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Today we tried installing a CF hood on my car but ran into a problem - since new hood is 2x lighter than original - stock hood shocks are too stiff and it feels like they would break the mounting points at any second. Has anybody with CF hood tried to solve this problem somehow, maybe with some aftermarket shocks? Or everybody is doing whats on a pic bellow? :D
 

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Hi,

You'll need to get some custom ones made up - they'll be valved differently. I only know of this place which is UK based where such struts can be ordered and with the right rating etc, they have a section for bonnet struts as well.

Gas Struts, Springs, Accuride Drawer Slides, Hinges, Latches & Handles, UK

I'm sure someplace similar in Russia exists, so have a search around and if not, order in from the specialists above.

Cheers, Dennis!
 

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i used the ones from e46 m3 but they were too weak, i would try the ones from regular e46
Not sure they're much different, but thanks anyway!

Hi,

You'll need to get some custom ones made up - they'll be valved differently. I only know of this place which is UK based where such struts can be ordered and with the right rating etc, they have a section for bonnet struts as well.

Gas Struts, Springs, Accuride Drawer Slides, Hinges, Latches & Handles, UK

I'm sure someplace similar in Russia exists, so have a search around and if not, order in from the specialists above.

Cheers, Dennis!
Did a google search and found a couple of places in the motherland that do this) Sent 'em emails, maybe they'll help me out. Thanks for the advice!

You will need part number 6533. It can be found at a number of places. Here is one:

Strong Arm 6533 Gas Charged Hood Lift Support | BMW

Should be around 85# of lifting force rather than 153# force for the stock e39 hood.
If Dennis's advice won't help - we'll check 'em out. Thanks!

Look at a thread by Ger he has already done this with good results
Will search for it, thanks!
 

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There are weight numbers on the listings for the different hoods, e46 m3 is aluminum, regular e46 is steel. The numbers on the e46 struts are in between the e46 m3 and m5, so yes it will make a difference.
 

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I am using these for my CF hood
There are weight numbers on the listings for the different hoods, e46 m3 is aluminum, regular e46 is steel. The numbers on the e46 struts are in between the e46 m3 and m5, so yes it will make a difference.
I've decided to go dor 2 Front Hood Lift Supports Shocks Struts Arms Props Rods Damper BMW M3 E46 | eBay since it's super cheap. If they won't work, i'll order custom ones. Everybody thanks for the info!
 

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What hood did you get? I'd love to get one that was lighter but fit and LOOKED like stock (no vents, no power dome, no hood pins).
Custom made in a local shop.
 
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