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S4 boot hinge scuttle brace

PostPosted: Wed Jul 28, 2021 9:07 am
by miked
I have no brace between the hinges and after having a new paint job would like to fit one or make one if nobody has one knocking around. Anybody have a spare one?

Cheers Mike
Cirrus white!

Re: S4 boot hinge scuttle brace

PostPosted: Wed Jul 28, 2021 7:41 pm
by smo17003
viewtopic.php?f=36&t=36367

This thread might help.

Re: S4 boot hinge scuttle brace

PostPosted: Wed Jul 28, 2021 7:54 pm
by miked
Thanks, will see if i can source the stock.

Re: S4 boot hinge scuttle brace

PostPosted: Thu Jul 29, 2021 5:47 am
by Mazzini
Don't forget Lotus wedged a piece of underfelt between the brace and the GRP, it gives the rear deck the slight curve it needs to match the boot lid.

Re: S4 boot hinge scuttle brace

PostPosted: Thu Jul 29, 2021 7:01 am
by miked
Thanks for that advice, i did not know about the felt. I was talking to Sue yesterday and she also mentioned that. :D

Re: S4 boot hinge scuttle brace

PostPosted: Thu Jul 29, 2021 9:12 am
by Mazzini
I'd been told about it by a couple of friends and then just recently I pulled my Sprint apart, it's never been apart before and there was the underfelt! It's going back as soon when the car gets reassembled.

It's a quicker and cheaper solution to what was used on the S3 (and possibly S4?), which had some paper rope bonded it.

Re: S4 boot hinge scuttle brace

PostPosted: Thu Jul 29, 2021 9:21 am
by Mazzini
Did you get sorted for a brace?

Re: S4 boot hinge scuttle brace

PostPosted: Thu Jul 29, 2021 12:49 pm
by miked
No yet. :(

Re: S4 boot hinge scuttle brace

PostPosted: Thu Jul 29, 2021 4:49 pm
by Mazzini
Mines at the powder coaters, I can take photos and make measurements once it's back. I have a skilled fabricator mate that could make a replica, but he's really busy at the moment - are you in a rush?

Re: S4 boot hinge scuttle brace

PostPosted: Thu Jul 29, 2021 6:40 pm
by miked
Thanks very much for your very kind offer. I talked to my son this afternoon and there is a metal shop at his works with a bending machine and guillotine.
Smo's post links back to a diagram with the dimensions, so should be able to make one.
Cheers Mike

Re: S4 boot hinge scuttle brace

PostPosted: Fri Aug 20, 2021 6:14 am
by miked
Sorted out. As I suspected a piece of deep electrical panel building DIN rail worked a treat. Pretty much the same dimensions but has a little turn back making a top hat section. Weidmuller rail.
Which led me to add a couple of those fake Sparto clear lamps into the rail to light up the boot. You can't even see then but they light up the boot nicely. Will post a photo in mods.
:D