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#1 deanoo

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 10:18 PM

Hi has anybody upgraded there boot lid to open automatically when you activate the key remote boot switch? What gas struts or springs have you used/installed to automatically open the boot.

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 11:40 PM

I have looked into it but for the Mk3 the boot lid is far to heavy , and needs to be at least half way open before the struts take over.
I did enquire , and i would need at least double the pressure struts and kicker springs , but they said i would also need a damping as well as damage would be caused , when it flung open.

So i searched for electric actuators but could not find any. So i guess it would have to be a custom job costing alot of money and not worth it.

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 12:34 AM

I have looked into it but for the Mk3 the boot lid is far to heavy , and needs to be at least half way open before the struts take over.
I did enquire , and i would need at least double the pressure struts and kicker springs , but they said i would also need a damping as well as damage would be caused , when it flung open.

So i searched for electric actuators but could not find any. So i guess it would have to be a custom job costing alot of money and not worth it.


Don't suppose you've ever looked into this for the mk7 fiesta? lol :P

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 11:14 AM

Don't suppose you've ever looked into this for the mk7 fiesta? lol :P

you could try some Mk3 mondeo struts or focus struts on the fiesta they may fit the same locations.

we looked in to this before and like preee has said already the strut manufacturing companys say its too risky and would travel at too high of speed which could snap the hinges or break a jaw of a person walking past if the button was pressed at the time lol

however ive found some videos on the tube that seem to run smoothly without any sudden jerk or high speed.iv
e tried to make contact with the uploaders of the videos but no response recieved from any of them.

here are the videos:











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Posted 30 December 2012 - 11:46 AM

Don't suppose you've ever looked into this for the mk7 fiesta? lol :P


Lol no i haven't , how far does the Fiesta boot need to be open before the struts take over?

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 11:52 AM

The Problem at least with the MK3 is that there is only about 1 inch of crompression space for the spring on the OEM struts , if you notice on the last two videos how when opened they jerk the hinges , this would eventually cause a fail in the hinge or the struts.

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 02:10 PM

Stop being lazy and just lift it ya self lol

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 02:17 PM

Stop being lazy and just lift it ya self lol


Lmao those things are heavy i'm getting old

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 02:46 PM

We need a Sub forum for the mk3 modifications people wanna do, I've got a few ideas I'm waiting till the new year for as parts are not available yet.

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 04:05 PM

My concern with a self-opening hatchback is if you have to open it in a garage with a low roof.

When done with your own hands you can raise to to the correct height, and auto system might push your hatch into the roof of the garage.

So some kind of manual over ride may be necessary?

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 04:14 PM

My concern with a self-opening hatchback is if you have to open it in a garage with a low roof.

When done with your own hands you can raise to to the correct height, and auto system might push your hatch into the roof of the garage.

So some kind of manual over ride may be necessary?

Hang a set of Furry Dice from the rear wiper to protect the boot panel on impact :)

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 04:19 PM

My concern a self-opening hatchback is if you have to open it in a garage with a low roof.

When done with your own hands you can raise to to the correct height, and auto system might push your hatch into the roof of the garage.
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So some kind of manual over ride may be necessary?

Good point i have done this with my Sons car ....ops , it scratched the boot lid , thankfully it was not mine. But the idea would be great if the wife had given you loads of ear muching around the shops , wait for her to stand close and press the open button.
new idea for Launch control haha

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 05:35 PM

the strut manufacturing companys say its too risky and would travel at too high of speed which could snap the hinges or break a jaw of a person walking past if the button was pressed at the time lol

the idea would be great if the wife had given you loads of ear muching around the shops , wait for her to stand close and press the open button.
new idea for Launch control haha


haha, brilliant

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 06:34 PM

I'd still say electric actuators.
Something like this would be the option.

http://www.ebay.co.u...=item2c69e4dc4b

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 07:12 PM

I'd still say electric actuators.
Something like this would be the option.

http://www.ebay.co.u...=item2c69e4dc4b

Sweeeet
Would one fit,
Easy to connect relay to boot latch to power the motor etc.
Great if one fitted snug without cutting, but then its motorised close aswell so manual close would break the gear

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