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Old 01-17-2022, 07:44 AM
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Old 01-17-2022, 09:12 AM
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Pmatt:

Just go to Lowe's or Home Depot and for about $2.00 you can get a single-pivot hinge that will work fine. They're about 8 or 9 inches per side of the hinge. I've used one for 16 years. Make sure you buy the left hand opening version. Simple installation. Sorry I don't have a photo on hand.

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Old 01-17-2022, 09:18 AM
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Old 01-17-2022, 09:31 AM
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Old 01-19-2022, 09:57 PM
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Thanks folks, lots of good suggestions. I hate reinventing the wheel. I'd much rather steal someone else's good idea.
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Old 01-20-2022, 01:41 AM
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Mickey, do you recall the length? I'm looking at them on ebay and they come in different lengths.
Added some pictures with a ruler behind to give you an idea of the lengths.

http://www.rv8.ch/baggage-door-hydraulic-gas-strut/
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Old 01-20-2022, 05:48 AM
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Just go to Lowe's or Home Depot and for about $2.00 you can get a single-pivot hinge that will work fine. They're about 8 or 9 inches per side of the hinge. I've used one for 16 years. Make sure you buy the left hand opening version. Simple installation. Sorry I don't have a photo on hand. Chris
What Chris said. Like this:
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Old 01-20-2022, 06:05 AM
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I'm new to the forum so this may be an old topic. Has anyone come up with a prop rod or gas strut modification to hold the RV-8 baggage door open?
Phil, I just did this a few weeks ago, it was simple and came out excellent. I used the strut (as mentioned in previous posts) from McMaster Carr, part number: www.mcmaster.com/#116154A14. This strut worked absolutely perfect.

I mounted it per Matt Dralle's post (thank you Matt!) Per Matt's instructions, the strut will fit perfectly and work excellent on the RV8 baggage door if you mount the upper part of the hinge 11/16" from the bottom of the door and the lower hinge mounted at 8.0" from the exterior skin of the fuselage.

If you need additional photos, email me at pmanf4@gmail.com

Best of luck,

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Old 01-20-2022, 06:49 AM
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I'm new to the forum so this may be an old topic. Has anyone come up with a prop rod or gas strut modification to hold the RV-8 baggage door open?
I used Matt Dralle’s excellent write up for the forward baggage door support. Not only does it hold the door open but the geometry of the support actually holds the door closed. That comes in handy if you happen to forget to lock the baggage compartment. Not that I’ve ever done that, just sayin’
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Old 01-20-2022, 09:09 PM
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Thanks for the offer Mike. I have the McMaster strut on order. With all of the guidance it looks simple enough. If I should encounter any questions I'll drop you a line.
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