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Hood damper kit - Second Bolt Racing aka mattster03

Just wanted to give credit to Matt for making an awesome hood damper kit for out cars.
I bought a set of Sokietech hood dampers 2 years ago, and this spring one of them was leaking oil.
So i decided to scrap the $50 chinesium ebay crap, and go with the ones made by an enthusiast.

His page can be found here: Second Bolt Racing

Picture of the kit

The reason i went with Sokie Tech and now Matts kit was simply because they look incredibly simple, and thus OEM.
A black shock with no branding on, simple hardware. No green paint, no chrome paint, and no carbon fiber. Just a simple black strut like any other car come from factory.

The kit look well made, and are milled from a aluminium angle bar (my guess), and looks solid.
My product had quite a few tool marks from production, but those would easily be covered by some spray bondo before painting.
I decided to anodize them, and in that case some elbow grease and polishing work would be required for them to look perfect.

The big plus with this kit compared to any other kit, are two things:
- The attachment to the hood hinge uses BOTH hood bolts, and are thus not moving/rotating at all from the forced from the damper.
- The aluminium is solid, with milled sunk holes for the nuts so that you get both the strength, and the required threads for the nut to fasten.

All in all i would give the kit 10/10.

The only fault i could find was the mentioned tool marks, but those would take some hours of polish to get rid of, and then the price would go up.

Here are the pictures from the installation. Sorry for the dusty car, its been sitting in the appartment garage for a while since i last washed it.

Hinge attachement front

Hinge attachement side

Strut and hinge


Balance point of the hood. Lower and it will close, higher and it will open.

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