Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Candian Rocky Mountains
2016 Tucson Ultimate AWD
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Can i get the link for this? I saw one on ExLeds site but not sure which option is for our car. hoping either semco or TS could help a brother out. Thanks!!
This is a long post, so bear with me. You can jump to the very end to see my observational pros and cons if you don't want to read all of it.
Well, I ordered the Hood Stands, the same ones that member jsrd bought on ebay (since I couldn't figure out that Russian order page that member semco got his from). The stands arrived yesterday. But as luck would have it, it is a registered shipment and I had to sign for it. So it went back to the post office. I drop by lunch time today to pick it up. Hopefully this weekend, I'll install them.
Within the box was the installation pamphlet (in Russian), a refrigerator magnet, 2 brackets and the shocks. (Why they send a Russian install pamphlet instead of a English one knowing full well its coming to the states is beyond me.)
Removing from the bubble wrap are the 2 gas struts and the necessary nuts, bolts and 2 additional brackets.
closeup of the brackets.
Unlike the shocks that member Semco received (Finwhale 120323) and the ones that member jsrd received (Krosno 21673), the ones that came in my shipment did not even have a box to indicate the manufacturer and are different and these are from the same place jsrd ordered from. So much for consistency.
The shocks themselves do not have any label either. The only thing close to a label is a stamped on the end of the bolt connector showing "Hamil" and on the actual cylinder is the number 91696.
So after searching, it seems they are from Hamil Precision Co. Ltd. based in South Korea. But try as I may I cannot find any info about these gas spring/shocks numbered 91696. But looking over the dynamic gas spring page of (showcasing Hamil's products), it seems that the springs are actually model # and spec'd as follows...
So, as I mentioned previously, the weight of the hood is 18 lbs/8.16 kg so seeing that these have a newton force of 80. I don't think it will exert much stress on the hood but I wonder if it will be strong enough to actually hold up the hood. I guess I'll find out this weekend when I'll install it.
So far, my observations are mixed.
Fast shipping (at least to NYC)
Brackets look strong.
All necessary bolts are included.
Hood Dampers/struts did not come in their own box (which would help to indicate what brand and model they are and probably get suitable US versions.)
Installation pamphlet is in Russian. Really? if you are shipping and selling to US/Canadian buyers, get a translator and send a English version.
Considering that these are marketed to 2016 Tucson owners, they could have included a paper template on where to drill the hole.
Inconsistent shipping items. My hood dampers are not the same a the ones that member jsrd got, even though its coming from the same place and order page on ebay.
I'll update with an additional post on the install later this weekend.
TS out (putting fingers on ice)
Yes I still have the hood struts (actually both, the ones that Semco bought from Russia and ones from Shark Racing in Korea), I have yet to put the Shark Racing ones on because back then I got hurt trying to remove the hood bolt (I used wrong tool) and was going to do it later on, but never got a chance to do it. Then Winter came. So it may have to wait till the spring.
As for the make and model of the springs, the reason I wanted to know back then was in case they fail in the future, I'll know what suitable replacement to get.
and in regards to the manual, the Russian struts was totally in Russian. It may be easy by looking at the pics and video, but sometimes I like to have something written in front of me just to be sure.
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