Go Back   Club Lexus Forums > Lexus Model Forums > GS Models > GS - First Generation
Sign in using an external account
Register Forgot Password?

Finally, A cheap fix for bad hood struts!

Reply
 
 
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 01-01-03, 10:56 AM   #1
marcus
Driver
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Michigan
Posts: 113
Talking Finally, A cheap fix for bad hood struts!

I finally received a generic repair kit for bad hood supports. This kit is attached to the existing bad strut. When you open the hood all the way, a spring-loaded rigid plastic arm swings into position and supports the bottom of the old strut. (see pic)

It took 15 minutes to install, and yes it is a perfect fit for 1st Gen GS. It has 3 different sized clamps and the largest one is the right size for our cars. The instructions tell you to disconnect the strut at the lower connection so you can slide the bracket over the end and onto the chrome shaft. The kit assumes your bottom connection is flat. It is not. Therefore save yourself the time and just place a little oil on the chrome shaft and force-snap the new plastic clamp on.Then you also get a little saw and mitre box to cut the rigid plastic brace to the correct length.

It works perfectly!!!! I bought it thru mail-order to J.C.Whitney in Indiana. It cost $8 plus shipping. It is called "Pylon Lift Lock" It is part number 8200. It claims you only need 1 kit even if both front struts are shot.

ONE WORD OF CAUTION. As the pic shows, I mounted this kit so the support brace faces the back of the car. If you mount it so it faces the front of the car, your hood will not close all the way

No More Ghetto brooms or wood stakes to hold up the hood!
This ad is not displayed to registered members.
Register your free account today and become a member on Club Lexus!
Attached Images
 
marcus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-01-03, 11:01 AM   #2
marcus
Driver
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Michigan
Posts: 113
Default One more pic

This is what the package looks like. (also.. no extra charge... a shot of the washing machine. )

You might be able to purchase this directly from the manufacturer.

The name of the company is "Pylon Manufacturing Corp" out of Deerfield Beach, Florida.

Happy New Year!
Attached Images
 
marcus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-01-03, 02:30 PM   #3
Sovero1
Pole Position
Trader Score: (0)
 
Sovero1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: New York
Posts: 263
Default

What do you do when you need to close the hood with those things attached? Just lower/drop it like usual?

Thanks


Ed

Last edited by Sovero1; 01-01-03 at 02:31 PM..
Sovero1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-01-03, 05:08 PM   #4
Jmai22
Lexus Fanatic
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: California
Posts: 5,209
Default

marcus long time no see, great write up, but i have the same question. how do you close the hood. will you have to walk to the side and pull the clamp back?
__________________
Don't wanna list, because i don't want to get jacked.
Jmai22 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-02-03, 12:02 AM   #5
marcus
Driver
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Michigan
Posts: 113
Default

All you need to do is go to the side of the car, grab the hood and raise it slightly,then move the end of the plastic support away from the bad strut and gently lower the hood. There is no automatic hood release.... I am sure you all agree this small effort sure beats hauling out and then removing a wood stake.
marcus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-02-03, 01:01 AM   #6
Jmai22
Lexus Fanatic
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: California
Posts: 5,209
Default

sure beats my broom stick.
__________________
Don't wanna list, because i don't want to get jacked.
Jmai22 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-02-03, 08:26 AM   #7
Manaray
Lexus Fanatic
Trader Score: (0)
 
Manaray's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Kaliforniastan
Posts: 6,880
Default

how much are new hood shocks from the dealer?
__________________
"There is hardly anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and those who buy by price alone are this man's lawful prey." - John Ruskin
I must be cruel, only to be kind..." - William Shakespeare (From Hamlet)
Manaray is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-02-03, 08:34 AM   #8
marcus
Driver
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Michigan
Posts: 113
Default

You don't really want to know...... new hood supports are $67.00 each, expensive, but I'm sure the Lexus dealership will throw in a free smile as you leave with the new support ! Sorry to have such an attitude, but the Lexus dealership in Grand Rapids,Michigan leaves much to be desired in customer service.
marcus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-06-03, 02:55 PM   #9
Pianoman72
Lexus Test Driver
Trader Score: (0)
 
Pianoman72's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Texas
Posts: 1,497
Default

Did anyone try this idea? I was going to try this in the trunk because apparently it lifts it on its own or something, I think all you need to do is find this part and drill a small hole. I might go and try this sometime.

http://clublexus.com/forums/showthre...threadid=40752

Another question, though. What if someone forgets to move the arm and tries to close the hood? Would a bent hood result? I've seen that happen before on cars where the support is along the side instead of up front.
Pianoman72 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-07-03, 12:06 PM   #10
Rico's Revenge
Lead Lap
Trader Score: (0)
 
Rico's Revenge's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Dallas/Ft.
Posts: 571
Default

The check is in the mail...its too bad we couldn't get a group buy on these things. I need 4. 2 for the hood and 2 for the trunk.
Rico's Revenge is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-07-03, 07:33 PM   #11
Jmai22
Lexus Fanatic
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: California
Posts: 5,209
Default

i don't think it would work for the trunk. even if it did, everytime you want to lower the trunk you would have to reach way back there and fold down the trunk lining because the struts are hidden.
__________________
Don't wanna list, because i don't want to get jacked.
Jmai22 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-03, 03:12 PM   #12
Rico's Revenge
Lead Lap
Trader Score: (0)
 
Rico's Revenge's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Dallas/Ft.
Posts: 571
Default

Hey John... I was talking about the shocks. Sorry for the confusion. I'm a little rusty with trying to get my points across.
__________________
What do you mean I'm funny? Funny how? Funny like I amuze you, I make you laugh?
Rico's Revenge is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-03, 03:14 PM   #13
Jmai22
Lexus Fanatic
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: California
Posts: 5,209
Default

Quote:
Originally posted by Rico's Revenge
Hey John... I was talking about the shocks. Sorry for the confusion. I'm a little rusty with trying to get my points across.
shock, the trunk shocks that hold the trunk up right?? if thats what your referring to on the first gen gs they are wwaaaayyy in the back. and from the picture that marcus posted on how to close the hood. you would need to reach back there everytime to close the trunk with these installed.
__________________
Don't wanna list, because i don't want to get jacked.

Last edited by Jmai22; 01-10-03 at 03:15 PM..
Jmai22 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-03, 03:17 PM   #14
Rico's Revenge
Lead Lap
Trader Score: (0)
 
Rico's Revenge's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Dallas/Ft.
Posts: 571
Default

No I meant a group buy on the shocks themselves, not the clips. I want to replace all four of them. Two in the front and two in back.
Rico's Revenge is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-03, 06:55 PM   #15
sbgs400
Pole Position
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: GA
Posts: 355
Default

i need 4 too, we should try to do the group buy. maybe post something in the vendors forsale section and see if any of them would do a group buy?
sbgs400 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-03, 06:55 PM
 
 
 
 
Reply

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
(Finally) Review: 2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS mmarshall Car Chat 40 07-07-13 03:06 PM
New Strut Tower Brace installed-compared to TOM's Pearlpower SC 430 47 12-22-12 07:16 AM
1991 ls400 suspension nightmares! dulobast25 LS400 2 10-22-12 12:12 AM
MM Review: 2011 Ford Mustang GT Coupe mmarshall Car Chat 25 10-23-10 09:51 PM
Review: 2010 Cadillac CTS SportWagon mmarshall Car Chat 33 07-12-10 02:28 PM


Tags
bad, chicago, fix, hood, lexus, lift, lock, pylon, repair, repairhood, repairing, strut, struts, support, weak

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 01:25 PM.

Join ClubLexus
Advertising


Copyright © 2000-2008 Internet Brands, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Privacy Policy | Disclaimer | Terms of Use | JOBS


Get all contact info