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Old 04-17-2006, 10:12 AM   #1
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Product: Endura-Tech Hood Damper Kit
Application: 2004 Subaru WRX/Impreza GD/GG
Kit Contents:
- Installation manual
- Bonnet dampers (qty- 2)
- M6 ball joints (qty– 2)
- Stickers (qty- 2)



Installation (as written in the manual):
1. Open the hood and hold with stopper.
2. Of the three bolts supporting the fender, remove the middle bolt then in its place, screw one of the supplied M6 ball joints. Torque it to 1.0kgf.m (Be cautious use a torque wrench when tightening to specific pressures. You would risk the event of breaking the screws.)



3. Of the hinge bolts, remove the top bolt. Set layered side of the hood damper stay toward the hinge side. Hook top layer on top of hinge and tighten with middle bolt. (There are dampers made specifically for the left and right side. You will want to fit the dampener to the “outer” section of the hinge.) Repeat step on other side.



4. Press the socket at the tip of the damper rod onto the ball joint screwed onto fender. (If socket is not facing ball joint, rotate with pliers to turn towards appropriate direction.) Also, check to make sure socket is fully locked in and will not loosen.
5. If left and right ends of the weather strip at the cowl grill stick out at the fenders, cut shaded section indicated in the picture at the right (shaded area of strip will apply unwanted pressure to the damper and cause disfigurement).



6. Slowly close hood. Check to see if damper is not interfering with hood and the fender. Should they interfere, adjust either height of the stay rubber at the front-side or adjust stay position by loosening its bolt, rearranging position and tightening once placement is set.




Review:
When I first looked at the dampers, I was very impressed by the quality. The carbon fiber weave was straight and even all the way around. The machining of the rods were very nice as well. Overall, the quality is top notch. I have taken a look at other dampers such as REDLINE, TEIN, and NRG, but I could honestly see the difference in workmanship. As for the install, it was a cakewalk. The installation was done in roughly 15 minutes without any hitches. The most trouble I had was to find what size the fender bolt was (which I believe is a 10mm). The instructions were clear, straight forward, and had the answer for any trouble. I didn’t have to do any adjustments with the bonnet stays or the dampers. They just popped in and it was over. As for the open and close action of the dampers, they are very nice. It does its job in holding the weight of a stock and carbon hood and the closing action is good as well. I definitely recommend these dampers if you are tired of that ugly old school kickstand and want to get rid of it since it can sometimes get in the way when you are doing motor work and want to accent and dress that engine bay up with a little carbon fiber. And with that, that’s my two cents.

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Old 04-17-2006, 10:47 AM   #2
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Nice review.

Thanks.
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Old 04-17-2006, 10:51 AM   #3
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Looks good.

FYI - there's a Car Review forum where you should've posted this in
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how much do those things run?
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Old 04-17-2006, 11:07 AM   #5
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Old 04-17-2006, 11:29 AM   #6
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Nice review. I'm sold.

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Old 04-17-2006, 11:59 AM   #7
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I was fortunate to recieve my set from Justin Hynes of Endura-Tech for review so I don't have a price on them. I do know that they are being sold here at an introductory price. at this link : http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/sho...16&page=1&pp=25

These are definitely of very high craftmanship. I've seen others, and they don't come close. I was looking at my friend's damper from REDLINE and the quality is no where near that of Endura-Tech. NRG's machinging wasn't impressive at all. TEIN seems a little too expensive for green paint IMO.
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Old 04-18-2006, 09:38 AM   #8
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Thanks for the compliments, I will have another review on their new coilovers soon. I received the package a while ago, and I'm very impressed with the quality again.

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I got pricing for the dampers.
GDB runs at $169
GC runs at $125
These are the prices from Endura-Tech and are of free shipping.
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the bolt that goes into the fender didnt come with a washer? the NRG ones do....Im assuming as to not damage paint, not sure.

I ordered the GC ones about 2+ weeks ago, I'm waiting to get home to install them.
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i talked with these guys and saw there products at sema in ft washinton last week. Very nice stuff and friendly folks. Good luck. Im gona give my generic hood dampers to a friend and buy a set from you.
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i talked with these guys and saw there products at sema in ft washinton last week. Very nice stuff and friendly folks. Good luck. Im gona give my generic hood dampers to a friend and buy a set from you.
Thanks. Endura-Tech's stuff is of superior workmanship. You'll never regret them. Wait til I come out with another write up of their coilovers. I have them now and am going to do the install soon. The coilovers are very nice as well.

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McMaster Carr dampers FTW!!! cost me less than $25 and had all parts next day
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McMaster Carr dampers FTW!!! cost me less than $25 and had all parts next day
DETAILS!

and a few pics would be nice.
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DETAILS!

and a few pics would be nice.

just search mcmasters site for gas springs. should tell you everything you need to know, you technically only need one strong one for a lighter hood like my STis but 2 for heavier ones which will probably cost around $50. They have all sorts of different ball joints as well.
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