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    Talking Bonnet hydraulic arms?

    I dont have hydraulic arms on my vectra 1.9 cdti Sri.... Found it surprising but never mind.

    I was thinking about fitting them does anyone having a link that I could get them from and also any tips when to fit them? Cheers

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    I fitted some on my last car. Easy job really. I got two arms from the scrappy, along with the nuts and had them fitted in an hour or two.

    ...also any tips when to fit them?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Danny87 View Post
    I dont have hydraulic arms on my vectra 1.9 cdti Sri.... Found it surprising but never mind.

    I was thinking about fitting them does anyone having a link that I could get them from and also any tips when to fit them? Cheers

    just a note , is your car a facelift as they dont have them , ( you fit them and you will buckle the bonnet .

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    Quote Originally Posted by happypostie View Post
    just a note , is your car a facelift as they dont have them , ( you fit them and you will buckle the bonnet .
    Its a 2006 on his profile.....so yeah, dont fit them

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    As above, DO NOT FIT THEM TO A FACELIFT! The pre-facelift bonnets are made of heavy steel, so resist the hydraulic pressure well, whereas the faceligt bonnets are aluminium and if you fit then, they will bend the bonnet where they attach!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeeBe View Post
    As above, DO NOT FIT THEM TO A FACELIFT! The pre-facelift bonnets are made of heavy steel, so resist the hydraulic pressure well, whereas the faceligt bonnets are aluminium !
    Both the preface and facelift are made from aluminium.

    However, the preface framework is steel, and has a aluminium body panel.
    The facelift framework and body panel are aluminium.

    Also, the preface bonnet is shaped differently to give it added strength.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Dave View Post
    Both the preface and facelift are made from aluminium.

    However, the preface framework is steel, and has a aluminium body panel.
    The facelift framework and body panel are aluminium.
    No Its an aluminium frame and skin same as the facelift, I have checked mine with a magnet, this has been discussed here till we are blue in the face.
    Signumboy left the bonnet lifter from his preface in place and added to the facelift bonnet when he facelifted his Signum, last time I was round at his, his bonnet was still the shape it was when it left the factory. I have yet to see photographic proof that a facelift bonnet has folded in half because of a gas strut being fitted to a facelift, its just a Vec-c rumour.

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    Thanks for you comments people glad I asked now before I bought and fit them! Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by DasArab View Post
    No Its an aluminium frame and skin same as the facelift, I have checked mine with a magnet, this has been discussed here till we are blue in the face..
    I got the preface bonnet has a "steel frame" from other blue in the face discussions. I too thought the preface was all aluminium but as I don't have mine anymore, I was unable to check.

    What I do remember though is that my preface bonnet was a lot heavier than my facelift one is.

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    Yeah, but it's still 100% aluminium nonetheless.

    The front descending part should still add some strength, but adding a strut to a facelift bonnet should be possible IMHO.

    BTW, Danny87, there's only one, on the battery side, not two of them.

    I guess if you added two, your lightweight bonnet would be catapulted to the windscreen... Don't.

    I changed my worn boot struts for a pair of Polish 680 N aluminium ones because the old plastic GM ones went as vigorous as boiled macaronis, and the added weight from the Irmscher IRS wing spoiler didn't help... Now I have to catch the boot before it flips, or it'll badly wear the hinges ! The whole heavy hatch takes off like a rocket and and if you let it going freely, it will bounce four times against the hinges stops before idling ! I even put a video on YouTube...

    So I can imagine the poor facelift bonnet being propelled by a pair of struts... Really, don't dare to do that !

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