HMMWV Hood Lift gas shock - anyone MADE one?

NormB

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Saw a link to one of the off-roading companies that makes a hood-lift with a metal plate and a gas shock and attachment to frame or somewhere sturdy.

$249!!!!!!!

I just bought a pair of gas shocks for my camper shell for $30.

Anyone actually done this? Pictures, part #'s appreciated.

Not that it's "difficult" to raise the hood, but something like this sure would make it easier.

(and, yes, I searched. Several ways, several other search engines and found a LOT of info for M35s but NOTHING for HMMWVs. Boolean links don't

Thanks.
 

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Sometimes cheaper is more expensive. 250 clams ain’t bad.

By the time you template, make parts, break and replace trial run pieces and car parts, and account for you time, $250 might turn out to be cheap.

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there was a kit that had it mounted it on the upper spring mount tower.
just drill a hole threw it, thread it and bolt it on,

THAT is exactly the conclusion I came to the other day. I did some measuring, measured again. Then again. A stud in the left spring tower, a stud on an angle bracket on a steel or thick aluminum crosspiece, couple of those rubber inserts for the hood channels, couple hours futzing around and the parts I sourced (14x24 160lb gas strut, stud, bracket) delivered comes to about $60 even.

Pretty sure I can and will do this shortly. I’ll post parts list and details.

Appreciate the comment about time=money in a roundabout way, but heck, half of the stuff we do on these machines could be done by professionals. Why do it ourselves?

I like tinkering with stuff, finding solutions.
 
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not related to this seller but he put a kit online not cheap but a good picture of the parts needed and idea how to put it together.
 

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I had a couple of spare hood lifts for my 2002 Camry so I figured that they should work. It still needs a couple of reinforcement plates across the ribs on the hood, cleaning up and painting but it works great. Opens by itself after raising the hood about 4 inches.
 

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Hate to be picky but those cylinders are upside down, they should be mounted rod down to keep the seals wet.
 

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Someone sent me a PM hinting I was full of it, here are just a few examples from the folks that BUILD them............
I had forgotten about the additional dampening effet of the oil as the cylinder reached full extension keeping the hood etc. from banging at the end of travel
https://www.camloc.com/technical-support/gas-spring-mounting-position/
https://lstechnologies.ca/general-info/frequently-asked-questions/
https://www.asraymond.com/gas-spring-proper-orientation.html
https://www.stabilus.com/service-spare-parts/installation-hints-and-tips/
 
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