Seeking gas struts to 4WD bonnet

Submitted: Tuesday, Sep 11, 2012 at 15:38
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An old fellow, lives down the road from me, has a Nissan GQ 1994 Patrol Wagon.
The bonnet is getting a bit heavy to lift in his old age.
Has anyone fitted gas struts to a vehicle bonnet similar to this?
If so - where can they be sourced or what size does he need?
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Tuesday, Sep 11, 2012 at 16:04

Tuesday, Sep 11, 2012 at 16:04
Dennis,

I googled gas struts when I was thinking of using them to left a set of stairs to mezzanine in my shed, but never followed it up.

Try: strutregas.com.au or

strutspecialists.com.au

One of the sites I looked at had a formula for working out which strut you needed. In your, or at least the old blokes case, you may need to weigh the bonnet, as you lift it. Or weigh the catch end on a set of bathroom scales.

If I haven't made this too clear, give us a yell, and I'll see if I can find the formula again,

Bob.

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Can't remember most of it.

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Reply By: Cruiser .- Tuesday, Sep 11, 2012 at 16:10

Tuesday, Sep 11, 2012 at 16:10
GQ Bonnet struts on Ebay
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Reply By: Whirlwinder - Tuesday, Sep 11, 2012 at 16:11

Tuesday, Sep 11, 2012 at 16:11
Dennis. Just contact "Strut Regas" and tell them the model and they will have the answer or try ebay. Many sellers there. Good luck.
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Reply By: Member - Toyocrusa (NSW) - Tuesday, Sep 11, 2012 at 17:38

Tuesday, Sep 11, 2012 at 17:38
Hi Dennis. I have used a Melbourne co. on ebay called "Gas Strut Guys" cheaper than regas and still good quality. cheers,Bob.
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Reply By: Member - Serendipity(WA) - Tuesday, Sep 11, 2012 at 18:52

Tuesday, Sep 11, 2012 at 18:52
For anyone who is interested in this.

Just finished putting bonnet struts on my 70 series toyota ute. Works a treat.

Bonnet struts $37
Brackets $8
Time ~ 1 hour

I bought the Nissan patrol bonnet struts as that bonnet looked about the same size and weight.

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/330762908799?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649

I went to the local trailer parts place for the brackets.

Under the bonnet I used existing bolt holes at the bottom and tek screwed the brackets to the top at about where the normal bonnet support holds the bonnet up at.

On the drivers side I needed to move the fuse box down about 30mm. I moved one screw to another lower hole and made an aluminium bracket to hold the other one - you can just see the aluminium bracket in the photo.

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Follow Up By: Lex M - Tuesday, Sep 11, 2012 at 20:21

Tuesday, Sep 11, 2012 at 20:21
Your struts appear to be upside down.

http://www.strutspecialists.com.au/dos_donts.html

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Follow Up By: Member - Serendipity(WA) - Wednesday, Sep 12, 2012 at 08:56

Wednesday, Sep 12, 2012 at 08:56
Hi Lex

Yes it is a debatable point which way to mount gas struts. Ironically on the web site you linked the picture in the background title show gas struts the same way as mine.

What they recommend as I have heard before is whatever way the gas strut spends most of its time the oil in the tube should be allowed to flow to the seal at the joint and thus lubricate this seal. My gas struts spend most of their time with the bonnet down and this allows them to be on a downward slope keeping the seals lubricated and not dry out.

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Follow Up By: member - mazcan - Thursday, Sep 13, 2012 at 11:26

Thursday, Sep 13, 2012 at 11:26
hi guys
was helping my mate fit an aussie camp 375 onto his 6x4 trailer this week and the 3 gas struts supplied with it are the worst i have seen
chinese --- the ball joint ends had 1.5ml play in them they are the moulded or crimped ball socket type el-cheapo they are so loose it gave me the impression that they are half worn out and might well be regased ones ????
so beware of what you might get over the net
they did however have a fit direction arrow on the lable which showed the body is suppose to be mounted in the up position as mention in one thread
cheers
barry
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Follow Up By: Dennis Ellery - Wednesday, Oct 03, 2012 at 21:53

Wednesday, Oct 03, 2012 at 21:53
Hi Serendipity,
The old fellow down the road, with the Nissan GU, fitted the struts to your photos - pleased as punch.
Thanks for your help
Dennis
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Follow Up By: Dennis Ellery - Wednesday, Oct 03, 2012 at 21:54

Wednesday, Oct 03, 2012 at 21:54
I think that should be GQ not GU
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Follow Up By: Member - Serendipity(WA) - Wednesday, Oct 03, 2012 at 22:16

Wednesday, Oct 03, 2012 at 22:16
No worries Dennis

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Reply By: Dennis Ellery - Tuesday, Sep 11, 2012 at 22:02

Tuesday, Sep 11, 2012 at 22:02
Thanks to all for your help.
Ill be able to sort a suitable solution from a selection of the choices offered.
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Reply By: Paul and Mel - Wednesday, Sep 12, 2012 at 21:22

Wednesday, Sep 12, 2012 at 21:22
try repco, they have struts and i think a multifit kit.
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