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Old 05-16-2019, 02:52 PM   #61
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Default Re: Bolt on hood struts

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The McMaster part number CAD info shows only 2 mounting holes and it and the redline part may actually be identical and are functionally identical for sure.
I didn't find that drawing earlier but here it is. It shows 3 holes at the top right. Does look to be the same with the exception of the ball position. McMaster seems to be more outwards at .83" than the RedLine shown in the photo following the McMaster drawing.





This is the photo of the RedLine product; they don't show a measurement for the protrusion of the 10mm ball however by eyeball it seems to be less.

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Old 05-16-2019, 05:38 PM   #62
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Default Re: Bolt on hood struts

I dont think it is critical but you have to add 5mm to the measured value i posted as I measured to the ball centerline to a bit less than the absolute botom as the hood insulation edge is also there. 5mm is a bit less than 0.04" so that .5 + .04 = .54 + a small amount for the casual measurement. Redline may have changed the mount as the one I have is rather old.

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Old 06-03-2019, 12:58 PM   #63
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I ended up making my own brackets as the shipping from US into Canada was a deterrent in my quest to do this as low cost as possible using new parts.

I grabbed a couple pipe hangers (see photo below) from the hardware store plumbing department and modified them. I cut both them down to about 7/8ths of an inch in height. Just enough so when the hood was closed the upper didn't touch the UHJB and the lower didn't touch the hood.

On the upper bracket I drilled 2 holes, one for the ball stud and one for a third rivet. The reasoning for the 3rd rivet hole is that the pipe hanger came with slotted 1/4" holes which were larger than the 3/16" rivets. The rivets held in the 1/4' holes but the 3rd 3/16" hole ensured it was attached securely to the hood with no risk of movement.

On the lower I drilled 1 hole for the ball stud and changed the angle from 90 to ~115 degrees.

I used a center punch to mark all the holes, drilled a small hole then stepped up until the finished hole size.

Here's my final part list, costs and some photos of the finished installation on my 99 SL2 MT . My final cost was $38.58 CAD including taxes (about $28 USD).
  • 2 - 3/8" Extended IPS Steel Epoxy Pipe Hanger ($2.49/ea)
  • 1 - 2 pack of JR Products BS-1005 10mm Ball Stud ($6.99/ea)
  • 2 - Nylon Insert Lock Nut 5/16"-18 ($0.29/ea
  • 1 - 20" 60-lb Gas Prop ($20.76/ea)
  • 3 - 3/16" medium rivets ($0.11/ea)
  • 2 - 1/2" Self tapping hex head screws (.25/ea)
  • 1 - Black spray paint (left over paint)
Pipe Hanger
10mm Ball Stud
Gas Strut
3/16" Med Rivets
Lock nut
Flat Black Paint








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1992 SL2 MT (5y)

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Old 06-03-2019, 02:06 PM   #64
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Looks like you got it all working just fine.

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