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Old 03-02-10, 02:22 PM   #121
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Old 09-11-10, 11:10 AM   #123
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I just replaced mine a few minutes ago with a pair of Strong Arm hood lifts from the local Advance Auto Parts. They were incredibly easy to install, about as easy as changing your wiper blades. They went for $70 for the pair and I had them in my hands in one day. A little more expensive than the eBay ones, but I'm not complaining at all.

So far they seem to work very well. They are very strong, but I can push the hood down to close it without too much effort. My old ones were 18 years old before they failed, so I can't really say if these are stronger or weaker than the OEM ones. At $300 a pair for OEM though, I really don't care to find out if there's a difference.
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Old 01-03-11, 04:46 PM   #124
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sorry to bring up old thread, but my hood struts are out on the ls4 i just bought. originally i was just gonna get a clamp for 15$ and call it a day, but after finding this thread and seeing good things about the ebay struts. just wanted to make sure are these it?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/2-HOO...Q5fAccessories
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Old 01-04-11, 08:29 AM   #125
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I have searched and read the posts about the struts being quite strong at first but will relax after awhile. I didn't want to break the hood trying to close it. For those who did the how-to, did you have any problems closing the struts at first? I'm a 160lb guy and used a lot of force to test out the struts. I don't think the hood requires that much force. This was just for 1 strut while the original unit is still on the hood.

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I sourced my hood struts from Advance Auto Parts. Strong Arm brand, right off the shelf, no special order. They're about $28 apiece + tax. They come with the replacement ball joints built in so it's a direct OEM replacement. They've worked wonderfully for a month - and the hood has needed to be opened & closed many, many, many times in the course of that month.
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Old 01-04-11, 08:08 PM   #126
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I bought the Ebay ones and wasn't happy with them. They made my hood bow up slightly in the center along each fender on my 1991... I was also getting a cracking sound going over bumps that was coming from the drivers side hood hinge area. Took them out and put the OEM one's back in for now. No bow and no cracking sound.

Andyman32, did the Advance Auto ones bow your hood at all?
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Old 01-05-11, 06:41 PM   #127
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Andyman32, did the Advance Auto ones bow your hood at all?
No, not at all. It sounds like lots of folks with first-gen LSs had trouble with aftermarket hood struts so maybe there's a different structure on this one's hood... but it really works perfectly. Closes smoothly, there's no such thing as the "hard resistance" problem of new struts others have reported here - and as I said, the ball joints were included. You just screw in the new ball screw and the strut clips right on. I actually didn't notice it at first and had cut open the ball joints on both ends of the first hood strut with a high-speed cutoff tool. Only when I went to install the new ones did I realize that they included the little screws.
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Old 01-05-11, 07:59 PM   #128
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Just ordered two of the Strong Arm # 4572's off of Amazon. They had only two in stock that were sold by Amazon directly that were on special for $10 each, then a $5 rebate for the pair. So I paid $15 for the pair and $11 shipping! $26 for the pair total. Not bad. Others on there are $43.50 a pair plus shipping.

http://www.amazon.com/StrongArm-4572...f=pd_rhf_p_t_2
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Just ordered two of the Strong Arm # 4572's off of Amazon. They had only two in stock that were sold by Amazon directly that were on special for $10 each, then a $5 rebate for the pair. So I paid $15 for the pair and $11 shipping! $26 for the pair total. Not bad. Others on there are $43.50 a pair plus shipping.

http://www.amazon.com/StrongArm-4572...f=pd_rhf_p_t_2
Wow... well, that's less than 1/4 what I paid. Shame on me though. I've gotten some fantastic deals on car parts from Amazon before.
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Old 01-11-11, 08:24 PM   #130
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I installed the Strong Arm 4572 hood struts tonight. They work great. Night and day compared to the PartsAvenue struts on ebay. I had bought and installed the PartsAvenue struts and they were extremely stiff. Plus they made my hood bow up on the sides when the hood was closed. The Strong Arm's work much better and no hood bow!

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Make sure they not up side down. I just install mighty lift struts and they work good
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Just a chime for the Mighty Lift. When new, I only needed to use one to hold the hood up. After they age a bit, they get a bit weaker so after rotating them around, I finally can use two. Brand new with both installed, it bowed the hood and it was hard to close.
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do UCF20 lifts direct bolt on UCF10? they are available on junk yards and of course are many years younger in age.
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no, they dont.

there's even a difference in series 1 and II UCF2x hood struts.
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Make sure they not up side down. I just install mighty lift struts and they work good
The Park Avenue struts can't be installed upside down. The ends are pre-assembled and the bolt sizes are different. This is just one of those instances where you get what you pay for...
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