HURRICANE HINGE & GAS STRUT PROBLEM

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Re: HURRICANE HINGE & GAS STRUT PROBLEM

Postby DWT77 » Sat Jun 08, 2019 7:58 pm

I ordered the 100 lb gas springs earlier this week.

Got them installed and everything is working correctly today

I decided the gas spring mounts needed some additional strength. I made some blocking out of 3/4" plywood.
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I used a counter sink from the outside to secure them to the galley hatch gusset
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I did add a few more screws than what I have pictured.
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Got everything measured out and mounted. Opens and closes easily. The springs keep the hatch closed and I can feel a breaking point at about waist high when they take over and assist with the lift. Then shutting the hatch doesn't require much force.
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Last thing I did was make sure I had plenty of clearance on the inside for my cabinets when the hatch is closed. I put my camera inside and took a picture
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Thanks Dan for the help and everyone else who responded!!!!

Hopefully my mistakes help someone else out in the future if they find this thread lol
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Re: HURRICANE HINGE & GAS STRUT PROBLEM

Postby tony.latham » Sat Jun 08, 2019 8:04 pm

Wayne:

I'm happy to see Humpty-Dumpty is back together. :)

How does it feel to open and close compared to the first go-around?

Last thing I did was make sure I had plenty of clearance on the inside for my cabinets when the hatch is closed. I put my camera inside and took a picture


I've gone so far as to take a video with the camera inside. :thumbsup:

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Re: HURRICANE HINGE & GAS STRUT PROBLEM

Postby DWT77 » Sat Jun 08, 2019 8:12 pm

tony.latham wrote:Wayne:

I'm happy to see Humpty-Dumpty is back together. :)

How does it feel to open and close compared to the first go-around?

Last thing I did was make sure I had plenty of clearance on the inside for my cabinets when the hatch is closed. I put my camera inside and took a picture


I've gone so far as to take a video with the camera inside. :thumbsup:

T


Thanks Tony

Pulling down to close the hatch is a lot easier. It doesn't take near as much force to break them to close.

I can really tell the difference in opening. Before there really wasn't a breaking point at the waist. When I opened the hatch the springs kicked right in and opened it up. Also the springs don't open it as forceful. If I were to let go and allow the springs to go by themselves the hatch opens slower
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Re: HURRICANE HINGE & GAS STRUT PROBLEM

Postby tony.latham » Sat Jun 08, 2019 8:13 pm

If I were to let go and allow the springs to go by themselves the hatch opens slower.


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Better get back out there in the woods.

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Re: HURRICANE HINGE & GAS STRUT PROBLEM

Postby Tom&Shelly » Sat Jun 08, 2019 9:47 pm

DWT77 wrote:I ordered the 100 lb gas springs earlier this week.

Got them installed and everything is working correctly today

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Thanks Dan for the help and everyone else who responded!!!!

Hopefully my mistakes help someone else out in the future if they find this thread lol


Glad it works well now Wayne. Thank you, this thread has been very interesting and informative!

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Re: HURRICANE HINGE & GAS STRUT PROBLEM

Postby danlott » Sun Jun 09, 2019 12:05 pm

I am very happy it worked out for you. I do like your idea for beefing up the hatch attachment point.

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Re: HURRICANE HINGE & GAS STRUT PROBLEM

Postby KTM_Guy » Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:55 pm

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I put one in just hope I never need it.

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Re: HURRICANE HINGE & GAS STRUT PROBLEM

Postby paintm4u » Thu Jun 20, 2019 1:52 am

I hope your solution works but I have had a little experience with this also. The top attach points are very close to the hinge point and bulk of the hatch weight is on the end of the hatch, like a lever and that will put a lot of strain on the hinge. I moved my top attach point back closer to the center of the hatch arc. This alleviated the stress on the hinge and attach point.
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