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roadking77

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Deck lid lift
« on: January 26, 2017, 06:41:33 PM »
I neglected to put in my new torsion rods before the rear glass was installed. I didn't want to go thru the aggrevation after the fact. I was thinking about how I could make a gas shock work much like a new car. I found accidentally online a company called eddie motorsports that makes just such a thing out of billet aluminum. The installation looks simple and straightforward. I got the part 2 days after I ordered it, keep it mind it was shipped from CA to MD! It looks like a quality product, I will let you know how it works after I get it installed. Oh, btw, its cost was just under $100 in gloss black finish.
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Re: Deck lid lift
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2017, 07:35:23 PM »
Interesting. I wanted to check out pics since I was trying to picture where they'd mount it. they didn't show any install pics except in the instructions. Looks neat.

https://www.eddiemotorsports.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/MS148-07-Gen-2-Camaro-Trunk-hinge-strut-kit-.pdf

Dandy77

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Re: Deck lid lift
« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2017, 11:13:30 PM »
Check out Fesler Built. They do a set as well.

roadking77

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« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2017, 08:44:46 AM »
Thanks for doing my homework Aus. I posted a pic of it in my resto thread. Hoping I can get it installed soon.
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Re: Deck lid lift
« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2017, 01:55:59 PM »
A little late for the party on this, but I bought the same kit after seeing this thread. Installed it and I have to say that I love it. I would give it a 9 out of 10. Only reason for not a perfect 10 out of 10 is because of the instructions being a little dated, and the fact that the trunk doesn't "pop" open when you turn the key. You have to lift the trunk a little, then it will lift right up. This can probably be adjusted based on the location that you put the bracket but I am just guessing on that. Overall I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to get away from the torsion bars.

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roadking77

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Re: Deck lid lift
« Reply #5 on: October 29, 2017, 03:06:11 PM »
evob, do you have something that may be binding? Mine pops right up as soon as I turn the key. Have had no problems at all. I love it. After about 6 months or so still working perfectly. The installation is simple, and the finished appearance is very nice imo. I am a stickler for my car looking as stock as possible and was a bit reluctant using this, but have no regrets.
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Re: Deck lid lift
« Reply #6 on: October 30, 2017, 04:46:20 PM »
That looks like a great solution to broken torsion rods at a reasonable price.

Roadking77...when you say your trunklid pops up as soon as you turn the key, does it open completely by itself, or just pop up a little and you to lift the rest of the way. Reason I ask is with a power trunk opener, it would be better to just pop up a little, since I don't want it flying open.
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Re: Deck lid lift
« Reply #7 on: October 30, 2017, 05:20:32 PM »
x2 you don't want it flying open with that force and not have control of it or things rip out, although the gas struts on some are more controlled and slow to open.

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Re: Deck lid lift
« Reply #8 on: November 02, 2017, 06:53:31 AM »
It does pop all the way open. It is controlled though and not a fast opening. I would tend to agree with you on the remote opener but I don't have one so its no big deal to me.
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Re: Deck lid lift
« Reply #9 on: November 02, 2017, 06:58:21 AM »
Interesting. Doesn't sound violent then  :) . Thanks for the reply!
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Re: Deck lid lift
« Reply #10 on: November 13, 2017, 04:05:55 PM »
Violent trunk lid opening! :lol: Too true, a little story about my friends Greg and Joe. The three of us use to go to concerts at Great Woods/Tweeter Center in Massachusetts. We always took one of my cars because I had the coolest of us all and because I nurse beers and don't get flat out drunk. We liked to tailgate before the shows and the cars ('72 and '79 Birds) always drew a crowd or thumbs up. At Great Woods, the security wouldn't bother you if you kept your beer hidden and used cups to drink out of. The trunk was the best place to hide the beer.

Both Joe and Greg were surprised at how the trunk lid on the '72 (without spoiler) would WHIP open. Both learned quickly to hold the lid when opening and had more than a few close calls. Joe did take it off the forehead one night. When I got the '79 (with spoiler) they knew the drill, but neither was used to working a lid with a spoiler and both let the lids slip through their hands. I have to take some blame here because I told them to be careful about hurting the spoiler. It was a bloody night at a Metallica concert when Greg caught the spoiler with his chin and a little later Joe got the blade edge of the spoiler off his giant Roman nose! These days we usually take a pickup.
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Re: Deck lid lift
« Reply #11 on: November 13, 2017, 04:08:56 PM »
Ouch!  :-)
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Re: Deck lid lift
« Reply #12 on: November 13, 2017, 04:42:04 PM »
Next week on "When Cars Attack". Anyone remember that Fox tv show? LOL! :lol:

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« Reply #13 on: November 13, 2017, 04:56:10 PM »
 :-D ...Sequel to "Mars attacks"!

And no, never heard of that show...but sounds interesting.
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Re: Deck lid lift
« Reply #14 on: November 13, 2017, 05:00:34 PM »
Ah, the good ole days!
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Re: Deck lid lift
« Reply #15 on: November 18, 2017, 01:00:11 AM »
I think I may be developing a phobia over springs. :shock: My springs work fine and even though there is technically a blast shield covering them I keep getting images in my head of one of these thing shattering and shards getting in my eyes. I also get all freaked out when working with coil springs. I would remove the rods, but they scare me. So, I will wait for one to break under the blast shield and then add one of these lift kits. The radio will fix the rattling sound from the rod pieces. :lol: :lol:

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Re: Deck lid lift
« Reply #16 on: November 18, 2017, 01:45:34 AM »
There's meant to be a strip of rubber or similar between the bars where they touch.

roadking77

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Re: Deck lid lift
« Reply #17 on: November 18, 2017, 06:25:58 AM »
Ford, I'm with you on the whole spring thing. The trunk isn't too bad though. I did change mine out initially, I put a heavy movers blanket over them, safety glasses and did it with instructions from the fisher body manual. I think I put the wrong springs in though. I bought new ones but didn't get them in time before the back glass went one. That's when I decided to use the gas lift.
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« Reply #17 on: November 18, 2017, 06:25:58 AM »
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