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I'm trying to track down some short, CHEAP shocks/pistons for my rod locker. The door wants to shut on its own, and I know its going to cost me a rod this summer.

Anyone have any leads? The only cheap ones I can find seem to be really long because they're for the back window of a car or something.

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goto the autoparts store and tell them you'd like to have a look at what they got. Other option is a rod that latches when you open, and you lift and push it over to shut, that can be hand crafted by you.

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look for one that will fit on a small hatchback car, like a mazda 3 or similar. Some supports for the engine hood are short as well. Need to determine the approximate length for your rod box. Try looking at rockauto.com, they may have something for you.

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Bugpac wrote:goto the autoparts store and tell them you'd like to have a look at what they got. Other option is a rod that latches when you open, and you lift and push it over to shut, that can be hand crafted by you.

Good call, that'd keep me from having to install a locking latch to keep the lid closed. Too bad this engineering degree only comes with the CATIA and CAD training, but won't let me play with the multi million dollar machines that GMC donated...

Guess I'll have to go with something more along the likes of a "rig job"...

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If you really want gas struts...I'd just go to a auto repair/wrecker lot. There are a million smashed up cars out there.

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dyeguy, my buddy lives really close to you and can water jet and machine, he is very very cheap to, does it for a hobby, if you need anything let me know ill put you in touch with him.

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Go to Home Depot and get a "safety hinge". These are used on things like toy chests to keep the lid from slamming down on little fingers and cost about $5.
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Bugpac wrote:dyeguy, my buddy lives really close to you and can water jet and machine, he is very very cheap to, does it for a hobby, if you need anything let me know ill put you in touch with him.
Thanks bug I'll give it some thought. I'd like to keep this job relatively simple, so I might go a pre-manufactured route, but I'm always finding something I want made up :D

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I would suggest a hatch spring. Simple, easy to install, no maintenance. Can get different sizes depending on the weight of the lid.
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Lowes or Home Depot sell door closers for storm doors that are much shorter than the gas struts for auto applications.

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try those aluminum tool boxes for the back of pickup trucks.they usually have gas shocks on the lids
if all else fails....stop using all else

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