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Lowdown Lowlife
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OK, so this last weekend, I decided to take a chance and try some gas shock dampers from the trunk of a "2000"? Ford Taurus GL. (It may not have been a taurus, but that's what father-in-law thinks it was, if/when we confirm this, I will update.)

NOT THE ACTUAL CAR, JUST GOOGLE IMAGE OF TRUNK DAMPERS

Sorry I didn't take better notes, or any for that matter... didn't even think of a DIY. So here is my best attempt per request...

1. Remove dampers from previous car. (Step 2 done already)



2. Clear all stock brackets from damper (used Roto-Zip tool and ground down the back of the peg holding the bracket onto the damper)




3. Hold damper into place (skinny side down!) to get an idea of the bracket you need to make. (*I found it VERY HELPFUL to look at stock pics from Sokie-Tech's that people on here have bought to replicate*)







*please note, these pics are not mine, I used them as reference and take no ownership of these. Thank the people that posted the pics! -msncorolla422 & SuperchargedMR2

4. After finding something to use that is not impossible to shape, yet sturdy enough to keep form, I found some metal strip in the garage with pre-drilled holes every 1" or so. (Lord knows what it's called!)

[WILL INSERT PIC HERE]

5. After countless attempts, I ended up with this bracket...

[WILL INSERT MEAUSREMENTS AND MANY MORE NOTES HERE]





Not pretty at all, but it works and was free, lol. (I will be removing it to sand it down and paint it)

6. Now for the top braket, this took all of 5mins! :D (again, does not look pretty now and pic SUCKS!)




7. End results... (*YES, ONLY ONE IS NEEDED!!!!* So I do have a spare, when this one wears out! :D )



*I will be cleaning up the brackets, take better pics and more notes ASAP, but here is a start*
Please excuse the uber-cudeness!

Cost breakdown:
Junk Yard Entry Fee: $1
2 Hood Dampers: $10
Beer: $10 :facepalm:

Actual final cost: $11
 

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Lowdown Lowlife
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woo hoo!! I got stickied! :D

Now to add more info, hopefully tonight, for you guys!
Besides the first bracket, this was a super easy mod. Anyone with some metal skills should be able to do this in no time.
 

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woo hoo!! I got stickied! :D

Now to add more info, hopefully tonight, for you guys!
Besides the first bracket, this was a super easy mod. Anyone with some metal skills should be able to do this in no time.
congrats on getting stickied! :woot:

and define "metal skills" I can probably get something like what you have and heat it up a little and then bend it :lol:

oh and put some rubber or something so that it doesnt scratch the paint...just something I always look out for:D
 

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Lowdown Lowlife
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the bottom bracket SUCKS to make! It took me 4-5 tries before I got this one! ... probably 2 hours?

I will try to find what that metal strip i used is called and the specs on it... as well as try to truely identify the car i got the dampers from.
 

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Good job Greg. :thumbsup: This is a great option for someone that doesn't want to buy them new for $50. For the time I would have to invest I'm happy that I just bought them. :lol: If I would save $100+ than maybe but for only $40 I'm not going to deal with the headache of trying to make a bracket that looks anything close to the ones that come from Sokie Tech. :facepalm: After you grind on them & paint them though I'm sure they will look better. ;)
 
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