Lethal Performance ditches the prop rod on its S550 with Redline Tuningâ€™s QuickLIFT Plus
By Steve Turner
Photos courtesy of Lethal Performance
If you havenâ€™t been following the 2015 Mustang closely, you might not realize that this all-new Mustang is born with one really old-school feature. Sure it has independent rear suspension and a host of high-tech options. However, when you pop the hood, you still have to lift it up yourself and hold it in place using a prop rod.
Now, if you are planning to be under the hood working on your S550 or you want to show it off at cruise nights or car shows, you might want a more modern setup. In the case of Lethal Performanceâ€™s 2015 Mustang GT, the hood is up quite often as the car is always receiving upgrades. To get that clunky prop rod out of the way, Team Lethal turned to Redline Tuning for one of its QuickLIFT Plus kits.
Redline Tuning made its name creating hood-lift kits for all makes of vehicles, but the company got its start with Fords. With that in mind it was no surprise that Redline Tuning was first to market with a bolt-on hood-lift kit for the S550.
â€œThe 2015 Mustang presented many design challenges for our QuickLIFT design. The tighter packaging space under the hood limited the possible mounting locations. Another challenge was due to this being the first â€˜globalâ€™ Mustang design, we had to ensure that our system would work on both left- and right-hand-drive vehicles,â€ Brian VanderHaagen, Redline Tuning co-owner, said. â€œListening to our customers we found that they preferred a bolt-in design, but we did not want to sacrifice the functionality of the system. After exploring many options we were able to design a system that is easy to install and meets our list of design requirements.â€
When Lethal opted to upgrade its latest project with the Redline Tuning system, we jumped at the chance to show how easily this system installs. With Power by the Hourâ€™s Jake Long spinning the wrenches, the QuickLIFT Plus (PN 21-11028-02; $99.95) basically fell on the car. The only real trick is that you have to modify the factory battery cover to make clearance for the passenger-side fender mount.
So, keep reading and see just how easy it is to bring your S550 all the way into the modern era by leaving the prop rod behind.