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02Outback
06-10-2010, 12:26 AM
I have an 02' Outback and thought about putting together a hydraulic type arm/brace on my rear storage ski locker so when I open it, it will stay up without me having to hold it. Like the hood of a car.

Anybody do this?

I believe the newer boats already have these on the V-drives?

Thanks,
Cody

cab13367
06-10-2010, 01:44 AM
Should be easy enough to do. Overtons sells the parts. Go to overtons.com and search on "gas lift".

02Outback
06-10-2010, 01:56 AM
Thanks! I will need to measure this and get the right size.

Thanks for the quick response.

cab13367
06-10-2010, 10:56 AM
I believe the newer boats already have these on the V-drives?

Yes, they do. Note that they use a short strut and mount it at a 45 degree angle but there are other ways to do it too. Let me know if u need a pic.

02Outback
06-10-2010, 11:06 AM
A picture would be great if you could get one.

Thanks.

mnpracing
06-10-2010, 03:52 PM
Do you know if stores like Lowes, Home Depot, etc would generally have these types of gas lifts?

Mikes
06-10-2010, 04:19 PM
Auto parts stores have them for hoods deck lids etc.

02Outback
06-10-2010, 04:34 PM
I know that Lowes and Home Depot do NOT have these - I have checked.

I am going to check with AutoZone and see if one for a vehicle might fit.

viking
06-10-2010, 05:43 PM
My 90 Mustang Hatchback has struts that look almost exactly like the ones on my ski-locker doors on the Outback :)

cab13367
06-11-2010, 12:42 AM
A picture would be great if you could get one.

Thanks.

Below are a couple of pics. The strut on the port side locker is how it came from the factory. The starboard side, I modified when I added the walk thru transom - I installed the strut vertically.

http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg276/cab13367/IMG_6320.jpg
http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg276/cab13367/IMG_6324.jpg

02Outback
06-11-2010, 12:56 AM
Thanks for the pics Cab. I am going to try and pick up something from autozone tomorrow.

viking
06-14-2010, 02:31 AM
Here's how the ones are installed on my 07 outback

mnpracing
06-23-2010, 11:58 PM
cab, for the longer support arm on the starboard side, what length support did you use (extended length and compressed length). Also do you know what the pound rating on it is?

Thanks