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No more trucnk springs

One of the tech articles suggests that there is some sort of kit that can be ordered for the rear deck. Anyone know what and where?

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"Question: My trunk springs are old or broken. Is there an alternative to using the sometimes dangerous spring loaded trunk mechanism?

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There is an aftermarket kit that we will be offering that replaces the trunk spring with gas-assisted shocks. I've installed them on my car, and it makes a big difference. I was forced to get rid of my trunk springs because my '74 911S motor with CIS fuel injection occupies the space formerly reserved for the springs. In Figure 1, you can see the gas assisted shock supporting the trunk.
The kit is bolt-on and requires no welding. About two and a half hours are required to install, with only a drill required.
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I ordered a set of those gas struts from an E-Bay vendor several years ago for my 914.

It came with all the parts and simple instructions. Just two holes per rear fender. Take you time and its easy. Just remember to put some silicone sealant under the bolts to keep water out of your trunk.

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We used to carry those, but I couldn't find them in the catalog when I looked through just now.

Craig over at camp914 (dot-com!) sells a kit that works well.

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We used to carry those, but I couldn't find them in the catalog when I looked through just now.

Craig over at camp914 (dot-com!) sells a kit that works well.

--DD
True Dave looks like a good kit for a fair price ,the word is a handy weight saving also,my future purchase is pretty much a mongrel but we may find the purists after originality might frown on this mod ?
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They probably will--but it's not their car, right?

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They probably will--but it's not their car, right?

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True Dave,maybe one day originality will be back in and everyone will be chopping of flares etc to get back to the way they were then ?????
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People take that originality deal a little too serious sometimes. Unless it was a 916, or OEM 914-6, we are talking about a 914 here, not a Carrera Speedster!!

I put the rear kit on both of my 914's and they work great and clean up the engine compartment. Looks tempting for the front too.
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People take that originality deal a little too serious sometimes. Unless it was a 916, or OEM 914-6, we are talking about a 914 here, not a Carrera Speedster!!

I put the rear kit on both of my 914's and they work great and clean up the engine compartment. Looks tempting for the front too.
To me they are practical modern solutions to older design,"horses for courses as they say" and your point is a wise one I personally find the cotton bud cleaning ,correct bolt plating,porsche napkin parade people a little odd.
Don't think it matters as it's all about driving the cars (some concourse guys don't much) and enjoying the dynamics of these great cars,afterall without modern tech and manufacturing many of them wouldn't be on the road,NOS parts for many of the older models are long gone or out of the ordinary guy's price range.
I'am personally amazed @ some of the great solutions people come up with to improve the mark,it's about looking out of the square really to make them better.
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To me they are practical modern solutions to older design,"horses for courses as they say" and your point is a wise one I personally find the cotton bud cleaning ,correct bolt plating,porsche napkin parade people a little odd.
Don't think it matters as it's all about driving the cars (some concourse guys don't much) and enjoying the dynamics of these great cars,afterall without modern tech and manufacturing many of them wouldn't be on the road,NOS parts for many of the older models are long gone or out of the ordinary guy's price range.
I'am personally amazed @ some of the great solutions people come up with to improve the mark,it's about looking out of the square really to make them better.
I'd hardly call gas struts an improvement over the torsion springs. My torsion spring rear deck lid lifters on the 914 have outlasted many of these new fangled struts found on my newer cars. them gas struts tend to leak down over time and fail. My experience says the torsion spring design is superior in reliability and durability to gas struts.

I would tend to steer away from a car purchase if that car had been butchered with these gas struts.

If it really is "all about driving" the trunk lift mechanism is a non-issue.

I personally find the folks that make poorly thought out modifications a bit odd.

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The torsion rods do put a fair amount of stress on the pivots. So I can see using a different spring in a different location helping the pivots...

I personally wouldn't rule out a car just because it had gas struts on it.

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People take that originality deal a little too serious sometimes. Unless it was a 916, or OEM 914-6, we are talking about a 914 here, not a Carrera Speedster!!
Yeah, SKL1, but you know folks like me... I've been stripping off every little non-OEM part I can find, and replacing with OEM.

Ya know, EVERY Porsche event I attend has multiple Speedsters, 356s, etc. I have seen VERY few stock 914s anywhere. So, we are the few, the proud, the 914s.
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