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    Virage / Genesis Hood Strut Information (Replacement Gas Spring options)

    If you are looking for a replacement gas spring for your Genesis or Virage, here is what I found.

    This thread was helpful, but not complete. At the end of the thread, some had mentioned purchasing part number 9416K143 from McMaster-Carr. I purchased and ended up returing it. The issue was the length with the plastic locking ends ended up being 6.93" ball center to ball center (on paper, in real life it ended up being over 7"). The stock one was 6.8" and the added length would rip the safety cable apart and destroy the hood.

    I noticed one ski of mine, the strut was at max extension before the saftey cable became fully extended (what I would expect) and one the cable was tight before the spring reached full extension. The third ski, the cable was broken. My assumption is the cable is a safety rather than a stop (or at least should be).

    My 1999 Genesis and 2001 Virage TXi had the AVM version, and my 2002 Virage TXi had the Stabilus Version.

    AVM (1999-2001)
    Polaris Part Number: 7041758
    Manufacturer Part Number: Unknown
    Force: Unknown
    Details: M6x1.0 Threads, 10mm Ball Plastic Locking Ends
    6.8" ball center to ball center.

    Stabilus Lift-O-Mat (2002-2004)
    Polaris Part Number: 7042121
    Manufacturer Part Number: 2831PH
    Force: 360N (80 lbs)
    Details: 10mm Ball Metal Spring Clip Ends (Each end has a different thread)
    6.8" ball center to ball center.


    I found Lift Support Technologies in Canada to be super helpful. One of the employees, Nolan, was able to explain the options, and had mentioned they have had others purchase replacements for Polaris PWC. They already had the strut info for the AVM units, I gave them the info for the Stabilus units. They offer several options:

    -They can recharge you existing gas springs for about $20
    -They can sell you a new gas spring
    -They can create a custom length spring for about $30 (Carbon Steel) or $50 (Stainless Steel)

    As a result of the above info, I selected option 3 and ordered two carbon steel at 6.6" ball center to ball center with new plastic locking ends so they should stop before breaking the safety cable. I'll report back how they work!

    Below is a photo of the original Stabilus (Top) and AVM (Bottom) gas springs.
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    Well, the new gas springs arrived today. Attached are the photos. They look awesome. You can see the part number includes SS2 (The type of ends I requested) and the 360N is the force (80 lbs). We will see how they work out tonight.

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    Well, It could not be better. The 6.6" is perfect. Works like OEM and keeps the hood from going too far, even if it flexes alot.



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    Thanks for a Great post!

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    The strut is being sold on ebay as item # 290858535655

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ratrace View Post
    The strut is being sold on ebay as item # 290858535655
    Or you can order one from the company I listed above for 2/3's the price, great service and the proper length so the hood is not damaged if the saftey cable breaks.

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    Those plastic ends break very easily. should have gotten metal

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    Quote Originally Posted by GGG View Post
    Those plastic ends break very easily. should have gotten metal
    I would have to disagree.

    I specifically purchased the same style used on the earlier models as they dont rattle (much tighter fit on the ball) and more importantly, the clips on the metal ones break and rust out. (Happened to the 02 freshwater virage, yet the 99 and 01 virage with plastic ends were fine). See the picture above, you can see the left side top clip is missing.

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    So for $20 more you can have a stainless steel one made!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by notorious01 View Post
    So for $20 more you can have a stainless steel one made!?
    Yes!

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