2006 Nissan Altima SE-R and are tired of dealing with the traditional hood prop rod, there’s a budget-friendly and straightforward solution for you. Installing hood struts not only cleans up your engine bay but also provides the convenience of a one-handed operation. In this guide, we will walk you through the process of installing hood struts, combining insights from two different articles.
Hood Strut Installation Steps
1. Gathering Materials
To get started, purchase the necessary materials, including 2pcs M6 ball studs, 1pc M6 nut, and 1pc A33 Maxima hood strut or a similar length alternative.
2. Replacing Fender Bolt
Remove the middle fender bolt and replace it with a ball stud. This step is crucial for securing the hood strut in place.
3. Passenger Side Bracket Modification
For the passenger side, take advantage of the existing hole in the hood bracket designed for a plastic clip for the washer fluid line. Pop it out and install the ball stud and nut.
4. Hood Strut Installation
Now, it’s time to install the hood strut itself. Follow the provided instructions to ensure a secure and proper fit.
5. Driver Side Installation (Optional)
If you decide to install hood struts on the driver side, you’ll need to drill a hole in the driver side hood bracket. Be cautious and precise during this process.
Redline Tuning Hood QuickLIFT PLUS System
6. Overview of QuickLIFT PLUS System
For those seeking a more comprehensive solution, Redline Tuning offers the Hood QuickLIFT PLUS System. This aftermarket system is designed to eliminate the need for a hood prop rod and provides a smooth, controlled motion when lifting the hood.
7. Compatibility and Product Description
The QuickLIFT PLUS System is compatible with 2002-2006 Nissan Altima models. Redline Tuning is a renowned leader in aftermarket Hood QuickLIFT systems, boasting a wide range of vehicle-specific applications since 2002.
8. Installation Process
The installation process is well-documented in a detailed full-color manual provided with the QuickLIFT PLUS System. Some drilling is required for certain components, and special multi-grip rivets are included for attachment.
Redline Tuning Hood QuickLIFT Elite System
9. Upgrade to QuickLIFT ELITE
For those looking for the best available components, Redline Tuning offers the QuickLIFT ELITE System. This system includes 316L stainless steel gas springs, ensuring durability and corrosion protection.
10. Partial Bolt-In Installation
The Quick Lift ELITE System features partial bolt-in installation, with lower mounting hardware bolting into existing locations. Special multi-grip rivets are still required for hood mounting hardware, necessitating careful installation.