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Offline GrimmSpeed

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GrimmSpeed BRZ/FR-S Hood Struts - Product Release
« on: April 09, 2013, 02:37:22 PM »
Hey guys! We're very proud of how this product turned out. It was a long collaboration and design process with the ft86club.com community and after a very successful group buy, they're finally and officially released. See below for details.

Check out the engineering and development process as well as tons of feedback and discussion here:
http://www.ft86club.com/forums/showthread.php?t=22658

Screw generics. Hood struts, designed just for your BRZ/FR-S.

Tired of that ugly OEM hood prop blocking your view of that beautiful FA20 boxer engine? Always wanted to open your feather-light hood with just a couple fingers? Annoyed that the hood prop is always in your way while you’re working in your engine bay? GrimmSpeed to the rescue. A close collaboration between FT86Club.com members and GrimmSpeed, this kit delivers in a big way. We hate to use the "P" word, but designing this kit to be perfectly balanced was a requirement. Lift the hood halfway and you'll find a generous neutral zone. Leave your hood here for a sleek look at that local car show. Alternatively, a flick of the wrist is all that's required to coax your hood into its fully opened position. To close, simply hold the hood below its neutral zone and let go. No need to risk scratches or deformation by pushing your hood closed.



Quick Specs

  • Opens Hood 35% Higher Than OEM - Better access and light for working
  • Perfect Hood Balance - Struts are optimized for BRZ/FR-S hood size and weight
  • Eliminates OEM Hood Prop - No risk of hood falling, more access when wrenching
  • CNC Laser Cut Brackets - Precision cut and bent for a perfect fit
  • Premium Quality Struts - Larger strut body for smoother operation, made in the USA!
  • Durable DuPont Texture Black Powdercoat - Protects brackets with an OEM finish
  • FARO Arm Designed - Allows more precise design and a stronger, better fitting product


Check out how our kit performs against some of the others....

GrimmSpeed Engineering - FT86 Hood Strut Testing

Design

This kit was designed using our in-house FARO arm and an accompanying suite of CAD software. We began by mapping the BRZ/FR-S hood and engine bay in 3D CAD (see one of our engineers in action below). From there, a lifting linkage was designed, analyzed, prototyped and tested. After months of testing and revisions, the brackets went into production using the latest in laser cutting and CNC bending equipment. What that means for you is a system that will fit and operate correctly, every single time, for years to come. What about the struts, you ask? They're beefy. Custom built to our exacting specifications, these struts feature a large diameter body that provides excellent opening force without sacrificing smoothness and control. Rounding it all out is a heavy duty textured black DuPont powdercoat and black zinc hardware.



Materials

With the use and exposure that a hood strut kit will see on a regular basis, material selection and finishing options are critically important. All brackets are produced from a mild steel alloy that maintains its integrity after laser cutting and bending. After thorough cleaning, the parts are all powdercoated a durable DuPont texture black. The next key component is the struts themselves. More specifically, these are referred to as gas springs. Manufactured in the USA, these are of the highest quality and are used by OEMs around the world. These custom valved units (to perfectly match the weight of the BRZ/FR-S hood) are paired with black zinc hardware and a quick-release ball and socket. Last, but certainly not least, is the included hardware. All hardware is grade 8.8 or higher and black zinc coated for longevity.   





Fitments

  • 2013 Subaru BRZ
  • 2013 Scion FR-S
  • 2002-2007 Subaru WRX/STI Coming Soon
MSRP
  • $129.99
For more info or to purchase, check out the product page:
http://www.grimmspeed.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=91&products_id=259

Offline Aki

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Re: GrimmSpeed BRZ/FR-S Hood Struts - Product Release
« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2013, 03:13:19 PM »
As always, very nice looking offering from GS!

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Re: GrimmSpeed BRZ/FR-S Hood Struts - Product Release
« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2013, 03:14:41 PM »
Need a Nebraska car to show them off?  ;D
2013 Subaru BRZ - 1969 VW Beetle - 1990 Honda CRX

and out come the wolves, out come the wolves

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Re: GrimmSpeed BRZ/FR-S Hood Struts - Product Release
« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2013, 04:18:08 PM »
I can think of a few BRZs that could use this.  Namely EVERYONE WHO OWNS A BRZ.

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Re: GrimmSpeed BRZ/FR-S Hood Struts - Product Release
« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2013, 07:47:10 AM »
I did not buy the Grimmspeed ones, but agree that these hood struts are a much needed mod to the BRZ.  I love mine, would have jumped on these but already got a set.  Luckily mine are not like the "other" brand side of the video haha.