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Old 10-02-2014, 21:43   #1
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hi has any one fitted gas struts to a mk 1 boot lid if so any pics or how to.many thanks Allan
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Old 11-02-2014, 19:18   #2
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Have a look on XpowerForums, I'm sure someone on there did a gas strut conversion although from what I remember it didn't prove too successful.
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Old 11-02-2014, 20:04   #3
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ok thanks I,ll do that
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Old 11-02-2014, 21:56   #4
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Why do you want to?

If it is because the spring wont hold the big spoiler up then most people seem to solve the problem by tightening the spring...

As said, a search on XpowerForums should give an answer.
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So how do you tighten the spring? My boot will not stay up reliably, and adding a gas strut (where? What type?) seems like a plan...
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Old 13-02-2014, 15:28   #6
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So how do you tighten the spring? My boot will not stay up reliably, and adding a gas strut (where? What type?) seems like a plan...
Look in the boot. There is another position for the torsion bars. Try that.
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Already in the tightest position. Still crapola.
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Old 16-02-2014, 03:28   #8
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I tried using the boot strut from my old BWM. It put too much pressure on and lifted the boot on that side.

I did find a solution for the springs tho. Take a piece of wood/plastic/metal about 5cm x 2cm x 2cm high (you may need to play with height, depending on the amount of slack you have)
Cut a small notch the width of the spring bar across the top:

---u--- Side view
#####

## Top view
##
==
##
##

Sort of like that if you can imagine it.
Make one for each side. Now comes the dangerous bit. There is a real chance of taking off the end of your finger if you are not careful.
Use something to lever against the bit of spring that is sticking out at the back (I used the handle of a large wrench), and lift up the front bit of the spring. Slip the block under the bar where it sits on top of the hinge. Carefully lower the spring back onto the block. Repeat other side.
Done.
This puts a little more pressure on the spring bar, and will hold the boot open. It may not last for ever, but has done me well for a few months now.
I will try and get some pics of it in action.
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