cheap front bonnet lift struts

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  1. abubin

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    I saw this and thought...wth..so cheap. Might as well give it a try.

    Working find so far. A bit stiff and no so "soft" when opening. For the price, I am not complaining.

     
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    If they aren't stiff in warm weather, they'll be useless in the dead of winter.

    Yours probably won't ever see weather that cold, but they make them the same way for the whole planet.
     
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    I bought mine on Aliexpress and only installed one as it's fine on its own. Kept the other one as a replacement for later.
     
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    Yes, the bonnet is made of aluminum so it is quite light. One is definitely enough. Good idea!
     
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    Where did you get those?

     
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    Y'know, I like that Original Equipment rod: simple, simple; requires no installation; works perfectly in ANY weather, and not only is it cheap, it's FREE!
     
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    The original is fine. But not free. Part of the cost of the car. :)

    If it's inexpensive enough, it's worth looking into for ME.

     
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    "The original is fine. But not free. Part of the cost of the car."

    Actually, that's WHY it's free: because it comes WITH the car....no extra costs involved.
     
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    nooooo, not free.....It is INCLUDED in the pricing.
     
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    "nooooo, not free.....It is INCLUDED in the pricing."

    YES, free, because it has already been paid for..
     
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    nooooo, not free.....It is INCLUDED in the pricing.
     
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    But what about that extra weight? What's going to happen to your mpg (or Km/l? -- or is it l/100Km?)?
     
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    "Sunk cost". Ignorable for the purpose of future economic choices. Cost of keeping the prop rod that came with the car: $0. Cost of replacing it with anything else: > $0.

    Now, if you had the option of buying the car without a prop rod because you wanted to spend the money on your own....

    Of course, Marketing would probably make that option part of an extra-cost package with lighted door sills and whatnot.
     
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    The extra weight can be offset by you shedding 1 pound from your body. Drink less 1 can of beer.:rolleyes:
     
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    Using the attachment points shown in the video resulted in the hood not opening very wide. Using different attachment points the hood now opens about as wide as the normal (1st) hood prop opening. With the kit I received the factory hood prop would have to be removed if you were to mount the strut kit on the passenger side. You now have to forcefully close the hood because of the struts resistance.
     

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