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Old 31st May 2016, 22:36   #46
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But the pricing is exorbitant! Did you check with SGS Engineering or somewhere else?

Keep the length somewhere close to 460 mm; 480 mm although fits, its more of a tight fit. 460 mm should give you some slack. As for the force, keep it between 350 to 400 N (divide by 9.81 for the kg rating).
Hello Gannu_1, first of all amazing DIY job, very neat. After looking at your mod I'm also going to do that on my 2016 Vento. I contacted few local shops and they said I can use Skoda Superb gas strut.

Is it advisable to do so? He asked me 3000 INR for gas strut and installation. I've checked SGS engineering and I'm bit confused there. I will order once you guide me to buy particular model for self opening bonnet.

I am not far from your current city, and I often visit Surat. So I would like to meet you someday and see your amazing DIY mods in person.

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Old 1st June 2016, 07:48   #47
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I contacted few local shops and they said I can use Skoda Superb gas strut.
You can use any strut so long as the following specs are met:

a. The force of the strut is sufficient to lift the hood. This is usually specified in the strut. Anything more than 400 N is sufficient IMO.

b. The extended length of the strut is such that it can lift the hood to the required height and can retract without interfering with any other parts.

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Is it advisable to do so?
Yes provided the shop can execute a neat job instead of a shoddily fabricated mount. Do not let them drill additional holes anywhere on the car. It doesn't warrant one at least for the Vento.

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He asked me 3000 INR for gas strut and installation.
Looks reasonable to me.

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I've checked SGS engineering and I'm bit confused there. I will order once you guide me to buy particular model for self opening bonnet.
What are you confused about? I've specified what are the parts required in the first post.

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I am not far from your current city
I've shifted to Madras from Navsari couple of months back. I might drive to Anand sometime next year.
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You can use any strut so long as the following specs are met:
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I've shifted to Madras from Navsari couple of months back. I might drive to Anand sometime next year.
Oh I see, I thought you are still in navsari. No worries.
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Keep the length somewhere close to 460 mm; 480 mm although fits, its more of a tight fit. 460 mm should give you some slack. As for the force, keep it between 350 to 400 N (divide by 9.81 for the kg rating).
Hi Gannu_1

Thank you for the simple yet effective DIY. I am considering installing a gas strut on my polo.

1)Would a 350 NM strut induce stresses and cause flexing while pulling the bonnet for closing as we are using a single strut?

2)Since you have recommended different extended lengths (460mm & 470mm), please suggest which one would be a safer bet?

3) Do the SS clamp and MS clamp differ in dimensions?

Thanks

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I ordered for a gas strut from SGS engineering and received the package last week. However, the strut was badly bent. They messed up with the end fixings as well. Took the issue up with SGS, they offered to send in a replacement. Hopefully it arrives in good nick!

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Requested them for a couple of angles and they gave me 8 of these!

Replaced the angle:
I just bought the strut from SGS and planning to do the hood lift DIY and the grab handle dampners in the next couple of weeks.

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I ordered for a gas strut from SGS engineering and received the package last week.
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I just bought the strut from SGS and planning to do the hood lift DIY and the grab handle dampners in the next couple of weeks.
I am planning to order gas struts from SGS for my GT. Interested to know if you have chosen the struts with force rate of 250N or 350N? If it's 350N, would appreciate your feedback
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Interested to know if you have chosen the struts with force rate of 250N or 350N? If it's 350N, would appreciate your feedback
I have chosen 250N. Also, make sure you chose 2 ball joints. I chose one by mistake and now there is a delay in shipping the other one.
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