Originally Posted by vanguy67
I don't think shocks would last long on the box lids....way too heavy I think.
I'm not sure what it would look like but maybe a set of springs from a car or pickup hood? A car hood weighs alot more than even a 3/16th steel lid because it's way larger. Or maybe the shock absorber-like mounts from a Dodge Caravan or any other flip up (as opposed to side opening door) lid? The entire rear section of a caravan ain't exactly any lighter than a hood and the leverage of both hood and rear door are way worse than your small lids.
I'd think a snapping cable and 3/16" lid severing fingers or dropping on your head could be really bad. :P Maybe want to round those corners a bit too, and if needed put some kind of rounded insert in the bottom half so it still seals tightly. There's a reason nearly all modern utility bodies have rounded edges on all those external doors, bang your head on a half open one sometime. :P