Tips to make a heavy lid stay up on a cooler?

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Old 03-04-15, 03:00 PM
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Tips to make a heavy lid stay up on a cooler?

Figured id give it a shot and ask here, since on the Cooler Radio forum, they don't have much advice.

Ive been building a Cooler Radio. Mine is a dry build (Meaning that its no longer a functional cooler-which is fine by me, i've never used a cooler anyways) and i'm looking for some help on supporting the lid. The lid is insulated on this one, so its already a bit heavy, but I also have my head unit, antenna, and a bit of wiring attached to the lid, so it doesn't like to stay open without being held up. Plus, I recently upgraded from the small plastic wheels to some 10" tires, and didn't have long enough "feet" for the front to level it out. (Will eventually fix that) So now it has a little fork in its stance, and sits lower in the front.

I've never used them in any other projects before, but I was thinking something like a small strut from like a trunk lid, or something would work. Difference here is were talking about a ~10lb lid vs a couple hundred pound hatch/hood/trunk lid, etc. Anyone have any ideas for such a thing?

Maybe any other ideas? I want to keep it clean on the outside, so I would prefer something on the inside. (Thought about some kind of latch on the telescoping handle, but then they wouldn't retract all the way, and it would look odd.





 
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Old 03-04-15, 03:07 PM
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Could you add a gas shock(s) like you find on rear car windows/hoods? Google "window shocks"
 
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If the handle and top had velcro attached, could you still lower the handle?
 
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Old 03-04-15, 04:03 PM
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There are many different kinds of lid supports at Lee Valley or similar hardware outlets.




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Tolyn- Thats what I was thinking of. Couldn't think of the name, other than struts. Will have to look into that, just wondering how I can figure out what size to get. Ill only need one. Maybe ill take a trip to O'Reiley's or somewhere that stocks them and just buy the smallest, cheapest one.

Stickshift- Unfortunately no, the handle kind of slides into itself, if that makes sense, so it has to be perfectly flush with itself.

Greg- Thats another good idea right there, but I don't think it will work, since that says they limit the opening of the lid so it wont open too far, thats not my issue. Though they could still serve the purpose I need, I don't think they'll work due to the way they mount. My cooler doesn't have a surface like that box where it can mount as needed. Thanks for that suggestion though, that opens up some more ideas for me.
 
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Old 03-04-15, 05:47 PM
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I've bought some of the gas springs from Graingers before. The hard part is measuring for length and computing weight. I'm guess something very low weight. The link below will give you some sizes to check out.

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Old 03-04-15, 06:17 PM
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That was only an example of one type.
Here are several more.
 
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Old 03-04-15, 06:27 PM
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Good call Greg.

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