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Just got finished installing them. Well written instructions. They work and look great! nice smooth 2 stage action. And no more prop rod. The hood lifts slightly higher than w/ stock proprod Over all I'm very pleased... Just a few notes

1. Buy a GOOD rivet gun!!! My cheap-o rivet gun did not cut it. It would not snap the stem on the heavy duty rivets they provided. Had to snap them off by hand and ended up loosening the bracket on the drive-side a bit but it will still hold. The passenger side I ended up using some lighter duty #2 rivets I had laying around and it worked out great with my shity rivet gun and the bracket is nice and tight.

2. Read the directions a few times before installing!!! Be prepared!!! There are a few items miss-listed on the tool list and the package content list that are not provided or necessary so don't freak- 5/16 drill bit on the tool list is not used in the install, and 2 lock nuts are not provided nor necessary during install.

3. Don't accidentally pop off the sliding lock on the bottom of the gas strut and drop it into the engine compartment! It WILL take hours to find it!!! LOL

***LINK*** Redline Tuning Mazda3 QuickLIFT System - Lifts and holds your hood without prop rod.

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Smells of Elderberries
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very nice. does it have that gas hissing sound when it opens up like when we open up the hatch?
I would assume so, they are a gas strut. I should receive them hopefully toward the end of the week. Just ordered them this afternoon.
 

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Freakin sweet i cant wait till next week to get these
 

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nice find! adding to my list of planned mods.
 

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Nice! I've been waiting on something like this, thanks for the heads up Jack!

Did you order the standard or the elite? Let us know how the install goes. They don't have the install manual for the 2010+ on the site yet.

On the 1st gens, you need to rivet the top and bottom of each strut to the car. From the pictures on the site it seems like there are only rivets for connecting to the hood. Not sure how it connects to the frame/fender.
 

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Nice! I've been waiting on something like this, thanks for the heads up Jack!

Did you order the standard or the elite? Let us know how the install goes. They don't have the install manual for the 2010+ on the site yet.

On the 1st gens, you need to rivet the top and bottom of each strut to the car. From the pictures on the site it seems like there are only rivets for connecting to the hood. Not sure how it connects to the frame/fender.
I ordered the Elite set. I figured the 4 year warranty an it being stainless steel was worth the $. I'll take some pics and give some install impressions.
 

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You need to buy a rivet installing tool which costs about $20 to attach the brackets to the hood..
 

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I am also planning on ordering a set in the near future.Interested to see how the install goes.

Pat.
 

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I just received the hood lifts from the FedEx man! Install looks to be pretty straightforward... I'll get to it tonight after I find my rivet gun :(


Shitty poor quality cell phone pic!

 

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Looks like a nice product! Is that a bronze color? I would think black would be better, but I'll wait to see it installed!

Don't leave us hanging too long!
 

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Just got finished installing them. Well written instructions. They work and look great! nice smooth 2 stage action. And no more prop rod. The hood lifts slightly higher than w/ stock proprod Over all I'm very pleased... Just a few notes

1. Buy a GOOD rivet gun!!! My cheap-o rivet gun did not cut it. It would not snap the stem on the heavy duty rivets they provided. Had to snap them off by hand and ended up loosening the bracket on the drive-side a bit but it will still hold. The passenger side I ended up using some lighter duty #2 rivets I had laying around and it worked out great with my shity rivet gun and the bracket is nice and tight.

2. Read the directions a few times before installing!!! Be prepared!!! There are a few items miss-listed on the tool list and the package content list that are not provided or necessary so don't freak- 5/16 drill bit on the tool list is not used in the install, and 2 lock nuts are not provided nor necessary during install.

3. Don't accidentally pop off the sliding lock on the bottom of the gas strut and drop it into the engine compartment! It WILL take hours to find it!!! LOL :blush 1:

I'll get some pics up soon...
 

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Just got finished installing them. Well written instructions. They work and look great! nice smooth 2 stage action. And no more prop rod. The hood lifts slightly higher than w/ stock proprod Over all I'm very pleased... Just a few notes

1. Buy a GOOD rivet gun!!! My cheap-o rivet gun did not cut it. It would not snap the stem on the heavy duty rivets they provided. Had to snap them off by hand and ended up loosening the bracket on the drive-side a bit but it will still hold. The passenger side I ended up using some lighter duty #2 rivets I had laying around and it worked out great with my shity rivet gun and the bracket is nice and tight.

2. Read the directions a few times before installing!!! Be prepared!!! There are a few items miss-listed on the tool list and the package content list that are not provided or necessary so don't freak- 5/16 drill bit on the tool list is not used in the install, and 2 lock nuts are not provided nor necessary during install.

3. Don't accidentally pop off the sliding lock on the bottom of the gas strut and drop it into the engine compartment! It WILL take hours to find it!!! LOL :blush 1:

I'll get some pics up soon...
The sooner the better! What did you do with the old prop rod? Are there instructions on removing it or does it still just sit there?
 

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I would also rec. getting a bottle of touch up paint that matches your car to paint the holes you have to drill for the rivets, and to paint over the rivets themselves to prevent corrosion and to make it look a little cleaner.
 

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Piiiiiiiiiiics!


Please :).

Sorry I'll get some up. All I have right now Is my crappy cell phone at the moment my camera took a crap. I need to go get a new one or borrow my parents or my sisters tomorrow :(
 
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