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C4 Coupe and Hatch Bonnet Dampers + fitting guide

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wozza   
Tue Aug 14 2012, 08:17am

Member No: #2
Joined: Aug 12 2006
Location: Manchester
Sure they were the right way round according to the diagrams.

What way do the boot struts go, sure the canister is at the bottom on those as well. Can't check as I am currently driving a White C1 until tomorrow. I swear I am starting to like these little things. Part of me wants one now since they do a supercharger conversion that is cheap for them. Although the 107 is prettier at the front.
CamM   
Tue Aug 14 2012, 08:49am

Member No: #19249
Joined: Apr 13 2011
Location: Sydney
Just went and re-checked the instructions...

wozza   
Tue Aug 14 2012, 08:53am

Member No: #2
Joined: Aug 12 2006
Location: Manchester
So mine are the wrong way round, not like it will make much of a difference either way to be honest.
CamM   
Tue Aug 14 2012, 08:57am

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Joined: Apr 13 2011
Location: Sydney
wozza wrote ...

So mine are the wrong way round, not like it will make much of a difference either way to be honest.

Yeah, seems they may function just as well either way they're installed.
trev h   
Tue Aug 14 2012, 01:23pm
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Joined: Sep 11 2009
Location: kent/se london
Gas struts should be installed with the canister at the top to keep the seals lubricated. A quick internet search will confirm this.
Bin-The-L-Plates   
Wed Aug 15 2012, 11:34am
Member No: #1556
Joined: Nov 12 2007
Location: Stoke-on-Trent
Collected mine from the post office today, aft what seems like a long wait.
Maybe get a chance to fit before my holibobs, but will have to see.

So, is it canister up or down?
littlegaz   
Wed Aug 15 2012, 01:37pm
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Joined: Jun 11 2011
Location: leicestershire
CamM wrote ...

Just went and re-checked the instructions...



I did my gas struts the same way as the diagram as that was what I was given to help fit them.
Bin-The-L-Plates   
Wed Aug 15 2012, 05:11pm
Member No: #1556
Joined: Nov 12 2007
Location: Stoke-on-Trent
littlegaz wrote ...

CamM wrote ...

Just went and re-checked the instructions...



I did my gas struts the same way as the diagram as that was what I was given to help fit them.


Looks a straight forward job after seeing the instructions.
Commodore   
Thu Aug 16 2012, 04:57am
Member No: #21107
Joined: Jul 31 2011
Location: Ruislip, Middlesex
Very surprised by those instructions - every car I've had with bonnet gas struts (Pug 106, Rover 75, S-Type Jag, even my sister's Mini) have been fitted the other way around to that, with the cannister attached to the body and the rod attached to the bonnet. Same applies to the boot on these cars, as well as the struts on the boot lid of my C4 Hatch, where the cannisters attached to the car and the rods attached to the boot hatch.
Bin-The-L-Plates   
Thu Aug 16 2012, 05:16pm
Member No: #1556
Joined: Nov 12 2007
Location: Stoke-on-Trent
Fitted mine today, and it was an easy job.
I can confirm the right hand bottom bracket needs to be at an angle. I fitted it pinch tight and when closed the bracket swivelled to an angle, so just tightened it up.

I decided to make a cut-out on the plastic cover by the radiator expansion bottle on the left.
Bit of marking up, and a swift attack with the dremel.




The bonnet got it's first try out by a pupil later, and he commented that it was much easier than fiddling about with the original bracket arm.
CamM   
Thu Aug 16 2012, 09:22pm

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Joined: Apr 13 2011
Location: Sydney
Bin-The-L-Plates wrote ...

I decided to make a cut-out on the plastic cover by the radiator expansion bottle on the left.
Bit of marking up, and a swift attack with the dremel.

I've considered doing that with mine too. Just left the cover off for the time being though. Will get to it eventually.
Shaneygreen   
Sat Dec 08 2012, 11:11am
Member No: #15135
Joined: Aug 20 2010
Location: Cleator Moor (Cumbria)
How is shutting the bonnet? is it quite stiff to get it to the fully closed position or are the canisters quite loose as to allow easy closing, but enough to keep it up. looks like a tidy little mod!

wozza   
Sat Dec 08 2012, 11:19am

Member No: #2
Joined: Aug 12 2006
Location: Manchester
Can be a little stiff, but not too bad. Don't really notice it after a couple times.
Shaneygreen   
Sat Dec 08 2012, 11:22am
Member No: #15135
Joined: Aug 20 2010
Location: Cleator Moor (Cumbria)
Think I will be getting some of these. nice thread (Y)
Slangfil   
Tue May 12 2015, 03:14am
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Joined: May 11 2015
Location: Växjö
Does anyone know where to find a kit like this for the C4 (B7)? Or whether the ones for <2010 works?
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