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Got some new parts heading my way and wondering if anyone has installed them or had any issues installing that I should be aware before I get my hands on them. They are as follows, Stars and Stripes Pony, MRT Hood Struts, and 8inch black antenna.
 

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Hoodlum,

Can I ask where you found the MRT hood struts? I would love to put these on rather than using the prop rod every time.
 

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Here is the link for the MRT version of the hood props. MRT PROPS. I sure wish I had known about these before I got my Redlines. They are a much less intrusive setup as well as no holes need to be drilled. :doh: :wavey
 

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MRT kits ugly & overpriced

Regarding MRT Part #3200, I looked at the kit for $99 and I don't know what to think about that multiple-holed bracket; it looks like someone took unistrut and slapped underside the hood; not good looking at all. Doesn't MRT offer a little more finished product? I mean for $99, the bracket that attaches to the hood lid could do without all those holes (I noticed the strut is attached to the last hole).

I think MRT needs a little competition (remember the sequential turn signal kits?). The struts can't be more than $25/each, add the SS brackets at about $10 in material, and finally the company's labor to fabricate (the brackets; the struts are most likely outsourced) the kit, and we're talking a reasonable range of $60 to $75/Kit.
 

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Hoodlum said:
Got some new parts heading my way and wondering if anyone has installed them or had any issues installing that I should be aware before I get my hands on them. They are as follows, Stars and Stripes Pony, MRT Hood Struts, and 8inch black antenna.
I have installed a 6" black atenna, it looks great, but I have noticed a slight loss of reception from one of my favorite radio stations.
 

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MGPony said:
Regarding MRT Part #3200, I looked at the kit for $99 and I don't know what to think about that multiple-holed bracket; it looks like someone took unistrut and slapped underside the hood; not good looking at all. Doesn't MRT offer a little more finished product? I mean for $99, the bracket that attaches to the hood lid could do without all those holes (I noticed the strut is attached to the last hole).

I think MRT needs a little competition (remember the sequential turn signal kits?). The struts can't be more than $25/each, add the SS brackets at about $10 in material, and finally the company's labor to fabricate (the brackets; the struts are most likely outsourced) the kit, and we're talking a reasonable range of $60 to $75/Kit.
Well I was originally going to get the CDC one but it looks to be the same as the MRT version, except that CDC wants $25 for shipping on anything versus $7 something for MRT, MRT 1 CDC 0
 

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mrvandermey said:
I have installed a 6" black atenna, it looks great, but I have noticed a slight loss of reception from one of my favorite radio stations.
I figured that would happen but thats what the 6cd mp3 is for if that happens :winks
 

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Here is the link for the MRT version of the hood props. MRT PROPS. I sure wish I had known about these before I got my Redlines. They are a much less intrusive setup as well as no holes need to be drilled. :doh: :wavey
No holes! :weeps :weeps :weeps :weeps :weeps :weeps :weeps :weeps :weeps
Number of weeps = number of redline holes drilled :sterb:
 

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9 holes? Mine only required 8 - where is the extra?
 

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Are the MRT hood props a piston like the Redlines or what are they? I can't tell from the pictures they have posted.
I believe that they are the samething as CDC's so if you look at CDC's on there site they have a better picture.
 

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The ninth hole was to relocate the washer fluid line. I had to do it w/ the redline kit I used.
MRT type for me. I'm not drillin' any holes. (freshmen humor aside...) If we bide our time, more companies will produce better products.
 

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Guys,


The hood struts from "Redline" look alot cleaner and do not have that long bracket the mounts to the hood...

You SHOULD check them out...

The web site is: http://www.redlinetuning.com/QL-FORD-MUS-05+.html

The basic black is priced at $59.95 and the stainless is priced at $109.95...

Very good product... I have installed it on my car...

Love not having to prop the hood up every time I need to get in there...

Dave
 

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OUPony said:
Are the MRT hood props a piston like the Redlines or what are they? I can't tell from the pictures they have posted.
Just got them in, and the instructions say gas charged, I wont have time to install them till sunday morning tho.
 

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VS redline

I have the redlines and am very hapy with them,
I do like the idea of no holes.
BUT, our hoods are light weight aluminum and the MRT type mount on the hood low near hinge area, I don't know for sure, but the leverage effect could bend or buckle the hood when closing or trying to close to fast.

could this be the reason redline racing engineered them the way they did?

I have had hatch struts ('89 mustang) lockup to a very high resistance when they went bad.
 

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I have the redline tuning ones also that replace the hood prop. I have a pic in my gallery if you want to check it out.
 

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Hmmm, Over'sGT, that's a good point about the hood. I'm on the fence between Redline and MRTs. Planning on keeping the car many many years and drilling the holes is discouraging, however, pressure on the middle of the hood due to the MRT brackets being mounted on the back would be worse. Well, I've got three months of homework to do before I have to buy and install.

Idea: (MRT Struts + Stock Hood) + Pressure = (Buckling - MRT Struts - Stock Hood) + (Redline Struts + California Dream RAM Air Hood)
(Gotta justify the Mods somehow) :rolleyes:
 

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Well I installed them last night. No problems installing very easy. Everything still looks flush. I dont believe there will be any stress related issue. It seems that the struts at a certain point offer very little resistence when putting the hood down so it take no more strength to shut the hood as it did be for. As for the point where they attach to the hood its no more the 5 inches higher and even then the force is on the plate that they mount to which is attached at the factory points. I personally love the MRT's and if I would have to buy them again I would do it again in a heart beat. I should have some pics later tonight after the saturday car show. If anyone has any questions be glad to help you out.
 
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