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Same here.

I plan on ordering a 2005 hood and strut kit together.
 

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SSR 's are showing up in greater numbers at the bone yards as other SSR owners scramble to dismantle those left parked outside overnite aaaahhhh Midnight auto sales the past will never die
 

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Hood strut kit

The hood struts and the lower brackets are available from GM. I got the upper brackets from MPD. They took about 10 min. to install. Bracket p.n. 15236884 Strut P.N. 15212390 You need two of each. The upper brackets are from Eric at [email protected]
 

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The hood struts and the lower brackets are available from GM. I got the upper brackets from MPD. They took about 10 min. to install. Bracket p.n. 15236884 Strut P.N. 15212390 You need two of each. The upper brackets are from Eric at [email protected]

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So, once you install the struts and brackets do they support the weight of the hood? Or do they just assist in opening the hood and you still use the rod?

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Just in case you were curious (if they actually make the assembly line) the GM part number should be VT129170 as taken from the package at the homecoming from another post long ago.

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So, once you install the struts and brackets do they support the weight of the hood? Or do they just assist in opening the hood and you still use the rod?

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They work just like the 05 up trucks do. They help lift and hold it open. You need to remove the old hood prop.
 

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Strut Kits

Batch said:
The hood struts and the lower brackets are available from GM. I got the upper brackets from MPD. They took about 10 min. to install. Bracket p.n. 15236884 Strut P.N. 15212390 You need two of each. The upper brackets are from Eric at [email protected]

Me Too! And they work great! :yesnod
 

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Hood Strut Kits Available.

Dear SSR Owners,
http://www.lstechnologies.ca/contact.htm
We do have the Hood Support Kits available for the 2003-2004 SSR'S. These are available in all Stainless Steel Kits and Regular Black Mild Steel Kits. Please go to the link above and send us an e-mail and we will contact you with the details.
Regards.
Stephen Fenner
President - Lift Support Technologies.
 

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GM/Chevy SSR Hood Strut Part Numbers

GM/Chevy does list all the parts needed for the SSR Hood Struts so you add them to an 03 or 04 SSR, except for the hood brackets. GM/Chevy doesn't sell the hood brackets alone. They only come as part of the complete 05 or 06 hood, so the only way to get the hood brackets from GM/Chevy is to buy a complete hood either new or from a wreck. Your only other option is make them yourself, if you're handy, or buy the hood brackets that come from MPD (www.mpd-inc.net) and maybe LST. Contact them on availability. (MPD was selling them for $35 at the 2006 WDC)

The Chevy parts needed to make you own kit (minus the hood brackets) are:

15212390 for the 05-06 Chevy SSR strut - cost about $60.39 each or get -
From gmpartsdirect:
GM PART # 15212390
CATEGORY: Hood Panel Hardware
PACK QTY: 1 CORE CHARGE: $0.00
GM LIST: $60.37
OUR PRICE: $35.79
DESCRIPTION: STRUT

15236884 for the 05-06 Chevy SSR fender bracket - cost about $21.00 each or get -
From gmpartsdirect:
GM PART # 15236884
CATEGORY: Hood Panel Hardware
PACK QTY: 1 CORE CHARGE: $0.00
GM LIST: $21.00
OUR PRICE: $12.89
DESCRIPTION: BRACKET

Note: I have heard that these are getting hard to come by. However, that can't last forever, as GM is supposed to stock parts for 10 years after they pull a car from production. They should become available again.

Now the Chevy parts computer also shows a spacer at the fender bracket. I believe this may not be necessary because I can't see any spacer on 05 & 06 SSRs that I have viewed. Plus it costs twice as much as the fender bracket. I have installed the Chevy fender brackets on an 04 and I didn't use any spacer and it works just fine like the 05 and 06's do. You do see that the M8 bolt has a very large washer which covers the fender's sheet metal. I think that washer replaced the spacer.

This spacer is shown has part number:
15236882 for the 05-06 Chevy SSR and at a cost of $47.90 each or get -
From gmpartsdirect:
GM PART # 15236882
CATEGORY: Hood Panel Hardware
PACK QTY: 1 CORE CHARGE: $0.00
GM LIST: $47.90
OUR PRICE: $28.40
DESCRIPTION: SPACER

Chevy also shows a black plastic "retainer" type button going through each fender bracket (the hole in the bracket is slightly larger than 1/2 inch) into a 1/2 inch hole underneath at the fender. I installed my bracket on my fender and the holes just about line up exactly. I have looked at 05s and there is a round "black plastic retainer" plug that attaches the fender bracket to the fender. Chevy doesn't list a part number for this and it says "not separately" (NS) priced under the parts listing. I have tried black plastic "retainers" from Pep Boys and they don't fit, too small a diameter. You need a diameter larger than 1/2 inch and I couldn't find one commerically. I don't think this is needed but would be a nice to have if available. The bolt at the top really does the securing on the fender bracket.

The bolt's part number is 11519093. However, the parts guy said that they have to order them in quantity of ten so he suggested just go to the auto parts or hardware store and buy what you need. The size is M8x1.25x25. I have seen them at Pep Boys with a washer, so they are available elsewhere. However, you can get it -
From gmpartsdirect:
GM PART # 11519093
CATEGORY: All
PACK QTY: 1 CORE CHARGE: $0.00
GM LIST: $4.04
OUR PRICE: $2.39
DESCRIPTION: BOLT

In summary using GM parts from a dealer it will cost about $120 (2-struts) plus $42 (2- fender brackets) for a total of $162, plus get your own bolts, plus any tax. (I don't think you need a spacer)

Or from gmpartsdirect: about $103, with bolts, plus shipping costs (I don't think you need a spacer) Their website is www.gmpartsdirect.com.

All that would be needed is the hood brackets and you should be able to get those from MPD for $35 and maybe LST or get your own from either a wreck or make them yourself if you're handy. For the positioning of the hood brackets, all you have to do is look at an 05 or 06 hood and you'll be able to fiqure it out close enough. Check other threads which have more information and photo's.

The only extra guidance I can give is you need to use steel rivets, 3/16 in, to mount the hood brackets, which means use a air or pneumatic rivet gun when securing the hood brackets as a hand rivet gun won't be able to get them tight enough.

You can also try www.alldiscountparts.com instead of www.gmpartsdirect.com, although their prices are a little more than gmpartsdirect.


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Dear SSR Owners,
http://www.lstechnologies.ca/contact.htm
We do have the Hood Support Kits available for the 2003-2004 SSR'S. These are available in all Stainless Steel Kits and Regular Black Mild Steel Kits. Please go to the link above and send us an e-mail and we will contact you with the details.
Regards.
Stephen Fenner
President - Lift Support Technologies.

I really like this kit. Just nudge it a little & the hood goes up by itself. Great people to work with on top of that.


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