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Old 06-24-2020, 03:42 AM
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These are Fake ones!

It's missing a BMW logo!

Not genuine!
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Old 06-24-2020, 04:24 PM
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Pretty unsafe for bad hood struts. Mine would slowwwwly go down & until bam. Get anxiety just thinking about potentially losing some fingers. As for DIY method... its $25 bucks. Have no idea how or why a new set could still potentially fail? $25 bucks... but to each their own. Beats carrying around a pole IMO.
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I have fixed my Volvos and BMWs over 25 yrs, sometimes the Stabilus struts (whether it is tailgate or hood) last 10 yrs, sometimes 2 yrs.

The brand-new Stabilus tailgate struts on my 2005 Volvo XC90 failed within 1 yr. Returned to FCPEuro for warranty.

The tailgate and hood are heavy items.

You cannot beat a wood stick, it is safe. I just throw the broomstick in the trunk and forget about it until I need to fix something in the engine. The Japanese design (metal stick) is way better and fool-proof. The Euro way (hood struts with Stabilus) generate millions of $ for Stabilus both at factory level and at aftermarket level.

Not everyone likes the idea of a broomstick in the trunk but it is very safe with the wood stick.

PS: Money is NOT an issue here, it is SAFETY.
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Old 06-24-2020, 05:27 PM
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I used to have an E23 sedan (1983 735i 5sp), the hood struts failed all the time.
So I came up with this idea using 3/4" copper pipe + a screw ---> bullet-proof.
No need to carry a broomstick.

Here is the recipe:
- Raise the hood all the way up and support with a stick.
- Measure length of copper pipe (used in plumbing) needed. Cost is about $5 at Home Depot etc.
- Cut copper pipe to length.
- Undo the rod end of the strut (remove circlip) and slide the pipe over.
- Crimp one end of the copper pipe that is near the rod end.
- Re-install the strut rod end and circlip.

- To use, it is very very simple: lift the hood up, slide the copper pipe over: this way the strut body rests on the copper pipe. Insert the screw so the copper pipe CANNOT slide back ---> this is bomb-proof.
- Once done, simply store the screw on one of these holes in the fender.

This copper pipe trick lasted 10 yrs before I sold the E23...Please see photo...
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