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Ordered these for my Dads 2001 Ford Explorer. He seriously had an aluminum pole to hold up the hood and said he didn’t need them but I ordered them anyway. It took all of 5 minutes installing them and they fit perfectly! For $15 bucks!! Hell yeahhh!! Huge difference from the piece of aluminum!! Works and looks so much better!! Especially cuz the pole thing was hotter than bleep every time you needed to raise the hood! So glad I got them and still don’t mind my Dad very well!!
After I installed the shock struts I thought they were defective but I realized that they were just very strong and lifted the rear window very well and stayed up. They were better than other struts I have purchased for other vehicles I have had. Just be careful not to loose the catch rings from the old ones as they do not come with new ones.
Overall smooth and easy installation. The OEM shock have rubber gaskets on the top attachment point. These new shocks have a rotating eyelet that replaces that system.
The only downside is that there is now some wiggle room in the top mounting area. So far that does not seem to cause rattle or any other issues. The rotating eyelet actually works better than the rubber gasket
I bought this for my 1998 Ford Explorer. They worked fine for weeks. But then one day I had the hood up and it was a little windy outside. The hood slammed down. It works if there is no wind outside, but if there is any wind, that little extra resistance will make the hood close.
Should have done this long ago. 3 minutes for both struts, using a small screwdriver as a pry bar to remove the old clips, and you can get rid of that broomstick you’ve had in your car for years to hold the hood open.