Roadmaster Trunk Lid Gas Struts

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  1. Kruzn

    Kruzn Member

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    Hi Guys,
    I just signed up as a Supporting Vendor and Nick advised it is OK to post here regarding my Gas Strut Kits for the Roadmaster trunk.

    I was not a fan of the factory tether cords. They work OK I guess, but you have to open the lid "over-center" until the cords hold it. On our trike, due to the lower body extending much farther back than the 2-wheel bikes, this was a bit of a reach, especially for my "vertically-challenged" wife!

    Additionally, when the lid was fully open, the trunk light was useless unless you needed light on the rear seat.

    So I decided to remedy the situation and developed a kit (with much encouragement from other RM owners) to replace the tether cords with a pair of gas struts.

    The gas struts offer the following advantages:
    Lid holds open at 75 degrees
    Trunk light shines in trunk (not entirely, but better than stock)
    Easier to open/close lid

    The kit is complete with easy DIY photo-illustrated instructions. Takes about an hour to install. No modifications to the bike are required. No holes to drill, etc. The custom-designed CNC machined aluminum mounting brackets bolt onto existing locations using new hardware that is supplied in the kit.

    For information on ordering, please see my post in the "Parts For Sale" section.

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    Let me know if you have any questions.
     
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    If I had a trunk, I'd be a customer. Great work!
     
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    I do have a trunk. PM me.
     
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    Fudging brilliant!!
     
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    I got one of his first kits and I was chicken to remove the tether so I relocated it. I've since gone ahead and removed it. This kit should have been what Polaris installed to begin with. It works great. I still want to hang onto to the lid as before but it is not needed anymore. I was going to hog one out myself but his kit saved me a bunch of time and frustration. Highly recommended to Roadmaster owners.
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    Definitely a Great Option .. Would consider this for my Victory Trunk if decide to keep it rather than go in debt for a New Motorcycle ..
     
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    Not sure it would work on a Vic Jay. At least the brackets. You might have to make your own. The shock piston of course would work just fine. That Challenger pulling at your wallet is it??? It is mine.
     
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    When you pop the latch, does is self open?
     
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    It does not. The gas struts assist opening beginning at approximately half open, similar to rear hatch on a car.
     
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    Thanks.
     
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    I actually tried to get it to do that, but struts strong enough to do so were too long to fit in the available space.
     
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    I don't think you want that feature anyway. Latches do fail so it's best it stays closed rather than open while you are going down the road. Granted you would notice it most likely but I at least prefer it stay down until I lift it which it currently does.
     
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    Yes it's Tugging a bit but waiting to see what 2020 brings for a while, would probably wait until could get a good discount when the 21's come out ..
     
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    Disagree for my wants, 8 out of 10 times when I am opening the truck, my hands are full of gear and I personally would want it to open with a finger push... matter of fact, I would like a remote open feature like my SUV, maybe add the foot wave feature also, now that would be cool.

    And, if the concern is it self opened going down the highway due to a bad latch, well that is like saying we should not ride down the highway cause you may have a bad tire, which does happen and would be much more concerning... :cool:
     
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    I think I will give your kit a try and see if I like it.
     
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    PM answered
     
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    I think there's a law against that.
     
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    Yep, but the goats would sure be disappointed... WP_000500.jpg
     
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    You've pleased many goats? Do tell...:D
     

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