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Old 01-19-2018, 03:13 PM
laz laz is offline
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Default baggage door brace.

Does anyone have a current part number for a baggage door brace for the forward baggage door on a RV8, I think it was a McMaster Car Item. Someone referenced one in a old thread but I could never find the number.


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Old 01-19-2018, 05:48 PM
skyking902001 skyking902001 is offline
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Default Strut

Laz, I used McMaster Carr part #11615A14. Matt Dralle has an excellent write up in his kit-log for installing the strut. Good luck with your build.

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Old 01-19-2018, 08:12 PM
scsmith scsmith is offline
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Default A different support strut

there is another type of baggage door support that you might be interested in.
It is basically a tightly wound coil spring with little brackets on each end. You put one bracket on the door, one on the inside of the firewall.

When the door is closed, the coil spring is folded in half. When you open the door, it snaps straight, and holds the door open quite nicely.

To close, you just nudge the middle of the spring, and it buckles so it folds in half.
There is a certified version that is used on Beechcraft airplanes that is rediculously expensive. But I bought mine from another supplier for about $10, I forget exactly.

Here are some for sale on Ebay so you can see a picture.

I'm really happy with mine
Steve Smith
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Old 01-20-2018, 10:02 AM
oaklandaviator oaklandaviator is offline
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Default Baggage door brace

I bought the spring type door brace from Bass Pro in the boating section. Several to choose from and very inexpensive.
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Old 01-20-2018, 10:11 AM
longline longline is offline
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Default I am in the spring camp

I used a stainless spring from West Marine. I used only one of the mounting brackets that came with the unit, and constructed the end that attached to the firewall. The attaching hardware can be simple or complex, up to you.
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Old 01-20-2018, 03:45 PM
Hwood Hwood is offline
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Default Spring Thing what it's called. Also, you can use a simple door latch from HD in the cabinet section....worked well on mine.
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Old 01-21-2018, 03:00 AM
rv8ch rv8ch is offline
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Default Hydraulic Gas Strut Lift Support Door Cabinet 20N

After trying lots of different strengths, I found the 20N version of this one to be perfect:

Mickey Coggins

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Old 01-23-2018, 05:54 AM
chopperchops chopperchops is offline
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Default Thanks for the tip...

I ordered mine off eBay last night, thanks. A big 6 Aussie dollars 🤗
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