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Solution to sagging bonnet gas struts

Discussion in 'VT - VX Holden Commodore (1997 - 2002)' started by frustrated, Aug 26, 2007.

  1. frustrated

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    G'day folks,

    Over the years I have been seriously fed up with the bonnet closing on me when working on the car, the last straw was when the bonnet slammed shut and the retaining hook when straight through my digital multimeter. So ...

    I thought I would share with you'all my simple solution to sagging bonnet gas struts: put a piece of PC pipe over the struts. If you cut the pipe to the right length, it nicely engages when you open the bonnet. And it is easy to release by pushing it appropriately after taking the strain off. The pipe can be readily installed by removing the gas strut at the top, and slipping the pipe over.

    A picture, attached, is worth a thousand words.

    Michael
     

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    I Bend my ones and it works good :thumbsup:

    When its fully open Push on the mid of the strut (not to hard)
    See in my photo how much you need to bend it :w00t:
     

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    Not_An_Abba_Fan Exhaust Guru

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    Or you could just buy new ones....

    I bent mine on my XF that I had.
     
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    br14nh Back in the saddle....

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    There is also a crowd called "Strut re-gas" that will recondition existing ones - worked a treat for the sagging struts in the tail gate of my old VP wagon - look 'em up on the web, if they don't serve your area, they may have contacts of a crowd that do...
     
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    Re-gassing is OK, but it is expensive. The last time I asked it was going to cost about $100 to do four struts. I don't know how much new struts cost.
     
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    I bought a pair of gas struts for a VX bonnet a few years ago, as an esky lid holder for the boat :) From memory they were $25 the pair back then. :)

    I would guess that you could probally pick up a pair for fairly cheap nowadays.
     
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    wrx884 WA's ASR Rep

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    yer y not lash out $30 4 a new set no messin bout straight swap ;) i had 2 do the same after 9 years my bonnet struts decided 2 pack it in so if the new 1ns even last half that im happy as larry
     
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    Well, if new struts are only between $12.50 and $15 each, then it is definitely worth replacing them. I wonder why regassing is so expensive?
     
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    cozthe struts are so damn expensive
     
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    depends on where you buy them from. I have seen them selling for $80 a pair, which is rather ****e.

    And as for the cost, thats like saying "why does holden charge me $50 to install a rubber grommet?". They want your cash. :)
     
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    Example: Holden want $29 each for the boot struts on my VS. I got some off Ebay for $30 including postage for the pair.
     
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    replacem

    replacem at what ever cost had the bonnrt come down on me back while changing the plugs in my vt bloody heavy ...:whistling i bent the struts forward it held for a while then sitting in shed having a beer it dropprd again smashing head light protectors and nearly given me old mate a heart attack:rip:replacem ...wal
     
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    A couple of HQ hinges that what they should of put on them
    them hinges are still working:thumbsup: (But HOLDEN can't make any more money out of them:shutup: bit like the bloody air bag light:ranting: )
     
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    Not_An_Abba_Fan Exhaust Guru

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    But the HQ bonnet was a BBQ plate. Put those hinges on a VT and the bonnet will bend like a banana.
     
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    LOL :yeah:

    It will pop open, You'll be able to catapolt cats off it:rofl:
    If it dozn't give ya a uper cut lol:thumbsup:
     
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    in that case, i may have to put a pair in. Im sick of the damn cat skidding over my wax job :)
     
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    Heres a handy hint for keeping good working struts in peak condition for a long time:

    Whenever you open your bonnet, Clean the piston shaft with a rag and some CRC etc. The reason they wear out/Loose gas is because the seals get dirt rubbed into it and it causes them to leak. By cleaning the Shafts regulaly, it will minimize dirt contamination at the seals, prolonging the life of the Strut.

    :thumbsup:
     
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    mine were hard too get up had too lift the bonnet hard bit of oil on the shafts and are like brand new shame it allready broke my window doesnt come close to the window now i thought i needed hinges but fixing the struts helped they are real annoying when working on the engine thou
     

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