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[quote author=MattJackson86 link=topic=126589.msg2821065#msg2821065 date=1230001806]
My install I too finally got it installed tonight. It was a major PITA. The broken bolt could not be removed so we had to drill a fresh hole and use that. The brackets do fit and must go on the labeled side. They look odd, and do rub a bit, but upon playing with the fitment they work. Overall the install was way worse than expected due to the hardware provided. The hardware is very generic and not at all designed for the mazda3. The bolt holes are way to big for the stock hardware so washers we needed to make it fit better. I had issues with the hardware rotating under the force of the hood closing/opening. Again, some washers on the hood bracket made this a little better. The end result looks great and open the hood well. I just wish that the the hardware was made more specific for the mazda3, or at very least bolts and washers were provided to aid the install. Instructions need to be provided by partsplaza and if it were not for the instruction provided by another member I would have had nothing to compare my install against. I ended up missing one of the socket connector locks. I PM'ed partsplaza to hopefully get another sent to me.

Overall am I happy with the end result? Mostly. I just hate knowing what we had to go through to get there. The dampers do work as expected so that is good.

Would I recommend this kit to someone else? Probably not. Not unless partsplaza make some much better instructions and they are included with the parts. Much more attention needs to be put on the "L" and "R" placement. Better bolts and washers would be great. A mention that the stock bolts should not be made tight as they snap real easy. If all this was mentioned then it would be a great install and very quick.
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I think some if not all of your concerns were addressed. I ordered this Action Racing hood lift kit despite some complaints about the "bouncy hood" and that the mounting points not as effective as the Redline kit.

When I got this kit, the hood brackets were labeled with stickers saying "L" and "R". Came with 4 washers that had very little play. I didn't snap any bolts and it was pretty easy to install. My only gripe is that the hood brackets have some amount of play before you install them, but once the hood bolts are tightened it's no longer a problem. I'll probably remove the checker flag sticker though. I also unhooked the weather strip at the ends and folded them downward.

As for the bounciness it's no fault of the hood struts. It's actually the OEM hood bracket and maybe the hood itself (to a degree) flexing. Once the hood is up there isn't any bouncing. About halfway up it's neutral, and about 2/3rds of the way up it opens on it's own. This is way better than that flimsy prop rod.

The other bonus is that there is no drilling, and because of that, completely reversible. Also there isn't as much room for error using this kit, compared to the Redline kit.

My only concern is how long this kit will last.
 

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[quote author=MAZINGA3 link=topic=126589.msg2815038#msg2815038 date=1229650418]
[quote author=MattJackson86 link=topic=126589.msg2811698#msg2811698 date=1229531837]
Word of advice for people on the install. If you follow the previous members advice and use stock hardware, when re-installing the fender bolt DO NOT torque it down tight. I got it so it was not loose and then tightened it some more and the bolt has snapped in half. I now need to either drill it out or leave it and not install the dampers. The problem seemed to be aided by the fact that the plate that gets bolts on is not bolted onto a flat surface but instead sits on a small lip.

This is by no fault of the item being sold. Just me being ambitious and going to tight. Use loctite instead...
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I have exactly the same happen on passenger side.

But I have another issue here..
before that happen, I was trying to install driver side first, but the Left side adapter(one that goes onto fender) wasn't sit right in driver side, it only can be set as opposite way. so I used Right side(passenger side) adapter for Left side. You can see why.

Picture link :
http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/eRVZFkzkg8ZBwb6y7eodnA?authkey=jh7SwiJZpQc&feat=directlink

That adapter is "R" adapter at Left fender. I cannot use "L" adapter.

What do I have to do??
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Don't know if the instructions were lacking with or your kit is different but judging from the picture (which I've attached below), but bracket goes onto the upper bolt of the hood, not on the fender. And it goes on the right (passenger side), not the left.
 

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[quote author=MTuning link=topic=126589.msg3190325#msg3190325 date=1245638040]
your website wouldn't let me check out with paypal
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is this what you getting:

unable to set certificate file (wrong certificate path?)

It should be temporarily, it’s not our website, company who processing payment maybe down.
You can also try Amazon or Google and pay directly with your credit card avoiding PayPal.
Sorry for inconvenience, should work again shortly.
 

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[quote author=MTuning link=topic=126589.msg3190344#msg3190344 date=1245638786]
Yup that's what i'm getting. i'll try the others, thanks.
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I just checked and both Amazon and Google works fine, something wrong with PayPal
 
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