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Hood Strut - single vs double

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Re: Hood Strut - single vs double

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- For those who don't like my chopsticks trick...

- There is the "copper pipe" trick LOL...

- Many years ago, I used to own a 1983 BMW E23 735i, I was short of budget and the hood kept falling on my head when there is a breeze, so I came up with this trick:

a. Get a 3/4-inch copper pipe at hardware store.
Measure the length you need so you can buy correct length.

b. Cut to correct length, then slide it in the strut, crimp one end so it is trapped inside the strut "rod end".

c. The copper pipe slides over the "body of the strut" when the hood is closed.

d. When you pop the hood, just slide the copper pipe as shown, insert a screw inside so the pipe does not slide sideways (i.e. it is locked in place). You can hide the screw in a hole nearby the engine.

- If you take your Volvo strut, FLIP it around upside down so the strut's BODY faces UPWARD, then you can use this copper pipe trick.

Here is the BMW photo...

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Re: Hood Strut - single vs double

Post by E Showell »

My ride is also of the one hood strut variety.
'98 V70 NA FWD 5 spd, silver sand metallic (sold)
'99 V70 NA FWD Auto, dark blue (sold)
'99 S70 NA FWD Auto, black (sold and resurrected -- Don't cry for me Argentina . . . )
'07 S80 3.2 FWD Auto, Barents Blue Metallic
'06 V70 R AWD Auto, Sonic Blue Metallic
'04 XC70 Ruby Red Metallic
'95 855 auto (sold)
'86 245 manual (sold)
'05 V70 T5 M (totalled)
'06 V70 FWD Auto (totalled)
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