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Posted: 06/14/18 02:03pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a NL TC that has several access doors attached with the standard piano style hinges. This unit has a genset box but I don't have one installed so it's an external storage box. I am going to be getting a Honda EU2000i or EU2200i soon and know it will fit(tightly) into the box. But, with the door on there and the bumper keeping it from swinging all the way down, I will have to reach over the partially extended door to get it in and out. So, I am planning on replacing hinges with something like these:

https://www.amazon.com/Sugatsune-HG-OTA75-Stainless-Release-Diameter/dp/B00GKZD6K0

Has anyone done this? Is there a hinge you can recommend (part number)? I'm going to visit Grainger to see if they have anything I can put hands on, but other's experiences with this would be helpful, too.

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Posted: 06/14/18 02:28pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Linkaroonie
Never seen those before - cool idea!


Scott, Grace and Wesly
2003 Dodge 3500 4x4, 6 speed Cummins (lightly bombed),
2018 Silver Fox 32A - many mods to come!
H0NDA eu2000i

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Posted: 06/28/18 09:58am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I found that these hinges are too thick to work well in this application. The thickness of the factory piano hinge is fairly small (around 1/4" or so) and these hinges are more like 3/8"+ thick. I found that they could be slightly modified to decrease the thickness, but the pins that allow for them to release are a limitation.

So after looking around some more, there is a second option that looks like it will work. Sugatsune makes both the spring loaded hinges from the OP as well as "Lift Off" hinges. These are basically just a pin that's retained on one side of the bracket but not the other so they can slide apart.

75mm RH lift off hinge

75mm LH lift off hinge

The irony here is that I need left hand hinges to work but the LH 75mm version is over 2x the cost of the RH for no reason. Anyway, I bought a couple smaller ones to experiment with and found that I can clamp these up and bend them slightly so they close flush. In the stock config, there is around the same gap as the OP hinge. These modified ones will work great. I'll install 3 for the 24" door though 2 is probably enough.

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Posted: 06/28/18 10:46pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I installed the hinges tonight and am very pleased with how it turned out! The only issue I had was the stainless steel screws. I had 2 of them snap on installation leading to a significant waste of time trying to remove them.

I have some pics, but since I can't attach them on this forum, I can't post them.[emoticon]

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I’ve successfully replaced the pivot pin in a piano hinge with a slightly smaller piece of stainless steel rod with a finger pull on one end. With the finger pull looped back on the rod it’s inside the door when closed and maintains security.

Open door, pull rod out, voila! Door is off.

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Posted: 06/29/18 06:36am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you have a full length clearance on one side, that could work. My stairs and the bumper bracket flank this door. I had originally concidered that as an option but it would not work here. As installed, I can't remove the door when closed nor does it rattle. When open, it does not feel like it will fall off, but with a 2" push to the left it slides free and is released.

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