Vanagon hatch strut, shock rear
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Vanagon Rear Hatch
So now you have a rack on
the rear door, how do you keep the door open with the added weight?
- If your hatch struts
are in good shape, the rear door will stay open by itself with just a rack
mounted. The rack alone does not
make it noticeably harder to open the door.
- With bikes, tire or
gas can on the rack the door will not stay open by itself.
Vanagon rear door tube is: 1" schedule 40 PVC electrical
conduit. 1" outside diameter (3/4" ID). 8 inches long.
Extra force rear hatch struts for Vanagon
"Lift Supports Depot ST200M1-250 Gas Charged Lift Support"
I have not used these myself and cannot comment on their suitability or fit
Customization: Eyelet hole 8mm for the shaft, Ball Socket U Band (Nylon) =
10mm for the body
There are several things
you can do:
- Some people can open
the rear door with a rack and one item mounted (tire, bike, gas can).
prop tube can be used to hold the door open. See this page for pictures
Hatch strut support
This option works fine for a lot of people. I include this tube
free with all orders.
Make sure your hatch struts are in good shape, new ones are not that
- The vanagon parts book
specifies a different hatch strut for each side of the door.
Left side 251-829-331B lower strength
Right side 251-829-332 higher strength
If you use two right side hatch struts you may find this to be adequate to
keep your door open.
No longer available
I have a supplemental hatch strut kit which adds an additional strut to your
This third hatch strut may partially or fully compensate for the added
weight of a rack and cargo.
You can add one or two additional struts, as required.
No longer available
I have extra high force hatch
struts which replace the stock hatch struts. These are direct
replacements for your original struts and
compensate for added weight on your door.
New original equipment style hatch struts have about 630N in force.
Extra high force hatch struts are about 910N.