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Boot Load Cover/Floor Gas Strut

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Old Apr 7th, 2021, 10:57   #1
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Hi guys,

Thought I would share this (picked it up from a Polish Volvo forum).

The strut that holds the boot floor up in my 2010 XC70 had lost it's strength. It turns out, the rear boot strut for recent Peugeot 206's is a similar size and works great in it's place.

I got mine from Ebay for 12 - A Meyle branded one (search MEYLE 11-40 910 0016 GAS SPRING REAR WINDSCREEN).

It's slightly longer I think and definitely stronger than the original. But it takes 20 secs to change and just means you need to compress it slightly before fitting (fit one end, compress and clip on other end).

Works an absolute treat. Effortless up and down
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Old Apr 7th, 2021, 13:42   #2
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I knew that I always struggle with the boot floor on my XC70 and put it down to the fact that I have a heavy duty rubber liner which weighs down the floor but I couldn't remember seeing a gas strut there. Of course it does have one but it doesn't seem to do anything at all with the extra weight of the liner so if the Peugeot one is considerably stronger, that would be a great bonus. Is the difference you feel that compared to the original Volvo unit in working condition or does it feel stronger because the original is not working? Certainly worth 12 for any improvement over the current situation.
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Old Apr 7th, 2021, 23:03   #3
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The strut that holds the boot floor up in my 2010 XC70 had lost it's strength. It turns out, the rear boot strut for recent Peugeot 206's is a similar size and works great in it's place.
Hmm. Gets me thinking about putting these in my 2015 XC70 where the skinflints dispensed with gas struts to keep the boot floor up and replaced them with a bit of webbing and a plastic hook...
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The Volvo strut is a Stabilus 5901YM rated at 100Nm, the Peugeot one is a Stabilus 6642PF rated at 140Nm. I fitted an old Pug strut I had but it still struggles with a rubber mat in the back, maybe because of its age.
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I've ordered the Peugeot one and will see how it copes.
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For reference, I tried fitting these:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2x-Univer...N/184222724225

And they're the right size, but a bit too strong. You have to put your hand over the strut attachment point when closing the boot floor otherwise the floor flexes before it compresses the strut.

The other problem is that it made the metal bracket on the chassis bend slightly (which caused the ball joint to pop off), so I have to put a couple of bits of wood behind it to stop the bracket from bending. Ideally, I'd have fitted something weaker, but I had these lying about. Sounds like something between 140nm and 240nm might be the sweet spot?
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Not really surprised as at 240N they are nearly 2 times as powerful as the specified units! I was worrying about fitting 140N struts.
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