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Hey guys,

I was looking at Redline Tuning - Hood Support, hood lift, gas springs, hood strut, hood struts, bonnet, bonet, hood lifters, hood damper, prop rod, hood lift, QuickLIFT, Quick LIFT system designed to lift and hold your hood. and they make hood lift kits and want to make one for pretty much every car they can get in their shop. They mainly try to use factory points to mount their lifts and hopefully the 6 has some compatible point and doesn't require any drilling.

They're located in Dexter, Michigan. I live in Virginia or I'd be there in a heartbeat.

The only other group I see with hood lift kit is AutoExe - AutoExe:ENGLISH for 20,000 yen.

http://www.autoexe.co.jp/english/fun...#utility%20top

If anyone live there or near there it would be great if you can try to contact them(email on the page), they'd feature your car in the setup guide and you'd get the system free.

Looking forward to being a part of this community.
 

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CS has released a set of hood struts for the MZ3/MS3, very recently I believe. I suppose it is a possibility they might fab some up for the new 6, if there is enough interest. I think the major incentive for the CS units over Redline or other, is that they are not fastened to the hood w/ rivets.

As far as Redline, I have a set of the premium ones on my Speed6. They're pretty decent. I bought them in a group buy on this forum a number of years ago. My only complaint is the plastic end caps on them are cheap and a somewhat poor design. They are kind of like a balljoint - fitting over a ball and snapped into place with a sliding piece of plastic. Anyway both broke on mine. However, all i did was call them over the phone and a few days later I had a box of 4 or 5 of them on my doorstep, free of charge.

Anyway, it'd be good to have a set of Redline on the market for the new 6. Maybe later somebody here could assist in orchestrating a group buy for them. :D
 

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I think the major incentive for the CS units over Redline or other, is that they are not fastened to the hood w/ rivets.
Actually, many of the newly released Redline hood strut kits are bracketed to existing bolts on the fender and hood. I would not bother with a riveted system.

I actually made a phone inquiry to Redline (left a voice mail message) about a week ago, and even though the message said a particular individual would call back ASAP, haven't heard a peep. I expressed my interest and that of others, and asked for a callback regarding the possibility of a kit for our cars. Specifically, I wanted to know if they were successful in getting an R&D vehicle, and if so, how far out a bolt-on product might be.

I also completed a product request form at Corksport, but again I've heard nothing. For what's being marketed as a highly rigid yet light car, our hooods are surprisingly heavy. It would appear that passing on an aluminum hood is just one area where Mazda saved a few dollars, same with the non-backlit passenger power window switch, non-backlit power doorlock switch, and not tieing in sideview mirror position to the 1-2 seat memory switch. I guess the R&D dollars to Skyactiv the new "6" and "3" have to come from somewhere. Actually, I recently read an article that the increased chassis rigidity vs. the previous generation "6" was accomplished with only a total of less than 25% high tensile steel, and that certain ring structures were unitized using high technology adhesives vs. the weld and mold processes some higher end manufacturers employ. I suppose we can't complain because the results of the new front offset crash tests confirm that however Mazda's doing it, they're doing it well.
 

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Finally got a response from Mazmart.... not too happy with the price.

Your information was sent to us by AutoExe Japan, regarding your interest in the GJ Chassis Mazda 6 Bonnet Dampers MGJ2960.


The total cost shipped to you is $235 US.

Please let us know if we might be able to serve you.
 

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Wow that's WAY out of my league for price lol.

The ONLY thing that would concern me with hood struts on the 2014 is the thickness of the hood itself. The hood is a VERY thin sheet of metal, but still has some weight to it - I'd be weary of having some small struts bending the metal under the weight.
 

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Wow that's WAY out of my league for price lol.

The ONLY thing that would concern me with hood struts on the 2014 is the thickness of the hood itself. The hood is a VERY thin sheet of metal, but still has some weight to it - I'd be weary of having some small struts bending the metal under the weight.
Thats why I am leaning more to getting these... despite the price. AutoExe is supposed to be good quality. I may also send the dimensions and additional info on it to Redline and see if they would consider that instead of bringing in a car. Then others can get cheaper ones in the future.

Also just found this site...
 

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Thats why I am leaning more to getting these... despite the price. AutoExe is supposed to be good quality. I may also send the dimensions and additional info on it to Redline and see if they would consider that instead of bringing in a car. Then others can get cheaper ones in the future.

Also just found this site...
Yeah I stay away from AutoEXE solely because their prices are directly related to their name. The body kit looks amazing (saw it a little while ago on JapanParts), that's the only thing that is reasonably priced.

$330 for wind deflectors? You've got to be insane!
 

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I, too, got a response today from Mazmart, $235. I'll probably do it just to be done with the prop rod. That's two of us. One more and we each save $20. I'll contact the general manager there and see if it can be arranged if one more member steps up. $20 is $20. I'm sure AutoExe's product will be acceptable despite the weight of the hood.
 

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I, too, got a response today from Mazmart, $235. I'll probably do it just to be done with the prop rod. That's two of us. One more and we each save $20. I'll contact the general manager there and see if it can be arranged if one more member steps up. $20 is $20. I'm sure AutoExe's product will be acceptable despite the weight of the hood.
I may just get theirs too... Though I had some other plans.

Like installing automatic on lights (This plus the stalk with the auto option, I hope I can make it work.)
Alarm system and maybe replace the head unit because its crap(though this may wait until an interface comes out for the commander knob). I'd rather spend money on those first though.
 

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Mine came in yesterday. I'll do the install tommorrow at latest. As Silver stated, the mounting brackets are pretty robust. The entire kit adds nearly 5 lbs. to the weight of the car, LOL.

Hood struts were actually one thing I liked about the '13 Accord V6 Touring I was cross-shopping, loosely speaking.
 

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Mine came in yesterday. I'll do the install tommorrow at latest. As Silver stated, the mounting brackets are pretty robust. The entire kit adds nearly 5 lbs. to the weight of the car, LOL.

Hood struts were actually one thing I liked about the '13 Accord V6 Touring I was cross-shopping, loosely speaking.
My 03 taurus has them... So I missed them.

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Installed, they work well. Word of caution there are a few areas where there are 3M tape to hold things in place while installing, make sure to line things up properly and stick down before screwing in... the stuff tries its best to stay stuck.

Also make sure people who help hold tools well or that you cover you exterior paint. Got a nice chip courtesy of my father. He also made one scratch but its under the hood. I'll ignore correcting it and cover with some clear coating to prevent rust.

$200 part the rest is shipping.

Double the price of the cheapest from Redline tuning, $50-70 more than their 'elite'.(Using the fusion as a price comparison). Not bad...
 

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any pics?
Here are some.

08 is the picture of the engine bay.
09(top) and 10(bottom) are the passenger side mounts. 9 has the worst scratch overall. If installing take care when rotating it into place.
11(top) and 12(bottom) are the driver side mounts.

Phone picture quality.
 

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