’96-’02 4Runner ULTIMATE Lift Hood Strut Kit
- Our new ULTIMATE Lift Hood Strut Kit for 3rd Gen (’96-’02) 4Runners eliminates the prop rod and makes your engine compartment free and clear of obstacles.
- One-handed hood opening and closing – the struts lift the hood smoothly to its fully open position, and allow it to close and latch securely without slamming.
- High-Lift capability allows you to increase the open hood height by up to 8 inches above the stock prop rod height, for better lighting and access to all your engine projects. Choose the desired height during installation, and the hood will open to that position every time.
- Complete kit with premium OEM-quality components includes two enameled gloss black high-lift hood struts, heavy gauge gloss black powder coated brackets, all required installation hardware, and illustrated step-by-step installation instructions. Even a drill bit stopper is included to make drilling safer.
- Easy installation in under 30 minutes.
- 5 year warranty.
- 100% Made in USA.
- Designed and tested to work with all stock 3rd Gen (’96-’02) 4Runners. 4-cyl models may require moving the cruise control module by about 1″ to clear the struts.
- Contact us if you have non-stock additions or alterations under the hood along the inner fenders. We’ve worked with customers to accommodate many unusual situations.
Mitchell Moreland –
These things are so cool
Alex A. –
Great product and very easy to install.
Devin T. –
Easy to install, very happy with the product.
Craig V. –
I love it. Pretty freaking awesome. Easy install and works great! I went with a 7” raise above hood prop, and it gives amazing working room.
James Adams –
Carl L Meadows III –
Great product, easy install. If you have a 3rd Gen 4runner you need this.
Mike Evans –
Just installed this upgrade on my 02 Limited 4Runner. As a 23yr professional automotive mechanic, this is an awesome product and a must have. Easy install and the directions were very detailed and easy to follow.
Love it. Detail instructions were very helpful. Now I open my 4Runner hood just for fun of it.
Kevin Kopkie –
Like how easy it was to install and how much it raised my hood
Vince Di Vetta –
This was easy to install and works awesome, thank you for the great product!
Scott Holmes –
Took me about 30 minutes to install these and they work amazing. I love these and the instructions are super helpful and detailed
worked as expected, easy install, love the extra room
Lance B. –
Wicked instructions and parts. They make it too easy. The hood struts are way stronger than the ones for my hatch 🙂
Ting H. –
Easy installation . Great product.
Mark C. –
Terrific product! Simple, straight forward installation. 11/10. Thanks Spiker Engineering!
Mark C. –
Terrific product! Simple, straight forward installation. 11/10. Thanks Spiker Engineering!
Ken N. –
If you’re looking for a quick and easy upgrade and even faster gratification/satisfaction, then this is the product for you. It’s so well designed and engineered, and installation was no more than 15 minutes, and that’s because I took time to read the instructions (which were great).
The cost is very reasonable, and it’s so worth it when you pop the hood, lift it a few inches and watch the struts take over. Can’t speak highly enough of the product and the folks at Spiker Engineering!
EVAN A. –
So good. Even shipped to Canada.
Great Product, Great directions, Great quality,
Brennan B. –
Excellent product with very detailed instructions and a very quick and easy install! Cheap mod that really changes the look and ease of access to the engine compartment.
It is a fair price for what you get. Good quality parts. And good directions. Very happy.
Derek I. –
Clear easy to follow instructions. Great product. Thank you
Gavin Melo –
Amazing quality and fast shipping. Thank you!
Spencer Clay –
Great product! Super easy install with simple tools. Very informational instructional manual and great videos of install provided in website. I would recommend 10/10
Brian G. –
These are a must have! Awesome product and engineering. Perfect fit. Thanks!
Easy to install and looks great
Stephen J. –
Quality through and through and super easy to install! I can’t believe I waited this long before making the purchase. I’ve done many mods to my 3rd Gen 4Runner and these struts are easily the one I should have done first!
Whit the added space on the hood it makes working on the engine so much easier
Nathan S. –
Get them! It’s a quick and easy mod for your rig that makes engine work 1000x easier. It’s especially helpful when you’re tall and couldn’t stand hitting your head on the hood like I used to. Also, don’t feel like hood struts are only for fully built rigs. Putting these on was one of my first mods to help with maintenance, and I’d probably do it sooner if I had known about them sooner.
Michael Conner –
Cool mod, easy to install and very handy
Garland McCarthy –
Great product, super easy to install, fantastic results!
Joe F. –
Game changer! Between you and me, I open my hood now for no damn reason except to watch it open. I can’t believe how long I went without having hood struts. Spiker did an amazing job creating this set-up. You absolutely can’t go wrong with this kit. You’re a damn fool if you don’t do this for yourself. Order these now!!!…. seriously you will thank yourself and spiker later.
Bob Crafton –
Just installed this same set on my 2000 SR5 and I LOVE it. Just like your videos show, my hood now pops open with ease and it closes perfectly as well (had to slightly move some aftermarket fuses for my sub and amp). I am very impressed with the quality of your product, and the directions (in glossy color no less) and how well this kit is put together. The extra room to work in the engine compartment is great and I now won’t keep bumping my head into the side of the hood when digging around under there. Very happy with this purchase so I wanted to give a good review as a happy customer. ???
Quality parts, and my husband is thrilled with his gift. Spiker Engineering was quick to answer questions and pleasant to deal with. Will be happy to purchase from them again in the future. Thank you!!
Jerrad B. –
Instructions were perfect, very concise. All materials appear to be of quality construction. Installation was straightforward. I would absolutely recommend this kit to a friend.
Daniel C. –
These hood struts are simply amazing! to say the least. I received them extremely fast and they work like a charm! Instructions that came with the product is spot on! 5***** Install is simple, and its so exciting to get under the hood.
Thank you Leon
Five stars, absolutely. Struts are out of the way and fit perfect with the hood closed. The struts bolt easily to a factory drilled hole on each fender. Two rivets for the upper connection to the bracing on the hood. Clear step by step instructions. See mine at
A crucial bit of kit, old boy! I can’t fathom a chap who likes to move about freely in the engine bay not having a set of these beauties.
Stephen S. –
Very impressed with not only the product, but the customer service as well! The hood struts work amazing and when I thought that the postal service lost the package, they were getting ready to ship me a replacement when the original suddenly showed up! These days, that goes a long way to me. Install was a breeze and the included directions are easy to follow and laid out well. Took me about 15mins and the were installed and functioning. I will be a return customer for other projects!
david paris –
This is exactly what I was looking for. It fitted like it belongs with my truck. I love it and so thus my truck. Thank you. Highly recommended. 5 stars.
geoffrey u. –
Great product, easy to install. Super satisfied, thanks guys
Chris Jenkins –
This is an awesome buy for the money. Perfect instructions that anyone can understand also very easy to install!! Highly recommend this product!!
michael flores –
Just installed today everything went perfectly looks like good quality parts instructions were very easy to understand quick and easy install very happy with the end result.
Chris Jenkins –
Awesome product and easy installation!! Great edition to my 4Runner!!
I bought two kits… they are awesome! No more having to lift and prop the hood on the bar. Makes working under the hood some much easier as they lift the hood higher than before! I totally recommend this kit to everyone who owns a 3rd generation 4Runner! You’ll be happy you invested your money in this kit!
Rob J. –
This is the mod that you didn’t know you NEEDED until after you installed it. Easy installation, make a world of difference if you are someone who likes to work on your truck.
a high quality part at an affordable price.
Nice, convenient little mod. Helps out with working on the engine a ton.
Kirk Phang –
Great product, very detailed instructions!!
Daniel Szadek –
Danilo Yanez –
Excellent product,awesome service.Thanks Leon.
Dennis G. –
Great quality, fast shipping.
tom w. –
Very happy with this purchase, fast shipping, easy install and works well.
Tracy Norton –
rather than pop rivets, I’m using rivnuts from McMaster-Carr, price is right
Curtis H. –
Norbert B. –
A bit pricey but good materials.
Mark R. –
Thanks a ton, Leon! These hood struts were an easy install and will make engine bay work easier!
Jordan Z –
I was one of the first to install this kit. It’s been going strong since Fall 2018. One of my very favorite mods. Having the hood reach higher and getting the prop rod out of the way is a huge benefit for working in the engine bay. Clearly designed by a first class engineer 🙂
Kyle J. –
If you have a 3rd gen 4Runner and are thinking about buying hood struts, buy this kit! It has amazing instructions that are well written. Installation was very smooth and I am very pleased with the struts on my 4Runner. This is a fantastic product!
Devan Snider –
Some of the best money I’ve ever spent.
Joshua R –
I got these at the beginning of the week but just installed them today. These hood struts are no joke man, it’s the type of mod you never knew you needed in your life. This was a quick and easy install, only took about half an hour. If you’re reading this, just buy the struts, you won’t be disappointed!
dj horton –
If you have the tools ready to go this mod should take 45 minutes to install TOPS. Love it – the added hood height obviously gets you way more room to work around but allows more light into the engine especially if you’re working in a garage with shop lights. Would buy it again and recommend. Special thanks to Timmy the Toolman and Sean for their recommendation
Logan Heath –
Works very well and installed in about a half hour. Wish I had installed these years ago!
Great customer service, fast shipping & awesome prices.
Love the mod
Francisco P. –
Easy to install . Great mod to help get around the engine bay.
Dokota ward –
Awesome product. Would totally recommend these.
Gary W. –
Awesome products and the directions are absolutely fantastic. I’ve seen product’s that cost thousands of dollars and had terrible directions. Good job folks Nicely done.
Dan Roberts –
I bought a kit a couple years ago before the strut said Spiker… I think the strut itself was just a bit longer. It has been a great mod! I recently had my boat engine cover fall on my arm and it wasn’t pretty so I bought another kit and this time I installed it on the boat engine cover. It is again a wonderful improvement. Thanks! I would send photos but I don’t see a way to do this via the reviews.
Rey Nieves –
Erik T. –
This is a great idea! It’s very easy to install if you have the right tools. The kit is complete with good directions. One of the best mods I’ve done to my 4Runner!
Jasmine L. –
Love these! Very thorough instructions and easy install.
Quick delivery, clear instructions. New clip stays integrated with the strut so no chance of losing it. Only wish I had done this a long time ago!
Easy install, high quality pieces, well designed instructions. Overall quite happy with purchase.
Fast shipping! Item exactly as described and easy to install. Love it!
Why didn’t I do this sooner?! It took me 15 minutes to install on my 99’. You’d be an idiot not to get this.
Excellent product, I would recommend this seller.
Sebastian Silva –
Top notch products with very helpful and well thought out instructions and great customer service.
Super Great Hood Strut Mod! Everything ya need!
Finally installed my hood struts. It’s amazing. No worrying about hitting the hood prop anymore. Or getting scrunched in the back of the bay.
This is a must-have for your 4Runner. The instructions are very clear and the product itself works great.
Great transaction. Thank you!!!
Worked as intended
Fast shipping. Exactly as described. AWESOME product!! Highly recommended!!
Great to do business with! Fast shipping.
Nice kit assembled, xlnt communication, profess tube packing xlnt instructions
Seller used good communication, item as advertised
Just as described, fast shipping, good quality, I mean super fast shipping!!
Good seller. Fast shipping.
Great product fast shipping
What a great upgrade to my 3rd Gen 4runner. Thanks again!!!
AAA+++ Seller, Quick Ship, Item as described, would buy again
My hood now opens easily, almost like magic, and stays open, taking little effort to close. Well Done!
Works great highly recommend this kit
These things are awesome! So nice to not have the stick anymore as well as having more room and light with the hood raised higher! Highly recommend these to anyone looking to make opening the hood and engine work that much easier! installation was unbelievably easy! – From a super easy to read installation manual (w/pictures!) to being able to use OEM unused nuts in the engine bay it’s great!
Awesome product. Works great. Shipping was super fast
THANK YOU!!! Exactly what I wanted, Super FAST Shipping! GREAT SELLER!!!! AAA+++
Great product! The difference is night and day! Now my other half wants one for her 2011 RAV4 LTD
Finally found a nice kit to put gas hood lifts on my truck. Goodbye support rod, hello modern technology. I only wish I could have done this sooner.
Top 5 reasons to install the “Spiker Lift” 1. It’s super cool! 2. It’s easy, 45 mins or less to install (add another 30 mins to admire the resulting awesomeness) 3. It’ll make other 3rd gen owners jealous 4. You’re too lazy to use the hood prop 5. You love your 3rd gen and think it will love you back if you buy it nice things…”
Great product high quality. Love it!
Finally got around to installing the hood struts on my RHD Hilux Diesel. They are great! Thank you! Nothing had to be moved or modified to install these struts. I think it was the easiest mod I have done!
Exactly what I wanted. I will purchase again! Thank
I like how much higher the hood sits now
AAA plus seller
Great price great fitment and instructions for install thank you
Bought these awesome gas hood struts and I cant say enough good things. the hood lifts right up with no issue!
Good transaction thanks
Thanks for the hood strut kit! No more stick in my way!
Great seller. Will buy again in the future
Received on time. Installed in 40min. No more dumb old hood prop
Thanks! Great product and works great
Awesome seller. Item exactly as described. Fast shipping
+A Item as described and shipped quickly
Great seller. A+++seller. Sweet kit