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    Hood Lift Struts Installed

    Because our CX-5 hoods are so heavy, I thought there was a definite purpose for these struts. They make the hood literally weightless when raising and keep the hood totally neutral when closing.

    I put these on my 2016 MX-5 GT about 2 years ago and knew they were worth every penny. The hood on my MX-5 is aluminum and is very light compared to the CX-5 hood, never the less, it is so much easier to lift.

    Of course, I kept the OEM prop rod installed just in case I have to raise the hood outside of my garage on a very windy day. The prop rod will give the hood extra stability in conjunction with the Hydraulic struts.

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    Thank you for the idea! What struts and where did you get them?

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    https://www.amazon.com/Autobahn88-20...0721BG1NB?th=1

    Found some on Amazon...might be worth picking these up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by yugrus View Post
    Thank you for the idea! What struts and where did you get them?
    Since all hood struts are made in China, you can save more than 50% by purchasing directly from there.

    The shipping time is only about 2 weeks. This is where I purchased mine.

    Regardless as to where you purchase them from, they sure do make life a lot easier.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/2XHood-Damp...UAAOSw1GlaVbvv
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    Thank you. A brief search for something that fits our '15 didn't bring much, but I'm sure I can use any hatch struts of proper length, with brackets. Even the ones for 17+ hoods that you use.

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    You're kidding, right?! The hood is heavy? LMAO!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ColtX-5 View Post
    You're kidding, right?! The hood is heavy? LMAO!
    I'd say excessively heavy. Try aluminum ones that are installed on many cars. Heck, my Tahoe is a great example- feather light, with spring- loaded assisting mechanism.
    I guess there was the reason Mazda choose to use steel, maybe as a part of the crash protection engineering. But yeah, it is heavy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yugrus View Post
    I'd say excessively heavy. Try aluminum ones that are installed on many cars. Heck, my Tahoe is a great example- feather light, with spring- loaded assisting mechanism.
    I guess there was the reason Mazda choose to use steel, maybe as a part of the crash protection engineering. But yeah, it is heavy.
    The Mazda6 hood seems even heavier. I had struts on a different car before and they are pretty cool to have....however was always paranoid they would fail and come down on me. If installed in the CX-5/Mazda6 It would be for convenience lifting but I'd still use the prop as a backup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ColtX-5 View Post
    You're kidding, right?! The hood is heavy? LMAO!
    I don't think it's all that heavy but I do miss having struts like this on literally every other car I've owned.
    Except our current Volvo, strangely. I think this is a cool little mod I might look into.

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    Yeah, my old '98 Jeep GC hood worked like this. I'd look into this mod too.

    Gen2 hoods are heavier than Gen1 hoods aren't they?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CX-5um View Post
    The Mazda6 hood seems even heavier. I had struts on a different car before and they are pretty cool to have....however was always paranoid they would fail and come down on me. If installed in the CX-5/Mazda6 It would be for convenience lifting but I'd still use the prop as a backup.
    Yes, the OEM prop rod is good back up insurance and since it's already there, one might as well use it.

    On my cars, I always use the prop rod along with the hydraulic lifts if I am going to leave the hood up for an extended period of time.
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    Proper struts on a hood should not need backup.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 7eregrine View Post
    Proper struts on a hood should not need backup.
    You're kidding, right? They're like shocks, they don't last forever.
    My Maxima hood struts failed one day when I was checking the oil. At least one did and the hood would not stay up after that.

    I would never trust hood struts again, glad Mazda has the rod.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wlong01 View Post
    glad Mazda has the rod.
    I'm even "gladder" because I have both.
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    I've never had the good struts just five out. My last 4 cars have had them. There's, at least with my Saabs, always been fair warning if one was dying.
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