Havoc Offroad Hood Struts Review

Havoc Hood Struts 6th Gen Bronco

Ditch Your Factory Prop – Add This Easy Mod To Update Your Bronco

It confuses me that we have features like Trail Turn assist, GOAT modes, and CarPlay, but still don’t have something as basic as hood struts standard from the factory. Luckily Havoc Offroad has a inexpensive solution to this oversight, and the install could not be easier.

We have a process that shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes. This is a very inexpensive and easy way to get rid of the factory prop once and for all.

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Tools & Materials

  • Socket Wrench
  • 12mm Socket
  • 12mm Wrench

Step 1. Bolt Removal

Installing Hood Struts On Bronco

Locate the 12mm bolt pictured above. It is on a tab that is holding a bundle of wires.

Step 2. Mount Fender Bracket

Hood Strut Fender Bracket

Locate the drivers side fender bracket. It will be oriented as pictured above, with the ball socket stud of the bracket facing in to the engine compartment. You will reuse the bolt that you removed in step one.

Step 3. Tighten Bolt

Bronco Hood Strut Stud

Install the fender bracket as pictured above and tighten the 12mm bolt. No inch or foot pound rating was given. Tighten until snug.

Step 4. Prep Ball Socket Stud

Top Hood Strut Stud

You will need to prepare the ball socket stud for install at this point. holding the ball socket stud, place a washer on first, then thread the plate on and make sure there are 2-3 threads exposed.

Step 5. Insert Into Hood

Hood Strut Install

Identify the second hole up from the hood hinge on the driver side and insert the threaded place in to the hole. Tighten the ball socket stud with a 12mm wrench.

Step 6. Mount Strut

Mounting New Hood Strut

The hood strut will be installed with the shock body attaching to the hood ball socket stud. The gas struts simply press on to the ball socket stud.

Final Thoughts

Havoc Off Road Hood Struts On 6th Gen Bronco

If you are like me, you may not actually do a bunch of work in the engine bay. But what I do do a lot, is pop the hood open so I can air up my tires when I am no longer off road. On longer trips I will do this a couple times a day in some cases. Having to deal with the prop gets really annoying, real quick.

The Havoc Offroad Hood Struts have eliminated the need for the prop and has made this repetitive task so much easier. All I have to do now is unlatch everything, pull the hood open about 6″ or so, then these do the rest. When you are done, just pull your hood back down.

This is such an inexpensive modification to make and I can almost guarantee you will benefit you more then you think it would.

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