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DIY Hood Struts - 2nd Gen

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by dpele, Jan 28, 2022.

  1. Jan 28, 2022 at 7:38 AM
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    dpele

    dpele [OP] Eh.

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    DIY hood struts!

    Super happy how they turned out. I initially installed 100 lbs struts but they are way too overkill. I am replacing them with 40 lbs ones right away. Hopefully they are much better.

    Here are the parts:
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    C16-08316 20" 40lb Per Gas Strut Shock Lift Support for RV Door Bed Storage Truck Tonneau Cover Camper Shell Rear Window and Other Heavy Duty Box Lid, Set of 2 Vepagoo
    20" struts


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    $12 10MM Ball Stud Mounting Brackets for Gas Struts Lift Supports Shocks Spring Prop Silver 4PCS, with 16 pcs Screws
    10mm ball stud mounting brackets



    You could use a little longer strut if you want the hood to open higher. I wasn't interested in this because my ditch lights are close to hitting the windshield with the hood prop rod.
    These are installed just like Spiker.

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    The driver side strut does have minor contact the fuse for my subs but I'm not worried about that.
    The strut also slightly touches the brake fluid reservoir when lowering. Also not worried about that.

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    More information to come!
     
  2. Jan 28, 2022 at 7:39 AM
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  3. Jan 28, 2022 at 7:41 AM
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  4. Jan 28, 2022 at 8:06 AM
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    Great find. Definitely cheaper than the Redline struts I put on mine.
     
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  5. Jan 28, 2022 at 8:21 AM
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  6. Jan 28, 2022 at 11:59 AM
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    Redline hood struts is what I use, quality stuff
     
  7. Jan 28, 2022 at 12:23 PM
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    Great option. Spiker is another good one.
    Here in Canada, we get fucked in the currency exchange and shipping. So I needed to find other options than a company in the USA.
     
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  8. Jan 28, 2022 at 12:24 PM
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    Nice DIY job! Looks like you've got $52 (USD) in it which is half the price of Redline or Spyker packages. Post back here if the struts fail so we can see how long they last.
     
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  9. Jan 28, 2022 at 12:27 PM
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    Will do. Also switching to lighter struts so I will report how those perform.
     
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  10. Jan 28, 2022 at 1:19 PM
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    How did you calculate the mounting points for the length of struts you used?
     
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  11. Jan 28, 2022 at 3:05 PM
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    I followed the Spiker installation manual. I had to do a couple easy modifications. Not hard at all.
    I attached Spiker and Redline install documents here.
     

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  12. Jan 28, 2022 at 3:57 PM
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  13. Jan 28, 2022 at 5:25 PM
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    This is a cool DIY!
     
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  14. Jan 28, 2022 at 8:42 PM
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    Very cool. I always appreciate the effort people take find a good DIY way to get something built/done, I'm the same way. :thumbsup:
     
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  15. Jan 29, 2022 at 8:49 PM
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    @dpele thank you, just ordered. was $36 USD, i did have to change location to USA.
     
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  16. Jan 29, 2022 at 9:24 PM
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    Nice setup.
     
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  17. Jan 31, 2022 at 8:13 AM
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    Awesome!
    For everyone in the US, I guarantee there is some very similar products on Amazon.com (instead of .ca). This will probably give you free and fast shipping.
    If you guys find the matching product, post the link on here to give others some help!
     
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    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08MWK6DBF?ie=UTF8

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08FJ1L7LG?ie=UTF8
     
  19. Feb 11, 2022 at 7:10 AM
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    Update:
    • Originally had 100 lbs struts (Vepagoo) - way to strong. It was too much to pull the hood down.
    • Replaced with 40 lbs struts (Vepagoo) - hood would not raise on it's own, but it would stay up. Too weak.
    • Replaced with 80 lbs struts (Red Hound Auto) - nice and strong lift. Decently easy to pull down. Still firm.
    I will be keeping these 80 lbs struts. I think the 60 lbs would work, but not sure it would lift a hood with snow/ice on it.

    These Red Hound Auto struts are much smaller than the Vepagoo brand. I was a little scared when doing the initial pre-installation compressions. I thought I was going to bend the rods.
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  20. Jan 19, 2023 at 3:16 PM
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    Getting ready to order struts for this mod. Could you please update and tell us again how the 80lb struts are working for you? I'm leaning towards the larger diam. Vepagoo 60lb struts. My 3rd Gen. 4runner uses 24" struts. Is 20" long enough for your Tacoma, or would you go longer now that you have some experience with them?
     
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