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Ibiza Mk4 Custom Gas Bonnet Lifters/Struts - Finally Finished!

Discussion in 'Mk4 Ibiza FAQ's (6L) 2002-2008' started by Pabs, Oct 12, 2009.

  1. Pabs

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    Sorry Aimez, not trying to be difficult, but I just dont see what other info you need? It is now all in the first post, nothing is missing as far as I'm aware?

    You don't need any brackets from struts-direct, so you can ignore those options. As mentioned, they have changed their website though, so you could always call them to confirm.

    Shame you need the parts, as I thought Damo had supplied everything.
     
  2. ALEXZ360

    ALEXZ360 Active Member

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    [1] Gas Strut Type: Gas Struts - SD01-150
    [2] Rod End Fitting: Steel Ball - SBJ4
    [3] Tube End Fitting: Steel Ball - SBJ4
    [4] Rod End Bracket: No Rod End Bracket Required
    [5] Tube End Bracket: No Tube End Bracket Required

    The Qty = 2

    I Believe That Is Right?
     
  3. Aimez

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    I know you are not you are being helpful as you can without you this would not even be here! But thick people like me need instructions for er thick people lol.

    He has but I worked out that the reason mine look and are too short is the ball ends are not like yours, they are shorter by 20mm so I only really need the ends from struts direct (I think). 20mm doesn't seem much but that is why I was confused by your posts earlier on and asked all them questions it does look too short ATM you see.
    I would rather buy the ends and try and if still not right can sell the ends on or buy the struts just means more postage.

    I dunno Alex you think that is right?
     
  4. ALEXZ360

    ALEXZ360 Active Member

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    Yeh I think that that is about right aimez and I know this might sound stupid but would you have to declare these on insurance as they're not a standard part/option??
     
  5. Aimez

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    You gonna order this up then? Be the guinea pig, lol being I already bought all the bits of Damo but the ends are too short is all. Declare anything non standard, I am with adrian flux I told them every stupid thing I did and most things like this they did not care about only about power increase or big changes in looks.
     
  6. ALEXZ360

    ALEXZ360 Active Member

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    I've had a look at my engine bay today and all my holes and the rubber bits look in different places to the ones pabs has, I will have a proper inspection tomorrow an then if all is well I'll knock up some brackets and give it a go :)
     
  7. ALEXZ360

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    Ignore that last comment just realised after looking at my engine bay properly that I was looking in the wrong place :p yeh I'm gonna try get some brackets done Asap so I can give this ago :D
     
  8. Aimez

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    cool let us know how you get on!
     
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    jamie8954 Diesel FTMFW

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    did any 1 try this i really want to do it
     
  10. Pabs

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    What do you mean? Of course people have tried it... I tried it, I DESIGNED it! :p
    Still on my car to this day, still faultless, no issues at all.
    I know of at least 2 other people who copied my idea and have had no issues either.
     
  11. T10HJP

    T10HJP BucksVAG.Net

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    Wow, these are an amazing addition to the engine bay.. I hate going to shows, opening up the bonnet and having to put that stupid stick in.
    Just placed my order from StrutsDirect,

    [1] Gas Strut Type: Gas Struts - SD01-150
    [2] Rod End Fitting: Steel Ball - SBJ4
    [3] Tube End Fitting: Steel Ball - SBJ4
    [4] Rod End Bracket: No Rod End Bracket Required
    [5] Tube End Bracket: No Tube End Bracket Required

    The Qty = 2

    sorry to sound really lazy, but is there any chance of someone knocking me up a few brackets? Beer monies will be credited to the person who will accept ;)

    Paulie..
     
  12. Aimez

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    I will get my arse in gear and do this now, I think all i need is the ball ends as mine are too short but bought the lot so may well flog the struts on if all that is needed is the ball ends.
     
  13. bumble bee

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    fair play m8 looks nice:D
     
  14. Aimez

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    Had issues with this AGAIN grrrr NIGHTMARE putting the bracket on the bonnet hinges on your own trying to hold the bonnet up clearly I am alone as no one mentioned this being so hard! The bolts then when I put them back in are threaded and spinning. So gotta have a mechanic friend try ans help this weekend dunno what to do if the new bolts do not go on!

    The reason the original struts did not fit is they were way too short I have a out of the difference and I had to fork out for the correct ones. Wish I never bothered!
     
  15. Pabs

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    You'll get there eventually Aimez :)

    Not sure how you've made your brackets, but it sounds like the material you've used is too thick, and the bolts aren't reaching the threads inside the bonnet. Could always countersink the screws to try and get a bit of purchase on the thread, but you'd want to make sure you get enough to not then strip the threads completely. Other option which it sounds like you've gone for is the slightly longer bolts - don't go too long though or they'll be too lose, or worse, end up denting/hitting the bonnet lid itself.
     
  16. Aimez

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    I did not make them Damo did and sold them and some struts to me, he never fitted this obviously and he bought different struts about 3 inches too short sadly.
    They are about 3mm thick I think, they are reaching as they they tighten a bit then they start to spin which is very worrying you can see the thread has been stripped! Got new bolts from work today that are pre-treated with locktite not sure this will work thou.

    They are not longer bolts they are the original bolts I put back in like you. I had to go to halfords who had none the right length so I had to saw them down and fit them temporary. But they do not seem tight enough but I am too scared to tighten them to much in case they spin and get wrecked like the originals. The ones from work are the same length but with more thread on unlike originals with the tapered ends so should in theory be perfect for this.
    But if it is stripped inside I have no idea what the hell I am meant to do drill a bigger hole and use bigger bolts? Which makes the brackets useless and all this a waste of time and money. Everything I do goes wrong on this bloody car!
     
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    if you know the thread size and you have stripped the thread buy a helicoil kit from ebay there simple to use and bloody handy.
     
  18. Aimez

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    really anyone know the thread size? How do they work then excuse my ignorance?!
     
  19. cupra.al

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    you drill in the hole with the supplied drill bit where the thread should be to make it smooth then you create a new thread with the supplied tool then wind in a new thread with the supplied coil which creates the thread for the bolt then brake the tab there only really needed if the existing thread is totally nakard.
     
  20. Aimez

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    oh right well it is being looked at on Saturday by a friend and got the new bolts so we will see, thanks that is helpful.
     

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