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Old 10-21-2010, 10:08 AM
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Oh and I made a vid to show how quickly you can open the top up. I'm guessing some people think it takes like 5 minutes to do it. I do it in like 17 seconds. haha

You should be a movie star because you are dramatic.. Me likez.. You don't think that having two smaller springs equal in tension to the 2 wouldn't be better. I did notice the bounce back with the two larger springs, but I can't help but think having only one STRONG spring constantly lifting the lid from only one side may cause warping or such..
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Old 10-21-2010, 10:35 AM
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I love that mod. Simple but useful. I looked on my Sky trunk and it will work there as well. Too often I have had the wind blow the trunk lid down while trying to put the top down.
Yes I've had the wind yank up the lid violently. With the added tension do you think on a windy day it may be a risk for damage?
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Old 10-21-2010, 10:38 AM
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Actually, I timed you. From the time you popped the top to the time you got back in the car and closed the door was 17 seconds. 17. I think automatic tops are somewhere around 40 seconds. I did a Google search and couldn't find any solid numbers, but my step-father has a convertible Audi, and it's something like that.
I believe my 05 Boxster S was about 16 seconds.. Not sure, but under 20.. I wish they would've engineered a auto top for us. :-(
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I was in Home Depot yesterday and found a black coated spring of the same size for $1.69. Perfect!

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I was in Home Depot yesterday and found a black coated spring of the same size for $1.69. Perfect!
do you have a part number, and maybe even a picture of the packaging you could post? I'm so there when I get back home on Friday to find these! though the silver doesn't bother me too much, I think the black will look more factory.
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I don't have the part number on me right now and they come as bulk, no packaging.

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The SKU # is 153643 from Home Depot.

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Done it! With 2 springs... Great idea!!!! Thanks!
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Old 03-14-2019, 10:21 AM
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Just did this mod last night. Works great and so simple to do.

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Old 03-14-2019, 12:12 PM
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@rob the elder Seeing this thread has reminded me to ask you....do you have ordering information or a "how to" for that non spring trunk mod I saw at garage day last year??
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You can order it here. They will send you an email with cost of extra shipping and it will show up in a few days. You need to make a minor mod to the trunk lid to get it to fit a Sol but you have seen mine.

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Just did this mod last night. Works great and so simple to do.
I was one of the early adopters. Maybe first but its been a long time . . .

I found two problems. First is the springs lost tension over time and needed to be replaced and second they actually deformed the rod that braces across the back of the trunk. Not desirable.

So I went with the Sky trunk lift cylinder and like it very much

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While at the National last year, I walked around and looked at cars deck lids. Many of them had bends at the rear corners. And I mean close to 50% is my guess. This happens when the trunk lid opens and goes up to fast, normally caught by the wind is my guess. Really no repair other than a body shop and repaint.

I would never put the spring on my car for any reason. This can happen at any time, very easily it appears. We worked on a car at the National that had the wind catch his deck lid and he knew it bent the trunk. We tried to adjust but it just can not be done. That is when I started looking for the evidence on other cars. It happens way too often.

The Euro one is the way to go, you can adjust to open only a few inches, and if the wind catches it, it keeps it from flying up at a high rate of speed.

My 2 cents on this subject. If you have done the spring, be careful when you open the trunk.

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I was one of the early adopters. Maybe first but its been a long time . . .

I found two problems. First is the springs lost tension over time and needed to be replaced and second they actually deformed the rod that braces across the back of the trunk. Not desirable.

So I went with the Sky trunk lift cylinder and like it very much
Good to know ... thanks!

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If you have done the spring, be careful when you open the trunk.
Mine never goes up all the way, so that's good. Thanks for the input.

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