Friction

Our Friction Hinges are designed to eliminate the need for gas shocks or hatch springs in some applications. Friction is built into the barrel of the hinge using patented technology from GEM. Holds open hatches, live well lids, radio boxes, and many more applications. Please scroll to the bottom of the page to view the Friction Hinge Mounting Styles Chart to help choose the right hinge for your application. ***Please be advised: Friction hinges are factory set to a specific torque rating, attempting to adjust in any way will damage your hinge as well as void the warranty.

When choosing your friction hinge you will need two things. The mounting type and style.
Our friction hinge numbering system uses the format: FH-[Style#]-[MountCode]

  • 1.
  • Choose which mounting type from the list of types below.
  • 2.
  • Choose which size/style of hinge you want from the list of hinges below.
  • 3.
  • Use the style number and mounting type to create your part number.

For example:
If you wanted a flush mount 1681-style hinge, the part number would be FH-1681-FM

TM: TOP MOUNT

MAX ANGLE: 180°

Advantages:
  • No tooling required
  • Opens a full 180°
Disadvantages:
  • Hinge and Knuckles protrude above panel

FM: FLUSH MOUNT

MAX ANGLE: 100°

Advantages:
  • Face of hinge and knuckles are flush with the surface of panel
  • Greatly refined and customized look
Disadvantages:
  • Significant panel tooling required
  • Limited opening angle

SD: SWAGED DOWN

MAX ANGLE: 130°

Advantages:
  • Opens farther than flush mount
  • Minimal protrusion above panel
  • Good balance between top and flush mount
Disadvantages:
  • Minor panel tooling required for knuckles
  • Some protrusion above panel

SU: SWAGED UP

MAX ANGLE: 180°

Advantages:
  • Opens a full 180°
  • Minimal protrusion above panel
  • Good balance between top and flush mount
Disadvantages:
  • Minor panel tooling required for knuckles
  • Some protrusion above panel