Originally Posted by Phillbo
I'm confused..... anyone else?
Regarding Mike's post?? No that is a great idea. I was going to suggest taking a flashlight and a measuring tape and close yourself in the engine compartment to measure the distance between the mounts when the hatch is closed.
Mike is suggesting putting a piece of tape on the deck beside where the fixed mount on the deck is located. I'd use some blue painters tape and then mark the exact location with a pen or sharpie. Affix it so that you can see the line with the hatch closed.
Now put a piece of tape on the hatch in line with the mount on the hatch. AGain, use a pen or sharpie and mark the exact location of the mount on the tape. Mark it so that you can see both lines on the deck with the hatch closed.
Now close the hatch and measure between the two lines. This will give the dimensions of the strut in the closed position.
Now hold the hatch open to roughly where you'd like it in the open position. Now measure between the two mounts in a straight line. Now you have the dimensions of the strut in the open position.
Now find a strut that will handle the weight capacity and meets both the open and closed dimensions.