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Old 04-17-2006, 02:37 PM   #1
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So I decided to go with the polished because I didn't like the green of the Tein, even though most of the time no one would see it anyways.

Here it is. I forgot to take a picture right out of the box, but the mounts in the middle of the hood aren't in the picture


Biggest problem here is one of the dampers. Inside there is a small ring, which should help it "snap" onto the retention ball. However, the ring on just one of the ends wasn't seated right and I couldn't it get it on. I dug it out, widened it, but was unable to put it back in.



Also, the directions were about as clear as the flood waters of New Orleans after Katrina. The mount for the hood was labeled left and right, but I wasn't quite sure which way they went. Was it right and left from the POV when I was sitting in the car, or when I was working on the car? Later I figured out it was the POV when you were sitting in the car, but after I broke the retention clip holders.


Overall, it really didn't affect anything. The tension was really tight and there is no play at all. I don't think the dampers will pop out. I wish the mounts onto the hood covered both of them, just to give it extra support like the Endura Tech ones. But it does the job and looks pretty nice with the polished.
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Old 04-23-2006, 03:33 PM   #2
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Hmmm, interesting. Are the bodies polished stainless? I know the ends are mild steel or something that can rust over time.
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Old 04-24-2006, 02:34 PM   #3
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Just to help anyone else who installs these, its worth it to remove the snap rings before inserting the pivots.


In the picture above, you push on the end of the curved part on the left. It will come loose, then you spin it over to the right of the shaft. Next step is to pull it down so its out of the receiver. Then put the pivot in the cavity and reinsert the snap ring in the reverse order. There should be no need to cut or mangle anything.
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Old 04-30-2007, 08:03 AM   #4
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Bought my NRG chrome dampers from Jay @ Evil Performance (great service and FAST shipping) and put 'em on last night.

Everything went smoothly once I figured out that I could rotate the piston within the strut body to help line-up the lower attachment point. <---- without doing this, there was no way the top & bottom mounting points would align.

They work as advertised and look nice. This is my only "bling" mod, but b/c it makes it easier to work under the hood, it just makes sense to get them.
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Old 05-05-2007, 04:13 PM   #5
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I just installed these today and it couldnt have been any easier. Like Spenk said you might need to rotate the shaft. I did this by compressing the damper and twisting at the same time until it was in the proper position, this took maybe 10 seconds. The entire install took 10 min. I highly reccomend these, they look great , install easily and look to be of very good quality.

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Old 05-05-2007, 05:21 PM   #6
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I just installed these today and it couldnt have been any easier. Like Spenk said you might need to rotate the shaft. I did this by compressing the damper and twisting at the same time until it was in the proper position, this took maybe 10 seconds. The entire install took 10 min. I highly reccomend these, they look great , install easily and look to be of very good quality.

Rob
Glad to see you are happy with them, thanks again

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Old 05-07-2007, 08:05 AM   #7
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the only part that will rust are the washers , mine did . suggest add some paint to them .
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Old 05-07-2007, 11:37 AM   #8
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Good to hear that they are good. I've been thinking about getting some of these.
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Old 08-22-2007, 01:08 AM   #9
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just a heads up.
put mine on, left them loose to line them up.
I was closing the hood and they were popping off or sliding around.
so i decided to snug up the fender bolts.

I ended up snapping both in the fenders, these are really really weak attachments. be prepared and leave them finger tight. I was only using a wrench and not even cranking down on them

45 min with a tap and die set and I've got my stock bolts back in.
called NRG to get a customer service reply. I post results later...
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Old 09-29-2007, 02:00 PM   #10
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I'd recommend these highly. Have had them on my STi for over a year, and they still look great. It's very nice when working on the car not to have the stupid prop rod in the way. Maybe a bit pricey for what they actually do, but still very useful.
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Old 02-07-2009, 06:42 PM   #11
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I installed these on my 06 STI about a year ago and I'm very happy with them. The kit is complete and very easy to install. It's so nice not to have to use the prop rod. All cars should come with this feature! I'd recommend these to anyone. A+++++
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Old 02-07-2009, 09:47 PM   #12
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Very nice write up and Hood dampers.
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Old 03-10-2009, 10:43 PM   #14
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I installed these a few months ago. They're nice for the price and super easy to install. There's a good install video over at HSPN just to run through things before you start. I've got two complaints though.
1. The little clip that go through the pivot joint via two holes: I must have gotten two of the same side pivot joints because on one of them, the holes were up against the body of the car (on the bottom) making it hard to get the clip back through the holes. I got it eventually, though.
2. They don't 'open' my hood for me once I reach a certain point. I've seen other hood dampers that push the hood up and you're like "Whoa" thinking the hood is going to flip through the windshield. I have to push the hood all the way up, and unless I'm on an extremely level surface or my car is facing uphill, the hood won't stay up sometimes. It's like the shock isn't powerful enough.

All in all, I'd give these a 7 or 8 out of 10. I would recommend them because the price is right.
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someone want to maybe post a price on these.....hint hint josh
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