Gas Stay Upgrade
To suit the Utemaster Load-Lid™
The Load-Lid™ comes standard with gas stays that are designed for opening the lid with no load on top.
A Gas Stay Upgrade will help you open the Load-Lid™ if it has gear on top, such as bikes, rooftop tent and other gear.
Please make sure the strength of the gas stays fitted to the Load-Lid™ matches the weight of the load you are carrying. The 15kg+ gas stays should not be fitted unless there is a load on top.
How does it work?
Mounting your Roof Top Tent or Bikes to your Hard Lid?
With the additional weight, opening the lid will be difficult with the standard gas stays which are calibrated to provide an easy lift/close experience with no additional weight.
The Gas Stay Upgrade kit offers four various pressures suited to different weight ranges:
Please note these are only compatible with the Standard Load-Lid (not to suit Sports Bar)
Part#LLGS-UPGRADE-15KG - (0-15kg, 1 Bike) $165.00 + GST per pair. (Please note, this requires 15kg of downward force to close the lid when not loaded)*This option is recommended for ladder rack, crossbars and/or bike carriers by themselves.
Part#LLGS-UPGRADE-30KG - (15-30kg, 2 Bikes) $175.00 + GST per pair. (Please note, this requires 30kg of downward force to close the lid when not loaded)
Part#LLGS-UPGRADE-45KG - (30-45kg, 3 Bikes) $185.00 + GST per pair. (Please note, this requires 45kg of downward force to close the lid when not loaded)
Part#LLGS-UPGRADE-70KG - (45-70kg, 4 Bikes or Roof Top Tent, includes upgraded mounting frame) $220.00 + GST. (Please note, this requires 70kg of downward force to close the lid when not loaded)
Note: As the upgraded gas stays increase the opening strength, it also increases the amount of force required to close the lid. We recommend that you keep your original gas stays and only use the upgraded stays when you have a load on top of the lid, otherwise it will make day-to-day use difficult.
If you are retrofitting a 70kg rated Gas Stay Upgrade the kit comes with an upgraded mounting frame which is designed to support the additional weight and associated force. This is a DYI install but will require the lid to be removed and re-fitted to install.