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Posted: Fri Dec 29, 2006 6:37 pm 
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I have figured out how have an electric bonnet release using a NA fairlane boot release soleniod + cable and latch mechanism

It also has provisions for a manual backup as well.

my question is, the car i am fitting this to has no rego, will the RWC people crack the s**t becuase its electric even if it has a manual back up (that will be hidden under the mudguard)

this is for pure wank factor :P :P :P

 

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Posted: Fri Dec 29, 2006 9:53 pm 
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I doubt you'll have an issue, specially here in Tassie!

 

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Posted: Fri Dec 29, 2006 10:48 pm 
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i spoke 2 a guy in melbourne about my car because i would like to replace mine with an electric boot release and he said it should be no probs.

 

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Posted: Sat Dec 30, 2006 2:19 am 
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intresting mod

any more info on this??

 

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Posted: Sat Dec 30, 2006 9:52 am 
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I think there is an australian standard that requires a bonnet to have a backup lock (the one you have to flick while you lift the hood). So long as you incorporate that, it should be legal

 

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Posted: Sat Dec 30, 2006 10:00 am 
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Just found it:

From the Australian Vehicle Standards, 1999

Bonnet Securing Devices

(1) A motor vehicle with a movable body panel forward of the windscreen that covers an engine or luggage storage or battery compartment, must have a device to secure the panel.

(2) However, if the panel opens from the front in a way that partly or completely obstructs the driver's forward view through the windscreen, the panel must have primary and secondary devices to secure the panel.


This would be a good addition to a car alarm - inhibiting them from fiddling with your engine bay when trying to get the car started. I would move the manual release to somewhere inside the car though.

 

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Posted: Sat Dec 30, 2006 10:02 am 
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I don't think they would worry about the location of the manual release, as the old Mini's can be opened from the front from factory.

 

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Posted: Sat Dec 30, 2006 10:28 am 
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Cheers for that mate.

Here are some prick teasers for those who are interested

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as you can see the cable is very similar to the manual one, and the soleniod has a flat bracket so it can be bolted anywhere thats a flat surface.[/img]

 

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Posted: Sat Dec 30, 2006 10:38 am 
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Are you using the existing bonnet latch, or using the boot lock entirely?

It takes a fair bit of force to pop a bonnet latch.

 

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Posted: Sat Dec 30, 2006 11:07 am 
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As stated, it takes a bit to pull a bonnet latch, maybe a heavy duty popper...something like the rocket ones from Repco, they seem to open doors easy enough.

I`d imagine the laws are similar to door latches...solenoid operated must have mechanical backup...dunno though...

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Posted: Sat Dec 30, 2006 11:08 am 
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EBGizmo wrote:
Are you using the existing bonnet latch, or using the boot lock entirely?

It takes a fair bit of force to pop a bonnet latch.


i am going to try and use the existing latch. I don't see any other way of making legal without using the original latch

the thought of the soleniod not having enough pulling power has crossed my mind...

Mabey i could put a bit of CRC into the bonnet latch to lub it up and make it turn a bit easier :?:

 

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