Ladies and Gentlemen, the moment you have all been waiting for...
PHENOMS GAS HOOD STRUT HOWTO!
I got a set of gas hood struts from Black Forest Industries back in August, but I was pretty nervous about doing the install. the horror stories I have heard about the struts bending the hood where they mount up have certainly been on my mind.
I spent a lot of time considering ways to reinforce the hood where the strut would mount up to prevent it from flexing, bending, denting, and so on, but most things involved welding and painting or other ugliness.
So I chatted with TooClutchVW about the pictures he posted of his friends rocco and got a better idea of how he did it. I wanted to hear from the horses mouth whether the struts were going to wreck the hood or not. when he said his was working just fine, I decided I would just go for it.
here are some pics to get you started...
I decided to fasten to the hood in a place that seemed to have the most structural rigidity.
I got myself a metric tap indenting on drilling and tapping the hood for the mount. the metal proved to be far too thin to thread, so I knew I would have to put a nut on the back but the nearest hole from the mount point was a few inches away, and at a funny angle.
my clever solution for that was to tape the nut and a lock washer onto the end of a stick.
I was able to align the nut and washer with the hole and then thread in the screw. I cranked this up really tight so it would have the best likelihood of holding on with all the pressure on it.
you can see here where I was trying to tap the hole for the screw. utterly pointless, so please skip that step.
the important thing here is that you put a big fat washer on the back and snug it up really tight. you will have to take your fender skirts out for this step if you dont have them out already.
here you can see where the ball is mounted better.
(Note: I think this is too close, and it should probably be full inch further out. see comments below)
and the top mount is 11 inches from the corner/tip of the hood.
and so on...
just having one strut on was enough to hold the hood up, but it sagged on the passenger side and looked sketchy. so I just repeated the installation for the other side. took me about ten minutes.
drilled the hole, taped washer and nut to the stick...
lined up the nut with the hole...
and thats it. all done.
Modified by JonnyPhenomenon at 1:24 AM 9-23-2009