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The Gas struts on my 400 with glass rear hatch work OK when hot but not when cold.

I removed on and measured the pressure and when they are hot each one Takes 25KGs to compress strut which equates to 245 Newtons. and only 20KGs or 196Newtons cold

Has any one measured a new one when cold? Or measure the pressure a new on please.

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They loose pressure over time, the signs are that they work when hot, but not when cold. Just replace them, they arent expensive from louts but you can get even cheaper suzuki ones to match. Cant remember the spec but im sure a search would find it.

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Kieran, thank you I looked at the part numbers but not until you mentioned the 025N did I see it amoungst the part numbers. 

Luckily they are a standard size and 0f 16" or here 405mm and I can get them for $22AUD 

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Thanks for the info above.  
Just changed my struts which were failing to hold up the engine cover on my 400.  Ordered these from SGS, based in Derbyshire whom I’ve used before for buying other bits and pieces, came pretty quickly and fitted easily.  https://www.sgs-engineering.com/gsc3168-lotus-evora-boot-strut

 

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I bought the eBay ones as my lotus garage guy complained that the boot hit him on the head a couple of times when he was servicing the car ! Poor chap 

I actually bought them ages ago was trying to figure out how to fit them . Didn’t have to told my lotus garage the struts were still in boot I think he fitted them to stop his head being bashed again ! 
BTW they worked great 👍🏻

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It’s pretty straightforward and the only tools needed are a suitable sized spanner.  There are a couple of ways the ball joint is secured, either a circlip or a spring but again not difficult to deal with.  Main thing I would say is to be extra careful not to drop anything off such as a washer or a clip as they will likely a pig to recover, and also to cut a suitable sized piece of 4 x 2 timber to prop up the “boot lid”.  Leaving it on one strut or trying to do it quickly would be a mistake!

incidentally, I also made up some cup holders if anyone is interested in knowing more about that. I have 1200 mile round trip coming up next week with a 3am departure time and needed somewhere to put my red bull!!

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