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    Boot opening - spring loaded strut

    To save re-inventing the wheel has anyone installed a spring loaded strut for the bootlid?

    Failing this I'll have to test my engineering skills to the limit by trying to work out which spring loading and boot strut will be best for the Stratos.(and work out how to mount it)

    Thanks for any advice.

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    Re: Boot opening - spring loaded strut

    Most people go with a fixed length prop. Have you considered the strain imposed on the fibreglass boot lid might lead to distortion or stress cracks? Or do you have an aluminium bootlid?
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    Re: Boot opening - spring loaded strut

    I know a couple of guys who used to play rugby, but they were scrum-halves rather than props. They might fit the bill, although probably not in the boot though...

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    Re: Boot opening - spring loaded strut

    I am sure I wrote up the boot lid gas strut I fitted to Shades. Cost me £5 from toolstation. For a kitchen cabinet I seem to remember.

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    Re: Boot opening - spring loaded strut

    Kitchen cabinet? Fantastic lateral thinking, Tim! But did you need to make up a Formica boot lid to match?

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    Re: Boot opening - spring loaded strut

    Quote Originally Posted by Normb666 View Post
    Kitchen cabinet? Fantastic lateral thinking, Tim! But did you need to make up a Formica boot lid to match?
    Norm you are showing your age!!!

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    Re: Boot opening - spring loaded strut

    Thanks guys - amusing but not much help !

    Guy - I understand your comment but wonder if their might be a stress(crack) free solution ?

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    Re: Boot opening - spring loaded strut

    I guess it's all about the way you attach the strut to the boot lid? Anything that spreads the load will help, I'd suggest a strip of ally or stainless steel with a 90 degree bend skiaflexed to the inside of the lid would do the trick. After that it's just a case of working out where the base sits, and if the pivot is near the hinge end or the spoiler end? I'd also consider if you want to have one at either side otherwise you're going to have to get into the habit of closing it by pushing down on one side to avoid twisting the lid? I'm probably overthinking this!
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    Last edited by Guy Mayers; 18-03-2021 at 11:42.

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    Re: Boot opening - spring loaded strut

    How about a self locking strut, not gas powered? Lift it to latch it, lift it again to unlatch and lower? Admittedly not as pretty or as technical as a gas strut but an option?

    https://www.carbuilder.com/uk/bonnet...ay-small-180mm

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    Re: Boot opening - spring loaded strut

    Having worked with GRP cars a lot stress can be an issue causing the gel coat to crack. If you went for a gas spring a large spreader plate would be required but then you may get pull lines from the adhesive on the boot lid. I went for the simple option as shown below.Click image for larger version. 

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