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    Default Engel 40lt gas strut mod

    My 40lt Engel is mounted behind the seat in my clubcab, but it's a real pain to hold the lid up and scratch in the fridge with the other hand. I'm quite short as well, so that makes things even more difficult. I have jammed it up against the roof lining a few times, but the will eventually damage the roof lining and it can still fall down.

    I thought of a gas strut, but even the small size Gabriel gas struts are quite big for this application. I went to the local Mega to see if Engel has a standard add-on to solve the problem, but no luck. Kurt at Mega PE suggested a gas strut as well or one of those sliding locks as used on some cupboard doors. Before going for the Gabriel gas strut route, I quickly went to Builders Warehouse to see what they have. I was surprised to find a little gas strut in the cupboard accesories section with a few different brackets, already pumped to 100N and all for R70.

    I checked with Kurt if it is ok to drill into the side of the Engel and he said it's fine as the outside is just insulation, the cooling element is on the inside.

    I took a few measurements, drilled the holes and installed the strut. I has some M5 rivnuts and the right drillbit already in the drill, so I used that along with some stainless steel screws to attach the strut.

    My fridge is strapped in at the moment, but I need to put in a floor board and attach it to that as the strap around it makes it difficult to operate the latch.

    The 100N force sounds a bit much, but in the position I put it, it works just perfectly. Holds the lid up in the right position as not to touch the roof lining and almost no force trying to open the lid when it's closed. It's also not in the way of taking stuff out the fridge.

    With the lid open:


    With the lid closed:


    Hardly visible with the cover zipped up:


    The strut itself:
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    Very neat indeed !! Pity about the patent!!!
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    Very nice Barto

    I think this will be something I will do soonish.

    Just one question, the lid slides sideways off the hinges for easy removal of the lid. How does this affect the strut, or have you done something to prevent the lid sliding sideways?
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    The bit of lid sideways drift won't be a problem as the strut sits on a type of ball joint. The strut can be clipped off if you need to remove the lid for cleaning, etc.

    Engel have a mod to keep the lid from sliding off and I'm going to find out about it when I go to Mega later today. If it costs too much, I will make it myself.

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    I think I'll pop round Builders this afternoon!
    This would work on a National luna as well....or any fridge for that matter....great idea, now I have two hands to find stuff in my fridge again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zantus View Post
    Engel have a mod to keep the lid from sliding off and I'm going to find out about it when I go to Mega later today. If it costs too much, I will make it myself.
    Cool - let us know...
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    Just check where the pipes run on the national luna, you don't want to end up destroying your fridge while fitting the strut.

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    Very nice Bartho. I would also like to do it but the Waeco has plastic insulation. I'm not sure it will hold the strut without ripping out. Maybe a little steel plate to spread the force more evenly?
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    Thanks Barto, I have the same problem in the Ford.
    Will investigate this plan. For the lid coming off, I simply strapped a cable tie tightly over the hinges, no more movement. Cheap and easy to replace when I need to take the lid off.
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    Brilliant mod. When can I drop mine off?

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    Great idea.

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    I bought the Engel thing to stop the lid from coming off for R19 from Mega PE!

    Dirk, when I saw there are only 2 of these struts on the shelf I almost both, because I just knew you would want it as well.

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    OK, have strut, now just need to get me a rivnut tool...

    Have to go to mega tomorrow so will collect the lid mod if they have stock
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    You can use pop rivets as well, I just used the rivnuts because I had them and everything was ready to go.

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    Excellent solution.
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    Mine is now modded as well. Thanks

    That strut is quite strong - lifts the lid up on it's own!
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    Okay so I did a similar thing to my National Luna, works a charm!

    Thanks for the idea, used the 80N lift though, still strong enough to lift the lid no problem!
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    My gas strut has gone soft. I fitted another one I had here to see if it was a dud or not. I will also be contacting the manufacturer to see if this is normal for it to last for about 20 strokes only.

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    Youre right. Your strut should not go soft after about 20 strokes.
    I was thinking of using the thinner models, like these guys (3rd from the right):

    http://www.batteryandtyreworld.co.za...gas-struts.jpg

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    Default Re: Engel 40lt gas strut mod

    Quote Originally Posted by Barto View Post
    I bought the Engel thing to stop the lid from coming off for R19 from Mega PE!

    Dirk, when I saw there are only 2 of these struts on the shelf I almost both, because I just knew you would want it as well.
    Hi Barto

    do you have fotos of this stopper

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