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How To:- Fit a Gas Ram to the Engine Cover

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I have always had my eye on a proper strut style engine lid prop for along time, but had been put off by both the fact I would need to import it from America or Australia and that I could only use it if the stock airbox had been removed.
I was always resigned to the fact that one day the plastic clip on the stock support would snap (a very common problem on the MK2!).


Fitting was very easy and took no longer than 15 minutes.

Tools required:
Spanners 10mm, 11mm, 13mm, 14mm.

Firstly you need to install the 2 angled aluminium brackets supplied. 1 is fitted to the engine cover hinge, the other to the offside suspension tower.

Undo the top right engine cover hinge bolt.


And then refit with the bracket facing inwards towards the engine.

Now repeat with the 2nd bracket, this time fitting under the suspension tower bolt nearest the rear of the car.

The strut can now be fitted. Be careful to make sure the strut casing fits to the engine cover bracket. This makes sure that the strut rod is always lubricated every time the cover is opened and closed.

Job done! Pain free and instant improvement. The damper oozes quality compared to the rickety stock prop. I have also found it's a lot easier to access the engine bay as the stock rod always seemed to get in the way when I worked on the right side of the engine bay.

Peter Jones.

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