Pop-up Top Gas Lift

Published date: July 9, 2010
  • Boat Type: Boat Type

I read where someone had installed gas shocks to the pop up canopy on a V22. After working on my boat the first week I owned it, that pop-top got heavy and I kept dropping the prop rods. I made a trip to Pep Boys auto parts and found they had a huge selection of gas lift rods so I bought two identical units as close to 24" I could find - I ended up with 22" fully extended. The modification was much easier to do than I anticipated and it makes life so much better when lifting the top. It stays up great and it stays down great with no need to prop it with sticks or hold it down. Gravity does the trick once it is pushed about half way and the gas lifts do the work after you get it started up.

The only tricky part is making sure the rod is fully extended where you want the top to open fully (use the sticks to mark this location), and make sure the top will close all the way before the gas strut bottoms out. Most SUV rear hatch gas struts provide more than enough lifting force to hold up the MAC pop top canopy. After installing one of my gas struts, the top would just stay up by itself. Two struts did the trick and held it up tightly.

Published by: cookwithgas


Model Year: 1977

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