What to do with old bonnet gas struts

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What to do with old bonnet gas struts

Post by ricster » 03 Apr 2017 11:41

I love my Patrol, but unless I park on a dead level surface or sloping slightly to the passenger side, I want to often swear at Nissan design team.

If I open the small rear barn door on uneven ground, I have to do some sort of contortion act to keep the door open and do what ever I need to in the back. This is sometimes difficult when holding a certain beverage, where spilling even a single drop would be sacrilegious. So, I lost my temper with the damn door, and used all 11 official languages at it, as well as some sign language. Upset and irritable, I rummaged through my garage to "MacGyver" a cunning plan.

I found some of my old gas struts that had gone soft. Of the 4 I found, one was very soft and I could push the rod in by hand with a reasonable amount of force, even though it says 550Nm on it ( I doubt it is anything even close to that). I found the 2 swively thingys that fit on the ends, and found a bracket that was for an old garage door motor.

I cut the bracket up and proceeded to check that the stroke length will work on the door. With a little common sense and a tape measure I marked where the bracket must be fixed to the body, and where the piston rod end must fit to the underside of the door. I then center punched where to drill and made the hole ( scary stuff !!! ). I then did the same on the underside of the door.

I cleaned up the holes and painted the exposed metal to ensure there will be no rust issue, and fastened all the bolts. OH MY GOODNESS !!!!...... It is the most beautiful thing I have ever done to the Iron Maiden......hahahaha

What a pleasure to open the door now. The door doesn't slap you silly when you open it, but one still needs to hold the door to prevent it slamming open ( I know ......slamming open ......that sounds weird ), and it is still a 2 finger operation to close the door too, BUT .... the friggin thing stay open now !!!!!

It could probably be slightly less pressurized to assist the unwary trying to sneak into the back of the Patrol, but then I will at least know who was trying to get in when I see them knocked out on the floor..... :rolling: :rolling:
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Re: What to do with old bonnet gas struts

Post by Dustin » 03 Apr 2017 11:47

Nicely done :thumbup:

My bonnet shocks have given up the ghost this weekend while doing the turbo install.
My Patrol suddenly tried to chew on me while I was laying over the top of the motor doing the Madman wiring at the firewall...not fun :lol:
I'll probably be using the dud shocks to do the same.
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Re: What to do with old bonnet gas struts

Post by ricster » 03 Apr 2017 11:59

:rolling: :rolling: .... hmmmm ... a bonnet muncher hey.... :rolling: :rolling:

Dustin, I cannot believe that it took me this long to get to do the job. It literally took me 20 mins to actually do it. The worst was getting the door panel cover off and squeezing your hand down to the bottom of the door with a small ratchet.
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Re: What to do with old bonnet gas struts

Post by iandvl » 03 Apr 2017 12:07

Cedric,

That looks awesome. You're giving me ideas. :rolling: :rolling:

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Re: What to do with old bonnet gas struts

Post by Bre » 03 Apr 2017 12:38

Nice idea Cedric, I'll keep it in mind if my bonnet shocks ever give up the ghost :thumbup:

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Re: What to do with old bonnet gas struts

Post by ricster » 03 Apr 2017 12:48

I am not overly chuffed with the bracket, as its just a piece of galvanized steel. When I get a chance I'll make a proper bracket, paint it white and swap it over, then it will look better too.
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Re: What to do with old bonnet gas struts

Post by andredurand » 03 Apr 2017 17:32

:woo:En jy is van Alberton en blond you go boy :thumbup: :thumbup: .
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Re: What to do with old bonnet gas struts

Post by Rhett » 03 Apr 2017 18:31

Very good mod Ric, us Patrollers have some serious ingenuity when we come up with issues hey?
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Re: What to do with old bonnet gas struts

Post by Tony » 03 Apr 2017 20:01

Brilliant Cedric, well done! :thumbup:

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Re: What to do with old bonnet gas struts

Post by offroadbiker » 04 Apr 2017 07:24

Cedric - all of a sudden I got this urge to come and "collect" that hose set................. wink wink :wink:
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