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Installed QuickLIFT hood struts--No more hood prop!

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This afternoon I installed a set of QuickLIFT gas-charged struts from Redline Tuning on the hood of my '08 Limited. It was a little more challenging than I thought, but I ended up with only one Band-Aid! Here's the before picture with the old hood prop:



And the after picture with the new struts:



One of the hardest parts for me was removing these little yellow plastic clips that hold the weatherstripping in place:



I even made a short video to show how it works:

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I installed a set in our 09 last month. It was a bit of a challenge when I dropped one of the self tapping screws down behind the fender plastic :oops: . Took longer to get that out than to do the job. I meant to send them a email and ask if they could add an extra screw and rivet in the kits, just for dummies like me.
I cheated with the weatherstripping clips, just hooked the rubber on one side and stretched it over the other end of the clip. It only took seconds to reinstall rubber.
 

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I purchased mine from redlinetuning.com and purchased the elite kit at $119.00
 

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junebug1701 said:
This afternoon I installed a set of QuickLIFT gas-spring struts on the hood of my '08 Limited. It was a little more challenging than I thought, but I ended up with only one Band-Aid! Here's the before picture with the old hood prop:



And the after picture with the new struts:



One of the hardest parts for me was removing these little yellow plastic clips that hold the weatherstripping in place:



I even made a short video to show how it works:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fR5_Ig0BLrM
What are thoses big ruber strips for the hood fluter?
 

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I installed a set in our 09 last month. It was a bit of a challenge when I dropped one of the self tapping screws down behind the fender plastic.
Did you find it hard to drill those back holes on the fender brackets? It felt like I was going through 3 tough layers of steel. The front holes were much easier.
 

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Dry_Okole said:
oooh, where did you get them? How much were they? How difficult was the install?
Got them from here:

http://www.redlinetuning.com/

I got the basic kit for $69.95 and painted the brackets satin black. To install you need a tape measure, sharpie, utility knife, center punch, drill with #11 and 5/32" drill bits, Pop rivet gun, and a ratchet with a 5/16 socket. You have to measure and drill 10 holes, remove and trim the weatherstripping, install the hood brackets with 6 pop rivets and the fender brackets with 4 self-tapping bolts. Re-install the weatherstripping, then just snap the struts onto the brackets and remove the old hood prop. Keep an old towel or cloth on the fender while you're working, and put tape on the drill bits so they don't go too deep. If you take your time and be careful, you can knock it out in an hour or so.
 

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What are thoses big ruber strips for the hood fluter?
There is a piece of weatherstripping on each side of the hood where it meets the fenders. You have to remove these and trim them where the bracket ball sticks out. I have never had hood flutter--if you don't have this weatherstripping on yours, that could be the problem.
 

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junebug1701 said:
OzZ said:
What are thoses big ruber strips for the hood fluter?
There is a piece of weatherstripping on each side of the hood where it meets the fenders. You have to remove these and trim them where the bracket ball sticks out. I have never had hood flutter--if you don't have this weatherstripping on yours, that could be the problem.
were did you get it?
 

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junebug1701 said:
nobull1 said:
I installed a set in our 09 last month. It was a bit of a challenge when I dropped one of the self tapping screws down behind the fender plastic.
Did you find it hard to drill those back holes on the fender brackets? It felt like I was going through 3 tough layers of steel. The front holes were much easier.
I think most were two layers of steel and the one hole in the back passenger side was almost like something was under the hole :oops:. In the end all went well, but wasn't as easy as I thought it would be . Trying to be careful to drill in the right spot, not to deep, not scratch anything and dropping parts between the fender and inner fender (stick rag in hole in fender before trying to install screws) just takes time.
 

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tankyuong said:
Tha have them on ebay for $100
The elite ones are $129.95 on Ebay. I don't know if you need the Elite or not, but in my case I spent the extra and "maybe" got better shocks with the 4 year warranty instead of two.
 

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junebug1701 said:
OzZ said:
What are thoses big ruber strips for the hood fluter?
There is a piece of weatherstripping on each side of the hood where it meets the fenders. You have to remove these and trim them where the bracket ball sticks out. I have never had hood flutter--if you don't have this weatherstripping on yours, that could be the problem.
were did you get it?
It came like that from the factory. Is this missing on your '07?
 

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Dry_Okole said:
oooh, where did you get them? How much were they? How difficult was the install?
Got them from here:

http://www.redlinetuning.com/QL-TOY-RAV4-06+.html

I got the basic kit for $69.95 and painted the brackets satin black. To install you need a tape measure, sharpie, utility knife, center punch, drill with #11 and 5/32" drill bits, Pop rivet gun, and a ratchet with a 5/16 socket. You have to measure and drill 10 holes, remove and trim the weatherstripping, install the hood brackets with 6 pop rivets and the fender brackets with 4 self-tapping bolts. Re-install the weatherstripping, then just snap the struts onto the brackets and remove the old hood prop. Keep an old towel or cloth on the fender while you're working, and put tape on the drill bits so they don't go too deep. If you take your time and be careful, you can knock it out in an hour or so.
Thanks for listing the tools needed to complete the job. It's helpful to all of us, I'm sure.
 

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To install you need a tape measure, sharpie, utility knife, center punch, drill with #11 and 5/32" drill bits, Pop rivet gun, and a ratchet with a 5/16 socket. You have to measure and drill 10 holes, remove and trim the weatherstripping, install the hood brackets with 6 pop rivets and the fender brackets with 4 self-tapping bolts. Re-install the weatherstripping, then just snap the struts onto the brackets and remove the old hood prop. Keep an old towel or cloth on the fender while you're working, and put tape on the drill bits so they don't go too deep. If you take your time and be careful, you can knock it out in an hour or so.
I was going to order these until I read this -_-
 
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