Gas struts for pop-up headlights

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Gas struts for pop-up headlights

Post by DyVo » Thu Mar 08, 2018 4:35 pm

Please note: As of 28th of march, the order has been dispatched to the company providing the struts, so subscribing to the groupbuy is no longer possible. Regardless, if you need these struts, PM me and I'll see what I can do!

Hi everyone,

While replacing my broken headlamp motor last saturday, I found out the gas strut was far from a working condition either.
So, after some careful measurement I set around enquiring at several local companies, as I have some contacts at those through my dayjob.
Long story short, they can provide me with the gas struts at quite a nice price, so I can offer them at around €17.50 per strut, excluding postage from the Netherlands to wherever you are located.
This price is valid from 25 struts onward.
On most 480 models the gas springs will have long gone by now if they have never been replaced, leading to excessive strain on the headlamp motor, which causes the motor to fail a lot quicker.
So, if anyone is interested in a set of headlamp struts for €35,- please let me know, just shoot me a PM, that might be the easiest way.
This is just a post to see if anyone is interested, so no obligations until the order actually goes out, at which point I'll let everyone know.

I'm looking to get the order out around the 22nd of March, so please let me know by then.

Cheers,
Dylan
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Re: Gas struts for pop-up headlights

Post by brinkie » Fri Mar 09, 2018 8:52 pm

Wait, what? A *set* for 35 Euro? I thought that was the price for each strut.

If you can get them for 35 per two struts, count me in for two sets (4 struts in total).
Robert.

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Re: Gas struts for pop-up headlights

Post by balto8 » Sat Mar 10, 2018 5:47 am

Count me in Robert
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Re: Gas struts for pop-up headlights

Post by brinkie » Sat Mar 10, 2018 7:15 pm

You should ask Dylan, not me ;)
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Re: Gas struts for pop-up headlights

Post by DyVo » Tue Mar 20, 2018 3:06 pm

Cheers to both of you! I'll count you guys in.

I got my test fit strut in the mail today, will be test fitting it somewhere this week to make sure that it is the correct size and strength. I'll keep you guys posted with more photos along the way. For now, this is the strut itself.

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Cheers,
Dylan

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Re: Gas struts for pop-up headlights

Post by Alan 480 » Wed Mar 21, 2018 12:43 pm

Are rear glass struts not also in short supply?

if so , maybe get them costed as well?
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Re: Gas struts for pop-up headlights

Post by DyVo » Wed Mar 21, 2018 12:47 pm

Alan 480 wrote:
Wed Mar 21, 2018 12:43 pm
Are rear glass struts not also in short supply?

if so , maybe get them costed as well?
As you're the second to mention this Alan I'd say they probably are, might look into that!

Regards,
Dylan

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Re: Gas struts for pop-up headlights

Post by frenchfries » Wed Mar 21, 2018 1:19 pm

Hi all

Struts for rear window are freely available on EBay.
Bought a pair last year.
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Re: Gas struts for pop-up headlights

Post by Alan 480 » Wed Mar 21, 2018 9:43 pm

frenchfries wrote:
Wed Mar 21, 2018 1:19 pm
Hi all

Struts for rear window are freely available on EBay.
Bought a pair last year.
free, I'll have some of those then :-)
seriously I should look to get some saves getting head battered , usually by Mrs when the glass has landed on her head when putting shopping away :wink:
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Re: Gas struts for pop-up headlights

Post by frenchfries » Thu Mar 22, 2018 7:56 am

'Freely' not free. Free and EBay are mutualy exclusive anyway although a pair for £15-20 is better than having to prop up the lid with a wooden pole when you work in the boot.

You can borrow it for your wife if you want:)
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Re: Gas struts for pop-up headlights

Post by DyVo » Thu Mar 22, 2018 9:18 am

Test fitted the struts yesterday, they fit just perfectly:
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It's about half an hours work if you've had the front end off before, might even be doable without removing the nose cone. But I reckoned it wasn't worth the hassle.

Cheers,
Dylan

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Re: Gas struts for pop-up headlights

Post by balto8 » Thu Mar 22, 2018 12:21 pm

So how do I get a pair of those?
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Re: Gas struts for pop-up headlights

Post by DyVo » Thu Mar 22, 2018 12:35 pm

balto8 wrote:
Thu Mar 22, 2018 12:21 pm
So how do I get a pair of those?
Just PM me. In theory, mentioning you want a pair is enough, but it keeps things a bit more transparent that way.

Cheers,
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Re: Gas struts for pop-up headlights

Post by Alan 480 » Thu Mar 22, 2018 1:01 pm

frenchfries wrote:
Thu Mar 22, 2018 7:56 am
'Freely' not free. Free and EBay are mutualy exclusive anyway although a pair for £15-20 is better than having to prop up the lid with a wooden pole when you work in the boot.

You can borrow it for your wife if you want:)
are you suggesting I use the wooden pole to allow Mrs to keep lid open or hand the pole to my Mrs :D

I couldn't see a pair for less than £40 . . .
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Re: Gas struts for pop-up headlights

Post by frenchfries » Sat Mar 24, 2018 8:02 am

Alan, you are a disturbing individual, you would make a good friend 😂

You find them for £20 usually, they are not "Volvo" as such though.
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Re: Gas struts for pop-up headlights

Post by Filvas » Mon Apr 02, 2018 7:23 pm

Paid as of today and now waiting for struts!
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Re: Gas struts for pop-up headlights

Post by Filvas » Mon May 21, 2018 5:59 pm

Filvas wrote:
Mon Apr 02, 2018 7:23 pm
Paid as of today and now waiting for struts!
After a wait everything turned out as expected! I now have new struts in my Volvo. ^^ Thanks Dylan!
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