Make your bootlid stay up

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Make your bootlid stay up

Postby BarryDalHerbert » Mon 14.06.2021, 05:08

My 1995 S2 bootlid just about stayed up if the car was on flat ground, but as soon as the car was slightly nose up, the bootlid was down.

If increasing the tension of the bootlid torsion bars has already been covered on LEC I couldn’t find it, and it is not in the LECwiki, so here is my solution.

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Re: Make your bootlid stay up

Postby Saltire » Mon 14.06.2021, 07:23

:goodposting:

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Re: Make your bootlid stay up

Postby Fredjohn » Mon 14.06.2021, 08:27

I added a couple of small gas struts to mine. Works a treat.

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Re: Make your bootlid stay up

Postby dapinky » Mon 14.06.2021, 09:45

Mine used to do the same (and as my drive was on a slope it was really inconvenient), so I took out the bottom bolt on each hinge and added a couple of spacer washers between the hinge plate and the bulkhead. Same principle as your method, just to add a bit of extra 'twist' to the torsion bar.

Then I went down the route of the 2 small gas struts (kitchen cabinet things from ebay).
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Re: Make your bootlid stay up

Postby BarryDalHerbert » Mon 14.06.2021, 11:58

My solution is more of a bodge really, but it is hiding so I am not too fussed.

I did investigate installing struts, but I could not visualise something that could be installed with mounting points that would look elegant, so I’d be interested to see pictures of what you did Mr Dapinky.

While I like the Lotus philosophy of making one component perform more than one job, they really took it one step too far when the bootlid and the soft top cover can’t both be open together.

And while I am in that area, it is downright nuts that the soft top cover can not hold itself open. Fighting with the soft top while holding the lid open with your shoulder. Really? What were they thinking?

Has anybody put struts on the soft top cover? I found that to be even harder to visualise than the bootlid.

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Re: Make your bootlid stay up

Postby dapinky » Mon 14.06.2021, 13:32

Barry,

I'll take a couple of pictures later today (when I get downstairs!). I like it because with a remote release wired through the alarm, I can just press the button on the fob as I approach the car and the boot lid opens for me to put anything in.

As for the soft top getting in the way, I fully agree that it isn't the best of designs. I carry a piece of 2"x1" wood to prop between the lower edge of the hood and the top inner edge of the cover..... I used to just use the battery cover (as many people seem to do), but it has become too flexible over it's age and has dropped down at the wrong time (usually when I'm head first into the battery compartment!). I did look at struts, but there didn't seem to be a simple way to mount them without making up some brackets (and I didn't have the time when I was looking at the job) without fowling the folding hood mechanism/material.....

.... maybe another job for the "too do" list.
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Re: Make your bootlid stay up

Postby BarryDalHerbert » Sun 18.07.2021, 14:17

I am always looking for something to improve my Elan, and gas struts on the bootlid and especially on the soft top/battery cover would be good next projects for me. Maybe even the bonnet too.

I'd like to see pictures of how you mounted your bootlid gas struts Dapinky and Fredjohn. Please?

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Re: Make your bootlid stay up

Postby Tuga2112 » Thu 19.08.2021, 22:21

dapinky wrote:Barry,

I'll take a couple of pictures later today (when I get downstairs!). I like it because with a remote release wired through the alarm, I can just press the button on the fob as I approach the car and the boot lid opens for me to put anything in.

As for the soft top getting in the way, I fully agree that it isn't the best of designs. I carry a piece of 2"x1" wood to prop between the lower edge of the hood and the top inner edge of the cover..... I used to just use the battery cover (as many people seem to do), but it has become too flexible over it's age and has dropped down at the wrong time (usually when I'm head first into the battery compartment!). I did look at struts, but there didn't seem to be a simple way to mount them without making up some brackets (and I didn't have the time when I was looking at the job) without fowling the folding hood mechanism/material.....

.... maybe another job for the "too do" list.

looking forward to see those pictures Dave, so i get a close up view of how your setup works, because mine holds up the lid but it doenst haave enough leverage to "automagically" spring it up when the boot release opens up the lock.
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Re: Make your bootlid stay up

Postby Rambo » Fri 20.08.2021, 10:13

BarryDalHerbert wrote:I am always looking for something to improve my Elan, and gas struts on the bootlid and especially on the soft top/battery cover would be good next projects for me. Maybe even the bonnet too.

I'd like to see pictures of how you mounted your bootlid gas struts Dapinky and Fredjohn. Please


Elanlover in Canada started a group buy on this about 10 years ago Barry. Photos in post 1, more photos and instructions on page 2 etc...

Lotus Elan Central • View topic - Gas Struts/Springs For Hood/Bonnet
viewtopic.php?f=85&t=18896

PS assume when you say "especially on the soft top/battery cover" you mean the rear deck cover rather than the actual black plastic battery cover. That would be the height of both luxury and laziness :D
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