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Tuffy Console Gas Strut!

So I bought this on a whim while I was ordering new floor mats from TRDparts4u (vendor here, can probably purchase elsewhere), thinking that it sounded pretty convenient. Turns out it does not take much to install, and made opening the console nearly effortless!!! (I know it may sound like I'm trying to sell this, but I am just really excited about it) If you have a Tuffy console, and enjoy it as much as I do mine, then it might be worth looking into as it isn't too expensive. The only downside that I have noticed so far is that the lid does not quite open to 90 degrees. It says in the instructions that you can change the mounting locations to accommodate opening more. I chose to mount as per instructions since I did not feel it would be a hinderance, and does not appear to be so far.

The install is fairly straight forward, once you know the correct figure in the instructions to use. I called Tuffy to find this out and Tim was extremely helpful and knew exactly what I was asking. The instructions detail for JK consoles as shown in the instructions referring to part #139 , where the FJ is #144 .

The last figure (Figure #5 ) is the one to use since the FJ console has a substantial amount of overhang on the lid. (the alternate way has the ball stud mounted straight through the side of the console, which does not provide enough clearance for the FJ version to close because the lid hits squarely on the nut.)

Note: Pull the measurements from where the hinge is mounted, not the very back of the console. If this is messed up the strut will compress completely, not allowing the lid to close. The instructions also say to be as precise as possible when drilling the holes in the side, because it is a fairly tight tolerance being so close to the latch mechanism. I must have gotten pretty lucky or had some real good measuring/drilling because there is no interference on mine.

Now for some installed pics, if you want more pics or clarification feel free to ask. PS sorry the FJ is a little dirty, cleaning is the next project.

Tools used:
Power drill
1/4" drill bit
3/8" socket and end wrench
1/2" end wrench
small round file (to clean edges)
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Re: Tuffy Console Gas Strut!

I had no idea though made this accessory for the lockbox.

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Re: Tuffy Console Gas Strut!

I didn't either, just stumbled upon it. Did a couple searches and didn't seem like anyone on here had a post on it yet, or at least I couldn't find one.


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Re: Tuffy Console Gas Strut!

Man, you are lazy.
I gotta remember to order that strut when I get my console.

Seems like without it the door may want to drop shut on your fingers.
Is there enough room for a full size auto pistol in there?
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Man, you are lazy.
I gotta remember to order that strut when I get my console.

Seems like without it the door may want to drop shut on your fingers.
Is there enough room for a full size auto pistol in there?
Hey if you aren't taking the shortcuts, then you are working to hard!

But in seriousness the lid is pretty stout and when its up could do some damage on the way down. Haven't had an issue with it personally, but just makes life easier.

I threw in my 34 and 19 w/light in holsters for a reference for you. They fit just fine with the strut and lid. 34 was on the strut/latch side. And I did close it as well.
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Re: Tuffy Console Gas Strut!

I like the idea, but not the price!

Might try this: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...f_rd_i=desktop

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Re: Tuffy Console Gas Strut!

Nice. I'll have to get one of those for mine. Already had the lid slam on my fingers twice and it hasn't even been in a week
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I like the idea, but not the price!

Might try this: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...f_rd_i=desktop

What do you think?
Worth a shot, not sure on the size though. The shock they include is 7.5" and 40#, so if you can find something similar to that I don't see any reason why it wouldn't work!


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Re: Tuffy Console Gas Strut!

I didn't know they made this! Though I have definitely thought there should have been one from the get go... that thing can close down with a decent amount of force.
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Pretty trick and thanks for sharing.
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