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Hood Dampers Sokie Tech / Generic Ebay / PWJDM / Tein Dampers

Poll: Which Hood Dampers Would You Buy? (69 member(s) have cast votes)

What Hood Dampers Would You Get?

  1. Tein 170$ (9 votes [13.04%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 13.04%

  2. NRG 120$ (19 votes [27.54%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 27.54%

  3. PWJDM 120$ (7 votes [10.14%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 10.14%

  4. Sokie Tech / Ebay 70$ (13 votes [18.84%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 18.84%

  5. Science of Speed 205$ (21 votes [30.43%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 30.43%

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Posted 07 May 2011 - 01:53 PM

Has anyone ever had experience with either the Ebay / Sokie Tech / NRG / PWJDM or Tein Hood Dampers? I'm sick of using the OEM prop rod and would love to hear opinions on durability, fit and finish, quality, usability etc. There's a three times difference between the Ebay / Taiwanese Hood Dampers and the Tein Ones, 59$ vs. 170$, with PWJDM and NRG coming in between at about 120$

I have a preference for dampers with auto lift at any height, although most are either auto at 50% or 70% and I would like to be able to close the hood automatically at halfway or so.

Thanks in advance!

Also, search is down so I apologize if this has already been discussed.

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Posted 07 May 2011 - 02:01 PM

Hey man, i went over this a couple times on the ebay thread, some say its over pressured and they feel it adds a little strain on them while its closed, and the hood kind of shoots open.

I would go with the brand name nrg ones, they are right in between those two price ranges!
If NRG wasnt there i'd go with the Sokie Tech, most of the time people are happy, but NRG opens it wider and has more of a reputation.

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Posted 07 May 2011 - 02:09 PM

Hm, thanks for your input mate. I don't know anything about NRG / never heard of them. Might have to do a google search. What are your views on PWJDM's dampers or as a company? I hear the name being tossed around a lot, but know nothing about them. Are NRGs or PWJDMs manufactured in Japan? The pressure adjustability on the PWJDMs seem quite appealing, they're also not that expensive. Same price as the NRGs.

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Posted 07 May 2011 - 02:35 PM

PWJDM NRG same thing, just dont spend more money than your looking to, but i know the vendors sell the NRG's here even though they are a little more pricey and they open it almost 90 degrees verticaly
Edit: Well, its JDM YO! so for that price, go with them, thats what ill do :]

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Posted 07 May 2011 - 02:38 PM

I only want the very best for my S, however sometimes higher price does not mean higher quality, and if PWJDM are just as good as the expensive Teins, i'm happy to go for them. But if the Teins are far superior than I'm happy to drop the money on it!

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Posted 07 May 2011 - 02:44 PM

No i wudnt say the Teins are superior, only thing i would be concerned is if PWJDM dont raise it 90 degrees high, but im sure they will give you a nice lift.

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Posted 07 May 2011 - 05:29 PM

PWJDM site says they are out of stock with no ETA. That should make it easier for you to pick.
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Posted 07 May 2011 - 05:36 PM

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Posted 07 May 2011 - 05:39 PM

To me they are all basically the same thing, they look the same and the hardware is pretty much the same. What you should be looking for is the finish, (if you like Tien Green, Chrome, C/F etc) the amount you want it to lift, and the price. Dont worry about the brand name etc...they probably are made from the same manufacturer.

Now the SOS brand hood struts seem to have a better bracket that prevents the ball joint and bracket that attaches to your hood from moving and rubbing the side of the fenders as most of the hood struts will eventually do, so you might look into those...but I believe they are prices a bit on the higher side.

So in the end, buy the hood struts that look the best to you, fit your need in lift height, and lastly price.

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Posted 07 May 2011 - 05:46 PM

Buy from another site and u can get the Pwjdm ones.

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Posted 07 May 2011 - 06:16 PM

Its might be a good thing that PWJDM is out of stock...just saying ;)

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Posted 07 May 2011 - 09:59 PM

 Shadow_S2K, on 07 May 2011 - 06:16 PM, said:

Its might be a good thing that PWJDM is out of stock...just saying ;)



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Posted 08 May 2011 - 12:15 AM

I have the ebay ones, they work once you massage them into place and they look pretty decent as well.

After 7 months or so I noticed some rust dots around the surfaces where it connects to the post on the car. It makes me wonder if this would happen with a more expensive name brand one. The rust isn't bad, wipes off. But you know that somewhere water is getting as an inferior metal.

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Posted 08 May 2011 - 01:51 AM

I have been using the Tein hood dampers for about 3 years now with no complaint. They are working as well as the day I installed them. They have just started to show a little surface rust on the chrome ends. If I wasn't so lazy I'd go polish them up before I gets worse, but like I said.....lazy. This is one of the best things I have ever bought for the car.
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mine came stock with mouse nest in small, old tube of vagasil in other. hope that makes you feel better about yours

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Posted 08 May 2011 - 01:59 AM

Poll is up! Please have a vote ladies and gents.

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Posted 08 May 2011 - 02:04 AM

been using my pwjdm ones for 2 years. they still work great. i like how they open the hood to about the stock angle versus at a 90 degree angle

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Posted 08 May 2011 - 06:42 AM

I have the SOS dampers. Love them. It is a quality unit.

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Posted 08 May 2011 - 12:59 PM

I've heard the PWJDM ones will rust, and create rust streaks from when water runs down that channel. A friend who had a white AP2 had them and wasn't happy. He said they work decently but the constant rust lines was really a turn off, and with that didn't know how long they'd hold up.
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Posted 08 May 2011 - 01:05 PM

I have the NRG, no complaints, also ones of my favorite purchases for the car.

They all seem to be good just don't trust the Ebay ones.

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Posted 08 May 2011 - 03:06 PM

IMO the SOS dampers are the best but it's also the most expensive
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Posted 08 May 2011 - 06:13 PM

Thanks guys! Looks like I'll probably be going for the SOS dampers.

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