struts if needed by prying up the C-clip. I recommend that you pry these C-clips up before you install the struts, they pop on much easier. Then make sure the C-clips have seated.
2) before installing the struts set a towel down on your workbench and push the strut into the bench to compress it. I gave each strut about 10 compressions and it took most of my strength. You don't want the first time to be pulling down on your hood.
3) before install remove the RedLine stickers (unless you like them).





Oh and tip #4... remove the OEM strut!

 
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